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The Mighty Sea-Masters of the Middle East: 492nd Theater Harbormaster Operations Detachment

February 13, 2020 — The 492nd Theater Harbormaster Operations Detachment (THOD) ended their mission during a ceremony at a Naval Base in the Middle East, Feb. 13, 2019 MORE
Spc. Cameron Insinga, watercraft operator, 492nd Theater Harbormaster Operations Detachment (THOD), rings the bell eight times to signify mission complete during the 492nd THOD's end of mission ceremony at Kuwait Naval Base, Feb. 13, 2020.

Alpha, beta, gamma oh my!

February 12, 2020 — Dealing with a chemical threat is more than donning a gas mask and adorning oneself in protective gear; sometimes the best protection is proper detection. In maintaining readiness for unsuspected chemical agent exposures, U.S. Army Soldiers, with 655 Regional Support Group (RSG), 316 Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) (ESC), 377 Theater Sustainment Command (TSC), in collaboration with the Canadian Armed Forces, partnered with the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF) Quick Reaction Force (QRF) Female Engagement Team (FET) for a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) at a base outside of Amman, Jordan in February. MORE
A Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army Quick Reaction Force Female Engagement Team Soldier simulates decontaminating her face during the practical exercise at a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Subject Matter Expert Exchange with U.S. Army Soldiers, with 655 Regional Support Group, 316 Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), 377 Theater Sustainment Command, and Canadian Armed Forces at a base outside of Amman, Jordan in February. Without regard to its appearance, Soldiers must be ready and capable to conduct the full range of military operations to defeat all enemies regardless of the threats they pose. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Shaiyla B. Hakeem)

New 335th Signal Command senior leader pins second star

February 10, 2020 — Maj. Gen. John H. Phillips was promoted to his current rank during a ceremony here Feb. 9, just before assuming command of the 335th Signal Command (Theater), headquartered in East Point, Georgia. Retired Maj. Gen. Lawrence Wayne Brock III hosted the ceremony. Brock's final assignment was as commanding general of the 311th Signal Command (Theater), from 2014-2016. He also commanded the 335th Signal Command (Theater), from 2012 -2014. MORE
U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Gen. John Phillips smiles as his sons Ryan and Stone pin the two-star insignia to the shoulders of his Army Green Service Uniform during his promotion ceremony held in Alexander Hall, Fort Gordon, Ga. Feb. 9, 2020.

U.S, Kuwait artillery light up the night sky

February 10, 2020 — UDAIRI RANGE, Kuwait –The rockets’ red glare, the rockets streaming in air lit up the night sky over a sea of sand in Kuwait. The U.S. forces supporting Task Force Spartan and Kuwait Land Forces worked shoulder to shoulder to test their capabilities firing their respective truck-based, artillery rocket launchers. MORE
U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 115th Field Artillery Brigade fire rocket-propelled rounds from a truck during an exercise with Kuwait Land Forces at their Udairi Range, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. The 115th Soldiers from the Wyoming-based brigade deployed to support Task Force Spartan, an exercise to strengthen defense relationships, builds partner capacity, and jointly deter regional aggression.

Drive on Soldier, Soldier drive on

February 7, 2020 — What is a vehicle that towers more than 9 feet, is used as a troop carrier and can substantially withstand explosive detonations? It is called a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Wheeled Armored Vehicle. In-depth training on this vehicle was orchestrated by members of the Military Engagement Team-Jordan (MET-J), with 158th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB), Arizona Army National Guard (AZANG), through a Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) with Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF) Soldiers at a base outside of Amman, Jordan in January. MORE
Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF) Soldiers pose for a photo with Military Engagement Team-Jordan, 158th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Arizona Army National Guard, during a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Wheeled Armored Vehicle Subject Matter Expert Exchange at a base outside of Amman, Jordan in January. The U.S. military has a long-standing relationship with Jordan to support our mutual objectives by providing military assistance to the JAF consistent with our national interests. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Shaiyla B. Hakeem)

198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion Provide Contingency Communications

February 5, 2020 — Joint Training Center, Jordan – Soldiers from the 198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion (ESB) embody the saying, “if you stay ready, you never have to get ready.” “We’re basically the voice, we keep everyone talking. There is no communication without us,” said Spc. Lewis Barclay, a communication post node (CPN) operator from 198th ESB, Alpha Company. Barclay is one of several Soldiers from the 198th ESB stationed at the Joint Training Center-Jordan (JTC -J) tasked with the mission to operate and maintain contingency communication systems in the event that primary communications fail. MORE
Spc. Annabell Dwiggins, 198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion (ESB), operates the Single Shelter Switch (SSS) during the monthly validation testing. Validation testing occurs every month to ensure that all communication equipment functions properly and also allows Soldiers to evaluate the communication systems and strive for continuous improvement to better support their end users.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jacquelyn Jones: Living her dream career out loud

February 3, 2020 — Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jacquelyn Jones couldn’t have written a better script for her life. She simply had one goal in mind: find a career that would let her use her skills and see the world. MORE
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jacquelyn Jones: Living her dream career out loud

Leading Army Reserve cyber talent to Keystone State

January 31, 2020 — Shaping the Army Reserve cyber force is still evolving from refining strategy and methodology to delivering proper talent management for the training of new reserve cyber warriors. The U.S. Army Reserve Cyber Protection Brigade (USAR-CPB), 335th Signal Command (Theater), located outside the nation’s capital near College Park, Maryland, is making steady strides in grooming a talented cyber force for its Cyber Protection Centers (CPCs). MORE
Leading Army Reserve cyber talent to Keystone State

Hoosier alum uses university experience to help strengthen military ties in Middle East

January 30, 2020 — He is also the officer in charge of Task Force Spartan - Jordan, a forward command post of Task Force Spartan in Southwest Asia, where he oversees the military partnership between the U.S. Army and Jordan Armed Forces. MORE
Col. Kirk White, officer in charge of Task Force Spartan-Jordan

1st TSC Soldier makes business dreams come true

January 30, 2020 — Sgt. Joshua Vasquez-Sauceda, a wheeled vehicle mechanic with the 1st Theater Sustainment Command, decided early on that he wanted to be his own boss. MORE
Nayely Vasquez-Sauceda and Sgt. Joshua Vasquez-Sauceda, wheeled vehicle mechanic, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, prepare food while working in their food truck, Papi’s Tacos & More, in Radcliff, Ky., on Jan. 23, 2020. Vasquez-Sauceda is currently on terminal leave and will complete his enlistment in the Army on Feb. 19, 2020

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