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1st TSC Soldiers Return From Six-Month Deployment

June 20, 2019 — Soldiers from 1st Theater Sustainment Command's Strategic Operations and Planning (SOaP) "Red Team" completed their six-month rotation and returned home to a redeployment ceremony at the Sadowski Center, June 19. MORE
Master Sgt. Edgar Zavala greets his family after returning home from a six-month deployment June 19, 2019.

U.S. Central Command Statement: Iranians shoot down U.S. drone

June 20, 2019 — "U.S. Central Command can confirm that a U.S. Navy Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (or BAMS-D) ISR aircraft was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile system while operating in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz at approximately 11:35 p.m. GMT on June 19, 2019." MORE

Steppe Eagle 19 opening ceremony demonstrates strength of relationships, militaries

June 19, 2019 — As a Kazakhstani brass marching band played the national anthems of each nation in attendance, Soldiers representing six nations kicked off exercise Steppe Eagle 19 during an opening ceremony, June 17, to highlight the exercise's role in promoting stability in the Central and South Asia region. MORE
Kazakhstani Gen. Maj. Abubakirov, commander of the Kazakh Air Assault Forces and the presiding officer for the opening ceremony for Steppe Eagle 19, speaks to Kazakh Ground Forces Soldiers at illisky Training Area near Almaty, Kazakhstan, June 17, 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.

Statement From Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan on Additional Forces to U.S. Central Command

June 18, 2019 — In response to a request from the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) for additional forces, and with the advice of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in consultation with the White House, I have authorized approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East. MORE

The Quietly Determined Soldier

June 16, 2019 — In search of better opportunities, Brazilian-born Govinda L. Acuna moved to America in 2003 and enlisted in the U.S. Army several years later. Today, Staff Sgt. Acuna has earned his reputation as a "hard worker, high performer" with the 595th Transportation Brigade. MORE
Staff Sgt. Govinda L. Acuna checks email traffic while working as the 595th Transportation Brigade postal officer at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, June 4, 2019.

Bainbridge Answers Distress Call

June 13, 2019 — The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) responded to a distress call from the M/V Kokuka Courageous in the Gulf of Oman the morning of June 13. MORE
GULF OF OMAN (June 13, 2019) Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) render aid to the crew of the M/V Kokuka Courageous. Bainbridge is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet areas of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jason Waite/Released)

CENTCOM statement on recent events in the Gulf of Oman

June 13, 2019 — "U.S. Naval Forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12 a.m. local time and a second one at 7:00 a.m. U.S. Naval Forces Central Command received the calls from the M/V Front Altair and M/V Kokuka Courageous, who were operating in international waters of the Gulf of Oman. MORE

Minnesota Guard partners with Kuwaiti Counterparts for Exercise

June 10, 2019 — Soldiers of Task Force Spartan gathered at the Kuwait Special Forces Training Center with counterparts from the Kuwait Ministry of Interior and Kuwait National Guard on May 2 for Al Watan One, a joint terrorism and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) exercise. MORE
Members of the Kuwait Ministry of Interior’s Special Weapons and Tactics team prepare to breach a building while pulling security on May 2, 2019, during a joint exercise with a simulated terrorist, explosive ordnance, and chemical situation at the Kuwait Special Forces Training Center. The exercise was crafted to build a shared understanding of Kuwait Civil Authorities and U.S. forces procedures while reacting to any disaster, natural and manmade alike.

3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Changes Command

June 10, 2019 — Nearly two years after assuming command of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division in Cincu, Romania during a brigade rotation in Europe, Col. Michael J. Simmering relinquished command of the brigade to Col. Grant S. Fawcett in a change of command ceremony at Camp Buehring, Kuwait on Saturday, June 8, 2019, as the brigade supports Operation Spartan Shield. MORE
3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Command Sgt. Maj. Brian D. Haydt prepares to pass the brigade colors to outgoing commander Col. Michael J. Simmering one last time as a symbol of the passing of leadership during a change of command ceremony at Camp Buehring, Kuwait on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Simmering relinquished command to incoming commander Col. Grant S. Fawcett.

Father, Son Strengthen Bond While Deployed Together

June 7, 2019 — Most fathers are happy to receive a tie or some other type of keepsake from their children for Father’s Day – especially once their children are grown. For Sgt. 1st Class Robert Scott, he will have something far more valuable to see while he is forward-deployed to Qatar this Father’s Day. MORE
Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert Scott, left, and his son, Staff Sgt. John Scott, are both currently deployed to Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, where they serve with the New Jersey Army National Guard’s Centurion Company, 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment. Robert is the Base Defense Operations Cell noncommissioned officer in charge and John is a platoon sergeant and operations noncommissioned officer. This is the second time the Scotts have been deployed at the same time, but only the first when they’ve been deployed together.

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