Crews from Alpha Battery, 5-4 ADAR perform digital rehearsals with the new Maneuver Short Range Air Defense system in preparation for the first live-fire of M-SHORAD at the tactical unit level and the first-ever live-fire of the system in Europe on Oct. 7, 2021. The week-long training took place at a Bundeswehr range on the Baltic Sea. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Robert Fellingham)
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A Soldier from Alpha Battery, 5-4 ADAR, loads a Stinger missile into pod on his Maneuver Short Range Air Defense system in preparation for the first live-fire of M-SHORAD at the tactical unit level and the first-ever live-fire of the system in Europe on Oct. 7, 2021. The week-long training took place at the Putlos Bundeswehr range on the Baltic Sea coast of Germany. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Robert Fellingham)
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Crews from Alpha Battery, 5-4 ADAR pose with their Maneuver Short Range Air Defense systems after successfully completing the first live-fire of M-SHORAD at the tactical unit level and the first-ever live-fire of the system in Europe on Oct. 7, 2021. The week-long training took place at the Putlos Bundeswehr range on the Baltic Sea coast of Germany. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Robert Fellingham)
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PUTLOS BUNDESWEHR RANGE, Germany — The 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, part of the 10th Army Air & Missile Defense Command, completed the first live-fire of the maneuver short-range air defense weapon system at the tactical unit level and the first-ever live-fire of the system in Europe on Oct. 7, 2021. The week-long training took place at the Putlos Bundeswehr range on the Baltic Sea coast of Germany.

The purpose of the week’s training was to demonstrate the capabilities of the M-SHORAD Stryker. Members of 3rd Platoon, Alpha Battery engaged ground targets with the 7.62mm machine gun and aerial drone targets with three Stinger missiles.

1st Lt. Kelsey Krauss, from Randolph, New Jersey, is the Army’s first M-SHORAD Stryker platoon leader.

“The demonstration went perfect I am so proud of my Soldiers,” said Krauss. “They were confident, knowledgeable, they asked questions when they needed to; they really knew their job and they came out here and they killed it.”

The Alpha Battery commander, Capt. Connor Knapp, agreed with his lieutenant’s assessment.

Crews from Alpha Battery, 5-4 ADAR pose with their Maneuver Short Range Air Defense system after successfully completing the first live-fire of M-SHORAD at the tactical unit level and the first-ever live-fire of the system in Europe on Oct. 7, 2021. The week-long training took place at the Putlos Bundeswehr range on the Baltic Sea coast of Germany. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Robert Fellingham)
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Crews from Alpha Battery, 5-4 ADAR perform digital rehearsals with the new Maneuver Short Range Air Defense system in preparation for the first live-fire of M-SHORAD at the tactical unit level and the first-ever live-fire of the system in Europe on Oct. 7, 2021. The week-long training took place at a Bundeswehr range on the Baltic Sea coast of Germany. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Robert Fellingham)
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A Stinger missile launches from the new Maneuver Short Range Air Defense system on Oct. 7, 2021. 5-4 ADAR became the first Army unit to live-fire M-SHORAD at the tactical unit level and the first-ever to live-fire the system in Europe. The week-long training took place at a Bundeswehr range on the Baltic Sea coast of Germany. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Robert Fellingham)
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“I think today went fantastic, we learned a lot and we showed the capability of the M-SHORAD system. With SHORAD in general, our job is to protect the maneuver force, and being on the Stryker platform gives us that key capability to move with them wherever they go and protect from enemy rotary and fixed-wing attack.”

Some of the Soldiers from 3rd Platoon participated in the initial testing of M-SHORAD at White Sands, New Mexico, but this was the first time live firing M-SHORAD for many Alpha Battery Soldiers.

M-SHORAD gunner Spc. Lilly Allen commented, “this week has been exciting, I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. The Stinger was amazing! I think the Stryker platform overall is one of the best things we could have added to ADA. The maneuverability, the capabilities, everything about it definitely gives our branch an upper hand.”

The next big exercise for the M-SHORAD will be Saber Strike 22 this winter. Exercise Saber Strike is an annual combined-joint exercise conducted at various locations throughout Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland. The combined training prepares allies and partners to respond more to regional crises and meet their own security needs by improving the security of borders and countering threats.