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Serving Our Troops Visits Kuwait

May 25, 2019 — With the sweltering heat of Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, topping more than 111 degrees Fahrenheit, volunteers for Serving Our Troops armed themselves with spatulas and aprons as they drop the first steaks on the grill on May 25, 2019. The Twin-Cities based organization made the trek to the Middle East with more than 40 volunteers to serve freshly grilled steaks to the more than 600 Soldiers deployed with the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. MORE
More than 40 volunteers from Minnesota flew halfway around the world to serve a steak dinner to Soldiers of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division deployed to Camp Arifjan in Kuwait this evening. At the same time, the Twin Cities-based Serving Our Troops organization is serving a steak dinner to family members and friends of the Soldiers back home at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. As Soldiers and their families enjoy steaks donated by a number of Twin Cities restaurants, a live-video feed has connected the two sites, giving troops and their loved ones the opportunity to enjoy dinner together. During this evening's event, Serving Our Troops, which has been supporting military members and their families for 15 years, served its 100,000th steak.

408th Contracting Support Brigade Hosts Annual Combating Trafficking in Persons Forum

May 25, 2019 — Soldiers assigned to Regional Contracting Center – Kuwait, 408th Contracting Support Brigade, presented on combating trafficking in persons during the annual CTIP forum at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, May 16, 2019. MORE
Army Staff Sgt. Marvin Hopkins, left, and Staff Sgt. Antonio Dates, both combat trafficking in persons noncommissioned officers assigned to the Regional Contracting Center - Kuwait, 408th Contracting Support Brigade, lead the question and answer session near the end of the third annual Combating Trafficking in Persons forum at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, May 16, 2019. The brigade provides operational contracting support to U.S. Army Central (USARCENT) by preparing and coordinating support plans, providing oversight, assessment, policy and acquisition authority to assigned contingency contracting organizations and contract assets. These types of forums show that USARCENT builds cohesion and assures allies and partners of its shared vision and unity of purpose of stability in its areas of operations.

2019 Best Cyber Warrior Competition

May 24, 2019 — Moving forward and adding others into the mix was the focus for the 2019 Best Cyber Warrior Competition as teams from the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy as well as our partner nations gathered at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, May 14 to 16. MORE
Soldiers from Task Force Spartan, Team Istari, pose for a photo after finishing third overall at the 2019 Best Cyber Warrior Competition at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, May 16, 2019. The Best Cyber Warrior Competition is an annual event designed to increase the culture of cybersecurity awareness and understanding at all echelons, reduce risk, and protect Army, Department of Defense, and personal networks through hosting an interactive learning experience in both a fun and competitive environment.

Medical Logistics: Sustaining the Force

May 23, 2019 — 1st Theater Sustainment Command's Medical Logistics Officer discusses how medical logistics makes the delivery of medical equipment and supplies throughout the U.S. Central Command region possible. MORE
Capt. Karl Jones, 184th Sustainment Command, checks medical supplies at a warehouse at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, May 15, 2019.

Task Force Spartan Soldiers perform an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise

May 23, 2019 — Task Force Spartan Soldiers from the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division and 18th Field Artillery Brigade conducted an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise (EDRE) from May 3, 2019 to May 10, 2019 in Jordan. MORE
The United States Air Force transports the vehicles and equipment to Soldiers from the Minnesota Army National Guard’s 34th Red Bull Infantry Division as they conduct an emergency readiness deployment exercise in Jordan on May 3-10, 2019. The exercise demonstrated the division’s ability to set up a tactical command post and show their ability to perform command and control from a forward deployed location. As the lead element for Task Force Spartan, the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division works to strengthen partnerships in the region by building upon and leveraging existing relationships.

Ranger Training Program Helping Prepare Soldiers for Rigors of School

May 22, 2019 — The Ranger School Orientation Program is a nearly two-year old training regimen employed by Area Support Group-Qatar’s security forces element which helps identify and prepare Soldiers to attend Ranger School as well as other advanced schools. MORE
1st Lt. James Montgomery, a platoon leader and RSOP instructor with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment, New Jersey Army National Guard, stands on the deck as Soldiers participate in Ranger School Orientation Program training at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar. The 1st Bn., 114th Inf. Reg. serves as the security forces element for Area Support Group-Qatar and conducts this program to help prepare its Soldiers for advanced schools.

Many Nationalities, One U.S. Army

May 22, 2019 — The United States provides opportunities for people from all walks of life. Two Soldiers on rotation in Kuwait with 184th Sustainment Command may have been born and raised in different nations, but they chose to serve in the U.S. Army. MORE
Staff Sgt. Zafar Iqbal, 184th Sustainment Command, runs in the Arifjan Marathon at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, April 14, 2019. (Courtesy photo)

A View from the Top: Best Cyber Warrior 2019

May 21, 2019 — Game shows, expert lecturers, team challenges and equipment training. What sounds like a weekend team-building retreat or educational seminar was actually a gathering of cyber professionals to test their skills and knowledge – the U.S. Army Central Best Cyber Warrior Competition, now in its fifth year. MORE
Command Sgt. Maj. Sheryl Lyon, U.S. Army Cyber Command senior enlisted leader, observes as Staff Sgt. Sir Addison, network management NCO-in-charge for the Regional Cyber Center-Southwest Asia (RCC-SWA), assembles and operates a radio as part of the U.S. Army Central  2019 Best Cyber Warrior Competition, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, May 14, 2019 .  The three-day, joint, multinational competition, highlighted the readiness and teamwork of the forces defending the U.S. in the cyber domain.

U.S. Army Central Hosts Asian American Pacific Islander Observance

May 20, 2019 — United States Army Central (USARCENT) hosted an annual Asian American Pacific Islander heritage observance May 15, 2019 at the command’s headquarters, Patton Hall on Shaw Air Force Base. MORE
The “Island Beauties”, a local Polynesian dance group, posed for a photo after U.S. Army Central’s annual Asian American Pacific Islander heritage observance at USARCENT’s headquarters, Patton Hall, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 15, 2019. Members of USARCENT also prepared a “Taste of the Pacific and Asia” food sampling for attendees to enjoy and experience.

Army GLOs enable joint combat power, battlefield safety

May 13, 2019 — In daily operations, U.S. Air Force intelligence Airmen utilize the expertise of U.S. Army ground liaison officers to translate Army operational and tactical terminology and graphics in operations orders to verbiage that Airmen can understand. MORE
U.S. Army Maj. Nathan Gunter, left, and U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Graham, both 497th Operations Support Squadron ground liaison officers, stand together for a photo May 13, 2019 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. In daily operations, U.S. Army ground liaison officers assist U.S. Air Force intelligence Airmen by translating Army operational and tactical terminology and graphics in operations orders to verbiage that Airmen can understand. Ultimately, the U.S. Army’s ground liaison mission creates a strategic enabler for senior leaders in multiple services. They serve as the air component’s touchpoint with the land component and help ensure a multi-domain perspective is applied when planning and executing air operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Wilson)

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