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    1-62 Air Defense Artillery Battalion extends deployment in Poland

    1-62 Air Defense Artillery Battalion extends deployment in Poland

    Photo By Capt. Leara Shumate | The 1st Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment (1-62 ADA BN), based out of...... read more read more

    POLAND — The 1st Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment (1-62 ADA BN), based out of Fort Cavazos, Texas, has seen its deployment in Poland extended for three additional months. This decision underscores the unit's critical role in bolstering NATO's defense posture in Eastern Europe. "This deployment has been one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of my life. I have learned so much about myself and my teammates," shared 1st Lt. Julia Cooke, the HHB executive officer, reflecting on the personal growth and team cohesion developed during this time.

    Tasked with a critical mission, the 1-62 ADA BN is at the center of a multinational initiative to bolster the region's security infrastructure. Operating within the European theater, their efforts under the command of the 52nd Air Defense Artillery Brigade ensure that air defense operations are cohesive and contribute to the broader security of the area. Staff Sgt. Yannel Nunez, a tactical control assistant, found value in the shared experiences, noting, "Something I have enjoyed during this deployment has been building camaraderie with my crew as we face the day-to-day challenges of deployment."

    The extension of the 1-62 ADA BN's deployment highlights the importance of the unit's mission and the confidence in its capabilities. The dynamic environment of Eastern Europe offers unparalleled opportunities for soldiers to refine their skills and adapt to new challenges. Pvt. 1st Class Jesus Olivo-Torres, a system maintainer, expressed his satisfaction with the deployment and his appreciation of the training value, stating, "I am glad that I am getting to learn my job as a 14T. I have gotten a lot more experience since being here."

    The complex nature of modern air defense necessitates a high level of proficiency in various systems and tactics, making training a critical component of the battalion's daily routine. The dedication of the battalion to training and excellence ensures that they remain fully prepared to fulfill their mission with distinction. Spc. Nikodemus McKnight, a wheeled vehicle mechanic, proudly stated, "Being a 91B means being the backbone for our unit. Every repair I make ensures that our vehicles are reliable for this mission, and it prides me with great joy."

    The 1-62 ADA BN's commitment to excellence is apparent, positioning them to execute their mission flawlessly. Their enthusiasm for their work is encapsulated in the words of Spc. Bernadette Jimenez from Delta Battery, "Delta is great at what we do, and we have fun while we’re at it." This sentiment is echoed by Spc. Destiny Medina, a supply clerk, who emphasized the critical nature of her role, "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. I take great pride in being a supply clerk for Echo Company because I know that my job is vital to the mission here in EUCOM."

    As the battalion continues its extended deployment, the focus remains on enhancing air defense capabilities and ensuring the security of NATO's Eastern Flank. As they adapt to their prolonged stay, the men and women of the battalion, resolute in their duties, are prepared to tackle any obstacle. Staff Sgt. Zachary Nanninga, a platoon sergeant, summed up his experience, "Being a platoon sergeant is the most rewarding thing in my Army career thus far. Being away from family is hard, but I have really grown to my platoon being my family." As they stand guard over the skies, their dedication to honing their skills ensures the safety and security of Eastern Europe. Pvt. 1st Class Tamir Pigford, a 27D HHB paralegal, succinctly captured the essence of their commitment, "Long days and hard work equal freedom and prosperity."

    For further inquiries, please contact 52D ADA BDE Public Affairs at +49 (0)162.761.0897 or via email at



    Date Taken: 02.28.2024
    Date Posted: 02.28.2024 12:25
    Story ID: 464896
    Location: RP, DE

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