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Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Battery in Guam Successfully Completes Table VIII Evaluation

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Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Battery in Guam Successfully Completes Table VIII Evaluation

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Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Battery in Guam Successfully Completes Table VIII Evaluation
Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Battery in Guam Successfully Completes Table VIII Evaluation

In a testament to readiness and operational excellence, Task Force Talon’s E-3 ADA THAAD Battery conducted a Table VIII evaluation for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system stationed in Guam, March 11-15, 2024. E-3 THAAD Battery, equipped with a state-of-the-art missile defense system, is tasked with defending Guam and its surrounding areas against potential ballistic missile threats. Amidst evolving security challenges in the region, completing the Table VIII evaluation highlights the unit’s preparedness to effectively deter and counter emerging threats. The evaluation showcased the unit’s proficiency in missile defense operations and underscored its critical role in bolstering regional security in the Pacific. Senior Air Defense leaders from the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, and 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade served as evaluators.

“Table VIII is the first assessment in the series of gunnery tables that brings in external evaluators to assess the Battery’s proficiency on their gunnery task as a collective,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jennifer Burns, Lead Evaluator.

The TF Talon commander, Lt. Col. Jonathan Stafford, said, “The evaluators certified that all the crews from the THAAD battery were proficient on all aspects of the Defense of Guam mission. Great job, E-3!”

Evaluators observe E-3 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Battery's Fire Control and Communications support equipment emplacement as part of their Table VIII certification in Dededo, Guam, March 12, 2024.
Evaluators observe E-3 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Battery’s Fire Control and Communications support equipment emplacement as part of their Table VIII certification in Dededo, Guam, March 12, 2024. (U.S. Army Photo by Maj. Trevor Wild)

Soldiers underwent rigorous training scenarios designed to test their ability to deploy, operate, and maintain the THAAD system under simulated combat conditions. From rapid deployment drills to simulated missile engagements, the evaluation encompassed a range of tasks to assess the unit’s combat readiness and proficiency. Completing the Table VIII evaluation reaffirms TF Talon’s commitment to excellence and its indispensable role in safeguarding peace and security in the Pacific. With Guam serving as a strategic outpost in the region, TF Talon’s presence is pivotal in deterring aggression and preserving stability in the Indo-Pacific theater.

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), formerly Theater High Altitude Area Defense, is an American anti-ballistic missile defense system designed to shoot down short, medium, and intermediate-range ballistic missiles in their terminal phase (descent or reentry) by intercepting with a hit-to-kill approach. THAAD was developed after the experience of Iraq’s Scud missile attacks during the Gulf War in 1991. The THAAD interceptor carries no warhead, instead relying on its kinetic energy of impact to destroy the incoming missile. The THAAD system is being designed, built, and integrated by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control acting as prime contractor. Key subcontractors include Raytheon, Boeing, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Honeywell, BAE Systems, Oshkosh Defense, and MiltonCAT.

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense launcher used by E-3 Air Defense Artillery THAAD Battery as part of their Table VIII certification in Dededo, Guam, March 13, 2024. The THAAD battery, equipped with a state-of-the-art missile defense system, is tasked with defending Guam against ballistic missile threats. (U.S. Army Photo by Maj. Trevor Wild)
A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense launcher used by E-3 Air Defense Artillery THAAD Battery as part of their Table VIII certification in Dededo, Guam, March 13, 2024. The THAAD battery, equipped with a state-of-the-art missile defense system, is tasked with defending Guam against ballistic missile threats. (U.S. Army Photo by Maj. Trevor Wild)

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