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  • Social media, free press dominate USARCENT media relations exchange

    Apr 29, 2016

    U.S. Army Central public affairs conducted a media relations exchange with Tajikistan military and government communications officers April 18 -- 22 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

  • State Partnership brings long-lasting benefits

    Apr 27, 2016

    Illisky Training Center, Kazakhstan- International exercises provide Servicemembers from many nations the opportunity to experience new cultures, learn from their international counterparts, and broaden their military skills.

  • Steppe Eagle builds capacity and cooperation

    Apr 27, 2016

    Illisky Training Center, Kazakhstan-- A cool breeze blew across an open field and all was quiet until the sounds of an improvised explosive devise simulator broke the silence, sending soldiers from the Kazakhstani Peacekeeping Battalion right into action.

  • 2nd Cavalry Regiment spearhead remote-operated force protection systems in Sinai

    Apr 27, 2016

    Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Task Force War Eagle are spearheading the integration of the Army's remote-operated Force Protection Systems during a peacekeeping mission in the Sinai Peninsula. TF War Eagle is deployed to the Sinai Peninsula in support of Multinational Force and Observers (MFO). For the MFO, TF War Eagle is responsible for remote sites, the administration of the MFO South Camp, a mobile observation team, various force protection missions and providing special response teams.

  • Task Force War Eagle focus on operational readiness in Sinai

    Apr 19, 2016

    Soldiers from Bull Troop, 1st Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment "Task Force War Eagle" recently completed a week long training event, Operation Bull Run, April 12, 2016. TF War Eagle is deployed to the Sinai in support of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), an international peacekeeping force overseeing the terms of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

  • Distracted Driving - R U @ Risk?

    Apr 18, 2016

    Say the words "distracted driving" and most folks think of teens who text or gab excitedly with each other while navigating the streets. However, teens aren't the only ones out there paying less than full attention to the road. Distracted driving can just as easily happen to anyone -- maybe even you.

  • TOA

    Apr 11, 2016

    The color guard stand at attention in the Summit Garden at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan for the U.S. Army Expeditionary Contracting Command transfer of authority ceremony, April 10, 2016. (Photo by Lt. Col. Don Korpi)

  • Army debuts new Digital Job Book

    Mar 30, 2016

    The Army's new Digital Job Book that makes it easier for Soldiers and small unit leaders to track training is available on the Army Training Network (ATN) (https://atn.army.mil). The new job book records physical training, weapons qualification, mandatory training, scheduled classes and unit training schedules. It uses data from the Digital Training Management System (DTMS) to replace information recorded on paper job books.

  • Army to debut new game-based SHARP training tool

    Mar 29, 2016

    In April, a new Army training videogame will put company, battalion and brigade commanders in the hot seat to deal with sexual assault and harassment in their ranks.

  • First Kazakhstan military delegation observe the US Army's NCO corps

    Mar 22, 2016

    The first Kazakh military delegation to visit the U.S. Army Central forward headquarters took the opportunity to learn more about the U.S. Army's noncommissioned officer corps during a three-day stop at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, March 8-10.

  • Army's new Basic Leader Course comes to USARCENT

    Mar 17, 2016

    Approximately 125 Soldiers from across the U.S Army Central area of responsibility graduated from the first Basic Leader Course held at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, March 9.

  • OPM-SANG Receives Foreign Military Award

    Mar 17, 2016

    Program Manager of the Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program Brig. Gen. Paul Laughlin (right) was awarded the King Abdulaziz Medal, Saudi Arabia's highest award for foreign military servicemen March 15.

  • Joint search and rescue exercise

    Mar 15, 2016

    Soldiers with 40th Combat Aviation Brigade and 97th Transportation Company joined the Kuwaiti air force and navy for a search and rescue exercise in the Persian Gulf off the coast of Kuwait, March 9, 2016.

  • 504th intelligence Soldier recognized at Afghan women's event

    Mar 14, 2016

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (March 14, 2016) -- Spc. Amanda Coyle with the 303rd Military Intelligence Battalion, 504th Military Intelligence Brigade is a consummate professional, according to her chain of command, and proves it daily by providing key intelligence collection and analysis skills to U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan. "Her selfless service and courage in the face of overwhelming operational challenges" were just some of the reasons she was recognized at a ceremony, March 7, highlighting female service members at Bagram Airfield. The specialist was acknowledged at a "Profiles in Courage" event to commemorate International Women's Day and to credit her tactical and technical proficiency demonstrated during her Afghanistan deployment. She was one of five female service members deployed to Bagram who was recognized as an outstanding Soldier and Military Intelligence professional.

  • Man's best friend protect the safety of Soldiers

    Mar 11, 2016

    K9 Veterans Day is March 13th. The day is in recognition of the duty and sacrifice that military working dogs perform in service to their country. Camp As Sayliyah has approximately 10 military working dogs that work along their Soldier handlers.

  • Dodging the competition

    Feb 13, 2016

    As a child, many had the opportunity to play games during recess at school or on the playground at a park.

  • Munitions experts deploy to support 1st TSC missions

    Feb 12, 2016

    Six civilian employees from Defense Ammunition Center -- U.S. Army Technical Center for Explosive Safety recently deployed from Oklahoma for a 60-day mission to work with donated munitions and ensure they are safe to handle, store and perform as expected when required.

  • Partnering for leadership

    Jan 28, 2016

    Maj. Gen. William Hickman, U.S. Army Central's, USARCENT, deputy commanding general-operations, and USARCENT captains partnered with officers from the Kuwaiti 35th Armored Brigade for a leader professional development conference at the 35th Brigade headquarters, Jan. 25. The leaders learned about the Battle of the Bridges, a battle at the beginning of Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait 25 years ago, and the part the 35th Bde. played in the battle as a way to show the history and pride the Kuwaiti Servicemembers have in their unit.

  • 5-4 Cav and JAF training finishes in grand fashion

    Jan 27, 2016

    After 12 weeks of shoulder to shoulder training, Jordan's Princess Basma 3rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion concluded its successful partnership with U.S. Army Central's 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, with an urban live-fire exercise Jan. 19-21.

  • 5-4 Cav partners with Jordan's 3rd Mech Brigade, improves interoperability

    Jan 26, 2016

    Soldiers with U.S. Army Central's 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, partnered with soldiers of the Jordanian Armed Forces to plan and execute an ongoing mission readiness exercise near the JAF's Joint Training Center, Jordan, that began, Jan. 17.

  • Forward deployed LARS provide extensive reach-back capability

    Jan 23, 2016

    "Have you talked to the LAR?" are often the first words spoken when Soldiers are confronted by a seemingly irresolvable maintenance issue.

  • Equal opportunity: Dignity through respect

    Jan 20, 2016

    Soldiers throughout the U.S. Army Central area of responsibility participated in an Equal Opportunity Leaders' Course on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Jan. 11-16.

  • Carter: Lasting defeat of ISIL depends on coalition strength

    Jan 14, 2016

    Delivering a lasting defeat to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant must be a global effort, and coalition partners and others must step up their contributions to the escalating fight, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

  • Antiballistic system shared with international partner

    Jan 13, 2016

    The U.S. Army Security Assistance Training Management Organization has trained and participated in a Dec. 9 graduation for the first foreign military to purchase and operate the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system.

  • United Through Music

    Jan 12, 2016

    Members of Shockwave, the 1st Armored Division Rock Band, joined Kuwait's Maayouf Traditional Band for a standing-room only concert during the Music Unites Us cultural event at the Al-Shaheed Park amphitheater, Kuwait City, Jan. 8. This concert was the result of a combined effort by the U.S. Embassy-Kuwait, the Kuwaiti Ministry of Information and U.S. Army Central to commemorate the sacrifices made by members of the coalition as they helped liberate the Kuwaiti people from Saddam Hussein's occupation.

  • TAA contracting division named top shop in USACE

    Jan 12, 2016

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -- Transatlantic Afghanistan District (TAA) Contracting Division has been named the 2015 USACE Excellence in Contracting Awards Program -- District of the Year.

  • USARCENT: Happy New Year!

    Jan 2, 2016

    U.S. Army Central and Morale, Welfare and Recreation hosted a New Year's Eve party to celebrate another year of health and prosperity on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 31. "We put events on like this to let people celebrate the holiday as close to the way they would be back home," said Brenda Thompson, the Camp Arifjan MWR recreation supervisor. "We wanted to show the service member stationed away from their loved ones that there is someone that cares about them and give them something to take their minds off of work."

  • 40th Combat Aviation Brigade takes to the sky in Kuwait

    Dec 30, 2015

    The 40th Combat Aviation Brigade officially took charge of all aviation operations within U.S. Army Central's area of responsibility during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Dec. 20.

  • Task Force Longhorn already successful in first 60 days of Afghanistan intel mission

    Dec 14, 2015

    EASTERN AFGHANISTAN (Dec. 14, 2015) -- For the silent warriors of the 303rd Military Intelligence Battalion, 504th Military Intelligence Brigade, who deployed in September and currently provide critical intelligence collection and analysis in Afghanistan, their deployment thus far has been rewarding for Soldiers and valued by commanders.

  • Remembrance Day ceremony honors service, sacrifice

    Dec 14, 2015

    More than 300 coalition service members from U.S. Army Central and Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve took time to remember those who served before them in a Remembrance Day Ceremony Nov. 11.

  • Campbell: Troop-level decision continues to resonate

    Dec 9, 2015

    President Barack Obama's decision to keep 9,800 American forces in Afghanistan into 2016 has resonated through the region, the commander of NATO's Resolute Support Mission told reporters in Afghanistan.

  • USACE TAA welcomes new CSM

    Dec 8, 2015

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Transatlantic Afghanistan District (TAA) welcomed a new top NCO, Command Sgt. Maj. John Hankins, during a change of responsibility ceremony Friday, Dec. 4, on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

  • US Army Central plays key role in EOD training

    Dec 4, 2015

    U.S. Army Central's Explosive Ordnance Disposal section plays a key role in helping the United States' international partners deal with the threat of improvised explosive devices.

  • School program brings patriotism, partnership

    Dec 2, 2015

    The U.S. Embassy-Kuwait, the Kuwaiti Ministry of Education and U.S. Army Central wrapped up a six-part series of school programs to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the liberation of Kuwait and celebrate the partnership between Kuwait and the United States at Masoud Bin Sinan Boys Middle School, Nov. 30.

  • Master gunners train by example

    Nov 25, 2015

    A person exceptionally skilled in an occupation, art, or science by definition can be considered a master.

  • Vehicle gunnery sharpens lethality

    Nov 24, 2015

    Vehicle crews, from 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, practiced firing machine guns from moving Humvees during a vehicle gunnery exercise on Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Nov. 14-22.

  • Milley: Army taking 'hard look' at Daesh threat

    Nov 24, 2015

    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is more than a large, capable terrorist organization and the U.S. Army is adjusting its tactics to defeat them, said Army Chief of Staff Mark A. Milley during a visit to Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 23.

  • Care under fire

    Nov 24, 2015

    Soldiers with 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division and the Camp Buehring Troop Medical Clinic partnered with Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division to create a realistic and challenging training exercise to give Army medical personnel sophisticated experience dealing with trauma injuries here, Nov. 16-20.

  • US Army Central engineers vital to success

    Nov 20, 2015

    Ever since the American Revolution, engineers in the military have played a vital role in the success of our Nation and our Army. Then, as now, though the instruments they used were different, they would map terrain, build fortifications to protect fellow Soldiers from opposing forces, build bridges, and many other types of buildings and fortifications to protect the force and enhance their capabilities.

  • Assistant secretary of the Army Visits Bagram Air Field

    Nov 10, 2015

    Assistant secretary of the Army Katherine Hammack visited Bagram Air Field Nov. 7 to receive updates on the R2MR process.

  • USACE TAA engineer awarded de Fleury Medal

    Nov 5, 2015

    A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Transatlantic Afghanistan District (TAA) employee has been awarded one of the highest honors bestowed within the Corps of Engineers. Norman Boeman, deputy chief of construction, was presented with the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal Tuesday.

  • Leaders see competence, confidence grow in Iraqi army

    Nov 5, 2015

    When Col. Curtis A. Buzzard deployed to Iraq again in January 2015, he admitted that he was initially concerned about building trust and confidence in the Iraqi army, "but it happened almost immediately."

  • Elite Kuwaiti force trains with U.S. Army Central

    Oct 29, 2015

    Soldiers, assigned to 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, partnered with Kuwait's Amiri Guard to focus on interoperability and readiness here, Oct. 21.

  • Army divers train salvage ops on Kuwait Naval Base

    Oct 29, 2015

    Divers, from the 74th Engineer Dive Detachment from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, conducted their annual salvage diver training in the waters of Kuwait Naval Base, Oct. 22.

  • School program commemorates Kuwaiti Liberation, Operation Desert Storm

    Oct 22, 2015

    The U.S. Embassy-Kuwait, the Kuwaiti Ministry of Education and U.S. Army Central highlighted the long-standing partnership and shared history between the U.S. and the State of Kuwait during the 25th Anniversary Schools Program at Fatima Bint Al-Waleed Girls High School here, Oct. 20.

  • National Cyber Security Awareness Month reminds everyone to keep all information safe

    Oct 19, 2015

    Realizing the importance of cybersecurity, President Obama designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

  • USACE TAA employee named top engineer

    Oct 13, 2015

    A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Transatlantic Afghanistan District (TAA) employee has been named the top engineer for the entire USACE Transatlantic Division (TAD). Thomas "Clark" Carroll, a project engineer at the Qargha Project Office within TAA's Kabul Area Office, has been chosen as the recipient of TAD's Hard Hat of the Year for his work in Afghanistan.

  • Joint emergency service station boosts effective response and readiness

    Oct 13, 2015

    Firefighters and paramedics celebrated the opening of Fire Station 3, Camp Arifjan's new joint emergency service station, during an uncoupling ceremony Oct. 10.

  • 3rd Brigade Patriots Officially Assumes Responsibility of the Train, Advise, and Assist

    Oct 9, 2015

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan--3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division "Patriots," assumed responsibility of the Military Advisory Team and Base Defense Operations during two ceremonies in support of Resolute Support Mission Train, Advise and Assist.

  • "From the Inside" of cybersecurity awareness

    Oct 9, 2015

    For the Army, October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and this year's theme, "Stay Protected While Connected," emphasizes the importance of good online habits in protecting the Army network and the force. To do their part to promote cyber security, members of the U.S. Army Central network security office presented a different way of sharing cyber awareness information and tips with Soldiers and civilians.

  • Task Force Shadow pilots participate in Afghan Air Force women's meeting

    Oct 6, 2015

    Capt. Amy Breguet and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Sylvia Grandstaff weren't quite sure what to expect when they left Bagram Airfield to attend a meeting with a group of Afghan Air Force female officers.

  • Savannah Corps' top brass engineer leads from the front

    Oct 2, 2015

    As if deploying to Afghanistan does not pose enough of a challenge, making a dramatic mission change in the middle only adds to personal and professional demands. However, Gordon Simmons, Savannah District's chief of engineering, would not let that slow him from pushing forward to help the people of that war-torn nation.

  • Army, Navy practice deck landing techniques

    Sep 30, 2015

    Soldiers, assigned to the 185th Theater Aviation Brigade, and Sailors, of the USS Essex (LHD 2), a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, took part in a joint, deck-landing qualification exercise in the Persian Gulf, Sept. 28.

  • Company clears more than 5,000 miles in Afghanistan

    Sep 28, 2015

    Preparation for this vehicle doesn't include your typical fluid level and tire pressure checks. At 56,000 pounds, this "Buffalo" requires a pre-mission prep that includes claw, communication, navigation, and safety inspections.

  • Never out of Reach: ARCENT's 15 month fight against ISIL

    Sep 27, 2015

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or Daesh, swept through Iraq and Syria like a plague, casting a dark shadow of destruction across the region.

  • U.S. Army Central hosts Inspired Gambit 15

    Sep 25, 2015

    U.S. Army Central and members of the South Carolina Army National Guard hosted Pakistan Army soldiers during exercise Inspired Gambit 15, Sep. 14-24, at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C.

  • Three unrelated problems - one cost effective, ecofriendly solution

    Sep 24, 2015

    Three unrelated problems were solved by one simple solution devised by Logistics Civil Augmentation Program IV contract partner Fluor to convert used cooking oil into biodiesel to help power solid waste incinerators at Bagram Airfield.

  • Warrior Brigade assumes mission in Iraq

    Sep 21, 2015

    As the Panther Brigade furled their colors, officially marking the completion of its mission in Iraq, the Warrior Brigade began its duties there.

  • An Army contracting officer re-enlists on Patriot Day

    Sep 14, 2015

    Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan -- An Army contracting officer re-enlisted on Patriot Day while deployed here. Sgt. 1st Class Samantha Brown, contracting officer and team leader for the Armed Security Guards Contracting Team, Regional Contracting Center-East, raised her right hand on Sept. 11. Lt. Col. Scott McKee, 904th Contracting Battalion commander and chief, RCC-East, rendered the oath of enlistment from Guard Tower 29 as Soldiers, civilians and contractors looked on.

  • Coalition forces in Afghanistan observe 9/11 attack anniversary

    Sep 11, 2015

    U.S. troops serving in Kabul, Afghanistan were joined by NATO and coalition partners today to solemnly observe the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America. They were reminded of why they serve in this land where the attacks where launched 14 years ago.

  • Ammo abatement Soldiers perform critical tasks

    Sep 8, 2015

    Every piece of rolling stock leaving the Army Field Support Battalion, Afghanistan's logistics task forces at Bagram and Kandahar, for onward movement or disposition to Defense Logistics Agency is thoroughly inspected by trained ammo abatement Soldiers numerous times to ensure there is no loose ammunition, brass or links left inside the equipment.

  • Soldiers train Afghan Air Force pilots for combat

    Sep 4, 2015

    A team of nine Soldiers from the U.S. Army Security Assistance Training Management Organization have been on the ground in Afghanistan since January conducting combat mission training on the MD 530F helicopter for the Afghan Air Force. The training has provided the Afghan government with combat-ready qualified pilots and on Aug. 1 the first Afghan MD 530F Cayuse Warrior squadron was able to conduct aerial combat operations.

  • Deployment strengthens operational contracting skills

    Sep 3, 2015

    Operational contracting support skills honed by Soldiers from the 418th Contracting Support Brigade headquarters and its subordinate battalions and teams over the last six months in Afghanistan will serve to reinforce the Army's acquisition strategies for future operations.

  • Niece of 'Dahlke' namesake visits Tactical Base

    Sep 1, 2015

    Even though it's been six years since it happened, Spc. Kiersten Funcheon still remembers it like it was yesterday. Niece of 'Dahlke' namesake visits Tactical Base in Afghanistan.

  • U.S. Army Central hosts Regional Combined Arms Symposium

    Sep 1, 2015

    FORT BENNING, Ga - U.S. Army Central and the Maneuver Center of Excellence hosted army officers from the Middle East and Central Asia at the Regional Combined Arms Symposium, Aug. 24-28, at Fort Benning, Ga.

  • CCAD Throwback Special - 25 Yrs Ago: CCAD Strengthens Support for Operation Desert Shield

    Aug 27, 2015

    As AMCOM's organic industrial base for helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul, CCAD expands on AMCOM's historical piece about their contributions and support in Defense when Operation Desert Shield began, 25 years ago. This collection of images and texts from the 1990 edition of CCAD's newspaper, Aircraftsman, shows how depot personnel enhanced AMCOM support by ramping up efforts to support helicopter maintenance operations in August 1990.

  • New Bilateral Security Agreement deadline for contractors to take effect Sept. 1

    Aug 27, 2015

    Existing provisions of the Bilateral Security Agreement take full effect Sept. 1, impacting Department of Defense and NATO coalition contractors working in Afghanistan, local officials here said.

  • U.S. Army Central hosts the Central and South Asia Land Forces Symposium

    Aug 26, 2015

    U.S. Army Central hosted land forces commanders and their staffs during the Central and South Asia Land Forces Symposium, Aug. 17-20, at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany.

  • Veterans remember Gulf War 25 years later

    Aug 24, 2015

    Twenty-five years ago this month, Iraq invaded Kuwait. Shortly thereafter, the 101st Airborne Division deployed to the Middle East as part of the U.S. response to the action in what became known as the Gulf War.

  • DLA sells excess military property to Afghan companies, stimulates economy

    Aug 11, 2015

    Twelve trucks loaded with supplies left BAF and headed toward Afghan businesses after a "white goods" sale at the Disposition Services (DS) Yard on Aug. 7. Sale items included a Bobcat, forklifts, and refrigerator containers.

  • Army contracting supports development of Taqaddum

    Aug 10, 2015

    AL-TAQADDUM AIR BASE, Iraq -- Developing a new military site at Al-Taqaddum Air Base was a mission originally given to the U.S. Marines. And through their mission analysis, the Marines identified various services that would be required to sustain life at the remote site, which is located roughly 40 miles west of Baghdad in the Al-Anbar province.

  • Afghan troops prepare for joint operation

    Aug 9, 2015

    Senior Afghan National Army and Resolute Support leaders visited Train Advise Assist Command-East and 201 Corps at Tactical Base Gamberi July 30, 2015.

  • Celebrating National Purple Heart Appreciation Day, a day to remember

    Aug 7, 2015

    On May 9, 2015, during a combat patrol around Bagram Airfield, Pfc. Matthew Aiken's vehicle was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device. As the vehicle's gunner, Aiken's upper torso and head were directly exposed to the detonation. At BAF's Craig Hospital, it was determined that he received a concussion because of his proximity to the detonation of the IED.

  • 20th CBRNE Command hosts Saudi EOD group

    Aug 5, 2015

    The 20th CBRNE Command (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives) hosted a group of Saudi Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) leaders on Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, Aug. 3.

  • Maj. Gen. James Rainey assumes command of 3ID, U.S. National Support Element -- Afghanistan

    Aug 1, 2015

    Maj. Gen. James Rainey assumed command of the U.S. National Support Element -- Afghanistan and duties as the U.S. Forces Afghanistan, Deputy Commanding General - Support from Maj. Gen. Mike Murray during a change of command ceremony today.

  • Medevac unit on call 24/7, mission changed since drawdown

    Jul 29, 2015

    Within an hour of its transfer of authority, Task Force Shadow Dustoff received its first 9-line or medical evacuation request.

  • First Yoga Fest held on Bagram Airfield

    Jul 19, 2015

    Balance and harmony took over Bagram Airfield today at a Yoga Fest sponsored by the Bagram Power Yoga group. Over 80 people and a dozen volunteers arrived for a 90-minute session of warrior ones, low cobras, and downward facing dogs with certified yoga instructor Capt. Eric Schweppe.

  • Hawaii-based troops set to provide critical HR support to CENTCOM

    Jul 13, 2015

    More than 50 Hawaii-based human resource Soldiers were recognized during a deployment ceremony at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, July 10, in preparation for their upcoming departure to Kuwait where they will support operations in the Central Command area of responsibility.

  • 4th Czech Force Protection Company sponsors Czech Fallen Heroes' Day

    Jul 11, 2015

    The 4th Czech Force Protection Company (4th CZE FP COY) held a Czech Fallen Heroes' Day at Bagram Airfield on July 8 to honor the memory of five Czech soldiers that died in a suicide bomber attack in the Qalandar Khel village on July 8, 2014. The four soldiers, of the 2nd Czech Force Protection Company, were Chief Master Sgts. David Benes, Ivo Klusak, Libor Ligac, Jan Senkyr, and Jaroslav Lieskovan.

  • How not to become a victim of terrorism

    Jul 9, 2015

    FORT LEE, Va. (July 9, 2015) -- Holiday events and recreational activities during the summer create potential targets for extremists, and it's important to be vigilant to combat those threats.

  • Military working dog handlers: 'It's the best job ever'

    Jul 8, 2015

    U.S. Forces-Afghanistan is proud of their military working dogs and everything they bring to the mission.

  • 402nd Forward Surgical Team highlights mission, has 'everything to perform life-saving surgery'

    Jul 7, 2015

    At BAF since April and here for nine months, the 402nd FST held an open house last month to showcase its medical capabilities. The Army Reserve unit, from Ft. Devens, Mass., has a 10-member team that includes doctors, technicians, and surgeons. It falls under the 3rd Multi-Medical Battalion (3rd MMB), with its Command and Control (C2) out of Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. USFOR-A has tactical control (TACON) of 3rd MMB.

  • Davidson triple threat in Kabul

    Jul 4, 2015

    This Independence Day, after crisscrossing the globe for Uncle Sam for more than 20 years each, three Soldiers, cousins and brothers, are celebrating Independence Day together for the first time in their careers. All are stationed at Resolute Support Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. Col. Paul Davidson arrived in Kabul in June 2014, followed by cousin Col. Mike Davidson in December. Mike's brother, Col. Jon Davidson, made it to Camp RS in June of this year. Considering the size of the U.S. Army and the incredibly high number of possible locations where a Soldier might be assigned, the odds are staggering that two brothers might be stationed at the same base, much less two brothers and a cousin from the same family, each of them a colonel.

  • Celebrating the 4th in Kabul, Afghanistan

    Jul 4, 2015

    Kabul, Afghanistan - Members of the U.S. National Support Element and the Resolute Support Headquarters Forward Support Battalion hang an American flag inside the compound barrier wall in preparation for the camp's Fourth of July cookout. About 1,300 U.S. military members and civilians live and work at the camp, a NATO base in Kabul, Afghanistan. The FSB Soldiers are from the Connecticut National Guard, while the NSE Soldiers are with the 3rd Infantry Division. Both groups provide support to the camp at RS Headquarters which will celebrate Independence Day with a cookout complete with steaks, burgers, hotdogs and sodas.

  • Task Force Dragonslayer transfers authority to TF Iron Shield, protection mission continues

    Jul 1, 2015

    On June 25, the 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment (5-5 ADA BN) transferred authority to the 1-265 ADA BN. Since last October, 5-5 ADA BN Soldiers, also known as Task Force Dragonslayer, have protected U.S. and Coalition Forces in Afghanistan by destroying enemy indirect fire (IDF) across Train Advise Assist Command - East (TAAC-E) in Afghanistan.

  • Division takes lead of command in Iraq

    Jun 29, 2015

    The 82nd Airborne Division took command of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command -- Iraq, from the 1st Infantry Division during a transfer of authority ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq, June 28.

  • Security enterprise team concludes mission in Egypt

    Jun 24, 2015

    The last of two of the longest serving Security Assistance Training Management Organization Technical Assistance Field Teams concluded its mission with its departure from Egypt June 1.

  • Keeping the Peace: NATO Multinational Peace Support Operations Course

    Jun 23, 2015

    26 service members from Greece, Bosnia, Qatar, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States attended a course at the Hellenic Multinational Peace Support Operations Training Center in Kilkis, Greece, March 9 - 20.

  • Military airstrikes continue against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq

    Jun 23, 2015

    Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq June 22. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three airstrikes using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 14 airstrikes approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists.

  • U.S. Marines Conduct Operation Inherent Resolve Strikes

    Jun 23, 2015

    Eleven photos of U.S. Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command preparing and launching strike missions to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, June 9-10, 2015, are now available.

  • Fourth C-130 touches down in Kabul, expands Afghan Air Force capabilities

    Jun 23, 2015

    A C-130 Hercules touched down at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, June 20, bringing expanded flight capabilities to the Afghan Air Force.

  • Afghanistan, donor nations strategize budget requirements, transparency

    Jun 23, 2015

    Coalition partners from 17 donor nations convened the fourth ambassador-level Oversight and Coordination Body at the Ministry of Finance in Kabul June 16. The Oversight and Coordination Body is a biannual gathering that enables the international community, the government of Afghanistan and Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan to coordinate donor commitments with budgeted Afghan National Defense Security Forces (ANDSF) sustainment in 2015 and beyond.

  • 24th MEU 'FiST' shapes battlefield during Eager Lion

    Jun 23, 2015

    Beneath the desert sun in Jordan, a notional enemy of armored vehicles prepares to make a stand against U.S. Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Jordanian armed forces and Italian Marines, who wait just beyond the horizon of the battlefield.

  • South Carolina Army National Guard Aviation Support Battalion deploys to Kuwait

    Jun 23, 2015

    The South Carolina Army National Guard's 351st Aviation Support Battalion (ASB) answered the country's call to duty as 49 Soldiers deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom/Spartan Shield following a departure ceremony Saturday, June 6, 2015, at the Sumter Armory in Sumter, S.C.

  • A brief operational history of the last ESC in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom

    Jun 22, 2015

    The 3d ESC was alerted for deployment to OEF in August 2013 and deployed the ADVON in March 2014. This short notice mission allowed the ESC to be aligned with our higher headquarters, the XVIII Airborne Corps. This deployment-cycle alignment was programmed so that the ESC could begin providing the habitual relationship with its parent corps after redeployment. 3d ESC had just redeployed from OEF in January of 2013 and was in the midst of the ARFORGEN cycle and had to go through a dynamic process of receiving, training and preparing personnel for deployment in a very condensed timeline. We continued receiving personnel through the last few months of our deployment.

  • Pacific Waterborne warriors deploy to Kuwait to support CENTCOM

    Jun 22, 2015

    Hawaii-based Army Mariners bid farewell to their loved ones and fellow Soldiers at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, June 20, as they departed for a nine-month mission in Kuwait supporting Central Command transportation operations throughout the Persian Gulf.

  • Police shura at Bagram Air Field

    Jun 18, 2015

    Leaders and advisers from Train, Advise, Assist Command - East met with Afghan police leaders from Kapisa, Panjshir and Parwan provinces during a security shura at Bagram Airfield May 5.

  • USACE Transatlantic Afghanistan District welcomes new commander

    Jun 18, 2015

    USACE Transatlantic Afghanistan District (TAA) welcomed a new commander, Col. Paul E. Owen, during a change of command ceremony today on Bagram Airfield.

  • Father's Day in Afghanistan

    Jun 17, 2015

    In Afghanistan, today, a countless number of those uniformed dads are among about 9,800 American troops that are here, part of the Resolute Support Mission to train, assist, and advise Afghan National Army and the National Police. For each of these displaced dads, the Father's Day observance holds a personal and unique meaning.

  • Security assistance team visits Saudi Arabia

    Jun 16, 2015

    Several members of the Security Assistance Command have conducted a staff assistance visit to the Office of the Program Manager-Saudi Arabian National Guard.