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Col. Grant Slayden - Commander, 164th ADA
Command Sgt. Maj. William Keefer - CSM, 164th ADA

Year in Review - 2015

The 164th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade consists of a headquarters in Orlando, 1st Battalion, 265th ADA Regiment, in Palm Coast, 3rd Battalion, 265th ADA Regiment in Sarasota, 3rd Battalion, 116th Field Artillery (FA) Regiment in Plant City, and the 254th Transportation Battalion (a composite organization which includes three Military Police (MP) companies) in West Palm Beach.

In December, the 164th ADA Brigade Headquarters conducted a bilateral annual training in Tokyo with the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force for the tenth consecutive year. In the summer, the unit conducted training at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center (CBJTC) on the Air and Missile Defense Planning and Control System.

The 1st Battalion, 265th ADA Regiment relocated from Daytona Beach, to Palm Coast in December. Never losing focus, the members continued preparing for their overseas air defense mission by executing multiple training exercises. In June, the unit deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel to conduct a Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) mission.

The 3rd Battalion, 265th ADA Regiment completed an eventful year with a highly successful Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) rotation and Annual Training (AT) that culminated with a missile live fire (MLFX). In addition, the battalion supported several community events, a dining out, a top team challenge, and two Soldiers were recognized with a highly prestigious national award. In late July, the unit will deploy a battery to JRTC and the battalion to CBJTC for AT and a MLFX at Fort Stewart, Ga., to prepare for its pending National Capital Region deployment in mid-2016.

The 3rd Battalion, 116th Field Artillery Regiment honed its artillery skills through extensive training. The efforts put forth by the unit’s members laid the groundwork for the unit to conduct a Live Fire Exercise during AT. Furthermore, the unit underwent significant weapons platform changes, which now include the Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below, PRC-127 radios, ballistic windshields, and operating system upgrades. The unit also began training to perform a National Guard Reaction Force mission in 2016.

The 254th Transportation Battalion, based in West Palm Beach, supported multiple missions to increase its readiness. The 1218th Transportation Company successfully completed its three-year commitment in support of the Command and Control, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Response Element (CBRNE) mission. In addition, Soldiers supported Operation Patriot Bandolier by driving 215,000 miles hauling 4.7 million pounds of pre-positioned ammunition stocks throughout the eastern U.S. The 690th Military Police Company also conducted a training rotation at Ft Polk, La., where Soldiers provided host nation police and military police support during the training rotation.