By Staff Sgt. Nathan Akridge, 31st Air Defense ArtilleryJanuary 17, 2013
FORT SILL, Okla.--With past and current events around the world, many units have had to answer the nation's call to defend this country.
In early January, Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery 'Lethal Strike' deployed to Turkey to defend a NATO ally from possible air and missile threats as a result of the ongoing civil war in Syria. 'Lethal Strike' Soldiers had little time to react to the deployment order, because the unit received notification approximately two weeks before it had to deploy.
"This deployment is definitely different than my last one; I went with them to Bahrain and to the United Arab Emirates," said Sgt. Leonardo Nino, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3-2nd ADA. "This time, we deployed in a lot less time than we're used to, so it was a little more hectic. We did a pretty good job despite the time crunch."
Although deploying in a short time presented its own set of challenges, Soldiers overcame that obstacle, said Nino.
When asked about the deployment Pfc. Peter Ferrer, B Battery, 3-2nd ADA, said despite this being his first deployment, he's confident about his mission.
"I feel great. I know I'll be away from my family, but I feel proud that I have a chance to defend my nation. This is a new experience for me and it gives me a chance to serve my country," said Ferrer.
Ferrer added his chain of command was instrumental in preparing him for deployment.
"They did everything they could for me. They gave me time to prepare my family, they helped me with all the issues that I had, and they gave me support."
When asked about the mission, Capt. Russell Newman, HHB, 3-2nd ADA, said: "Hopefully nobody notices anything different going on, this is just a normal routine mission, and all the threats out there will be handled before they become an issue."
Newman was excited about the unknowns and very enthusiastic about deploying with his battalion and its capabilities.
"They're rock steady," Newman said. "They're fully prepared to do their job. I'd go with them anywhere."