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USAF, USA bring joint humanitarian aid to Beirut

August 7, 2020 — In a joint endeavor to assist the Lebanese Armed Forces and the people of Lebanon, Soldiers and Airmen stationed in Qatar worked to load the first U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III with humanitarian aid Aug. 6, 2020. Members from the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Mobility Command’s 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron and 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron on Al Udeid Air Base, and the Area Support Group-Qatar from Camp as Sayliyah worked to palletize food, water and medical supplies delivered to Beirut, Lebanon later that day. MORE
U.S. Air Force Airmen prepare to load humanitarian aid supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Aug. 6, 2020, bound for Beirut, Lebanon. U.S. Central Command is coordinating with the Lebanese Armed Forces and U.S. Embassy-Beirut to transport critical supplies as quickly as possible to support the needs of the Lebanese people. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Heather Fejerang)

U.S. Navy Escorts Army Logistics Support Vessels Out of 5th Fleet after 20 Year Tour of Duty

August 5, 2020 — U.S. Navy warships assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), escorted two U.S. Army Frank S. Besson class logistics support vessels (LSV), assigned to U.S. Army Central Command (ARCENT), as they transited out of the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO), July-August. The two LSVs, Major General Charles P. Gross (LSV 5) and Specialist 4 James A. Loux (LSV 6), had been forward deployed to the region for 20 years in support of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) tasking, and were departing Kuwait as a result of an Army-wide restructuring and asset allocation. MORE
200714-N-FO574-1025 ARABIAN GULF (July 14, 2020) Logistics support vessel Maj. Gen. Charles P. Gross (LSV 5) transits the Arabian Gulf under escort by a Mark VI patrol boat, assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 56, July 14, 2020. CTF 56 is responsible for planning and execution of expeditionary missions, including coastal riverine operations, in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jordan R. Bair/Released)

Task Force Spartan Aviators Meet with Kuwait Air Force

August 4, 2020 — Task Force Spartan Aviator’s recently visited with representatives of the Kuwait Air Force to discuss procedures, best practices, and partnerships between the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and Kuwait Air Force. “Today was a follow-up meeting which was created after our initial meeting for a quarterly review of aviation procedures,” said Paul Bailie, the Task Force Spartan Aviation Chief. MORE
Lieutenant Colonel Bailie, Task Force Spartan's Aviation Section Chief, visited the 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade at the C-12 Regional Flight Center and met with Chief Warrant Officer Five Dukes.

The visit allowed for discussions on flight missions, possible partnership opportunities with friends and allies in the region, and how to best improve aviation practices and procedures.

Modernizing Mitigation

July 31, 2020 — CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait -- On the battlefield, a few seconds can be the difference between someone living or someone dying. In the war on COVID-19, time can be an enemy or a friend, as well. The time spent waiting on results is time the virus can quickly spread to other individuals. Military personnel at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, recently acquired a new weapon in their arsenal. MORE
U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Christopher Garrett, a lab technician with the 18th Field Hospital, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia, demonstrates the steps of a COVID-19 test on a GeneXpert system on Camp Buehring, Kuwait, July 30, 2020. Camp Buehring recently acquired the hi-tech system allowing turn arounds for COVID-19 tests to be less than an hour. (Photo by U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Christopher Osburn)

Task Force Spartan Engineers Get a Look at How Their Kuwaiti Partners Train

July 29, 2020 — Task Force Spartan engineers recently took advantage of an opportunity to tour the Kuwait Land Forces Engineer School to get a closer look at how its peers in Kuwait train their engineers and encourage future partnerships. MORE
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Michael Rodriguez speaks with Kuwait Land Forces Lt. Col

Meshal Alrubiaan during a meeting in Kuwait on July 20, 2020. The meeting was

held to lay the groundwork and planning for subject matter expert exchanges

between the United States Army and the Kuwait Land Forces.

Like a BOS: Unit provides life support for troops and civilians

July 24, 2020 — Operating a military base is not easy work. Latrines have to be cleaned. Housing has to be administered. Contractors have to be supervised. Water and food have to be tracked. Trash has to be properly disposed. Traffic rules have to be enforced. Vehicles have to be maintained. MORE
U.S. Army Spc. Eric S. Shepherd, 207th Regional Support Group services NCO, supervises the disposal of broken equipment at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, July, 10, 2020. The Army Reserve unit provided life support services for three separate bases in Iraq through much of 2020 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Coalition Forces continue to work with allies and partners for a unified and determined mission to degrade and defeat Daesh. The unit is based in Fort Jackson, S.C. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Gary A. Witte, 207th Regional Support Group)

75th FAB Talk Future Partnership with Kuwaiti Field Artillery

July 22, 2020 — The partnership between the U.S. and Kuwaiti military started back during Operation Desert Storm. Nearly three decades later, this partnership continues with units like the U.S. Army's 75th Field Artillery Brigade. MORE
U.S Army Soldiers of the 75th Field Artillery Brigade and Kuwaiti Army Soldiers stand together in Kuwait, July 15, 2020. The Kuwaiti Soldiers were meeting with the commander of the 75th FA to showcase their capabilities and plan future exercises. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Andrew Valenza)

Partnerships and Interoperability Continue Despite COVID-19 Challenges

July 22, 2020 — CAMP ARIFJAN, KUWAIT – Leaders from the 1st Theater Sustainment Command, 311th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), 3rd Medical Command Forward and Kuwaiti Col. Dr. Raed Altajalli, liaison officer to Kuwait Ministry of Defense (KMOD) met to discuss future partnership opportunities at the Operational Command Post on July 20, 2020. MORE
CAMP ARIFJAN, KUWAIT – Key leaders, (L to R) Kuwaiti Col. Dr. Raed Altajalli, liaison officer to Kuwait Ministry of Defense (KMOD), Col Simon Hamid, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, command surgeon, Command Sgt. Maj. George Luedtke, 311th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), and Brig. Gen. Dianne Del Rosso, deputy commanding general, 1st TSC, 311th ESC, come together for a meeting on interoperability in medical cooperation between the U.S. and Kuwait at the Black Jack Conference Room in the Operational Command Post on July 20.  (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Staff Sgt. Manuel Quiros July 20, 2020)

Homemade masks help protect troops

July 21, 2020 — When the order came in April to start wearing masks because of the pandemic, many troops in Iraq improvised. They created impromptu protective equipment with T-shirts, scarves and neck gaiters wrapped around their faces. MORE
U.S. Army Spc. Alex L. Jackson, 248th Medical Company (Area Support) communications specialist, puts on one of the estimated 2,000 handmade cloth masks sent from the United States to the unit at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, July 10, 2020. When the masks arrived in May, troops and civilians at the base were able to use the masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Coalition Forces remain united and determined in their mission to degrade and defeat Daesh. (U.S. Army by Sgt. 1st Class Gary A. Witte)

Syrian Democratic Forces Display Strength, Capabilities through Successful Operations

July 20, 2020 — Partnering with Special Operations Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (SOJTF-OIR) beginning in 2014, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have proven to be a capable and reliable partner in northeast Syria. They were instrumental in defeating Daesh and liberating millions of Syrians from brutal terrorist rule, and their most noteworthy campaign was the battle of Baghouz, which resulted in the defeat of Daesh’s territorial caliphate on March 23, 2019. MORE
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces stand in formation during a victory announcement ceremony over the defeat of Daesh’s so-called physical caliphate Mar. 23, 2019 at Omar Academy, Deir ez-Zor, Syria. The Global Coalition will continue addressing the threat Daesh continues to pose to the partner nations and allies, while preventing any return or resurgence in liberated areas. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ray Boyington)

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