Lee Erwin Reporting
Fort Campbell, KY. – The 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment (2-44 ADA) “Strike Fear” held a Color Casing Ceremony Friday, January 10 at Fort Campbell. The unit is preparing for their deployment later this year to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The unit colors are a flag that represents the unit on the battlefield, and casing it symbolizes the 2-44 ADA is prepared for movement. Once in Afghanistan, the battalion will provide protection for coalition forces across the country against the threat of indirect fire. Lt. Colonel Tim Shaffer and Command Sergeant Major Michael Brown cased the colors in the ceremony Friday.
Lieutenant Colonel Shaffer, Battalion Commander of the 2-44 ADA talked about their mission which is to counter rocket, artillery and mortar fire. “We will go in and our ability to engage threats of rockets, mortars in the air. We’re not going after the guys that are launching it, we’re providing an umbrella protection to the assets that we defend,” said Shaffer.
Colonel Shaffer added that the unit had great success in Iraq, they’ve had great success in Afghanistan, and they fully anticipate having great success as they move forward with the remainder of the battalion. These Soldiers will join another 2-44 ADA battery deployed to Afghanistan in July 2013.