U.S. Army Central

About U.S. Army Central


U.S. Army Central – a disciplined and agile Army Service Component Command and America’s land domain experts in the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia – is postured, through enduring presence and persistent partnerships to protect U.S. national interests in the Central Region and is capable of rapid transition to command joint and coalition forces to defeat emerging threats.

The headquarters consists of approximately 600 assigned Soldiers at our main command post on Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. and our forward command post on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, with approximately 20,000 assigned and attached Soldiers forward. The area of operations stretches from Egypt to Pakistan, encompassing four million square miles with 550 million people in 20 countries.

Assigned units include the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) at Fort Knox, Area Support Groups in Kuwait and Qatar, and, here at Shaw AFB, the 2503rd Digital Liaison Detachment, the 4th Battlefield Coordination Detachment and the 132nd Engineer Detachment. Theater Enabling Commands include the 335th Signal Command, the 513th Military Intelligence Brigade, and the 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support). Allocated rotational units include a Division HQ, an Armored Brigade Combat Team, as well as Field Artillery, Air Defense Artillery, and Combat Aviation Brigades.


USARCENT shapes the environment to improve access and interoperability, sets the theater to deter adversaries, and on order transitions to Phase I of contingency operations. USARCENT accomplishes its mission by focusing efforts on three lines of operation:


We sustain the fight by coordinating security and logistics throughout the region and are supporting ongoing operations in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. USARCENT also continuously develops the necessary infrastructure for Army and joint forces that will be required in the future through coordination that enhances current operations but that also prepares for potential future conflicts. 


We shape the future every day by working alongside and training with our partners. That is the key to the access the U.S. needs to protect our national security interests. America’s Middle Eastern and Central Asian partners operate side-by-side with us in an array of exercises to integrate capabilities and common security. These exercises include identifying transnational threats that affect all our citizens. We also conduct hundreds of theater security cooperation events across the area of operations including exercises, subject matter expert exchanges, senior leader symposiums and seminars.


USARCENT is continually present in the Middle East working to build partner capacity and interoperability between partner nation land forces. To ensure success in the event of conflict, USARCENT and its units continually train, improve lines of communication, and prepare their units, Soldiers and equipment to prevail in the next conflict. The command is ready to fight tonight with prepared rotational units and a rapidly deployable Contingency Command Post capable of commanding joint forces.

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