Altus AFB to host Fort Sill Patriot missile culmination training event

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Just as the Army and Air Force rely on one another in real-world contingencies, Altus AFB is scheduled to host Soldiers from Fort Sill, Okla. as they complete a Patriot missile culmination training event Oct. 12 until Oct. 21.

The 4th Battalion 3rd Air Defense Artillery, stationed at Fort Sill, Okla., will bring two Patriot missile batteries and about 250 Soldiers to Altus AFB to complete a 5-day training event that is designed to test communications between multiple battery sites and dispersed equipment. No missiles will be fired during this training and only communication equipment will be tested. Residents in the area of Altus may notice the Soldiers and extra military vehicles in the area beginning Oct. 11 and lasting for the duration of the event.

"The support provided by the Air Force ensures the Army can train its Soldiers on equipment in situations similar to what they would encounter in a deployed joint environment," said Army Maj. Jay Taylor, Brigade Public Affairs Officer. "This joint training and geographically distant location from Fort Sill is a very realistic simulated combat environment for the Soldiers and will complete their months of hard work."

In addition to the missile communication equipment testing, a credentialed media day will be offered Oct. 17. Members of the press who wish to participate in the event are asked to contact 97th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs at (580) 481-7700 no later than 3 pm. Oct. 14.