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    10th AAMDC air defense soldiers scheduled to deploy to Turkey



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    10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – U.S. Army soldiers with the Kaiserslautern-based 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command will deploy as part of a NATO-led operation providing missile defense support for Turkey. The soldiers will be replacing the U.S. Army 3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery, which has been in Turkey since last December augmenting the air defense capabilities of the NATO ally, according to a Department of Defense release from Nov. 18.

    The Turkish government requested an extension of the original Patriot mission which began last January, and is designed to protect Turkish citizens from potential ballistic missile threats from Syria.

    Approximately 300 soldiers assigned to 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command will deploy in support of the operation, which is scheduled to last 365 days near Gaziantep. The battalion will conduct operations along with German and Dutch Patriot batteries deployed to different locations in southern Turkey.

    The deploying soldiers are expected to complete their transition and fully assume the ballistic missile defense mission in mid-December.

    Soldiers from 5th Battalion, 7th ADA, 10th AAMDC, have also frequently partnered with Dutch, German and Polish air defense forces on training exercises in recent years.

    About us: On order, 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command deploys within the EUCOM AOR to conduct joint and multinational air missile defense operations for USEUCOM as directed.

    MEDIA CONTACT: 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs +49(0) 631-3406-2034.



    Date Taken: 11.19.2013
    Date Posted: 11.20.2013 04:07
    Story ID: 117054

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