CAMP ZAMA-Japan -- On the 100th anniversary of its inception, the 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade reactivates on Camp Zama, Japan, October 31, 2018, after 37 years of inactive service.
"Today is important, not only due to the reactivation of this storied unit, but also to recognize its legacy and those who served in it," said Brig. Gen. Michael Morrissey, the commander of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command.
The 38th ADA BDE traces its history back to the coast artillery corps, organized as the 38th Artillery Brigade on Camp Eustis, Virginia, in 1918 for entry into War World I. The 38th ADA BDE participated in multiple battle campaigns in World War II, including Normandy, Northern France, Central Europe and Rhineland.
As the specter of communism fell over the world in the post-war years, the brigade was again called into service. The 38th ADA BDE spent the better part of three decades providing an umbrella of air defense capabilities over the Korean Peninsula until its inactivation on July 31, 1981.
With the reactivation of the 38th ADA BDE the Guardian Brigade is back in the Pacific, again during a critical period.
"The reactivation of the 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade today demonstrates that commitment and strengthens the relationship with our long-standing Japanese allies," said Morrissey. "To build on that commitment, we are fortunate to have outstanding leadership for this organization. Col. Pat Costello and Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Sartain bring with them years of leadership and experience."
As the ceremony continued Col. Patrick Costello and Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Sartain unfurled the newly reformed 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade's colors, marking the beginning of a new era for the 38th ADA BDE.
Costello expressed his gratitude for being selected to command the historic Guardian Brigade. He also emphasized that they are ready to add to the great history of the 38th ADA BDE.
"The Soldiers of the 38th will be proud representatives of the Soldiers that have served under those colors throughout its 100 year history," said Costello. "As the brigade builds capacity, Command Sgt. Maj. Sartain and I are committed to providing a highly trained and skilled team ready to perform our mission providing joint and combined air missile defense in support of both INDOPACOM priorities and the collective defense of Japan."
Maj. Gen. Viet Luong, commanding general for U.S. Army Japan expressed his trust and confidence in the 38th ADA BDE leadership.
"I assure you that under the brilliant leadership of Col. Patrick Costello and Command Sgt. Maj. Sartain, the brigade will embark on another journey, one in which it will serve with distinction," Luong remarked.