Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska
49th Missile Defense Battalion
Fort Greely is home to 44 Ground-based Interceptors, heightening America’s domestic ballistic missile defense capabilities.
August 17, 2005: The 49th receives its own insignia with the phrase “Defensimus Patrium”, or “Defend the Homeland”.[i]
July 22, 2004: Fort Greely receives its first Ground-based Interceptor, manned by the 49th Missile Defense Battalion.
January 22, 2004: The 49th Missile Defense Battalion is established at Fort Greely as part of the 100th Missile Defense Brigade headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO.
2001: Fort Greely designated as the Ground-based Midcourse Missile Defense Site.[i]