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Grappling with Allies

June 28, 2019 — U.S. Army Sgt. Linsey Williams, a public affairs specialist with the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, Minnesota Army National Guard, got her first taste of grappling in the basic combatives course during her initial entry training with the U.S. Army in 2011. MORE
Sergeant. Linsey William, a public affairs specialist with the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, Minnesota Army National Guard, poses for a photo June 28, 2019, on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. William teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu club on her off time while stationed in Kuwait.

U.S. Service Members and Kuwaitis Compete in Combatives Tournament

June 28, 2019 — Service members from the United States and Kuwait armed forces had an opportunity to showcase their martial arts skills in a combatives tournament at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, June 23, 2019. MORE
United States Army Spc. Luciano Thomas, right, a signal support systems specialist assigned to 18th Field Artillery Brigade, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, competes in a combatives tournament at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, June 23, 2019. U.S. Army Central hosts events such as the combatives tournament to strengthen its relationship and build partner capacity with the Kuwaitis. USARCENT operates throughout the Middle East region and appreciates the generosity of the host nation’s willingness to maintain bilateral defense relationships.

Kuwait Contracting Brigade Changes Command

June 28, 2019 — Colonel Mary O.B. Drayton officially took command of the 408th Contracting Support Brigade during a ceremony June 27 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. MORE
Seated from right are Col. Mary O.B. Drayton, incoming commander, 408th Contracting Support Brigade; Col. Christine A. Beeler, deputy to the commanding general for outside the continental United States Operations, U.S. Army Contracting Command; and Col. Ralph T. Borja, outgoing commander, 408th CSB; during the change of command ceremony June 27, 2019, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Borja completed his one-year tour with the 408th CSB and is returning to his family in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. This is Drayton’s third assignment within the 408th CSB.

Annual report declares Shaw AFB water ‘safe’

June 27, 2019 — Leadership from the 20th Fighter Wing and the 20th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineering flight released the Shaw Air Force Base Annual Drinking Water Quality Consumer Confidence Report, officially declaring Shaw’s drinking water safe for all consumers, June 27. MORE
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jack Gordon, 20th Medical Group bioenvironmental engineer, tests water contamination levels at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, June 18, 2019.

Utah linguists enhance Exercise Steppe Eagle 19

June 27, 2019 — Utah Army National Guard Linguists' dual-language skills made them valuable assets at Steppe Eagle 19, an annual, multinational exercise meant to enhance coalition interoperability and operational readiness, promote regional security, and improve military cooperation in the Central and South Asia region. MORE
Spc. Gregory Thomson (far left), Utah Army National Guard, interprets for a media role player during cordon and search training with the Kazakhstani Ground Forces at Exercise Steppe Eagle 19 at Chilikemer Training Area near Almaty, Kazakhstan, June 25, 2019. Kazakhstan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan all sent participants for the exercise, while India, Turkey, and Uzbekistan sent observers. Steppe Eagle 19 is an annual U.S. Army Central-led exercise that promotes regional stability and interoperability in the Central and South Asia region.

Eight days in, Steppe Eagle 19 participants showing progress, interoperability

June 27, 2019 — Along with nearly 100 U.S. Army participants, the United Kingdom, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan sent participants for Steppe Eagle 19, an annual U.S. Army Central-led exercise that enhances coalition interoperability and operational readiness, promotes regional access and security, and improves military cooperation in the Central and South Asia region. MORE
Kazakhstani soldiers maintain security at a patrol base at Chilikemer Training Area near Almaty, Kazakhstan during Exercise Steppe Eagle 19, June 25, 2019. Steppe Eagle 19 is an annual U.S. Army Central-led exercise that promotes regional stability and interoperability in the Central and South Asia region.

U.S. Army’s Area Support Group – Qatar Changes Command

June 26, 2019 — U.S. military service members from throughout Area Support Group-Qatar along with U.S. government and Qatari military officials bade farewell to one, while welcoming that unit’s, newest brigade commander during a traditional change of command ceremony at Camp As Sayliyah on June 24, 2019. MORE
Col. Steve Fabiano addresses an audience of more than 160 service members during his brigade change of command ceremony inside one of Camp As Sayliyah's recreation facilities on June 24, 2019. Fabiano is the new commander of Area Support Group-Qatar.

U.S. physician teaches SE19 medical participants to ‘race the Reaper’

June 22, 2019 — Opening his classroom to 25 military physicians from the Central and South Asia region, U.S. Army physician, Maj. Michael Eiffert, M.D. taught a Tactical Combat Casualty Care and Health Service Support in Peacekeeping Operations class at exercise Steppe Eagle 19. MORE
U.S. Army physician, Maj. Michael Eiffert, M.D. (far left), presents a Tactical Combat Casualty Care and Health Service Support in Peacekeeping Operations class, June 20, 2019, to medical participants at Steppe Eagle 19 at Illisky Training Area in Kazakhstan. The class was designed to teach medical providers from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and the Kyrgyz Republic about trauma care and preventive medicine.

USARCENT Hosts Safety Fair in Kuwait

June 22, 2019 — Safety is becoming a habit for Soldiers and civilians at Camp Arfijan, Kuwait, as the U.S. Army Central’s 101 Critical Days of Summer safety program is in full swing. The ARCENT Safety Office hosted a safety fair June 21 to focus on seven specific safety areas. MORE
Army Maj. Kristjan Rauhala, right, adjutant, U.S. Army Central (Forward), discusses the importance of firearms safety with attendees at the ARCENT Safety Fair at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, June 21, 2019. The safety fair is a highlight of the U.S. Army Central’s 101 Critical Days of Summer safety program that encourages leaders to engage with their Soldiers and to stress the importance of being safe in everything they do.

How Data Driven Analysis Can Reduce Operational Risk

June 21, 2019 — After three vehicle accidents in the first month of their rotation at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, the 594th Transportation Company (594 TC) created a program called the Operational Soldier Tracker (OST) to provide leaders at every level a comprehensive assessment to help ensure each truck has a skilled driver or truck commander. MORE
Capt.  Andrew Nowak, 594th Transportation Company commander, 129th Sustainment Battalion, 300th Sustainment Brigade, and 1st Lt. Fletcher Hopkins, executive officer, use the Operator Skill Tracker to evaluate Soldier’s skills for future operations at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, May 13, 2019.

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