4/20/2012 - Former NFL Player Visits Air Defense Soldiers
Former National Football League (NFL) player and an air defense advocate, Riki Ellison, visited the leadership and Soldiers of the 69th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade here on 8 February 2012.
Riki Ellison, the chairman and founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA) and three-time Super Bowl champion, spent his time on fort hood touring the 69th ADA footprint and taking a closer look at the air defense weapon systems.
Ellison's non-profit organization, MDAA, supports and promotes the development of missile defense systems and has grown to over 10,000 members worldwide.
The air defense advocate had a lot of questions for the brigade's command teams and toured each of the battalions' motor pools, even coining a few of the Soldiers along the way.
Not only did Ellison talk to air defenders in the unit, but he also talked to Soldiers who perform other duties within the Brigade.
One piece of advice that Ellison could give to the Soldiers was that no one can win alone.
"It will always be about the team," he said.
One last piece of advice he gave to the Soldiers was that "Defense wins."
Just like in a football game, the defense can be what decides the winners from the losers. Air defense helps to prevent conflict from happening all over the world, and Ellison's organization will always provide essential support to the air defense community.