U.S. Army Central

About Us

We stand for constant readiness.

United States Army Central Command is home to America’s land domain experts in the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia. We provide continuous oversight and control of U.S. Army operations throughout the region. 

U.S. Army Central has a storied past and has always been a key player in U.S. foreign policy. 
We are a unit rich in history and steeped in a tradition of victory on the battlefield.

Our lineage goes back to the Third U.S. Army, established on November 7, 1918, during the first World War. Third Army was redesignated as "U.S. Army Central Command" in June 2006.

Our motto, Tertia Semper Prima, Latin for "Third, Always First," reflects our command’s longstanding history of constant readiness to fight and win the nation's wars. 


OUR COMMANDER'S VISION

United States Army Central is postured, through enduring forward presence and robust and capable 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. 

 

Our Enduring Priorities



Our enduring priorities are the operating values of our organization that guide our approach to everything we do.


Being the Secretary of the Army's number one priority, READINESS is the primary focus for U.S. Army Central. USARCENT helps the Army remain ready to fight and win the nation’s wars by building partnerships, preserving relative peace and stability, and defeating or deterring adversaries in the Central Region.


The complex and volatile nature of the U.S. Central Command theater requires both preparation and collaboration in order to protect our national interests. Preparing the environment through basing, access, and overflight ensures a high-level of readiness in advance of a crisis. We shape the future every day by working alongside and training with our partners – conducting joint exercises, information exchanges, and symposiums in order to enhance our partner interoperability.


We recognize that what happens on the ground - where people live - can have major global implications, and we are postured to maintain the freedom of movement, action, and navigation that is essential to protecting our national interests and those of our partners and Allies.










PROTECTING THE FORCE and caring for people take precedence in all of our activities. We work constantly to improve quality of life and foster a positive work environment for our Soldiers and civilians, both at home and overseas.


U.S. Army Central lives the Army values - loyalty, duty, respect, selfless-service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. We advocate resilience – knowing that our Army is only as strong as our soldiers. Teams are dedicated to educating our members and creating a culture of equal opportunity and zero-tolerance for sexual harassment or assault.


Our care for people does not stop at our own. USARCENT is active in our local community – participating in mentoring, outreach, and volunteering. We partner with fellow units on Shaw Air Force Base and at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC to support local service men and women and their families.


USARCENT is ready to respond to crises in our area of responsibility, providing disaster relief and humanitarian assistance at a moment's notice as part of U.S. government and international efforts to aid those affected by catastrophic events.

















U.S. Army Central prides itself on being a person-oriented organization, starting with our priority of COMMUNICATION. Our leaders have an ‘open-door’ policy and a ready ear for suggestions and concerns from our Soldiers, Families, and the public. Frequent town halls and open forums for discussion create trust and understanding among our team and assigned units.


We strive for transparency, both within our organization and with the public. As experts of the land domain in the CENTCOM theater, we fulfill an obligation to keep the American people and our Army leadership informed. We continue to explore and employ technology to tell the USARCENT story and provide a credible source of information and improve situational awareness.


In a world facing growing and asymmetric threats, we strive to build relationships and collaborate with our partners and allies rather than live in isolation. USARCENT participates in forums that bring together military and civilian experts to develop solutions for the conflicts that challenge our nation and our strategic partners in the CENTCOM area of responsibility. Fostering a dialogue with partner nations enhances our understanding of this complex and volatile region of the world to more effectively defeat, deter, or counter adversaries that threaten our way of life.











U.S. Army Central is responsible for the administration and support of Army forces assigned or attached to U.S. Central Command. With this comes the responsibility to manage the TRANSITION of these rotational forces – equipping our Soldiers to continue the mission with excellence and professionalism. Our leaders continuously assess risk and opportunities, ensuring we are prepared for the next set of challenges and postured to win the next fight.


Taking a coalition approach expands our ability to operate on multiple fronts. Forming joint teams with our partners and allies creates greater cohesion and allows USARCENT to make better and efficient use of our resources and capabilities. Integration with partners, within the region and beyond, enhances the benefit of our presence and mitigates resource constraints.


USARCENT demonstrates our enduring commitment to our partners by continuing to build on existing relationships. We help to ensure that the countries in the region can work together to meet security challenges. By building the capacity of partner nations, we enable them to assume a larger share of the responsibility for securing their sovereign spaces.

By the Numbers

CAPABLE
GENERATE A CONSTANT STATE OF READINESS

We generate a constant state of readiness to defeat emerging threats and protect the United States’ interests around the globe.


  • Our presence in the Central Region includes approximately 23,500 personnel (Military, civilians, and contractors).

  • Our main command post on Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. consists of over 600 Soldiers, 175 Army Civilians, and 140 Defense Contractors.

  • Our forward command post is located on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait - with Area Support Groups in Kuwait, Qatar, and Jordan.
COLLABORATIVE
DEVELOP CAPACITY BY, WITH, AND THROUGH

We develop capacity by, with, and through our regional partners.


  • We build and maintain U.S. partnerships with nations in the Middle East, Central and South Asia.

  • We regularly participate in 18 exercises and over 200 engagements with our allies and partners.

  • Our oversight improves capability to combat terrorism, prevents the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and equips our partners to assume greater responsibility in the region. 
CREDIBLE
PROTECT U.S. INTERESTS IN A VOLATILE REGION

We protect U.S. interests in a volatile region in order to defend the nation and our allies.


  • We lead three named operations actively engaged in counterterrorism or training and advising in hostile territory as part of other multinational missions.

  • Our area of responsibility covers more than 4 million square miles and includes 20 countries.

  • Within this intersection of three continents are globally vital commercial sea lanes, flight corridors, pipelines, and overland routes that support our $20 trillion U.S. economy.