11th ADA Brigade headquarters will deploy to Middle East with a new commander
The 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade’s headquarters will be deploying to the Middle East with a new leader.
Col. Issac “Ike” Gipson assumed command of the Imperial Brigade on Sept. 13. He replaced Col. Shana E. Peck, who had been suspended after being arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Aug. 11 in Otero County in New Mexico.
Gipson and brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Paul Albright will lead about 75 soldiers from the brigade headquarters on a deployment to the Middle East.
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The headquarters element will leave in the next couple of weeks and will serve in a mission-command role.
While deployed, these soldiers will oversee about 1,500 soldiers across the Middle East from three Patriot battalions, including the 11th Brigade’s own 2nd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment.
Gipson, a 43-year-old from Biloxi, Miss. was originally scheduled to take command of the 11th Brigade next summer but was told by the Army that he would be taking over the job about nine months early.
“It is an honor and a privilege to command at any level,” Gipson said. “It is especially humbling to be able to walk in the steps of those you think so highly of.”
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Gipson said his immediate priorities are to make sure that the brigade headquarters remains on its “glide path” to deploy and has a successful mission overseas.
The new 11th Brigade commander also wants to make sure that 5-52 ADA continues to train, will be ready to deploy to the Middle East later this year and will have a seamless transition replacing sister unit 2-43 ADA.
Most recently, Gipson served as the assistant chief of staff for operations-forward for the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command in the Middle East. Prior to that, he was a student at the Air War College in Montgomery, Ala.
Gipson has longstanding ties to Fort Bliss. His most recent tour at the post was in 2003-04 when he served as the aide to the commanding general, now retired Lt. Gen. Michael Vane. He also served as a battery commander with 5-52 ADA from September 2001 to June 2003.
In addition, he attended his officer basic course and the captains career course at Fort Bliss earlier in his career.
Gipson said he is confident the brigade headquarters has been well-trained and is ready for its mission.
“When the nation calls for a premier air defense force, it is very likely to call on the 11th Brigade with all its combat capabilities,” Gipson said.
The 11th Brigade has performed a similar mission-command role in the Middle East several times, most recently from January to October 2015 under the command of Col. Alan Wiernicki.
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Albright, the brigade’s senior enlisted soldier since June 2016, is also confident the headquarters element is ready for its upcoming mission.
“We have been training hard,” said Albright, 44, from Chewelah, Wash. “The soldiers are ready. The brigade staff is ready.”
Lt. Col. Bruce Bredlow, the brigade’s deputy commander, will serve as the commander of the brigade’s rear element – the soldiers and units who remain home during the deployment.
David Burge may be reached at 546-6126; [email protected]; @dburge1962.
Col. Issac “Ike” Gipson
- Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern University and A&M College;master’s in defense analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School; master’s in strategic studies from the Air War College.
- Awards: Bronze Star (one oak leaf cluster); Meritorious Service Medal (six oak leaf clusters); Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal (two oak leaf clusters).
- Family: Married to Natalie, from Compton, Calif. Children: Danielle, 14; Cassie, 11; Issac II, 8.
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11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade (United States)
The 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade is an air defense artillerybrigade of the United States Army stationed at Fort Bliss.
The unit was initially constituted 25 January 1907 in the Regular Army as the 133rd Company, Coast Artillery Corps. Organized 1 August 1907 at Fort Terry, New York. Redesignated 3 July 1916 as the 3d Company, Fort Terry (New York). Redesignated 31 August 1917 as the 13th Company, Coast Defenses of Long Island Sound. Redesignated in December 1917 as Battery A, 56th Artillery (Coast Artillery Corps). Demobilized 31 July 1921 at Camp Jackson, South Carolina.
Reconstituted 1 June 1922 in the Regular Army; concurrently consolidated with the 4th Company, Coast Defenses of Long Island Sound (organized in June 1917 as the 7th Company, Fort H.G. Wright (New York); redesignated 31 August 1917 as the unit was redesignated as the 133rd Company, Coast Artillery Corps.
- Redesignated 1 July 1924 as Headquarters Battery, 11th Coast Artillery (Headquarters, 11th Coast Artillery, concurrently constituted and activated at Fort H.G. Wright, New York). Inactivated 7 April 1944 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Disbanded 14 June 1944.
- Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 11th Coast Artillery, reconstituted 28 June 1950 in the Regular Army; concurrently consolidated with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 11th Antiaircraft Artillery Group (active), and Antiaircraft Artillery Group. Inactivated 27 April 1953 at Fort Tilden, New York. Activated 15 January 1955 at Camp Stewart, Georgia. Redesignated 20 March 1958 as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 11th Artillery Group. Inactivated 26 August 1960 at Rehoboth Defense Area, Massachusetts.
- Activated 1 May 1967 at Fort Carson, Colorado. Headquarters and Headquarters Battery 11th Air Defense Artillery was inactivated 26 May 1967 at Fort Carson, Colorado. Activated 1 September 1971 at Fort Bliss, Texas. Redesignated 15 March 1972 as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 11th Air Defense Artillery Group. Reorganized and redesignated 16 December 1980 as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade.
Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 11th Antiaircraft Artillery Group was constituted 19 December 1942 in the Army of the United States as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 11th Antiaircraft Automatic Weapons Group. Activated 20 January 1943 at Camp Davis, North Carolina. Redesignated 26 May 1943 as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 11th Antiaircraft Artillery Group. Inactivated 6 October 1945 in Germany. Allotted 9 December 1948 to the Regular Army. Activated 15 January 1949 at Fort Bliss, Texas.
The brigade served in the Persian Gulf War, during which the brigade recorded the first intercept of a ballistic missile in combat. Prior to its deployment it consisted of:
1st Battalion, 2nd ADA (Chaparral)
2nd Battalion, 7th ADA (Patriot)
3rd Battalion, 43rd ADA (Patriot)
2nd Battalion, 1st ADA Task Force with 2-1 ADA (Hawk) and 2-43 ADA (Patriot)
The 1st Battalion, 2nd ADA was left behind at Fort Stewart when the brigade deployed. Battery D, 1st Battalion, 7th ADA (Patriot) was attached from 94th ADA Brigade, 32nd AADCOM in Europe, and 2nd Battalion, 43rd ADA was attached from 10th ADA Brigade, 32nd AADCOM.
Thomas D. Dinackus notes that every battalion that was part of the brigade received the Valorous Unit Award, despite three of the battalions (those not equipped with Patriot) not having fired a single shot in anger.
- Dinackus, Thomas D. (2000). Order of Battle: Allied Ground Forces of Operation Desert Storm. Central Point, Oregon: Hellgate Press. ISBN .
First woman to command 11th ADA excited, humbled
FORT BLISS – Col. Shana E. Peck is excited and humbled to be making history with the Army’s largest air-defense brigade.
Peck, a 48-year-old from Niceville, Fla., took command of Fort Bliss’ storied 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade on June 22. She is the first woman to ever command the 11th Brigade, which traces its history back to before World War I. The 11th Brigade has had a presence at Fort Bliss since 1971.
She is also just the second woman to command an air defense artillery brigade. The other was El Pasoan Maj. Gen. Heidi Brown, when she was a colonel.
“It is definitely an honor to be selected to command here,” Peck said.
Even though she had never served in the 11th Brigade before taking command, she has done four tours at Fort Bliss totaling about eight years of her 25-year career.
Many of the soldiers, noncommissioned officers and officers she is now leading, she had previously served with at other assignments here in the past.
“It is like a homecoming in that sense,” Peck said.
The Imperial Brigade has nearly 3,000 soldiers and is the largest brigade of its kind in the Army.
While Peck said she hasn’t been driven to be a female pioneer in the Army, now that she has reached this level she feels it is important to serve as a role model.
“The more time I spend in the military, the more I see the importance of making sure our female soldiers understand they can achieve their potential,” Peck said. “It really is as fair as I’ve ever seen it. In air defense, it doesn’t matter what your background is, if you are male or female, if you excel in performance and have potential, there is a lot of opportunity.”
Most recently, Peck served as the chief of staff at the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, which is also headquartered at Fort Bliss.
Peck’s background is in the Hawk medium-range air-defense system and the Patriot long-range system. She started her career at Fort Bliss as a young second lieutenant when she took the officer basic course here in 1992. Her career has kept bringing her back.
She also took what is now called the captain’s career course here and served as the brigade human resources officer with the 31st ADA Brigade and as a battery commander with 3rd Battalion, 2nd ADA Regiment. Both of those units are now located at Fort Sill, Okla. When she was a battery commander, she led her unit on a deployment to the Middle East.
She also served as the operations officer with the 32nd AAMDC in 2013-14 before leaving to attend the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
"Every time I come here, I appreciate Fort Bliss a little bit more and the beauty that is here,” she said.
Peck said her number one priority is having a trained, ready force that can do its mission at a moment’s notice.
The 11th Brigade has had a near constant string of rotational deployments to the Middle East since the Gulf War in 1991.
The brigade’s 1st Battalion, 43rd ADA Regiment deployed to the Middle East in May and will be gone for about a year. Sister unit, 2-43 ADA, is training and preparing to replace 1-43 next spring.
The brigade headquarters is also slated to deploy to the Middle East in summer 2017 and oversee air-defense soldiers in multiple countries.
Peck said that what distinguishes the 11th Brigade isn’t its size but its “culture of excellence.”
“You don’t get a second chance when you are talking about this mission (of providing air defense)," Peck said. "We have to be right the first time.”
It’s not just the Patriot and THAAD system operators who have to be trained and ready, but every soldier in the brigade, from cooks, to administrative soldiers to maintainers and sustainers, she said.
Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Paul Albright called Peck a “great leader and mentor for our soldiers.”
Maj. Paul M. Jacques, the brigade’s deputy commander, called Peck an “adaptable and personable leader” who has a wide range of knowledge of air defense at a tactical level.
David Burge may be reached at 546-6126; [email protected]; @dburge1962 on Twitter.
Col. Shana E. Peck
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from University of West Florida; master’s in strategic studies from Air War College.
Awards: Legion of Merit; Bronze Star; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (four oak leaf clusters); Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal (1 oak leaf cluster); Army Achievement Medal (six oak leaf clusters).
Family: Mother: Carmen Cameron, who lives in Niceville, Fla. Daughters: Kayla, 22, a student at Northwest Florida State College; and Katrina, 19, an airman first class at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.
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