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Retired Combat Medic Teaches Soldiers Resiliency Through Yoga

April 8, 2019 — Paula LeBov, U.S. Army veteran and retired combat medic, used her expertise as a yoga instructor to help Soldiers at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, build resiliency during a physical readiness training session on April 3, 2019. MORE
Paula LeBov, American Red Cross employee and Camp Arifjan Resiliency Program manager, guides Soldiers through a relaxation exercise during an early morning yoga class April 3, 2019 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

My Journey with the Special Recruiter Assistance Program

April 5, 2019 — U.S. Army Sgt. Von Marie Donato's military career came full circle when she was invited to participate in the United States Recruiting Command's Special Recruiter Assistance Program (SRAP) and return to her hometown recruiting office in Orlando, Florida. MORE
(Pictured Center) Sgt. 1st Class Leonel Castillo, a U.S. Army recruiter with the Kissimmee Recruiting Office, Tampa Recruiting Battalion, 2nd Recruiting Brigade, United States Recruiting Command, and (pictured left of Castillo) Sgt. Von Marie Donato, a Special Recruiter Assistance Program participant and a public affairs specialist assigned to U.S. Army Central, pose for a group photo along with other SRAP participants at the Tom Joyner Family Reunion Convention Show in Orlando, FL at the Gaylord Palms Resort Aug. 31, 2017.

Army Civilians Train on Equal Employment Opportunity at USARCENT

April 5, 2019 — Readiness depends on Soldiers and U.S. Army Civilians applying the organization’s ethics and values every day in everything they do, on and off duty. U.S. Army Central provided the opportunity for its federally employed civilians to participate in an Equal Employment Opportunity Counselor Course March 25-29 at the command headquarters. MORE
Ivy Merrick, U.S. Army Central Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program Manager, briefs the class during the Equal Employment Opportunity Counselor Course at USARCENT headquarters on Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 27, 2019.

Army Reserve Soldier continues family's legacy of service

April 4, 2019 — U.S. Army Spc. Cory Lien Jr. is the fourth generation of his family to serve in the Army. Their continued family history of military service dates back to World War II and is something the three surviving generations are proud to discuss. MORE
Generations of Service

Minnesota Red Bulls Share in Social Softball Games with Kuwaiti Community

April 3, 2019 — With a swift swing of the arm and release of the softball, U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Charles Kemper, the Deputy Commanding General for Support of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division and Task Force Spartan threw the ceremonial pitch to commence an off-duty softball social event between service members of Task Force Spartan and the local Kuwaiti community on March 15, 2019 at the Hunting and Equestrian Club in Kuwait. MORE
Sgt. Justin Amos prepares to swing a bat during an off-duty softball social event between service members of Task Force Spartan and the local Kuwaiti community on March 15, 2019 at the Hunting and Equestrian Club in Kuwait. The event brought people of all ages, nationality and gender, encouraging participation within the sport and local support for the activities. Soldiers are encouraged to develop a pathway for Community Outreach and Social Partnerships with Sporting Events as part of Every Soldier’s an Ambassador program.

Dogs, Handlers Welcome New Turf Obedience Course

April 2, 2019 — Working in the heat of a Middle Eastern summer is tough in even the most pristine conditions. Leaders and experts at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, decided to make training better for the furry member of their military working dog teams. MORE
Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Sanchez, a military working dog handler with the Area Support Group-Qatar Provost Marshal’s Office, works on obeying commands with Lars, a German shepherd MWD on the new soft turf field obstacle course at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, March 29, 2019. The new facility allows Sanchez and his fellow dog handlers the opportunity to train their animals on a course that is more safe and better suited to properly training  MWD teams.

U.S. Military Hospital - Kuwait Conducts Mass Casualty Exercise

April 1, 2019 — “Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!” These are the words heard from Camp Arifjan’s public address system during a mass casualty (MASCAL) exercise held on March 21, 2019, to evaluate the response time and effectiveness of the standard operating procedures for emergencies at U.S. Military Hospital — Kuwait. MORE
Spc. Alyson Rausch, 452d Combat Support Hospital, inspects mock casualty's injuries during the Golden Trident mass casualty training exercise at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, March 21, 2019.

In Qatar, MP unit’s legacy is improved procedures for successors

April 1, 2019 — The 984th Military Police Company at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, has built a standard operating procedure for Army Central’s area support group and installation here on the outskirts of Qatar’s capital, Doha. They hope their legacy is improved security for U.S. service members on rotations here. MORE
In Qatar, MP Unit’s Legacy Is Improved Procedures For Successors

Hands-on training in support of Operation Spartan Shield

March 29, 2019 — Capt. Heather Meier, 452nd Combat Support Hospital, U.S. Army Reserve, is a surgical nurse currently deployed in support of Operation Spartan Shield at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. She recently earned her master's degree at a physicians assistant graduate program, and then completed her clinical rotations in Kuwait. MORE
Hands-on medical training for Operation Spartan Shield

U.S., Kuwait, Qatar conduct trilateral exercise Desert Leopard II

March 28, 2019 — Members of the Kuwaiti Land Forces, the Qatar Emiri Land Forces, and U.S. Army personnel assigned to U.S. Army Central Command’s Task Force Spartan participated in Desert Leopard II, a five-day trilateral exercise designed to test and develop interoperability between the three nations March 2-6, 2019. MORE
Medical officers from the Kuwait Land Forces and U.S. Army watch as a Kuwaiti AS332 Super Puma lands at their mock battalion aid station site at Udairi Range in Kuwait, March 5, 2019. Soldiers of the Kuwait Land Forces, Qatari Emiri Forces, and U.S. Army gathered for Exercise Desert Leopard II on March 2-6, 2019. Desert Leopard began as a bilateral exercise between two nations within the Gulf Cooperation Council, Kuwait and Qatar. In December, 2018, leaders of the Kuwait Land Forces invited members of U.S. Central Command’s Task Force Spartan to participate in the exercise, growing Desert Leopard II to include three nations.

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