31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade –
always ready for a challenge
he 31st Air Defense Artillery 6-52 Air Defense Artillery Battalion and ally while continuing his military career.
Brigade was constituted January 5-5 Air Defense Artillery Battalion based Petrocciran placed less than a second shy
1, 1918. The brigade underwent a out of Fort Lewis, Wash. of the U.S. Army Track and Field standard
series of activations and deactivations, Another first was the use of the Small of 1:48.45 for the 800-meter event. He is
reorganizations and numerous deployments Manned Aerial Radar Target, Model 1. now training in Colorado Springs, Colo.,
and a few recent relocations from Fort Hood Known as the SMART-1, it is the world’s until the 2012 Summer Olympics.
and Fort Bliss, Texas. Today, the 31st Air smallest manned jet, only 12 feet in size, The brigade has had much to celebrate
Defense Artillery Brigade is comprised of and was used in the exercise to simulate a when they unveiled the plans of the future
Headquarters and Headquarter Battery; 3rd cruise missile. The significance to using the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade complex.
Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery; 6th Small Manned Aerial Radar Target, Model The complex will house the brigade head-
Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery; and 1 was it allows all the units to make initial quarters, two battalion headquarters (3-2
5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery. The contact with the “missile” and destroy it. In Air Defense Artillery and 4-3Air Defense
most recent change for the units of 31st Air 31st Brigade’s previous exercises, the cruise Artillery in fiscal year 2011), three com-
Defense Artillery is the Base Realignment missile was simulated, and the headquarters pany headquarters, three tactical equipment
and Closures move to Fort Sill, Okla., that ran the scenario had to send data to the maintenance facilities and a dining facility.
completing the standup of the Fires Center individual batteries before they could react. The brigade gave multiple tours of the $128
of Excellence. With the successful completion of the Joint million complex, and BG Robert Woods
Since 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade Kill Chain Exercise training, 31st Brigade and MG Peter Vangjel gave their appro