The Air Defense Artillery branch of the US Army specializes in anti-aircraft weapons (such as surface to air missiles). In the US Army, these groups are composed of mainly air defense systems such as the Patriot Missile System, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), and the Avenger Air Defense system which fires the FIM-92 Stinger missile. The Air Defense Artillery branch descended from Anti-Aircraft Artillery (part of the U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps until 1950, then part of the Artillery Branch) into a separate branch on 20 June 1968. On 1 December 1968, the ADA branch was authorized to wear modified Artillery insignia, crossed field guns with missile.
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The 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) is a theater level Army air and missile defense organization and directly subordinated to United States Army Europe. On order, 10th AAMDC deploys worldwide to conduct joint and combined/coalition air missile defense ops for US European Command. 10th AAMDC serves as the United States Army in Europe's executive agent for all theater air and missile defense ops and air missile defense force management.
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A small selection of badass lady scientists from across the centuries. Row 1: Rosalind Franklin (Biophysics), Marie Curie (Chemistry, Physics), Chien-Shiung Wu (Physics) Row 2: Emilie du Chatelet (Mathematics, Physics), Mae Jemison (Medicine, Astronaut!), Vera Rubin (Astronomy) Row 3: Ada Lovelace (Computing, Mathematics), Maria Sibylla Merian (Natural History, Entomology), and Lise Meitner (Physics).
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In the early 1960s, communist military strength and firepower in Vietnam increased. As a result, PACAF began a buildup in the area with the addition of troops and better arms and equipment. In response to what has become known as the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964, Tactical Air Command pilots and support personnel found themselves deployed from the CONUS to PACAF bases such as Da Nang Air Base and Phan Rang AB in South Vietnam. Bases in Thailand (Takhli RTAFB, Korat RTAFB) were also used by deployed TAC fighter squadrons
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