By AUDREY McAVOY
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii (AP) - A new leader is taking over a U.S. Army missile defense command in the Asia-Pacific region.
Brig. Gen. Sean Gainey is scheduled to assume control of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command during a ceremony in Hawaii on Friday.
The command is responsible for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system in Guam. The military has deployed THAAD to Guam since 2013 to counter the threat of North Korean missiles.
THAAD is a land-based system that includes a truck-mounted launcher, tracking radar, interceptor missiles and an integrated fire control system.
Gainey succeeds Brig. Gen. Eric Sanchez, who will become the commanding general of the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
The command also oversees missile defense radars and Patriot anti-missile batteries in Japan.