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Fort Sill reactivates its artillery regiment

FORT SILL, Okla. (KSWO) – An air defense battalion with lineage dating back to WWII and Vietnam is being reactivated and will be the precursor to laser defense weaponry for the US military.

The 4th Battalion, Fighting Aces, 60th Air Defense Artillery Regiment became part of the Lawton Fort Sill community during a color unwrapping ceremony Friday morning.

The unit was deactivated after Vietnam, but was welcomed as Fort Sill’s first combat aces in over 50 years.

It is the first of its kind in the United States to incorporate the new short-range air defense maneuver, M-SHORAD, a laser weapon that has also been used by the United States military overseas.

Battalion Commander Alex Corby explained how the new technology used at Ft. Sill will be the first of its kind.

“We’ll be the first and only, at this time, a directed energy or laser weapons battalion that’s out there,” Corby said. “In addition to the M-SHORAD systems that Germany has. We will get proof of concept and demonstration by next fall. »

Other units across the country should make the same progress as the Fighting Aces.

American soldiers and their families came to Fort Sill to be part of the battalion.

They start with around 400 troops and more are expected to join their ranks.

Colonel Corby said this was a significant opportunity for Fort Sill and Lawton.

“I’m glad he’s back,” Corby said. “I’m glad we’re reinvesting in short-range air defense for the military. And we invest heavily in the Lawton community and in Oklahoma in general. And I think it’s a very unique and positive opportunity.

Veterans who served in the Fighting Aces were present for the reactivation ceremony.

The unit dates back to battles in the Pacific Theater during World War II and in Vietnam. It was deactivated after the Vietnam War ended.

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