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Day Zero: Journey to earn Air Assault wings

April 4, 2017 — Hundreds of Soldiers, Airmen and Marines came from miles away to fulfill a dream. Their journey is not easy, it requires a keen eye for detail and the ability to handle heavy equipment, while under duress. Thus, upon successful completion of day zero, candidates can then call themselves ‘Air Assault Students.’ MORE
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Katlyn Lehmann, human resource officer, 258th Human Resource Company, navigates the high-step-over obstacle during day zero of U.S. Army Central’s first Air Assault Course, April 4, 2017, at Camp Beuhring, Kuwait. The Air Assault Course is a 12-day class that allows U.S. military personnel in the USARCENT theater of operations the unique opportunity to become air assault qualified, while deployed outside the continental United States.

HIMARS gunnery validates war fighters

April 2, 2017 — Part of achieving the standard as a Soldier is qualifying on an assigned weapon and or weapon system. These qualifications begin at the individual’s weapon, such as an M9 pistol or an M4 carbine. But, there are some Sol-diers who have to qualify on a weapon’s system and as a member of a functioning team. MORE
Staff Sgt. Schade, an observer with Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 157th Field Artillery Regiment, Colorado National Guard, moniters an impact zone during a Hi Mobility Artillery Rocket System gunnery table VI qualification, Udair Range Complex, Kuwait, March 29, 2017. Table VI gunnery involves validating a three Soldier team with a HIMARS weapons system by attaining three objectives; fire when ready, time on target, and       (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Browne, USARCENT Public Affairs)

Resilience: OPE Soldiers overcome battlefield injuries

March 14, 2017 — Wounded warriors, who are thriving in recovery, begin their journey to the site of the incident, March 14, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Operation Proper Exit gives these wounded veterans the unique opportunity to get closure by seeing firsthand the progress their sacrifice has made. MORE
Retired Army Sgt. Willard Hoyum, wheeled vehicle mechanic, formerly with A company, 307th Brigade Support Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, shakes the hand of a deployed Soldier, March 14, 2017, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The meet and greet concluded the first town hall meeting Soldiers of Operation Proper Exit will give prior to returning to the location where they received their combat injuries.

Mattis: Social Media Misconduct by DoD Personnel Won’t be Tolerated

March 13, 2017 — WASHINGTON -- The purported actions of civilian and military personnel on social media websites, including some associated with the "Marines United" group and possibly others, represent egregious violations of the fundamental values that are upheld at the Department of Defense, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, March 10, 2017, in a statement.“The MORE
James N. Mattis, the 26th Secretary of Defense, poses for his official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, Jan 25, 2017.  (U.S. Army photo by Monica King/Released)

US Army Central Family Members learn about the Middle East

March 13, 2017 — The Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army Central Family Readiness Group recently held a quarterly meeting here at Patton Hall to provide Family Members with an opportunity to learn about the Middle East. MORE
Judy Merrill, spouse of Col. Aaron Merrill, U.S. Army Central international military affairs chief, shares some of the things she experienced as a spouse and mother while living in the Middle East as part of an accompanied tour with USARCENT Soldiers and their Family Members during a quarterly Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, USARCENT Family Readiness Group meeting at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. March 9.

USNS Brittin validates 936th ETOE under deployed conditions

March 13, 2017 — USNS Brittin validates 936th ETOE under deployed conditions MORE
1st Sgt. Adolph Romero, the transportation supervisor for the 936th Expeditionary Terminal Operating Element and a native of Dover, Fla., helps pull a rope from the large, medium speed, roll on roll off vehicle cargo ship USNS Brittin (T-AKR-305), to secure it to the pier at the Port of Shuaiba, Kuwait, March 12. The ETOE originated in September 2015 for the sole purpose to enable the Army to conduct terminal operations in theater

Reinforcing partnerships through quarterly MEDEVAC meeting

March 5, 2017 — The Kuwait Armed Forces Hospital hosted its first medical evacuation meeting with partner nations and coalition members, March 5. MORE
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ron Wells, the commanding surgeon for Area Support Group- Kuwait presents Kuwait Army Col. Waleed Malalla, the director of the Kuwait Armed Forces Hospital and the acting chief of medical services, with a certificate of appreciation after a Medical Evacuation meeting hosted, for the first time, at KAFH, March 5. This meeting is one of many partnership events that U.S. Soldiers, Airmen and Kuwaiti soldiers and airmen participate in together. Practical exercises such as mass casualty events and medical evacuations are the stepping stones used to elevate the partnership.

Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, US Army Central hosts change of command ceremony

March 3, 2017 — Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army Central held a change of command ceremony March 3, here at Patton Park. MORE
Lt. Col. Lindsay Matthews, commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army Central, observes her new unit during her change of command ceremony held at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. March 3. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Victor Everhart Jr.)
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Speaker gives US Army Central ‘greatest hits’ version of African Americans’ journey in education

February 10, 2017 — U.S. Army Central’s equal opportunity directorate held its African American History Month observance, which entertained and informed attendees, here Feb. 8. MORE
Robert T. Vinson, an associate professor of History and African Studies at the College of William and Mary, discusses the roles of prominent African American leaders in American education, Feb. 8, at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., during U.S. Army Central’s Black History Month observance.

Life as an Army Mariner

January 30, 2017 — More than 30 Army Mariners embarked on a multi-day transport mission aboard the Army logistic support vessel Maj. Gen. Charles P. Gross from Kuwait Naval Base on Jan. 19, 2017. MORE
Army Mariners with the 411th Transportation Detachment onboard the Army logistic support vessel Maj. Gen. Charles P. Gross, conducted cargo operations in the Arabian Gulf 19-23 Jan., 2017. The crew hauled cargo to Qatar from Port of Shuaiba, Kuwait and transported another load during the return trip. While underway the crew practiced several maritime emergency exercises including man overboard, fire, and battle drills. The crew consisted of watercraft operators, engineers, cooks, and medics, although each member is trained to perform several tasks outside the scope of their duty specialty in case of an emergency situation. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Aaron Ellerman)

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