HIMARS Deployed to Alaska for Defender Pacific 2020

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The U.S. Army 5th Battalion ‘Thunderbolts’ with 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Field Artillery Brigade deployed HIMARS to Eareckson Air Station, Shemya Island, Alaska on September 12th, in sup­port of Defender Pacific 2020.

This mis­sion focus­es on expe­di­tionary deploy­ment oper­a­tions through M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) rapid infil­tra­tion (HIRAIN) train­ing — which show­cas­es a crew’s combat readi­ness and quick-pre­ci­sion-strik­ing abil­i­ty by rapid­ly prepar­ing and mobi­liz­ing the HIMARS, all while val­i­dat­ing the crew’s long-range com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

“This HIRAIN (mis­sion) val­i­dates 5 – 3 FA and 17th FAB’s abil­i­ty to rapid­ly project combat power in the Indo-Pacific region,” said Maj. Kevin Shouse, plans and oper­a­tions offi­cer with the 5th Bn., 3rd FAR, “It took the tire­less efforts of 5 – 3 FA’s Soldiers to make this oper­a­tion a suc­cess.”

Defender Pacific 20 is a joint exer­cise that demon­strates strate­gic readi­ness by deploy­ing combat cred­i­ble forces across the Indo-Pacific Theater of oper­a­tions in sup­port of the U.S. National Defense Strategy.

The 17th Field Artillery Brigade — the Force Field Artillery (FFA) Headquarters for America’s First Corps — is deploy­ing HIMARS to demon­strate their readi­ness to shape the fight as the power pro­jec­tion plat­form of the Indo-Pacific the­atre.

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