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As Exercise Roving Sands 18 continues, Delta Battery, 3-43 Air Defense Artillery Battalion, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, are in place and ready to provide coverage at their area of operation. The Soldiers continue to work and train hard, preparing themselves for the missions ahead.

“If you’re in the rear and you’re doing your daily operations, everyone is focused on their
individual task,” said Sgt. Adam Driscoll, a Patriot launching station enhanced operator/maintainer and Delta Battery’s system maintenance non-commissioned officer in charg. “One of the big benefits of Roving Sands is everyone is coming together and doing everything collectively. We’re here to do what air defense does rather than individually.”

Driscoll said the battery’s mission for the last week of the February exercise was to bring all of the launchers into the entry control center, where the launchers would meet minimum engagement criteria. The unit also conducted site improvement and site security as they continued to dig in and lay concertina wire.

Driscoll said the exercise improves the unit’s ability to be able to move troops and supplies quickly.

“We’re also able to improve on where Observer/Controller-Trainers find deficiencies, including
if we’re moving in a timely manner and meeting deadlines,” said Driscoll. “Not only that but,
once we get to where we’re going, are we able to set up a perimeter and make a Forward
Operating Base, or FOB. Based on how the unit performs, you go from there.”

“We have good cohesion so we enjoy it,” Driscoll continued. “We like getting out here turning
wrenches and making the best of it. My battery is doing well.”

Delta Battery also ran crew change overs, duties for the quick reaction force, and security elements. Read more

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As Exercise Roving Sands 18 continues, Delta Battery, 3-43 Air Defense Artillery Battalion, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, are in place and ready to provide coverage at their area of operation. The Soldiers continue to work and train hard, preparing themselves for the missions ahead.