The 11th ADA "IMPERIAL" Brigade is the largest and most deployed Air Defense Organization in the world.
Commander - COL John L. Dawber
Colonel John L. Dawber is a ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. After earning a bachelor’s in Business Administration, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army, Air Defense Artillery Branch. Following ADA Officer Basic Course, COL Dawber was assigned as a platoon leader in C Battery, 4th Battalion, 43rd ADA, Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Bliss, Texas. He was later assigned as the Executive Officer to B Battery, 1-1st ADA, Fort Bliss. Afterwards, he attended the ADA Officer Advanced Course at Fort Bliss and the Combined Arms Services Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
COL Dawber returned to Fort Bliss to serve as the Brigade Fire Direction Center Officer-in-Charge and Deputy Brigade S3, 11th ADA Brigade. Following a break in service in 1999, he returned to the Army and took command of A Battery, 5-52 ADA BN, Fort Bliss. Following command, he was reassigned to the 11th ADA Brigade as the Deputy Brigade S3, serving in this capacity for Operation Iraqi Freedom. COL Dawber was selected for the Office of Secretary Defense/Joint Chiefs of Staff intern program and was subsequently assigned to the Pentagon. He was assigned to the joint staff J5 Political-Military Directorate, where his portfolio included training and equipping of Iraq Security Forces coupled with Coalition Operations for both Iraq and Afghanistan. Subsequently, he served on the Army G8 Staff as the System Synchronization Officer for the Patriot and MEADS weapon system programs. In 2006, COL Dawber earned his master’s degree in Policy Management from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He then attended the resident Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth. He was subsequently assigned as the Operations Officer and then Executive Officer, 5-7 ADA BN in Hanau and Kaiserslautern, Germany. He next served as the Brigade S3 for the 357th Army Air and Missile Defense, Kaiserslautern, Germany. His next assignment was as the Lieutenant Colonel Assignments Officer, Executive Officer, and Interim Branch Chief for the ADA Branch, U.S. Army Human Resources Command Officer Personnel Management Division, Fort Knox, Kentucky. Consequently, he was selected to serve as Chief, Operations Branch, OPMD. COL Dawber moved on to command 3-2 ADA BN at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. After earning his master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, he served as the G3 for 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii. His most recent assignment was as the Deputy Commanding Officer, 32nd AAMDC, Fort Bliss.
COL Dawber has deployed in support of Operation Active Fence, Gaziantep, Turkey; Joint Task Force-East, Bulgaria; Operation Iraqi Freedom; Operation Desert Thunder; Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia, Kuwait; and Operation Southern Watch, Saudi Arabia.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (7 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal (2 Service Stars), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Basic Parachute Badge, Joint Staff Identification Badge, and Army Staff Identification Badge.
Command Sergeant Major - CSM James Brazill
Command Sergeant Major James Brazill attended Montana State University where on Feb. 24, 1988, he began his Army career by enlisting in the Montana Army National Guard as a 16S, Man Portable Air Defense Stinger gunner. After Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait, Aug. 2, 1990, then Private Brazill enlisted for active duty and served as a MANPAD crewmember with HHB/2-44th ADA, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
CSM Brazill has served in all levels of leadership from a Stinger Team Chief, Stinger/Avenger Section Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant and Battalion Command Sergeant Major. He has graduated all levels of NCOES from BLC to graduating from the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 63, in June 2013.
CSM Brazill holds an Associate of Science from Northern Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science from Excelsior University.
CSM Brazill’s assignments include HHB, 2-44th ADA, 101st ABN (AASLT); C, 4-1st ADA (HAWK), Pirmasens, Germany; CSC, 1-4th IN (OPFOR), Hohenfels, Germany; C, 2-44th ADA, 101st ABN (AASLT); 3rd RCTG Battalion, Chillicothe, Ohio, Recruiting Station; C, 2-44th ADA, 101st ABN (AASLT); 9th “Iron” Brigade ROTC, Northern Michigan University; B, 5-5th ADA (C-RAM), 31st ADA BDE; United States Army Sergeants Major Academy; 35th Air Defense Artillery BDE (Patriot), 8th Army Korea; 6-52nd AMD BN, 35th ADA BDE, Suwon, South Korea; and 1-44th ADA BN, 69th ADA BDE, Fort Hood, Texas; 4-5th ADA BN, 69th ADA BDE, Fort Hood, Texas. His combat tours include Operations Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom I, III-IV, VIII-IX, and Operation New Dawn. Herecently returned with the Renegade BN from Operation Spartan Shield in Kuwait.
CSM Brazill’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (1 Oak Leaf Cluster); MSM (8 OLC); ARCOM (4 OLC); AAM (6 OLC); Air Force Achievement Medal; Meritorious Unit Medal (2 OLC); Army Superior Unit Award and many other campaign medals. Hard earned was the Gold Recruiter Badge with three sapphire stars and the coveted Air Assault Badge merited through the Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, home to the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT).