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Identical Twins Share Deployment Together

June 4, 2019 — “It feels like I got a cheat code for a deployment,” said Pvt. Matthew Maurino, an infantryman with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment. “You don’t feel as far away from home when your brother’s here. Especially your twin.” MORE
Army Spc. Joseph Maurino, left, and his identical twin brother, Pvt. Matthew Maurino, are currently deployed together to Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar. Both the Manalapan, New Jersey, natives are infantryman with the New Jersey Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment. Matthew is with Alpha Company and Joseph is with Bravo Company.

Army Dog Handlers, Medics Learn Animal First Aid Tips

June 4, 2019 — Every second counts when it comes to saving a life – human or otherwise. Military working dog handlers and medics from across Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, conducted monthly training to better treat the four legged protectors May 31, 2019. MORE
Master at Arms 1st Class Roberto Aguilar, right, kennelmaster, Area Support Group-Qatar, practices suturing while Army Sgt. Kristie Johnson, supply sergeant, 354th Medical Company (Logistics), assists during training provided by the 719th Medical Detachment Veterinary Service Support, May 31, 2019, at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar. The training was designed to help medics and military working dog handlers provide better care immediately following an injury to one of the animals.

3rd ABCT Hosts Expert Infantryman Badge Testing in Kuwait

June 4, 2019 — While on rotation in support of Operation Spartan Shield, the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division hosted Expert Infantryman Badge (EIB) testing, inviting infantry Soldiers deployed across the U.S. Central Command area of operations to train and compete for their badge. MORE
Spc. Ryan Patel, an infantry Soldier with 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, prepares to throw a practice M67 fragmentation grenade as part of Expert Infantryman Badge testing at Camp Buehring, Kuwait on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. EIB candidates were required to throw the grenade at a single enemy silhouette at a range of 35 meters, with the grenade exploding within a five-meter radius in order to receive a “go.”

Deck Landing Qualifications in the Arabian Gulf

June 4, 2019 — U.S. Navy Sailors aboard the USS Gonzalez collaborated with Soldiers assigned to Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment, currently attached to 8-229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, to conduct deck landing qualifications and gunnery exercises at sea on May 22, 2019. MORE
A U.S. Navy Sailor guides a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter assigned to Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment, 8th Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment during deck landing qualifications aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), May 22, 2019 in the Arabian Gulf. The Gonzalez deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations to strengthen security and stability of the region. Deck landing qualifications increase interoperability between U.S Army and Navy personnel.

Preaching From Afar

June 3, 2019 — A Mississippi Army National Guard unit ministry team takes "preaching to the choir" to a new level by using Army video teleconference capabilities to offer services for warfighters throughout the Middle East. MORE
The 184th Sustainment Command's unit ministry team brings religious services to warfighters near and far using video teleconference technology during a service at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, May 26, 2019.

Task Force Sinai’s AVCO change of command

May 30, 2019 — Maj. Amoreena York relinquished command of the U.S. Army's Aviation Company (AVCO), Task Force Sinai (TFS) to Maj. Mark Axtell May 23, 2019. AVCO supports the Multinational Force & Observers (MFO) mission of supervising the implementation of the security provisions of the Egyptian-Israeli Treaty of Peace and employ best efforts to prevent any violation of its terms. MORE
Maj. Amoreena York, Col. Mark Ott, and Maj. Mark Axtell walk to their seats after passing the guidon signaling the transfer of leadership of Aviation Company (AVCO), Task Force Sinai,  South Camp, Egypt, May 23, 2019. AVCO is a self-sustaining aviation company, enhanced with all the support elements of a traditional aviation battalion.

1972d COSC: Forging Iron Teams

May 29, 2019 — The 1972d Medical Detachment helps bring overall wellness to the fight for today's warfighters by offering strategies, tools, and skill sets that can help U.S. service members cope with deployments and the hardships that come with it. MORE
1972d COSC: Forging Iron Teams

Holy Joe's: Coffee with a Spoon of Resiliency

May 29, 2019 — At Camp Arifjan, nested in the 450th Transportation Battalion and 300th Sustainment Brigade's headquarters area, is Holy Joe's - a coffee spot with restorative qualities. MORE
Sgt. Ruthie Huddleston, 450th Transportation Battalion, prepares a cup of coffee at Holy Joe's, a resiliency center at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, May 20, 2019.

Soldiers, Airmen Join Qatari Counterparts to Celebrate Iftar

May 28, 2019 — Soldiers, Airmen, civilians and their families from Camp As Sayliyah had the honor to be guests of the Qatari armed forces during a meal to celebrate the iftar, or breaking of the daily holy month of Ramadan fast, May 21, 2019. MORE
Soldiers from Area Support Group-Qatar gathered in Doha, Qatar, to celebrate iftar, the traditional Ramadan breaking of the daily fast meal. Soldiers and other service members as well as Families were invited by the Qatari armed forces International Military Cooperation Authority to attend the meal to celebrate the cooperation between the two nations.

3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team Supports SHARP Program Overseas

May 28, 2019 — Three months into their deployment in the U.S. Central Command area of operations, the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division SHARP program is active as ever in training Soldiers and promoting resources to handle cases of sexual harassment and assault. MORE
Chief Warrant Officer 2 FIRST NAME LAST NAME, a criminal investigator with Camp Buehring, Kuwait, briefs an audience of leaders from 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Sexual Harassment and Assault Reponse and Prevention (SHARP) program during leader professional development at Camp Buehring on May 23, 2019. Continuing to learn together enabled SHARP leaders to maintain the same standards across the formation and best serve victims of sexual harassment and assault.

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