(AWACS), division airspace management element (DAME), and Forward Area Alerting Radar
(FAAR)) on incoming hostile aircraft and relays the early warning information to the firing units.
(e) The communications section is responsible for installing, operating, and maintaining
internal and external signal communications for the battalion. It is under the supervision and operational
control (OPCON) of the air defense battalion signal officer.
(f) The medical section provides emergency medical treatment for personnel assigned to
(g) The air defense fire coordination section provides air defense fire coordination teams
to support the division. One team is normally located either with an Air Force control and reporting
center (CRC) or an air defense unit at corps/theater level to provide long-range early warning. Other
teams are located with the maneuver brigades.
(h) The DAME serves as the focal point for coordination of air defense operations with
other division staff elements and plans and coordinates the required airspace control measures for the
use of airspace within the division area. The DAME is normally composed of two teams: one is located
at the division tactical command post (CP) and the other is located at the division main CP.
(i) The FAAR platoon provides early warning detection of low-altitude hostile aircraft
and other targets.
(2) The battery HQ section provides command and control, administrative, and logistical
support for all HQ battery personnel. The motor maintenance section provides organizational
maintenance for organic motor vehicles and generators assigned to the battalion.
f. Firing batteries are normally positioned throughout the division's operational area from the
forward edge of the battle area (FEBA) to the division's rear boundary to defend against hostile aircraft
attacking forward area maneuver forces and critical command and control, logistical, and support
(1) A Chaparral battery consists of a battery HQ, three Chaparral platoons, and one Stinger
platoon. The battery's mission is to provide air defense of critical forward combat elements of the
division against low-altitude hostile aircraft. To support the mission of the air defense battalion, the
Chaparral battery can be deployed in its entirety, by platoons, or by sections.