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Joint Effort Helps Destroy Unserviceable Ammunition

March 1, 2019 — Service members from six different units and two services joined together to deliver, unload, stage, prep and ultimately destroy nearly three-and-a-half tons of unserviceable ammunition in Kuwait’s Udairi Range complex, Feb. 27, 2019. MORE
More than 6,800 pounds of unserviceable ammunition explodes in the Udairi Range, Kuwait, Feb. 27, 2019. The controlled detonation was organized by the 705th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, Task Force Hellhound, Task Force Spartan.

Joint training strengthens Air Force, Army collaboration

February 27, 2019 — Airmen and Soldiers practiced Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and high yield explosives training techniques and procedures Feb. 22, 2019, as part of a joint decontamination training event. MORE
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Brett Sanchez, 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron (ECES) emergency management Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and high yield explosives (CBRNE) response NCO in charge, takes off Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) gear during a joint decontamination exercise Feb. 22, 2019, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. U.S. Air Force and Army participants from the 379th ECES and the 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery (ADA) regiment, 11th ADA Brigade, shared CBRNE best practices, and tested their response proficiency during the training. The event was the conclusion of a four phase training curriculum. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Deployed father and daughter reunite

February 26, 2019 — An Army National Guard father deployed to the Middle East was reunited with his daughter, who is also deployed, at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, on Feb. 7, 2019. MORE
U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Joseph Lemens, left, a helicopter maintenance test pilot assigned to the 935th Aviation Support Battalion, Missouri National Guard, and his daughter U.S. Army 1st. Lt. Jordan Lemens, right, a route clearance platoon leader assigned to 2nd platoon, B Co., 326th Brigade Engineer Battalion, pose together for a family photo at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Feb. 7, 2019.  Father and daughter, both simultaneously deployed to Iraq, were able to spend a few hours together despite working in different geographic areas.  The 935th ASB and 326th BEB support Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, working by, with, and through partner forces to defeat ISIS.

USARCENT Deputy Commander Visits Defense Exposition

February 26, 2019 — Major Gen. David C. Hill, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Central, attended the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. MORE
Major Gen. David C. Hill, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Central (USARCENT), tests a drone navigation system Feb. 18, 2019, at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Hill attended IDEX as a USARCENT representative to meet with key leaders in an effort to strengthen relations with partner nations.

Army leadership instructor takes pride in teaching

February 26, 2019 — From the front lines of the battlefield to the front of the classroom, one U.S. Army Basic Leader Course instructor at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, is changing lives one class at a time. MORE
Staff Sgt. Jason Enriquez, small group leader, Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Basic Leader Course, gives guidence during a BLC assignment at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Feb. 17, 2019. Enriquez says he does the most he can for his students, because his students' needs are more important than his own.

U.S. Army Soldiers experience Kuwait Liberation Day history

February 25, 2019 — The close relationship between the U.S. and Kuwait, spanning over a century, can be clearly seen today in the partnership between the two nations' militaries. Members of the U.S. Army’s 34th Infantry Division recently joined their Kuwaiti hosts to learn more about the nation's struggle against Iraqi forces during Saddam Hussain’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait. MORE
Soldiers with the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Red Bull Infantry Division visit the Al-Qurain Martyrs Museum in Kuwait City Feb. 20, 2019, surveying the damage inflicted on a house by heavy weaponry, including an Iraqi tank, during a battle in the Gulf War that occurred Feb. 24, 1991, between members of the Al Messilah Group (Kuwait forces) and Saddam Hussein’s forces. The Soldiers partnered with their Kuwaiti hosts to learn about the history of the invasion of Kuwait and the national and international response that liberated the nation. The Soldiers, currently deployed to the region as Task Force Spartan, also visited a nearby military base where Kuwaiti soldiers walked through the broader picture of the conflict on an immense sand-table of the country.

Changes to Army leadership course on display in Kuwait

February 23, 2019 — Major changes to the Army’s Basic Leader Course (BLC) have created a better format of learning for 21st century Soldiers. These changes were on full display during BLC at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Jan. 28 to Feb. 19, 2019. MORE
Command Sgt. Maj. Dan Churchman, commandant, Basic Leader Course, Camp Buehring, Kuwait, presents a Commandants Coin to Spc. Shannon Gates, far left, Company A, 106th Brigade Support Battalion, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Mississippi Army National Guard, who is from Magee, Mississippi, for earning BLCs distinguished honor graduate, Feb. 19, 2019. Distinguished honor graduate is awarded to the student who holds the highest overall grade point average throughout the course.

Joint Air Defense Exercise sharpens skills, strengthens partnerships

February 22, 2019 — Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of U.S. Central Command worked together with regional partners to conduct Joint Air Defense Exercise 19-01, a regularly scheduled three day-long training event focused on increasing the readiness of air defense assets in the CENTCOM area of responsibility. The AFCENT-led exercise included increased participation in the live-fly portion to include B-1B Lancers, F-15Es, and coalition partner aircraft. MORE
A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle maneuvers into position to receive fueled from a KC-135 Stratotanker as a part of Joint Air Defense Exercise 19-01, Feb. 19, 2019. The aircraft participated with regional partners to test objective-based command and control actions during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Clayton Cupit)

Army Ground Liaison Officer connects ground intent to air action

February 21, 2019 — Communication between the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard is similar to trying to understand a different language because each service uses different lingo and acronyms in their daily operations. MORE
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Hartranft, 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron ground liaison officer, stands in front of the 9th EBS T-Wall at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Feb. 6, 2019. The GLO translates the ground units’ intent into action in the air, also known as green to blue. His job is to translate green to blue and blue to green between ground commanders and the combined forces air component commander; integrating and synchronizing air and ground operations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Travis Beihl)

National Guard units partner for joint aviation training

February 19, 2019 — Aviators with the Minnesota, Texas and Utah National Guards, led by the Kansas National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation Regiment, practice landing and taking off during deck landing qualification training aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) in the Arabian Gulf on Feb. 4, 2019. MORE
Aviators with the Minnesota, Texas and Utah National Guards, led by the Kansas National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation Regiment, practice landing and taking off during deck landing qualification training aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) in the Arabian Gulf on Feb. 4, 2019.

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