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35th Combat Aviation Brigade’s Southwest Asia deployment ends

May 5, 2019 — The 35th Combat Aviation Brigade, Missouri Army National Guard, and the 244th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, U.S. Army Reserve, completed a transfer of authority ceremony at the Camp Taji Military Complex, Iraq, May 1, 2019. MORE
Members from the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade, Missouri Army National Guard, and the 244th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, U.S. Army Reserve, salute the colors during a transfer of authority ceremony in an aircraft hangar in Taji, Iraq, May 1, 2019.  The 35th CAB and 244th ECAB support Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Spartan Shield.  CJTF-OIR works with partner forces to defeat Daesh in designated areas and set conditions for follow-on operations to increase regional stability.

“Patton’s Own” hosts National Day of Prayer Luncheon

May 4, 2019 — Soldiers and civilians from U.S. Army Central gathered together to attend the National Day of Prayer luncheon at their headquarters on Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, May 2. MORE
Chaplain (Capt.) Scott D. Speight, the deputy operations chaplain for U.S. Army Central, welcomes the audience during the National Day of Prayer luncheon at USARCENT headquarters on Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 2, 2019.

Army Reserve marches into 111th birthday

May 2, 2019 — United States Army Reserve Engagement Cell hosted the Army Reserve’s 111th birthday celebration April 26, 2019, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Soldiers kicked off the morning by participating in a 5K run and then wrapped up the afternoon with a cake cutting ceremony. MORE
Army Reserve celebrates 111th birthday

Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley Memorial Service

May 1, 2019 — Soldiers of Battery C, 2d Battalion, 32d Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, gathered to remember the life of U.S. Army Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley April 25, 2019. MORE
Identification tags for Spc. Ryan Riley hang from the Fallen Soldier Cross during a unit memorial service in Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, April 25, 2019. The Fallen Soldier Cross, also known as a Battle Cross, dates back to at least the American Civil War as a means of identifying the location of fallen Soldiers on the field. Today it is often a means of showing respect for the dead among the living members of the unit.

Kansas National Guard Assault Helicopter Battalion completes Middle East missions

May 1, 2019 — U.S. Army Lt. Col. Todd Loughney, commander of the 1st. Battalion, 108th Aviation Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Darrian Campbell, encased the battalion colors signifying the completion of their nine-month deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield (OSS) and Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. MORE
U.S. Army Soldiers fill the USO theater at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, in preparation for a transfer of authority ceremony Apr. 29, 2019. The 1st. Battalion, 108th Aviation Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, provided aviation support to the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade, Missouri Army National Guard and its subordinate units during their 2018-2019 deployment to the Middle East, supporting Operations Inherent Resolve and Spartan Shield.

Soldiers further U.S.-Kuwaiti partnership through artillery training

May 1, 2019 — Kuwait and U.S. artillery Soldiers trained and learned together, developing interoperability and furthering mutual development at the Udairi Range Complex on April 23 and 24, 2019. MORE
Kuwait Land Forces (KLF) Lt. Col. Ahmad Alsanea, middle, and other KLF soldiers observe a sand table rehearsal for a situational training exercise conducted by U.S. Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 29th Artillery Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, at a Camp Buehring, Kuwait training area on April 23, 2019. Alsanea and his Soldiers trained with their U.S. counterparts as part of an enduring partnership that enables interoperability between regional allies.

Why I Serve: Purple Heart recipient dedicated to military service

April 30, 2019 — “It was mass chaos,” said Staff Sgt. John Lee, 414th Civil Affairs Battalion. “After the bomb went off, I was more focused on getting other people out. I carried several people out before I was told that I had been hit and I was bleeding.” MORE
The Will to Serve

Holocaust Remembrance at USARCENT

April 29, 2019 — U.S. Army Central joined the nation in commemorating the millions of victims and survivors of the Holocaust and the heroes whose actions saved an infinite amount of lives during a Days of Remembrance ceremony at USARCENT headquarters on Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., April 24. MORE
Lt. Col. Lee Roberts, the ceremony narrator and internal review chief, U.S. Army Central, provides the opening remarks during the Days of Remembrance observance ceremony at USARCENT headquarters on Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., April 24, 2019. Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust.

Heavy Equipment Transporter System Subject Matter Exchange II

April 25, 2019 — Familiar faces and familiarization training is how day one of the Heavy Equipment Transport System (HETS) subject matter exchange began, with U.S. Army Soldiers introducing themselves to members of the Royal Army of Oman (RAO). Some Omani Soldiers needed no introduction from the instructors, as they attended the initial training given in January. MORE
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Josheph Davis assists Warrant Officer Sultan Salim Alaamari, Royal Army of Oman, with correcting a deficiency during the Heavy Equipment Transporter System Subject Matter Exchange II held at Sultan bin Safy Camp Shafa Oman, April 6-11, 2019.

The Value of Military and Civilian Medical Partnerships in Kuwait

April 24, 2019 — Partnering with Kuwait host nation medical facilities makes it possible for U.S. service members to receive both timely and quality medical care while remaining in theater. MORE
Cpt. Andrew Hehr and Maj. Anthony Delmonico, 452d Combat Support Hospital, serve as host nation liaisons with the United States Military Hospital - Kuwait, at Camp Arifjan.

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