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CENTCOM CSM visits Kuwait troops

September 15, 2016 — Command Sgt. Maj. William Thetford, the senior enlisted leader of U.S. Central Command, visited U.S. Army Central troops deployed to Kuwait on Sep. 14-15. MORE
Command Sgt. Maj. William Thetford, left, the senior enlisted leader of U.S. Central Command, speaks with a Soldier before presenting him with a coin Sep. 15, 2016 at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Thetford’s visit to Camp Buehring was part of his two-day visit to Kuwait to reinforce his understanding of U.S. Army Central’s capabilities. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Angela Lorden)

Healthcare Symposium at Arifjan

September 4, 2016 — The 10th Combat Support Hospital hosted a healthcare symposium for medical professionals in the area to share ideas and innovative processes to positively affect efficiency in the hospital environment September 4 at the U.S. Military Hospital-Kuwait. MORE
Maj. Gen. William Hickman, U.S. Army Central deputy commanding general-operations, listens to a brief during the U.S. Military Hospital-Kuwait Healthcare Symposium. The symposium was hosted by the 10th Combat Support Hospital to provide an open forum to healthcare professionals in all military branches and Kuwaiti professionals.

Troops prove German military proficiency in Kuwait

September 1, 2016 — Sixty-five service members from U.S. Army Central’s area of operations earned their German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge by participating in a competition that tested soldier speed, agility, strength and endurance Aug. 1-5 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. MORE
A U.S. Soldier fires at his target during the M9 pistol marksmanship event for a chance to earn his German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge on Aug. 4, 2016 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The marksmanship event was the fourth and last test soldiers had to pass to earn the foreign badge. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Angela Lorden)

Arifjan Soldier finds motivation through family

July 5, 2016 — “I came to the United States in political asylum,” said Sanchez. “A few years later, I joined the Army, and I love it here.” Spc. Dayanna Sanchez, a radiology specialist with the 53rd Head and Neck Surgical Team at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, and native of Havana, Cuba, lives and works citing her family as the driving force of her success. MORE
Spc. Dayanna Sanchez, Radiology specialist, 10th Combat Support Hospital, drags a simulated casualty at a physical challenge during the 2016 U.S. Army Central Command Best Warrior Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year Competition, 19-21 June, at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Fourteen Soldiers faced off in temperatures nearing 120 degrees competing in multiple events designed to test the Soldiers mental and physical capabilities while focusing on warrior tasks. The events included: a six-mile ruck march, Army physical fitness test, rifle qualification, two physical challenge events, a board appearance, written examination, combatives tournament, and a warrior tasks assessment.

Soldiers at Camp Arifjan find resilience in combatives

July 5, 2016 — Camp Arifjan hosts a new entry level combatives class every other month. The classes are in high demand, averaging more than 30 students per cycle, according to the cadre. Many of the students are non-combat job Soldiers who are looking to improve on their abilities to protect themselves and others beyond rifle marksmanship. MORE
1st Lt. Rebecca Tracy (bottom), holds Spc. Leeza Pike, both Soldiers from the 10th Combat Support Hospital, in her guard during the final day of U.S. Army Combatives Level I training July 1 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The class is a 40-hour course in the basics of hand-to-hand combat.

Arifjan Soldier finds motivation through family

July 5, 2016 — Spc. Dayanna Sanchez, a radiology specialist with the 53rd Head and Neck Surgical Team at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, and native of Havana, Cuba, lives and works citing her family as the driving force of her success. MORE
Spc. Dayanna Sanchez, a radiology specialist with the 53rd Head and Neck Surgical Team assigned at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, and native of Havana, Cuba, drags a life-size dummy during the 2016 USARCENT Soldier of the Year Competition, June 20, 2016. Sanchez’ hard work and dedication recently afforded her the opportunity to be the only female Soldier to participate in the competition.

Relinquishing The Reins

July 2, 2016 — Command Sgt. Maj. Eric J. Alfieri, former Area Support Group Kuwait command sergeant major, passed the noncommissioned officer sword to Col. Jeff R. Stewart, ASG-KU commander, during a relinquishment of responsibility ceremony at Camp Arifjan, July 2. MORE
Hundreds of Soldiers came out to witness Command Sgt. Maj. Eric J. Alfieri, former Area Support Group Kuwait command sergeant major, pass the saber during an Area
Support Group Kuwait relinquishment of responsibility ceremony at Camp Arifjan, July 2. Command Sgt. Maj. Matthew Erickson, former 682nd Engineer Battalion Command Sgt. Maj., will serve as the interim senior enlisted advisor.

West Point Cadet Experiences Civil Affairs, Cultural Training

July 1, 2016 — A U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. cadet interned at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait from June 13 to July 1 as part of a unique, hands-on training opportunity hosted by U.S. Army Central’s Civil Military Operations and Host Nation Affairs, Area Support Group – Kuwait. MORE
Cadet Spenser Copp, a native of Fairfax, Va. with F Company, 2nd Regiment at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. talks with Sgt. 1st Class Carl Addie, a Cabot, Arkansas native and the Civil Affairs Liaison Officer for Host Nation Affairs, ASG – Ku at the Kuwait Ministry of Defense, June 22. The cadet interned at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait from June 13 to July 1 as part of a unique, hands-on training opportunity hosted by U.S. Army Central’s Civil Military Operations and HNA, ASG – Kuwait.

Soldiers compete to become the 2016 USARCENT Best Warrior

June 28, 2016 — Fourteen Soldiers faced off at the 2016 U.S. Army Central Command Best Warrior Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year Competition, 19-21 June. MORE
Competitors trek along a six-mile march during the 2016 U.S. Army Central Command Best Warrior Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year Competition, 19-21 June, at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Fourteen Soldiers faced off in temperatures nearing 120 degrees competing in multiple events designed to test the Soldiers mental and physical capabilities while focusing on warrior tasks. The events included: a six-mile ruck march, Army physical fitness test, rifle qualification, two physical challenge events, a board appearance, written examination, combatives tournament, and a warrior tasks assessment.

West Point superintendent, USARCENT leaders talk leader development

May 31, 2016 — Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., the superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, along with members of the school’s athletic department, paid a visit to U.S. Army Central during the Memorial Day weekend. MORE
Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., the superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, speaks to graduates of West Point during lunch on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, May 28, 2016. Caslen and members of the school’s athletic department visited with graduates from West Point to get feedback from their time at the academy and how it affects the work they now do in the Army.

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