Airmen gain Patriot Missile System perspective
February 13, 2014
By D/3-43rd ADA
FORT SILL, Okla.-- Al Udeid Air Base, Doha, Qatar On Jan. 24, the ?"War Dawgs" of D Battery, 3rd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery participated in the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing's Weapons System of the Week here.
The brief and tour was designed to provide the joint-forces community a glimpse into the many platforms that support the combined forces air component commander's ability to project decisive air power throughout the Central Command area of responsibility.
Capt. Ben Mayhew, D Battery commander, along with one of his tactical control officers, 1st Lt. Akeem Rutherford, gave a brief to 12 Airmen about the Patriot Missile System. Mayhew and Rutherford provided extensive information on each component of the Patriot system, as well as the capabilities of the threats that it may face.
The briefing showcased the current laydown of air defense forces throughout the area to counter those threats. They discussed the command and control relationships that affect Patriot operations, and the primary charge forward deployed air defense forces which are protecting our friendly forces throughout the region.
Following the brief, Airmen were escorted to a Patriot site to get an up-close look at the equipment which protects them from air breathing threats, i.e., aircraft. As they walked around and observed each component, it was clear they understood the capability the Patriot brings to the defense of CENTCOM critical assets. From discussions consisting of the fire control equipment which consists of the battery command post, antenna mast group, electric power plant, engagement control station, and the radar to the downrange tour of the different launchers that operate at the site.
The participation in the Weapon System of the Week demonstrated to the joint partners on Al Udeid Air Base how the Army and Soldiers from Task Force Legion enhance the base's safety and contribute to the joint stabilization and security efforts of the CENTCOM region.