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

Year in Review - 2017

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.

During the past year, headquarters and the subordinate units of the 164th ADA focused training on Defense Support of Civil Authorities tasks in preparation for state active duty missions. This training proved essential when Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on the state of Florida. Lessons learned from last year’s Hurricane Matthew were put into practice during Irma, where the quick response of Soldiers led to efficient shelter and humanitarian missions across the state.

In May, over 200 Soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, 265th ADA returned home after a year-long deployment in the National Capitol Region, Washington D.C., in support of Operation Noble Eagle. Since September 11, 2001, they have completed three rotations to the National Capital Region (NCR) in support of the NCR Integrated Air Defense System mission.

The 1st Battalion, 265th ADA Regiment experienced a landmark year. Having recently returned from Afghanistan, the battalion executed multiple training tasks and administrative requirements to both maintain and improve upon unit readiness. Annual Training (AT) 2017 saw the successful fire and qualification of 23 Avenger teams, while utilizing close teamwork with eight Sentinel Radar crews for effective target engagement. Their AT period also was an exciting development in the first “shoot-onthe- move” lane for ADA M3P machine gun tactical training. All of this led to an intensive culminating training event with five days of Air Defense Operations where the entire battalion worked together to sharpen and hone the air defense skill set.

During 2017 AT the 3rd Battalion, 116th FA Regimet successfully certified 11 launcher crews. The battalion processed over 40 fire missions from three firing points, which safely launched 66 M28 practice rockets. This was the first time they fired from more than two firing points during a training event. Additionally, the battalion also conducted numerous pre-mobilization training tasks in preparation for the unit’s upcoming deployment in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.