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  • 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.

  • Transportation Soldiers earn distinction as 1st TSC's Best Warriors

    Jun 12, 2015

    Two transportation Soldiers have earned the distinction of "Best Warriors" for the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) following a grueling competition in Kuwait May 4-8.

  • 1-68 Armor partners with Kuwait's Emiri Guard.

    Jun 12, 2015

    Reconnaissance platoon members from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and elements of the Kuwait Emiri Guard conducted urban operations training, May 13, 2015, at a training village in Southwest Asia.

  • Top Notch Brigade NCO and Soldier of the Year

    Jun 12, 2015

    Top Notch Brigade help a Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year competition at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Top Notch Brigade is the name of the three battalions and the brigade headquarters element of the U.S. Army Central's air and missile defense mission in Southwest Asia. There was also a fourth air defense artillery battalion who participated in the event held from April 27 and culminated in an awards ceremony on May 2.

  • Noncommissioned officers around the globe discuss their role in countering today's threats

    Jun 12, 2015

    U.S. Army Central hosted its first Multinational Noncommissioned Officer Symposium in El Paso, Texas, at the home of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, May 18-22. Senior NCOs and officers from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Uzbekistan exchanged perspectives on the role of the NCO Corps.

  • Supporting OIR through generator repair, maintenance

    Jun 12, 2015

    Twenty students graduated from a five-day U.S./Iraqi combined generator maintenance course held on Camp Taji, Iraq, April 12-16, 2015. The purpose of the course was to train Iraqi Security Forces on basic maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of power generation equipment.

  • U.S. supplies critical weapons to Iraqi Security Forces in fight against ISIL

    Jun 12, 2015

    Soldiers, from the 76th Iraqi Infantry Brigade, received M16A2 rifles and infantry equipment sets, May 24-26, as part of the fielding of combat brigade equipment sets supplied to Iraqi Security Forces from the United States to support the fight against Daesh.

  • From ISAF to RS: Denmark continues key role in Afghanistan - Danish GS-13 reflects on Constitution D

    Jun 12, 2015

    Since the establishment of the International Security Assistance Force in 2001, the Danish armed forces has played an important role in Afghanistan. From deploying combat troops and equipment to Helmand, to transitioning to the Resolute Support Mission, Denmark's resolve to support Afghanistan remains strong as ever.

  • CMRE vehicle maintenance unit to wrap up mission in Bagram

    Jun 12, 2015

    As Bagram Air Field continues the drawdown of U.S. troops and equipment here, the 455th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron's Central Command Material Recovery Element is sending out its last few vehicles in preparation of transfer to civilian contractors.

  • The Changing Nature of Contracting in Afghanistan

    Jun 12, 2015

    A traditional military change of command ceremony at the U.S. Central Command Joint Theater Support Contracting Command headquarters at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, was much more than it seemed. It was a harbinger of much greater change to come for contracting support in Afghanistan.

  • "Iron Brigade" Expeditionary Training

    Jun 4, 2015

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait -- Shortly following the alert message, the team assembled and began the exercise. Members of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, conducted a deployment readiness exercise, 28-29 May, 2015.

  • Contracting team visits security enterprise in Saudi

    May 27, 2015

    An Army Contracting Command team gave contracting operations at the Office of the Program Manager-Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program the thumbs up during an April 14-17 visit to Eskan Village in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

  • 3ABCT begins FIST Certs

    May 25, 2015

    The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, completed its initial round of Fire Support Team (FIST) certification courses at Camp Buehring for fire support specialists and Officers of 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, May 18-23.

  • First brigade, back in Iraq, built template for future ops

    May 22, 2015

    The Fort Riley, Kansas-based 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team deployed to Kuwait and then Iraq last summer, following Daesh's sweep across the western Iraqi desert, threatening a large swath of central and eastern Iraq, and even Baghdad itself.

  • 3ABCT Soldier/NCO of the Year

    May 18, 2015

    Six noncommissioned officers and six Soldiers competed for top honors during 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division's, Soldier and NCO of the Year Board at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, May 11.

  • Rakkasans, Wings of Destiny combine capabilities for live fire event in Afghanistan

    May 13, 2015

    Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, engaged a series of planned targets and objectives during a combined arms live fire exercise at Tactical Base Gamberi in Afghanistan

  • Army continues to provide rapid engineering, prototyping in Afghanistan

    Apr 13, 2015

    Despite the drawdown of American Soldiers in Afghanistan, the U.S. Army engineering community is continuing to develop rapid technological solutions.

  • 451 ELRS: Ready, set, retrograde

    Apr 13, 2015

    As the U.S. seeks to lessen its footprint at locations across Southwest Asia, the word retrograde has been on the lips of Department of Defense decision-makers for months. When applied to military operations in Afghanistan, retrograde, which is defined as having a backward motion or direction, translates to the proverbial undoing of more than a decade's accumulation of assets, equipment and personnel in theater.

  • U.S. Army Central and partners tackle the problem of violent extremism

    Apr 13, 2015

    District of Columbia - U.S. Army Central hosted the first Senior Strategy Session on the Arabian Peninsula and Levant with support from the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies April 5-9, 2015.

  • U.S. military, local Afghan leaders discuss security, successes

    Apr 11, 2015

    A shura was held Wednesday to discuss local security in the Bagram District of Parwan Province and highlight recent successes of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in that area.

  • 82nd Abn. Div. offers Iraqi army marksmanship lesson

    Apr 10, 2015

    Iraqi army soldiers with the 72nd Brigade, 15th Division receive a close-quarters marksmanship class from paratroopers with the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, at Camp Taji, Iraq, April 6, 2015. The IA soldiers were trained in close-quarters combat to improve their urban assault skills in preparation for fighting Islamic State militants in their country. Soldiers from the 82nd Abn. Div. are deployed as members of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve to advise and assist Iraqi Security Forces. (Sgt. Cody Quinn, CJTF-OIR Public Affairs)

  • Base defense, emergency response tested at Bagram Airfield

    Apr 10, 2015

    Base defense and emergency response systems were tested here today in a base-wide force protection exercise.

  • Steppe Eagle 2015 officially underway

    Apr 8, 2015

    Exercise Steppe Eagle 2015 officially began with an opening ceremony April 6, here, at Ilisky Training Area.

  • Future leaders visit Arifjan

    Apr 8, 2015

    Students from the American School of Kuwait, a campus comprised primarily of American children, bused in through the maze that is the entry control point to Camp Arifjan, March 31.

  • Aviation Training Exercise

    Apr 8, 2015

    The 185th Theater Aviation Brigade recently completed the final Culminating Training Event (CTE) on its road to an upcoming deployment to Kuwait and Iraq. Elements from both Active Duty and National Guard, with multiple states represented throughout the nation, participated in the Aviation Training Exercise (ATX).

  • Apache pilot leads the way

    Apr 8, 2015

    The path to becoming a U.S. Army pilot is extensive. Soldiers can enlist and serve first, or they can jump into training to become a commissioned or warrant officer before heading to flight school. The process can take 18 months or more.

  • Turkish delegation tours military R&D centers in search of ideas

    Mar 31, 2015

    Turkish scientists, engineers and military officers toured U.S. military research and development centers March 16-31, to examine American science and technology practices to advance their own R&D enterprise.

  • Iraqi soldiers conduct physical training with 82nd Airborne

    Mar 31, 2015

    Iraqi Army trainees and an infantryman with 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, perform push-ups during a morning physical training session at Camp Taji, Iraq, March 4, 2015. Iraqi Army soldiers conduct physical training for an hour each morning. Soldiers from the 82nd Abn. Div. deployed to Iraq as part of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve to advise and assist Iraqi Security Forces in their fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Cody Quinn, CJTF-OIRPublic Affairs)

  • 82nd Abn. assists in Iraqi soldiers' training

    Mar 31, 2015

    Iraqi Army soldiers secure an area, during a assault an objective simulation while an infantryman with 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, watches at Camp Taji, Iraq, March 3, 2015. Iraqi soldiers rehearsed creating safe areas during the training event. Soldiers from the 82nd Abn. Div. are deployed to Iraq as part of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve to advise and assist Iraqi Security Forces in their fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Cody Quinn, CJTF-OIRPublic Affairs)

  • Mine-resistant, ambush-protected recovery vehicles key in mission

    Mar 23, 2015

    Army Field Support Battalion-Afghanistan is in the early stages of a mission that will result in 94 mine-resistant, ambush-protected recovery vehicles being available to support future coalition missions.

  • 3rd ESC Soldiers meet with pen pals

    Mar 23, 2015

    For more than six months, children from Mrs. Karen Gonterman's class wrote to their pen pals located half way around the globe. On March 20, the children had an opportunity to meet their pen pals face to face.

  • Overseas deployment training grows skills of U.S. and Jordanian armed forces

    Mar 23, 2015

    The Georgia Army National Guard's 560th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade participated in U.S. Army Central's Eager Light in Jordan, Mar 8-12. Eager Light is an annual bilateral command post exercise focused on building interoperability and strengthening military relationships between the United States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

  • EOD experts lend knowledge, experience to Iraqi Army in fight against Islamic State

    Mar 23, 2015

    The phrase "together we stand, united we fall" has been uttered countless times and still rings true. Nations are rallying together and providing aid and support to allies in need in order to create a stronger force to defeat global enemies. Leaders from the U.S. Army, Iraqi Security Forces, and the Spanish Legion met March 10 at the Bomb Disposal School headquarters at Besmaya Range Complex, Iraq, to discuss a number of topics including training, operations and equipment. The three nations are part of a coalition force working together with the ultimate aim of degrading and defeating the Islamic State terrorist group.

  • National Guard needs continued investment, generals tell Congress

    Mar 21, 2015

    Continuing to invest in the National Guard to ensure it remains accessible, responsive and capable will provide the nation a force that is proven on the battlefield and in the homeland.

  • U.S. advisers see progress in Afghan police training

    Mar 19, 2015

    U.S. military advisers from Train, Advise, Assist Command - East visited the Afghan police Regional Training Center in Nangarhar province, March 17.

  • Afghan, US leaders thank Korea for medical, educational support to Parwan Province

    Mar 18, 2015

    Leaders from Parwan Province joined leaders at Bagram Air Field for an appreciation ceremony today to thank the Republic of Korea for its tireless medical and educational support to the Parwan community. Notable attendees at the event included Parwan Provincial Governor Abdul Basir Salangi, Bagram District Governor Abdul Shukour Qudusi, and Parwan Director of Health Mohammad Qasim Sayedi.

  • Risi assumes command of TAAC-W

    Mar 18, 2015

    Italian Brig. Gen. Michele Risi assumed command of the Train Advise Assist Command West (TAAC-W) today from Brig. Gen. Maurizio Scardino in a transfer of authority ceremony officiated by Gen. John Campbell, commander, Resolute Support.

  • Bosnian Chief of Joint Staff visits troops, tours USFOR-A

    Mar 13, 2015

    Lt. Gen. Anto Jelec, Chief of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Joint Staff, conducted a troop review of Bosnian soldiers and toured United States Forces - Afghanistan facilities 12-13 March 2015.

  • US-Jordan partnership exercise builds for future operations

    Mar 13, 2015

    U.S. and Jordanian forces conducted Exercise Eager Light 15 at the Jordanian Simulations Center, here, March 8-12. Eager Light is an annual bilateral command post exercise led by U.S. Army Central personnel and the Jordanian Armed Forces.

  • Archambault: Nobody's telling us 'no' anymore

    Mar 12, 2015

    At 5 feet 4 inches tall, Pilot Tristan Archambault has no problem maneuvering a giant machine that boasts a length of over 50 feet and a cruise speed of 175 mph. It's what she's trained to do. And she's the only female in her unit that does it.