U.S. Army Central

About U.S. Army Central

U.S. Army Central conducts shaping operations in the U. S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility to deter adversaries in order to reassure and enable partners, while sustaining ongoing U.S. operations in established Combined Joint Operating Areas. Concurrently, USARCENT transitions forces and capabilities in the AOR for roles anticipated in the next decade of the 21st Century.


USARCENT's strength comes from its roles on the USCENTCOM and U.S. Army teams, and from a close working relationship with all involved in the materiel enterprise. The USARCENT team also includes the 4th battlefield coordination detachment, the 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support), the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater), two area support groups, a Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, a training support battalion, a theater signal command, an air defense artillery brigade, a military intelligence brigade, a civil affairs battalion, and an engineer detachment.

U.S. Army Central is America’s land force professionals; experts in the Middle East and Central Asia. Resident in the Middle East for more than 20 years and hardened by leading a decade of combat, we shape the regional environment to build partner capabilities and capacity, reassure friends, deter threats to security and ensure prosperity through the free flow of commerce.

We consist of approximately 1,300 assigned Soldiers at our main command post on Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. and our operational command post on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, with a further 15,000 Soldiers in units forward, including the 1st Theater Support Command. The area of operations stretches from Central Asia to the Middle East, encompassing 12 million square kilometers (1½ times larger than the continental U.S.), with 540 million people in 20 countries, speaking 60 languages, and practicing 27 religions.

The doctrinal name for the Army Service Component Command (ASCC) of a geographic combatant command is “theater army.” U.S. Army Central is the Army component of CENTCOM, as well as CENTCOM’s Coalition Forces Land Component Command responsible for planning, coordinating and employing land forces.


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