“Keen Edge” 2014 Exercise Tests 94th AAMDC, Japanese, and Joint Forces’ Interoperability
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii – The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command focused on testing its interoperability with its Japanese counterparts and other U.S. forces by participating in the exercise “Keen Edge 2014”, which began January 25th and ran through January 31st.
Keen Edge is a biennial joint command post exercise conducted to increase combat readiness and synchronization between United States Forces Japan (USFJ) and the Japan Joint Staff (JJS).
The 94th Soldiers were on duty 24 hours a day on Hickam Air Force Base during the exercise to react to scenario-based simulated missile attacks that could come at any time. The 94th also forward deployed several of its Soldiers to participate in the exercise as a coordination element in theater on Yokota Air Base, Japan.
Maj. Jason Albright, operations and forward element liaison officer for the exercise, 94th AAMDC, said that since relationships are critical in building partner capacity, the forward element was on the ground in Japan to maintain and increase the level of trust that is a result of these working relationships in past exercises.
“It helps provide actionable information that is very important in refining plans and offering solutions to complex strategic problems,” he said. “It aids in building partner capacity from the action officer through the general officer level.”More . . .
10th Missile Defense Detachment Determines Its “Best Crew” for 2014
HICKAM AFB, Hawaii - Soldiers from the 10th Missile Defense Detachment, 100th Missile Defense Brigade, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Sensor Management Cell (SMC), participated in a unit annual sensor manager “best crew” competition at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, Jan. 27 through Jan. 31.
The contest tested five three-person crews to get the top overall score in a multi-event challenge. The events in the competition included “table-eights”, oral boards, written tests, briefs to leadership, and a physical challenge 10th MDD calls “PT Olympics”.
Historic Change of Command at the Battery Level a Part of 94th's Legacy
Sgt. 1st Class Karry James, 94th AAMDC PAO
ANDERSON AFB, Guam -- Alpha Battery, 4th Air Defense Artillery (A-4 ADA), a Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) unit out of Fort Bliss, Texas that is deployed to Guam working with Task Force Talon under the command and control of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Fort Shafter in Hawaii, conducted an extraordinary change of command ceremony, Jan. 14, 2014.
The audience of about 50 Soldiers was treated to a wide selection of breakfast foods as several activities took place during the event themed "Take-a-ways from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.".
More . . .