Patriots to Turkey

U.S. Airmen with the 728th Air Mobility Squadron secure Patriot missiles to a K-loader Jan. 6, 2013, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Approximately 400 Soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment at Fort Sill, Okla., deployed with the missiles to an undisclosed location near the Turkish-Syrian border to augment Turkish air defenses. U.S. and NATO Patriot missile batteries and personnel deployed to Turkey in support of NATO's commitment to defending Turkey's security during a period of regional instability.

Approximately 400 U.S. personnel and equipment from the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery (3-2 ADA) based at Fort Sill, Okla.; U.S. Army Europe's 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command and 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion; and 32nd AAMDC from Fort Bliss, Texas, are deployed to Turkey in support of NATO missile defense operations.

The deployment of six Patriot batteries, including two each from Germany and the Netherlands, is in response to Turkey's request to NATO. The forces will augment Turkey’s air defense capabilities and contribute to the de-escalation of the crisis along the Alliance's border.

The duration of the deployment will be determined by the contributing nations in coordination with Turkey and NATO.

Additional news items can be found on the NATO Support to Turkey page, the NATO Allied Command Operations' Support to Turkey page or on DVIDS.

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