Feature Stories

Soldiers compete to become the 2016 USARCENT Best Warrior
June 28, 2016
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, 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.

Honorable Hammack assesses enduring bases in USARCENT
May 31, 2016
The Honorable Katherine Hammack, the assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, Brig. General John S. Laskodi, with the Department of the Army Headquarters logistics office and Col. Jeff Stewart, commander of Area Support Group-Kuwait, prepare for a briefing in a conference room at the Kuwait Naval Base, Kuwait, May, 24, 2016. The delegation received a brief on partnership opportunities with Kuwaiti military and installation operations before visiting sites on the base.

Eager Lion culminates with partnership
May 31, 2016
U.S. Army Maj. Steven Veves, the operations officer for 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, briefs the concept of the operation to Lt. Gen. Michael X. Garrett, U.S. Army Central commanding general, and Prince Faisel Bin Hussein, the deputy supreme commander of the Jordan Armed Forces, and others prior to the combined arms live fire exercise for Eager Lion 16 at the Joint Training Center, Jordan, May 24, 2016.

USO brings May Madness to Kuwait
May 28, 2016
Jerrod Neimann (center), a country music artist, preforms for Soldiers of U.S. Army Central as part of the USO May Madness Tour on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, May 18, 2016. The celebreties on the tour said they wanted to repay Servicemembers for their sacrifice and dedication to America.

Eager Lion planning brings partnered benefits
May 27, 2016
Maj. Gen. William Hickman, for U.S. Army Central deputy commanding general-operations, and Brig. Gen. Mekhled Suheim, Eager Lion 16 Combined Forces Land Component Command deputy commander, receive an operation and intelligence update brief during Eager Lion 16 at the Joint Training Center, Jordan, May 23, 2016. Eager Lion is an annual, bilateral exercise that took place taking place in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan between the Jordanian Armed Forces and the U.S. Military that is designed to strengthen relationships between the partner nations.

US Army Central Soldier reenlists at Shaw Air Expo
May 26, 2016
Sgt. Quenisha Gonzales, a Dudley, N.C. native, takes the oath of enlistment during a reenlistment ceremony May 20, 2016 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Lt. Col. Christopher Hammond, commander of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, performed the ceremony during the Shaw Air Expo & Open House.

USARCENT command team travels region to focus on enduring partnership
May 21, 2016
Lt. Gen. Michael X. Garrett, the commanding general of U.S. Army Central, discusses ways to strengthen partnership capabilities with Bahraini Maj. Gen. Abdulla Al Nuaimi, the general inspector for the Bahraini Defense Forces at the their Headquarters in Manama, Bahrain, April 28, 2016. The USARCENT command team met with leaders of partner militaries throughout USARCENT’s area of responsibility to continue to build bilateral partnership ties.

There’s no taste like home
May 19, 2016
Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash, the adjutant general of the Minnesota Nation Guard, and Pat Harris (far-right), one of the founders and organizers of the Feed Our Troops project, participate in a live-radio interview with Minnesota Military Radio during a Feed Our Troops event at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, May 15, 2016. Nearly 3,700 steak dinners were brought from Saint Paul, Minnesota, for Soldiers of the 682nd Engineer Bn., Minnesota National Guard and U.S. Army Central.

USARCENT hosts leader development forum in Qatar
May 17, 2016
Lt. Gen. Michael X. Garrett, the commanding general of U.S. Army Central, tells his subordinate leaders to take responsibility for developing the next generation of military leaders during USARCENT’s Leader Development Forum on Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, April 26. “We all have a responsibility to mold the future leaders of our Army. It is our task to hold the Army up to the standards by showing the new Soldiers how to do it.”