By Capt. Jonathon DaniellAugust 31, 2017
OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea - NBC News' chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, visited 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Aug. 30 at Osan Air Base, South Korea to gain a better understanding of the ballistic missile threat on the Korean Peninsula.
Due to increased provocations from North Korea, 35th ADA Brigade has seen its fair share of media outlets over the past few months. Martha Raddatz, ABC News' chief global affairs correspondent, CBS's Norah O'Donnell, CBS This Morning co-host, and Dena Takuri, AJ Plus senior presenter are just some of the press that have visited the brigade.
Engel's visit to 6-52 ADA Battalion underscores the rising tensions between the two Koreas, and reinforces the 8th Army motto of "Fight Tonight."
"We have a professional group, and our Soldiers are keenly aware of what's going on in the news," said Lt. Col. Marc Pelini, 6-52 ADA Battalion commander. "However, despite the increased media attention, it's business as usual and our Soldiers continue to maintain an aggressive training cycle to ensure they are ready to fight tonight."
Engel received a tour of the Battery D tactical site, an overview of the different Patriot equipment, and observed Soldiers assigned to Battery C, 6-52 ADA Battalion conduct a reload drill.
"We are always training to ensure we are ready when called upon," said Capt. Michael Nizolak, commander, Battery C, 6-52 ADA Battalion. "These Soldiers are conducting a real-world mission every day, and the amount of work they put in can't be overstated."
The 35th ADA Brigade's mission is to provide air and missile defense operations to defend critical assets and enable United States Forces Korea combat power generation capabilities. The brigade employs eight Patriot batteries throughout the Korean theater of operation.
"Being able to tell our story to the American public is great for the brigade," said Pelini. "Our Soldiers are well-trained, well-resourced and well-led. I'm confident in our team, and I hope we are able to provide some sense of reassurance to all the families back home."
The 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade recently completed a large-scale Patriot modernization project, equipping the brigade with the most technological-advanced software and capabilities within the U.S. Army's air defense artillery community.