Andy Haq’s global service spanned Europe, Asia and Middle East

MADISON – In the U.S. Army, Chief Warrant Officer Anwarul ‘Andy’ Haq completed courses for Short Range Air Defense and served on the Air Defense Artillery branch.

He specialized in anti-aircraft weapons, such as Vulcan, Chaparral and Avenger Air Defense Systems; Sargent York; Roland; and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense or THAAD.

He joined in 1975 and served through 1998. Haq had Basic Training at Fort Jackson S.C and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Bliss, Texas. He then attached to Military Police detachment with Indiana National Guard at Fort Wayne, Ind. and became a Supply Specialist.

His training included basic and advanced electronics, High Power Generation course and advanced Warrant Officer Course, specializing in Patriot Radar and Missile System.

Tours of duty took Haq to Germany; two tours to Camp Casey and Camp Humphrey, South Korea; Fort Campbell, Ky., 101 Airborne Unit; and Fort Polk, La., XV111 Airborne Unit at Fort Bliss and Fort Hood, Texas.

Haq was deployed to Germany, Reforger exercises, 1st Armored Division; Korea, Short Range Air Defense, along with first Patriot Battalion; Panama and Granada, combat, 101 Airborne, Air Assault Division; and Desert Storm, Desert Shield, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, combat, XV111 Airborne corps.

His design for access window to Slip Ring Electronics improved safety on Vulcan Air Defense Gun System. Haq authored drills for weapon crews, Avenger shoulder-fire missiles and Patriot. He also wrote upload/download procedures for missiles to launchers, modified instruction for Patriot Radar and safety operations for firing ranges.

Awarded numerous honors, Haq earned medals related to Meritorious Service, Army Commendation, Army Achievement, Army Good Conduct, National Defense, South East Asia Service and Joint Army/Airforce Commendation.

An active member of Madison American Legion, Post 229, Haq leads flag ceremonies and will coordinate the upcoming Memorial Day ceremony. In several groups as officer, he participates in Military Retiree Council, United States Army Warrant Officers Association, Disabled American Veterans, North Alabama Veterans and Fraternal Organizations Coalition, St. Vincent DePaul Society and Knights of Columbus.

In civilian jobs, he has worked for Dynetics Inc., Colsa Corporation and Computer Science Corporation with Missile Defense Agency, along with veterans’ support with Catalyst Center.

He holds master’s degrees in business administration and in management and bachelor’s degrees in education and electronics/instrumentation.

He and his wife Marinita Haq have five children and nine grandchildren.

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