Fort Bliss To Send Air Defense Battery To Guam In Light of Heigthened North Korean Tensions

Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 9:59am

Today the commander of Fort Bliss - In El Paso - Talked about the soldiers who are headed to Guam in the wake of North Korean threats.

About 120 Fort Bliss soldiers as well as a "Thaad", or the terminal  high altitude area defense missile are being deployed to Guam in an effort to intercept incoming enemy missiles... should North Korea decide to fire them.

This is the first time in the history of the US Army that the "Thaad" is being sent on a real-world deployment.

Major General Dana Pittard says he's confident North Korea's missiles won't reach the United States.

"as far as a missile hitting the United States, it's gonna happen, it's just not gonna happen. Not with our THAAD systems that we have out there, that's not gonna happen. It may hit in the ocean somewhere after its knocked out. They just don't have enough, it barely has enough range but on the actual peninsula where we have 28,000 plus troops, that's a whole different story.

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