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KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — The U.S. Patriot missile battery now being set up on Kadena Air Base will be officially activated in a ceremony Thursday.

Day-to-day administrative support of the unit, designated as the 1-1 Air Defense Artillery Battalion (PAC-3), will be conducted through the Army’s 10th Area Support Group on nearby Torii Station.

Command and control will be administered by the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) located at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, according to a Kadena Air Base news release.

“The ceremony is a military formality recognizing the stand up of the unit,” the release stated.

“The ceremony does not indicate the unit’s operational capability.”

The move of the unit to Okinawa was part of the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee Roadmap for Realignment Implementation signed May 1, the release said. The Defense Department relocated the 1-1 ADA from Fort Bliss, Texas, to Kadena.

“This deployment is part of the evolution of the bilateral defense relationship to encompass ballistic missile defense and help ensure the ability of the United States to fulfill its commitment to the defense of Japan and the maintenance of international peace and security in the region in support of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security,” the release stated.

“The stationing of the 1-1 ADA will enhance the security of Japan by providing a reliable defense asset and deterrent in the region.”

U.S. officials say the decision to deploy the PAC-3 unit to Okinawa was not a response to new or specific threats to Okinawa.

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