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Training, Tracers, and Transition – California Guardsmen train with Jordan Armed Forces

March 25, 2019 — Ten weeks of joint training with a California National Guard unit came to a close for a battalion of Jordanian soldiers as they marked their completion of the Jordan Operational Engagement Program with a graduation ceremony held at the Peace Operations Training Center near Amman, March 14, 2019. MORE
California National Guard Lt. Col. Jeremy T. Hopkins, 1st Squadron, 18th Cavalry Regiment, commander, speaks during the Jordan Armed Forces 10th Border Guard Force Battalion during their graduation ceremony, March 14, 2019, at the Peace Operations Training Center near Amman, Jordan. The 1-18 CAV, who are partners in the Joint Operations Engagement Program, trained the guard battalion to help enhance soldier skills essential for the Border Guard Force to secure and defend their borders from enemy threats.

Human Resources Specialist Impacts Thousands of Soldiers in Theater

March 25, 2019 — A warm bed, hot food and a hot shower are basic necessities that every Soldier deserves while serving in theater. Specialist Aaron Beireis, a human resources specialist assigned to U.S. Army Central (USARCENT) G1, goes above and beyond to ensure Soldiers receive these necessities. MORE
Army Spc. Aaron Beireis, a human resources specialist, U.S. Army Central (USARCENT), stands at attention on March 25, 2019, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Beireis amended nearly 8,000 TCS orders during his current mobilization which has had a positive impact on Soldiers across USARCENT’s area of operations. Beireis exemplifies USARCENT’s enduring priorities: specifically managing transition of rotational forces.

Coalition, partner forces liberate last territory held by Daesh

March 23, 2019 — The Coalition congratulates the Syrian Democratic Forces on the liberation of the remaining civilians under Daesh control and the elimination of Daesh’s self-proclaimed territorial caliphate in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, Syria, March 23, 2019. MORE

3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team Assumes ABCT Authority in Kuwait

March 23, 2019 — With the unfurling of brigade colors during a ceremony at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Col. Michael J. Simmering, commander of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, assumed authority for the ongoing Brigade Combat Team mission within Task Force Spartan. MORE
Col. Michael J. Simmering, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Samuel C. Rapp, right, unfurl the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division colors during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, on March 23, 2019. As commander of the 3ABCT, Simmering assumed authority for the ongoing brigade combat team mission within Task Force Spartan, in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

"Red Devil" rock band supports Soldiers in Kuwait

March 19, 2019 — Army musicians with the Red Devil Rock Band, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Band, got their opportunity to support service members in theater during St. Patrick’s Day weekend by performing a show at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. MORE
Army musicians with the Red Devil Rock Band, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Band, Minnesota National Guard, perform cover songs on March 16, 2019, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. U.S. Army Central hosts these types of events to demonstrate its enduring commitment to Soldiers’ health, welfare and morale.

Army versus Air Force basketball championship

March 18, 2019 — Service members assigned to the 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment flight and U.S. Army Central Command went head-to-head in an intramural basketball championship, March 14. MORE
U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment flight play against U.S. Soldiers assigned to U.S. Army Central Command during an intramural basketball championship game at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 14, 2019.

National Guard Unit Transfers Security Authority at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar

March 18, 2019 — Hundreds of the Golden State’s citizen soldiers are headed home after completing their latest mission in the Middle East. The 578th Brigade Engineer Battalion, a California Army National Guard unit, transferred authority as Area Support Group-Qatar’s security force during a ceremony at Camp As Sayliyah on Mar. 16th, 2019. MORE
Lt. Col. Kevin Welsh (second from left), the battalion commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Paul Horan (fourth from the left), the battalion command sergeant major, formally unfurl the 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment's flag signifying their unit's assumption of authority for security at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar.

U.S., Iraqi Engineers meet to restructure, realign, reemploy forces

March 18, 2019 — The 20th Engineer Brigade participated in a Senior Leader Engagement and combined brief to Iraq Army Engineers leadership on February 19, 2019, at Camp Honor, Iraq, focusing on engineer force structure and capabilities. MORE
Engineers assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, NATO, and the Iraq Army participated in a Senior Leader Engagement at Camp Honor, Iraq on February 19, 2019. The event provided an opportunity for partner nations to discuss the structure of engineer forces and how to better support maneuver elements.

Heading Home, the 1-18 CAV passes its torch to the next unit

March 16, 2019 — In a ceremony at the Joint Training Center in Jordan, the California National Guard’s 1st Squadron, 18th Cavalry Regiment (1-18 CAV) relinquished authority of their mission to the New Jersey National Guard’s 1st Squadron, 102nd Cavalry Regiment (1-102 CAV), March 14, 2019. MORE
U.S. Army Soldiers salute for the playing of the National Anthem during a transfer of authority ceremony at the Joint Training Center, March 14, 2019. During the ceremony, the New Jersey National Guard’s 1st Squadron, 102nd Cavalry Regiment assumed mission authority from the California National Guard’s 1st Squadron, 18th Cavalry Regiment.

Army Physical Therapist Aims to Prevent, Treat, and Heal

March 16, 2019 — Soldiers know how to run – sometimes far, sometimes fast, and sometimes in formation. But Cpt. Anthony Williams, an Army Physical Therapist, is concerned that maybe Soldiers don’t actually know how to run well, judging by the ankle, shin, knee, and hip injuries he sees so frequently. MORE
Cpt. Anthony Williams, physical therapist for 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, shows Soldiers video of their running gait in order to correct deficiencies and prevent injury, as part of a weekly running class at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Williams evaluated the running form of each Soldier and provided feedback for how to improve form and mechanics.

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