ADA Brigade commander suspended for DWI

FORT BLISS – One of the Air Defense Artillery community’s senior leaders has been suspended from command after being arrested for driving while intoxicated over the weekend, according to Army officials at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Col. Shana E. Peck, the commander of the 11th Air Defense Artillery Bde, headquartered at the west Texas base, was scheduled for arraignment on Aug. 14 for DWI after her arrest on the 11th.

Lt. Col. Patrick Husted, the spokesman for the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, the 11th ADA Bde’s higher headquarters, confirmed Peck’s suspension in an email Wednesday morning, but added the suspension doesn’t affect the brigade’s readiness.

“Regardless of any situation, the brigade remains trained and ready to answer the nation’s call at any moment to provide air and missile defense (to combatant commanders).”

Col. Shana E. Peck, commander of the 11th Brigade, shakes hands with a soldier assigned to Delta Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment (THAAD) while visiting the Fort Bliss training area. (Photo: Capt. Guster Cunningham III, 11th ADA Brigade public affairs officer)

Husted added that the nature of the incident and investigation meant no further details would be available.

According to an internet search of command policy letters Brigade commanders throughout the Army often withhold punishment authority for alcohol-related incidents by leaders in their units. Information connected with the number of soldiers charged with alcohol-related infractions, along with the severity of those punishments, during Peck’s time in command has not been made available at press time.

Peck is the first brigade commander suspended this year where the circumstances behind the suspension were part of the public record.

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