• 178 Soldiers from 6th Battalion 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment tour the Korean Demilitarized Zone during a training rotation to Warrior Base, Jan. 10.
At the DMZ, 90 Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Battery D and Company F also visited the Third Tunnel of Aggression. 
(Photo by Pfc. Shin, Young-Jae, 6-52 ADA Public Affairs)

    Air defenders in South Korea visit DMZ

    178 Soldiers from 6th Battalion 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment tour the Korean Demilitarized Zone during a training rotation to Warrior Base, Jan. 10. At the DMZ, 90 Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Battery D and Company F also...

  • 2nd Lt. Zachary Stewart, a communications platoon leader with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 6-52 ADA Battalion, reads the story of the First Tunnel of Aggression at the Third Tunnel Museum at the Korean Demilitarized Zone, Jan. 10. The Air Defenders visited the museum as part of their training rotation to Warrior Base, a mere seven minute drive from the DMZ. (Photo by Pfc. Shin, Young-Jae, 6-52 ADA Public Affairs)

    Soldier visits DMZ

    2nd Lt. Zachary Stewart, a communications platoon leader with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 6-52 ADA Battalion, reads the story of the First Tunnel of Aggression at the Third Tunnel Museum at the Korean Demilitarized Zone, Jan. 10. The Air...

  • Spc. Zachary J. Staeven (right), an automated logistical specialist with Company F, 6-52 ADA Battalion, fires an M2 machine gun, assisted by Staff Sgt. Sloan Uys, a Patriot launching station enhanced operator/maintainer with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, at Warrior Base, South Korea, Jan. 13.  Additionally, the Air Defenders practiced assembling, cleaning and maintaining the machine gun, among various other weapons systems.
(Photo by Pfc. Shin, Young-Jae, 6-52 ADA Public Affairs)

    Air defenders qualify on machine guns in South Korea

    Spc. Zachary J. Staeven (right), an automated logistical specialist with Company F, 6-52 ADA Battalion, fires an M2 machine gun, assisted by Staff Sgt. Sloan Uys, a Patriot launching station enhanced operator/maintainer with Headquarters and...

  • Cpl. Joon, Hee Lee (right), an administrative specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 6-52 ADA BN, ducks while the M67 hand grenade he had just thrown explodes at Warrior Base, South Korea, Jan. 11. In the fighting position with Joon is Sgt. Jacqueem Spratley, a signal support systems specialist with Battery A, who ensured the training was properly and safely conducted. (Photo by Pfc. Shin, Young-Jae, 6-52 ADA Public Affairs)

    Air defenders hone hand grenade skills

    Cpl. Joon, Hee Lee (right), an administrative specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 6-52 ADA BN, ducks while the M67 hand grenade he had just thrown explodes at Warrior Base, South Korea, Jan. 11. In the fighting position with Joon is...

  • Pfc. Justin Hughbanks (left), a medic with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 6-52 ADA Battalion, helps Spc. Lauren Wood, also an HHB medic, to properly seal her chemical protective suit before entering the gas chamber at Warrior Base, South Korea, Jan. 12. Gas chamber training not only sharpens Soldiers' skills and prepares them to operate in a contaminated environment, it also builds their confidence in their protective gear will indeed protect them should it become necessary to use it. (Photo by Pfc. Shin, Young-Jae, 6-52 ADA Public Affairs)

    Air defenders practice chemical protection

    Pfc. Justin Hughbanks (left), a medic with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 6-52 ADA Battalion, helps Spc. Lauren Wood, also an HHB medic, to properly seal her chemical protective suit before entering the gas chamber at Warrior Base, South Korea...

  • 6-52 ADA Battalion "Iron Horse" Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery secure the area after simulated explosive material was detected during the counter " improved explosive device training at Warrior Base, South Korea, Jan. 13. The Air Defenders also had a chance to tour the Korean Demilitarized Zone, a seven minute drive from the training site, where they gained a unique perspective on their mission to maintain the six decade old armistice. (Photo by Pfc. Shin, Young-Jae, 6-52 ADA Public Affairs)

    Air defenders conduct field training

    6-52 ADA Battalion "Iron Horse" Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery secure the area after simulated explosive material was detected during the counter " improved explosive device training at Warrior Base, South Korea, Jan. 13. The Air...

  • Troops form Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 6-52 ADA Battalion perform a tactical movement during counter improvised explosive device training at Warrior Base, South Korea, Jan. 13. The Air Defenders also trained with their various weapons systems at the live-fire ranges there, conducted chemical defense training and toured the Demilitarized Zone, which is a seven minute drive from Warrior Base. (Photo by Pfc. Shin, Young-Jae, 6-52 ADA Public Affairs)

    Air defenders conduct field training

    Troops form Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 6-52 ADA Battalion perform a tactical movement during counter improvised explosive device training at Warrior Base, South Korea, Jan. 13. The Air Defenders also trained with their various weapons...

  • Two medics with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 6-52 ADA BN, Pfc. Joel Joseph (left), and Spc. Jennifer Stobb (right), work together to move fellow medic, Spc. Siu Leatoa, who was simulating an injured Soldier during  counter improvised explosive device training at Warrior Base, South Korea, Jan. 13. The Soldiers also fired their various weapons systems at Warrior Base's live-fire ranges, practiced operating in a chemically-contaminated environment and visited the Demilitarized Zone, which was a seven minute drive away. (Photo by Pfc. Shin, Young-Jae, 6-52 ADA Public Affairs)

    Air defenders practice medical evacuation training

    Two medics with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 6-52 ADA BN, Pfc. Joel Joseph (left), and Spc. Jennifer Stobb (right), work together to move fellow medic, Spc. Siu Leatoa, who was simulating an injured Soldier during counter improvised...

Suwon Air Base -- Soldiers with the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment "Iron Horse" got back to basics while also getting a unique perspective of the history and current situation on the Korean peninsula, Jan. 6 - 15 at Warrior Base, South Korea.

Not only did the Air Defenders practice and qualify with their various weapons systems, they also had the opportunity to visit the Demilitarized Zone, including the Third Tunnel of Aggression, which is a mere seven minute drive from where they were training.

"This was a great tour of the DMZ," said Sgt. Rafael Roca, a fire control crew member with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 6-52 ADA. "I found it interesting that the tunnel was made by North Koreans and [is] so close to Warrior Base."

The tour included a visit to Dora Observation Post, with its clear view into North Korea and a stop at the Joint Security Area, where Soldiers witnessed firsthand the North and South Korean guards who stand face to face every day at one of the most fortified national borders on Earth.

"I can really understand the reason for our mission here," Roca said.

Training for the mission is what a rotation to Warrior Base is all about, including operating in a chemically contaminated environment.

The Air Defenders honed their various warrior skills while wearing their chemical protective suits and masks and even endured a training event commonly known as the "gas chamber."

During the exercise, a small room was filled with tear gas and the Soldiers removed their masks, endured a slight amount of the irritant, and then put their masks back on in order to breathe freely again.

"The training allowed Soldiers to trust their chemical equipment," said 2nd Lt. James Choi, a chemical officer with 6-52 ADA.

Rounding out the training regime were classes on techniques to counter improvised explosive devices, an ever present threat on the modern battlefield.

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