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Air Defense Artillery School House changes leadership McIntire continues to serve ADA Image Credit: Fires Bulletin
Air Defense Artillery School House changes leadership McIntire continues to serve ADA Image Credit: Fires Bulletin

Air Defense Artillery School House Changes Leadership, McIntire Continues To Serve ADA

Fort Sill welcomed a newcomer to a top post July 26 and wished another the best of luck in an on-post assignment. In a ceremony in front of post headquarters, Brig. Gen. Randall McIntire stepped down as the Air Defense Artillery commandant and Chief of Air Defense.

Stephen Robertson

Now filling those roles is Col. (P) Brian Gibson, who is in his first assignment at Fort Sill, Okla. He comes to post following his assignment as the Joint Staff Operations Directorate, Regional Operations deputy director at the Pentagon. He is joined by his wife Cheryl and their two children Josiah and Simon.

Maj. Gen. Wilson Shoffner, Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill commanding general, said McIntire served at “a time of unprecedented change for the air defense artillery.”

After years of downsizing, Shoffner said the branch has begun to grow. It’s also modernizing to provide better protection against missiles and drones as one of the Army’s top priorities.

To that end, McIntire was named the Air and Missile Defense Cross Functional Team (AMD CFT) director, tasked with drawing plans to meet the priority.

“Our guidance was ‘Randy, make this thing work,’ and he did,” said Shoffner.

McIntire made critical decisions that will affect the Army for years to come. Although he’s transitioning from his job as commandant, McIntire will continue to lead the cross-functional team at Fort Sill.

“I think the fact that he’s staying here is an indication of how important air and missile defense is to the Army,” Shoffner said.

McIntire thanked all those who helped him during his tenure and said the community support was “the best this Soldier has ever witnessed. I


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