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Multi-component soldiers unite, deliver aviation excellence

July 8, 2019 — Soldiers from the National Guard and Army Reserve, united under Company D, 8th Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment, rely on professionalism and teamwork to deliver aviation excellence for Operations Spartan Shield and Inherent Resolve. MORE
Sgt. Johnathan Kessel, an aviation component repairer (right) and Spc. James Chaffins, an aviation electrician both with the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment, currently assigned to D Company, 8th Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment, 244th Combat Aviation Brigade, troubleshoot a suspected malfunctioning UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter warning light, June 26, 2019, at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

1st TSC Welcomes New Commanding General at Fort Knox

July 2, 2019 — 1st Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) welcomed a new commanding general during a change of command ceremony July 2, 2019, at Fort Knox, Ky. MORE
Maj. Gen. John P. Sullivan, commanding general, 1st Theater Sustainment Command (TSC), addresses the audience during his speech at the 1st TSC change of command ceremony held July 2, 2019 outside Fowler Hall at Fort Knox, Ky.

Cautionary Tales in History: 5 Lessons from Revolutionary War Missteps

July 2, 2019 — With its headquarters in close proximity to Revolutionary War battlefields at Camden, Kings Mountain, and Cowpens, the strategic planners and security cooperation officers of U.S. Army Central’s Strategic Plans division (G5) set out to analyze the British campaign in the American South. MORE
“The Battle of Cowpens” by Don Troiani is part of the National Guard Bureau Heritage Series. In upland South Carolina, January 17, 1781, at a place where local farmers penned their cows, an American force of 300 Continentals and 700 militia from North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia, won a brilliant victory against the British.

The Continentals who fought at Cowpens are perpetuated today by the 175th Infantry, Maryland Army National Guard, and the 198th Signal Battalion, Delaware Army National Guard, and the Virginia militia by the 116th Infantry, Virginia Army National Guard. The heritage of the rest of the American troops who fought in this "greatest tactical victory ever won on American soil" is carried on today by the Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina Army National Guards. 

The National Guard Heritage Paintings are a series of original oil paintings commissioned by the National Guard Bureau to depict significant moments in the history of the National Guard and its ancestor units to inspire present-day National Guard Soldiers and Airmen.

(Photo Courtesy of the National Guard Bureau)

‘Common commitment’ to peacekeeping, future cooperation shown at Steppe Eagle 19 closing ceremony

July 1, 2019 — Following ten days of intense field training in a simulated peacekeeping environment, the nearly 400 multinational soldiers who participated in Exercise Steppe Eagle 19 concluded the event in a closing ceremony, June 27. MORE
Ambassador William H. Moser (center in suit), the United States Ambassador to Kazakhstan, stands with senior Kazakhstani Ground Forces’ officials during a visit to a forward operating base at Chilikemer Training Area near Almaty, Kazakhstan June 27, 2019, as part of Exercise Steppe Eagle 19. The Ambassador joined the U.K. Ambassador to Kazakhstan, the Deputy Commanding General for U.S. Army Central, and the state of Arizona’s Adjutant General to visit multinational troops participating in Steppe Eagle 19. The exercise is an annual U.S. Army Central-led exercise that promotes stability and interoperability in the Central and South Asia region.

Lady Liberty Arrives in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

July 1, 2019 — The Statue of Liberty has served as a symbol of hope, perseverance, diversity, and freedom for millions of Americans since she arrived and was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland in 1886. For the 77th Sustainment Brigade, she has been their insignia and worn on their uniform since the unit was organized in 1917. MORE
Soldiers of the 77th Sustainment Brigade pose at sunset with the Statue of Liberty replica that traveled from Fort Dix, N.J. to join her Soldiers. The Statue of Liberty has served as a symbol of hope, perseverance, diversity, and freedom for millions of Americans since she arrived and was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland in 1886. For Soldiers of the 77th Sustainment Brigade, she has been their insignia and worn on their uniform since the unit was organized in 1917. The 9-foot replica arrived on June 27, 2019, and now stands in front of the brigade headquarters building at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

Grappling with Allies

June 28, 2019 — U.S. Army Sgt. Linsey Williams, a public affairs specialist with the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, Minnesota Army National Guard, got her first taste of grappling in the basic combatives course during her initial entry training with the U.S. Army in 2011. MORE
Sergeant. Linsey William, a public affairs specialist with the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, Minnesota Army National Guard, poses for a photo June 28, 2019, on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. William teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu club on her off time while stationed in Kuwait.

U.S. Service Members and Kuwaitis Compete in Combatives Tournament

June 28, 2019 — Service members from the United States and Kuwait armed forces had an opportunity to showcase their martial arts skills in a combatives tournament at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, June 23, 2019. MORE
United States Army Spc. Luciano Thomas, right, a signal support systems specialist assigned to 18th Field Artillery Brigade, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, competes in a combatives tournament at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, June 23, 2019. U.S. Army Central hosts events such as the combatives tournament to strengthen its relationship and build partner capacity with the Kuwaitis. USARCENT operates throughout the Middle East region and appreciates the generosity of the host nation’s willingness to maintain bilateral defense relationships.

Kuwait Contracting Brigade Changes Command

June 28, 2019 — Colonel Mary O.B. Drayton officially took command of the 408th Contracting Support Brigade during a ceremony June 27 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. MORE
Seated from right are Col. Mary O.B. Drayton, incoming commander, 408th Contracting Support Brigade; Col. Christine A. Beeler, deputy to the commanding general for outside the continental United States Operations, U.S. Army Contracting Command; and Col. Ralph T. Borja, outgoing commander, 408th CSB; during the change of command ceremony June 27, 2019, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Borja completed his one-year tour with the 408th CSB and is returning to his family in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. This is Drayton’s third assignment within the 408th CSB.

Annual report declares Shaw AFB water ‘safe’

June 27, 2019 — Leadership from the 20th Fighter Wing and the 20th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineering flight released the Shaw Air Force Base Annual Drinking Water Quality Consumer Confidence Report, officially declaring Shaw’s drinking water safe for all consumers, June 27. MORE
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jack Gordon, 20th Medical Group bioenvironmental engineer, tests water contamination levels at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, June 18, 2019.

Utah linguists enhance Exercise Steppe Eagle 19

June 27, 2019 — Utah Army National Guard Linguists' dual-language skills made them valuable assets at Steppe Eagle 19, an annual, multinational exercise meant to enhance coalition interoperability and operational readiness, promote regional security, and improve military cooperation in the Central and South Asia region. MORE
Spc. Gregory Thomson (far left), Utah Army National Guard, interprets for a media role player during cordon and search training with the Kazakhstani Ground Forces at Exercise Steppe Eagle 19 at Chilikemer Training Area near Almaty, Kazakhstan, June 25, 2019. Kazakhstan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan all sent participants for the exercise, while India, Turkey, and Uzbekistan sent observers. 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.

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