Reception Events

New Jersey Reception of Champions in Camden, New Jersey

October 21, 2016

In Camden, New Jersey at the Adventure Aquarium alongside the Delaware River across from Philadelphia, MDAA hosted the first ever New Jersey Reception of Champions event. We were honored to be joined by VADM James Syring, United States Congressman Norcross (D-NJ-1), and Congressman MacArthur (R-NJ-3) to commemorate our Navy Aegis Air and Missile Defense Champions. The Champion engineers and developers of Aegis Combat System, along with those champions developing the Long Range Discriminating Radar (LRDR) – being placed in Alaska in 2020 to increase reliability to defend the U.S. Homeland – were recognized in New Jersey for their excellence as being part of the team that is making the world a safer place.

Arizona Breakfast of Champions in Tucscon, Arizona

August 26, 2016

MDAA hosted a Reception of Champions in Tucson, Arizona. We recognized the critical role that Arizona that plays in our nation’s missile defense. For this recognition, we were honored to be joined by Arizona Senator John McCain, the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Vice Admiral James Syring, head of the Missile Defense Agency. Also speaking was Dr. Taylor Lawrence, President of Raytheon Missile Systems; Phil Joyce, Vice President of GMD at Orbital ATK; and Lt Gen Chris Nowland, Commander of the 12th Air Force.

Huntsville Breakfast of Champions in Huntsville, Alabama

August 17, 2016

MDAA was honored to host the annual Huntsville Breakfast of Champions at the 2016 Space & Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama. It is an annual tradition that we have carried out with missile defense advocates in Alabama for over a decade and a celebration of achievements that have taken place over the past year in missile defense.

Speaking at the event was: Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL); Vice Admiral James Syring, Director of the Missile Defense Agency; Lieutenant General David L. Mann, Commander of U.S. Army SMDC/ARSTRAT, JFCC-IMD; and hosted by MDAA Chairman and Founder Riki Ellison.

Ballistic Missile Defense Breakfast of Champions in Pascagoula, Mississippi

May 6, 2016

Last week, MDAA visited the primary source of modern American sea-power, the ship yards of Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi. It is there were the majority of the most advanced U.S. warships are constructed, such as Aegis BMD destroyers and the Amphibious LPCs, LHAs, and LPDs, the latter three being new littoral combat vessels designed for coastal warfare. MDAA had the honor to personally visit two brand spanking new ships built at this ship yard: the USS John Finn (DDG-113)—the first Aegis guided-missile destroyer built from the shipyards with baseline 9 and equipped with SPY-1 D(V) radar that has space kill assessment capability —as well as the state-of-the-art LPD 28—an ultra-light littoral transport vessel designed to deploy 800 Marines with all their mechanized equipment and ammunition for amphibious combat missions.

Anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative Speech

March 23, 2016

The Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance was honored to partner with The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library to commemorate the anniversary of President Reagan’s historic Strategic Defense Initiative Speech. We also presented the Presidential Library with missile defense artifacts and recognized current leadership in the field of missile defense. The recognition ceremony took place Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 6PM at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

MDAA German-U.S. Tactical Firing Awards

October 1, 2015

In the MDAA German-U.S. Tactical Firing Awards which were held in Crete, MDAA honored and recognized the best missile and defense crews from Germany and the United States that participated in the live fire of 37 Patriot interceptors. Medals were given to the best German Launching Crew, the best German Tactical Firing Crew, the best American Tactical Firing Crew, the best German Patriot Maintainer, and the best German Patriot Logistician.

SBX 10th Anniversary

September 22, 2015

The Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance was privileged to recognize and pay respect to all those that helped create, build, maintain and operate the SBX on its 10 year anniversary here on Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. From MDAA’s first visit to SBX during its construction in Brownsville, to its 10th anniversary on Wednesday, we have been proud to stand with SBX every step of the way.

California Breakfast of Champions

September 14, 2015

The Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance hosted its first California Breakfast of Champions  to honor and recognize the many valuable and unheralded contributions of the State of California and its citizens to U.S. missile defense. The reception honored the best of the best from the U.S. Military in California and California civilian engineers. The awardees included Sailors from the USS Lake Erie (CG-70), which served for 10 years as the U.S. Navy’s test ship for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system. Also recognized were Airmen from the 7th Space Warning Squadron at Beale AFB, which is home to an Upgraded Early Warning Radar, a central part of U.S. homeland defense sensor architecture.

Texas Reception of Champions

August 28, 2015

The Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance hosted the 2015 Texas Breakfast of Champions in Fort Worth recognizing those from the 32nd AAMDC and the 11th  and 69th brigades out of Fort Bliss and Fort Hood respectively, as well as the vital role the state of Texas plays in the global missile defense mission.

Huntsville Breakfast of Champions

August 12, 2015

In Huntsville, AL the birthplace of U.S. missile defense, the intercontinental ballistic missile, and the Atlas rockets that put men on the moon, the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance recognized the contributions of the state of Alabama and its citizens to the missile defense mission.

Recognizing Excellence in the Partnership between Japan and the United States

May 28, 2015

The Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance had the privilege to recognize the U.S.- Japan partnership on the SM-3 Block IIA with members of the U.S. and Japanese governments, the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force, the U.S. Navy, and U.S. and Japanese industry at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

Arizona Reception of Champions

April 10, 2015

In this Reception of Champions in Tucson, Arizona, Arizona was recognized for its critical role it plays in our nation’s missile defense. For this recognition, the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance was honored to be joined by Arizona Senator John McCain, the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Congresswomen Martha McSally, representing Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, warfighters from the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force, and representatives from Arizona’s aerospace industry.

U.S. Seventh Fleet & Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces Aegis BMD Recognition Event

February 23, 2015

In Yokosuka, Japan, MDAA hosted an event to  recognize the accomplishments of the U.S. 7th Fleet and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces’ Aegis BMD mission. The event highlighted the achievements of the ships and crews of the USS Shiloh (CG-67) and the JS Kirishima (DDG-174) that are currently deployed there.

Recognition of the Tenth Anniversary of the Operational Aegis BMD System

November 14, 2014

The Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance hosted the 10th Anniversary of the Aegis sea-based ballistic missile defense (BMD) system becoming operational.

A Decade of Missile Defense: Commemorating the Tenth Anniversary of the Operational Ground Based Midcourse Defense System

September 30, 2014

The Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance hosted a celebration and recognition of the 10th Anniversary of the activation of the Ground Based Midcourse (GMD) Missile Defense System in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

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