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USARCENT Celebrates Women’s History Month

March 15, 2019 — U.S. Army Central marked Women’s History Month at Patton Hall March 13 to recognize the contributions of female Soldiers who answered the call to serve our nation. MORE
Jennifer Edwards, U.S. Army Central, sings the National Anthem during the Women’s History Month observance ceremony at USARCENT headquarters on Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 13, 2019.

Joint optometry team gives warfighters clarity

March 15, 2019 — U.S. Airmen at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar and U.S. Soldiers at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, combine optometry capabilities to ensure servicemembers across U.S. Central Command are able to focus on their mission. MORE
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Peter Carra, 379th Expeditionary Medical Group (EMDG) optometry officer in charge, performs an eye exam for a U.S. Soldier March 9, 2019, at Camp As Sayliyah (CAS), Qatar. Carra and Tech. Sgt. Marquita Moore, 379th EMDG optometry NCO in charge, travel to CAS once a week to provide eye care for Soldiers who, in turn, fabricate glasses prescribed for Airmen at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, and servicemembers at other deployed locations throughout U.S. Central Command.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

"King Cobra' Exercise Helps Empower Junior Leaders

March 14, 2019 — Stress can either toughen an object or reveal its flaws. The junior noncommissioned officers and Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment experienced that stress first-hand during the recently completed "King Cobra" exercise in Southwest Asia. MORE
Army Pfc. Mark Monroe, a Hot Crew member with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, uses a socket wrench to loosen a bolt duringa Patrior missile reload drill March 7, 2019. The Soldiers continually train and conduct battle drills to ensure they are able to perform their duty in providing air defense support across the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

Teamwork Breeds Success for Air Defenders

March 14, 2019 — Success for an air defense artillery Soldier is not defined by 'almost,' 'sort of' or 'close enough.' For air defenders, success is either all or nothing. Perfection is the only standard when it comes to defending critical assets in a defined region. MORE
Soldiers from Battery C, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment work together to prepare a Patriot missile launcher for reloading March 7, 2019. The Soldiers continually train and conduct battle drills to ensure they are able to perform their duty in providing air defense support across the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

Army Engineers visit Desert Storm sites in Kuwait

March 13, 2019 — Leaders of Task Force Castle assigned to the 20th Engineer Brigade partnered with the U.S. Army Engineer School to conduct a staff ride through historical sites of Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait. MORE
Task Force Castle Leaders assigned to the 20th Engineer Brigade partnered with the U.S. Army Engineer School to conduct a Desert Storm staff ride throughout historical sites in Kuwait, January 29-31, 2019. Designed to further the professional development of leaders while in a deployed environment, the staff ride gave a group of more than sixty Soldiers the chance to visit battle sites, museums, and an airfield with partially destroyed hangars. Soldiers learned about and discuss various aspects of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The staff ride was designed to familiarize TF Castle leaders with the dynamics of large-scale combat operations with an emphasis on engineer support.

U.S. Army Seeks Greater Cooperation with Regional NGOs

March 9, 2019 — U.S. Army Central and Task Force Spartan Civil Affairs soldiers met with the Kuwait Red Crescent Society in an effort to build interoperability and coordination between civilian and military organizations, ensuring that assistance reaches those who need it in times of emergency. MORE
From left: Capt. Pil Jeon, Iman Haidar, Capt. Jermareo McDaniel, Yousef Al Merag, Staff Sgt. John Lee and Lt. Col. Charles Moore gather for a group photo after their meeting at the Kuwait Red Crescent Society headquarters and operations center in Kuwait City, on Feb. 18, 2019. The meeting between U.S. Army Civil Affairs personnel and the Kuwait Red Crescent Society is an effort to build interoperability and coordination between civilian and military organizations.

U.S. Army Central Welcomes New Commander

March 8, 2019 — United States Army Central (USARCENT) held a change of command ceremony March 8, 2019 at Lucky Park outside of the command’s headquarters on Shaw Air Force Base. Lt. Gen. Michael X. Garrett relinquished command to Lt. Gen. Terry R. Ferrell after serving for three years as the unit’s commanding general. MORE
From left to right, Lt. Gen. Michael X. Garrett, former commanding general of U.S. Army Central, Gen. Joseph L. Votel, commanding general of U.S. Central Command, and Lt. General Terry Ferrell, current commanding general of USARCENT, salute the colors during USARCENT’s change of command ceremony at Lucky Park, outside of the command’s headquarters, Shaw Air Force Base S.C., Mar. 8, 2019. Garrett relinquished command and control of USARCENT to Ferrell.

Sports Diplomacy Opens Doors in Qatar

March 7, 2019 — More than thirty U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Camp As Sayliyah became "sports diplomats" during Qatar National Sports Day in Doha, Feb. 12, 2019. MORE
Sgt. Monique Best, center, and other members of Area Support Group-Qatar participated in Qatar's National Sports Day Feb. 12, 2019 in Doha. ASG-QA had three teams that played tug-of-war, volleyball, and soccer. Best, a human resources sergeant with ASG-QA, said that she thought the opportunity would open doors.

U.S. Soldiers Share Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Techniques and Tactics with Kuwaiti Partners

March 7, 2019 — Task Force Spartan CBRN personnel from the Ohio National Guard’s 637th Chemical Company conducted an exchange of information with the Kuwait Weapons of Mass Destruction Defense Command on Feb. 14th, 2019 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. MORE
Staff Sgt. Dustin Bowshier of the 637th chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear Company is the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge and explains the self-contained breathing apparatus that is worn with the suits for different levels of contamination during the display on the CBRN dismounted reconnaissance equipment on Feb. 14, 2019 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Soldiers from the unit provide a display of layout and equipment with CBRN dismounted reconnaissance equipment to Kuwait Weapons of Mass Destruction Defense Command. The 637th Chemical Company is deployed to Kuwait as the CBRN defense response force for the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

Deployment Is Contract Specialist’s Path to Gatekeeping

March 6, 2019 — A Department of the Army civilian with the 408th Contracting Support Brigade deployed to Erbil, Iraq in 2017 so that she could train and mentor soldiers to be better contract specialists. For her, that experience has opened an opportunity to serve in Qatar as a “Gatekeeper.” MORE
Charlene Wilson, lead contract specialist for the 408th Regional Contracting Center-Qatar’s quality management team at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar poses for a photo Mar. 6, 2019. Wilso was recently named a "Hero of the Week" for her work in US Army Central because of her work in the RCC.

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