[Marianas Variety Guam] U.S. Missile Defense System Elements Arrive On Guam
THAAD system to be deployed soon includes 100 personnel
By Frank Whitman
HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Marianas Variety Guam, April 16, 2013) – Elements of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system have begun to arrive on Guam, according to a release from the office of Governor Eddie Calvo.
The governor was told about the arrival of the THAAD parts during discussions yesterday with Gen. Daniel Karbler, commanding officer of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.
Karbler and Calvo discussed the THAAD system which is to be deployed in Guam in the coming weeks.
The THAAD system is a land-based missile defense system that includes a truck-mounted launcher, a complement of interceptor missiles, an AN/TPY-2 tracking radar, and an integrated fire control system.
The deployment will strengthen defense capabilities for American citizens in Guam and U.S. forces stationed here, according to the Department of Defense.
About 100 soldiers will be deployed to Guam with the THAAD system from Battery A, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment from Fort Bliss, Texas.
Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, also stopped over on Guam briefly and met with Calvo. He, too, provided assurances about the island’s safety and security, according to the release.
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