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Jordanian and U.S. forces announce the start of Eager Lion 2018

April 16, 2018 — Senior military leaders from Jordan Armed Forces and U.S. Central Command announced the beginning of Exercise Eager Lion 2018 today at the Jordan Special Operations Command. The exercise features thousands of U.S. and Jordanian forces, as well as several governmental and non-governmental organizations. MORE
Jordan Armed Forces Brig. Staff Gen. Mohommad Al-Thalji and U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jon Mott, co-directors of Exercise Eager Lion 2018, answer journalists’ questions at an April 15 international press conference announcing the exercise start at the Jordan Special Operations Command near Amman, Jordan. Eager Lion 2018 is a major training event that provides U.S. forces and Jordan Armed Forces the opportunity to improve their collective ability to plan and operate in a coalition-type environment through scenarios that span from a long-range bomber mission to maritime security operations to a ground force attack of a fictitious adversary. It is scheduled to take place through April 26.

US Army Central welcome new senior enlisted advisor

April 13, 2018 — Personnel from U.S. Army Central came together to bid farewell to the command’s senior enlisted advisor during a change of responsibility ceremony. Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Dostie relinquished responsibility of the unit’s welfare and enforcement of standards to Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph C. Cornelison. MORE
Lt. Gen. Michael X. Garrett (center), the U.S. Army Central commander, passes the colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph C. Cornelison, the new USARCENT senior enlisted advisor, during a change of responsibility ceremony Nov. 12 at Patton Hall. The passing of the colors symbolizes Garrett’s entrusting of Cornelison with the well-being of the Soldiers and the enforcement of standards across the command. Cornelison assumed responsibility from Command Sgt. Maj. Eric C. Dostie (right), who will become the next senior enlisted advisor to the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Kuwait visits Camp Arifjan

April 11, 2018 — His Excellency, Shaykh Nasser, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Kuwait, visited Camp Arifjan alongside His Excellency, Lawrence R. Silverman, U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait on April 11, 2018. The visit began with a briefing that gave an overview of U.S. Army Central Command’s scope within the area of responsibility and the importance of the relationship between Kuwait and the U.S. Army. MORE
Col. Jennifer Marrast-Host, commander of the Combat Support Hospital, greets Shaykh Nasser,  First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Kuwait, before giving him a tour of the troop medical clinic at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, April 11, 2018. The minister toured three key points in the facility that demonstrated the hospital’s range of medical capabilities.

Army Reserve Soldiers improve conditions for service members in the Middle East

April 11, 2018 — An Army Reserve unit of engineers from Penn Yan, N.Y.is doing what it can to improve living conditions on an Iraq military post where water supplies are often scarce and road building is complicated by soil conditions. MORE
Spc. Justin Ernst uses a bulldozer Feb. 9, 2018 to spread materials that will create the sub base layers of a new road. Soldiers with the 770th Engineer Company, an Army Reserve unit of engineers from Penn Yan, N.Y., constructed the road as part of an improvement project.

Jordanian, U.S. forces train on NATO planning procedures

April 10, 2018 — Officers with the Jordan Armed Forces and the U.S. Army came together to refresh their knowledge of NATO planning procedures during a two-week course at Jordan’s Peace Operations Training Center. MORE
British Army Maj. James Beechey, a planner with the joint fires and information branch of the NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, presents graduation certificates to Jordanian and American officers after completion of a NATO planning course near Amman, Jordan, April 4, 2018.

U.S. and Jordanian Forces prepare for Eager Lion 2018

April 9, 2018 — U.S. mortarmen and Jordanian Border Forces worked through language barriers, and equipment and skill level variations to send a continuous barrage of 60 mm mortars down-range at a live fire exercise at a range outside of Amman, Jordan, April 4, 2018. MORE
U.S. Army Spc. Mario Osorio, an indirect fire infantryman, 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, hands a Jordan Armed Forces 11th Border Security soldier a mortar during a 60 mm mortar live fire outside of Amman, Jordan, April 4, 2018.

Soldiers join in Kuwait beach cleanup

April 7, 2018 — Soldiers with Task Force Spartan joined staff from the U.S. embassy in Kuwait, the Kuwait Dive Team and concerned local citizens in a beach cleanup near Kuwait City April 7. The Saturday morning effort at Anjafa Beach saw volunteers don gloves and spread out across the sand, trash bags in hand, to pick up what amounted to a truckload of plastic bottles, bits of metal and old tires. MORE
U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait Lawrence Silverman (left) pauses during a cleanup at Anjafa Beach for a photo with Pa. Army National Guard Soldiers Sgt. Timothy Reed (center) of Latrobe and Spc. Anthony Massaro of Philadelphia on April 7, 2018. Reed and Massaro are with Charlie Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 28th Infantry Division and are deployed to Kuwait as part of Task Force Spartan. The event was the latest in an ongoing effort to rid Kuwait beaches of pollution.

Wounded Troops Share Stories, Strength

April 6, 2018 — Eight wounded service members returned to Afghanistan as part of the 24th iteration of Operation Proper Exit, to bring a message of hope and resiliency to soldiers through frank discussions about the best outcomes for some of the worst injuries soldiers face. MORE
Retired Army Sgt. Franz Walkup poses for a photo with Pennsylvania Army National Guard Sgt. Maj. Stephanie Armstrong, following an Operation Proper Exit town hall meeting at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

35th Infantry Division takes Total Army concept from talk to truth

April 3, 2018 — More than 500 Soldiers of the 35th Infantry Division blazed a new trail during their recent deployment to the Middle East. On its first deployment as a division in more than 70 years, the Division took charge of providing for the needs of more than 10,000 Soldiers among five brigades, spread across an area the size of the entire United States. MORE
Soldiers of Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery, 75th Field Artillery Brigade, 35th Infantry Division, from the Kansas National Guard, work with U.S. Air Force crew to load two M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), pre-dawn, in preparation for the Operation Diamond Torrent exercise, at an airbase in the United Arab Emirates, Jan. 21. Operation Diamond Torrent demonstrated the capabilities of the C-17 and the HIMARS as an operational strategic strike package that can rapidly deploy and infiltrate to deliver a fast, flexible and lethal combination where ever needed.

Kuwaiti, U.S. Ordnance Techs Share Experience, Techniques

April 3, 2018 — Explosive ordnance disposal technicians with the Kuwait Land Forces and the U.S. Army trained together March 22 at Gerber Training Area at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, to improve both countries’ ability to counter improvised explosive devices during terror attacks in cities. MORE
Kuwait Land Force explosive ordnance disposal-qualified officers discuss tactics and techniques for defeating improvised explosive devices during joint training with U.S. EOD technicians at Udari Range Complex near Camp Buehring, Kuwait, March 22, 2018. Army photo by Sgt. David L. Nye

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