Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | Sept. 16, 2020

17th Field Artillery Brigade deploys High Mobility Artillery Rocket System to Alaska: Defender Pacific 2020

By Ian Sandall

Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash. -- ‘Thunderbolts’ with the 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Field Artillery Brigade deployed High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (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.

CONNECT WITH USINDOPACOM
Facebook

Like Us
Twitter
307,116
Follow Us

ENGAGE & CONNECT MORE WITH PACOM

                                                 

IN THE USINDOPACOM NEWS
USINDOPACOM Statement on DPRK Missile Launch​
Jan. 16, 2022 - We are aware of the ballistic missile launches and are consulting closely with our allies and partners. While we have assessed that this event does not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel or territory, or to our...

USINDOPACOM Statement on DPRK Missile Launch​
Jan. 14, 2022 - We are aware of the ballistic missile launch and are consulting closely with our allies and partners. While we have assessed that this event does not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel or territory, or to our allies,...

Readout of Japan, Republic of Korea and U.S. Defense Trilateral Call
Jan. 13, 2022 - WASHINGTON -- Defense officials from Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), and the United States conducted a call on January 13, 2022 to discuss regional security affairs.Japanese Director General for Defense Policy Masuda...

Agency Addresses Hypersonic Vehicle Detection, Satellite Survivability
U.S. Army Soldiers finish setting up multiple scalable satellite nodes on the validation site on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, July 13, 2021. This equipment provides vital communication and network operations support for the I Corps command post that will oversee Exercise Forager 21.
Jan. 13, 2022 - WASHINGTON -- The Space Development Agency (SDA) will be fielding satellites that will provide eyes-on capability to detect maneuverable hypersonic glide vehicles during flight, and those satellites will be affordable and...

DOD Officials Say Service Members, Families Pay Price of Continuing Resolutions
In this file photo, an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operation test at 11:49 p.m. PT Feb. 23, 2021, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. ICBM test launches demonstrate the U.S. nuclear enterprise is safe, secure, effective and ready to defend the United States and its allies. ICBMs provide the U.S. and its allies the necessary deterrent capability to maintain freedom to operate and navigate globally in accordance with international laws and norms.
Jan. 13, 2022 - WASHINGTON -- Service members and their families will suffer if Congress passes a full-year continuing resolution for fiscal 2022, Defense Department officials told the House Appropriations defense subcommittee today.A...