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Col. Sean T. Boyette - Commander, 164th ADA
Command Sgt. Maj. Theodore Morris - CSM, 164th ADA

Year in Review - 2018

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; and 3rd Battalion, 116th Field Artillery (FA) Regiment in Plant City.

Last year proved to be one of the most active years on record for the 164th ADA, with units mobilized to support combat operations, airspace defense and disaster relief missions across the globe. In early January, Soldiers of Bravo Battery, 116th Field Artillery were mobilized as part of a year-long deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve. The mission was aimed at defeating ISIS in Iraq and Syria, as well as promoting regional security throughout the Middle East.

Shortly after Bravo Battery’s mobilization, Alpha Battery, 116th Field Artillery followed suit and mobilized to Southwest Asia as part of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. During their year-long deployment, Alpha Battery has been tasked with providing multiple-launch rocket system support for operations throughout the region.

In April, the 164th ADA mobilized Task Force Apollo to defend the airspace around the National Capital Region as part of a year-long mission, joining other ADA units from around the country. Since the September 11th attacks on the Pentagon, this mission, as part of the National Capital Region Integrated Air Defense System, has been integral to the airspace defense of Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas. The mobilization of Task Force Apollo marks the seventh time the 164th ADA has supported this mission since its beginning in 2001.

Finally, during the fall of last year, over 500 Soldiers with the 164th ADA were activated in response to Hurricane Michael. They worked tirelessly to provide thousands of cases of water, meals and bags of ice to citizens at various points of distribution throughout the panhandle. They also worked alongside local law enforcement and the American Red Cross to establish and secure shelters, and conduct health and welfare checks on displaced family members.