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U.S. Army activates new Missile Defense Command

140/ Col. John E. Seward, commander of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, accepts colors from Lt. Gen. John M. Brown III, U.S. Army, Pacific, commanding general, during the formal activation of the 94th AAMDC 14 Oct. at Fort Shafter. Staff Sgt. Kimberly Green.

Washington (UPI) Oct 25, 2005
The 94th Air and Missile Defense Command unfurled its colors during a ceremony Oct 14, on Fort Shafter, Hawaii, the Army News Service reported Tuesday. The new command is the Asia-Pacific Theater's first line of defense officials said.

The ceremony marked the activation of the third Army Air and Missile Defense Command; two in the active component and one in the reserve component, ANS said.

The 94th AAMDC is the newest addition to the modular Army and is designed for joint and or multinational operations. It is a command headquarters element that provides command and control for Army air defense units and it will assist in planning theater-level air and missile defenses.

"In this region of the world there is a rapid growth in the number of air-delivered weapons systems," Lt. Gen. John M. Brown III, U.S. Army, Pacific commanding general and the reviewing officer for the ceremony told ANS.

"Things will change; we'll keep all our existing missions, but we will also become a war-fighting headquarters. The 94th AAMDC is an integral part of the headquarters transformation."

The activation and stationing of the 94th AAMDC in the USPACOM theater of operations ensured the Army's contribution to the theater air and missile defense fight and supports the Joint Forces commander's intent, Brown said.

"Today, we join the U.S. Army, Pacific, in its vigilant fight against the Global War on Terrorism. We support our commander-in-chief's overall plan in homeland security. We are actively engaged in critical exercises preparing our forces, building cooperation with our coalition partners and ultimately preparing the 94th AAMDC for success in any future contingency," said Col. John E. Seward, 94th AAMDC commander.

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