SEMBACH, Germany – U.S. Army Col. Bruce Bredlow assumed command of the Army’s newest air defense artillery brigade, the 52nd ADA Brigade, in a ceremony Oct. 6, 2022, in Sembach Kaserne, Germany.
Service members, family and friends attended the ceremony in support of the brigade’s first commander.
At the NATO summit in Madrid, Spain last June, President Biden announced the army’s newest air defense artillery brigade, the 52nd Air Defense Artillery Brigade.
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Maurice O. Barnett, commanding general of the 10th Air Force and Missile Defense, presided over the ceremony. In Barnett’s speech, he highlights the impact of the Brigade Headquarters which will provide command and control of all US Army air and missile defense forces in the EUCOM area of responsibility and will report directly to the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command. This increases command and control capability at the tactical level while increasing interoperability with our NATO allies and partner nations.
“It’s a monumental task that I give you Bruce, but I’m confident and excited for what you and the 52nd Air Defense Artillery Brigade will accomplish in this theater,” said Brig. Gen Barnett. “The reason we are in Europe, in NATO, is that we are truly stronger together, not in spite of our differences but because of them.
The 52nd ADA will assume responsibility for the 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 11th Missile Defense Battery, 13th Missile Defense Battery and future 1st Battalion, 57th Air Defense Artillery Regiment.
“I am very pleased to take command of the Army’s newest air defense brigade,” said Colonel Bredlow. “Our mission here in Europe is particularly rewarding thanks to our ability to work closely with NATO on a regular basis. We look forward to building new connective tissue at the tactical level with our allies and partners and expanding our combined capability through interoperability.
The addition to the theater of the active duty Brigade Headquarters along with the new 1-57 Short Range Air Defense Regiment adds a significant capability to the US contribution to Alliance ground air defense in EUCOM.