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December, 2016

Dec. 22, 2016

Holiday Greetings from USCENTCOM Commanding General Votel

Teammates,This past year has been a very busy and productive one for U.S. Central Command.Much has happened and, working together, we accomplished a great deal throughout our area ofresponsibility. Of note, we've made significant progress in the ongoing fight against the terroristgroup, ISIL in Iraq and Syria. We've effectively countered other

Dec. 22, 2016

Deployed squadron flies combat ops 15 hours after arrival

When the 134th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron arrived at the 407th Air Expeditionary Group in early December, few people outside of the two units would have expected them to generate combat airpower 15 hours after landing.

Dec. 21, 2016

DLA delivers Christmas meals to deployed service members

Service members deployed this Christmas will still enjoy a traditional holiday meal, with all the trimmings, thanks to the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support.

Dec. 20, 2016

Jordanian NCOs partner with U.S. instructors

The two week long “train the trainer” course, hosted by the JAF and U.S. Central Command’s Military Assistance Program (MAP), saw 31 Jordanian NCO’s receive their first phase diplomas.

Dec. 19, 2016

Liberation of Libyan City Highlights Latest Counter-ISIL Efforts

A campaign by the Government of National Accord in Libya has liberated the city of Sirte, where the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant had sought to establish a stronghold in North Africa, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said.

Dec. 19, 2016

Coalition launches largest airstrike of the year against ISIL

The U.S.-led coalition launched one of its largest airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant near Palmyra, Syria, Dec. 8, dealing a significant blow to the terrorist organization’s ability to finance and enable its means of war.

Dec. 17, 2016

AFCENT helps deployed Airmen reach for dream

Deployed U.S. Air Force Airmen often miss opportunities afforded to those back home. But personnel specialists at the U.S. Air Forces Central Command headquarters here ensured deployed enlisted Airmen did not miss one opportunity – to pursue their ambitions of becoming part of the first group of enlisted pilots since World War II.

Dec. 14, 2016

OIR Commander Describes Counter-ISIL Campaign’s Successes

In a news briefing from Baghdad, the Operation Inherent Resolve commander described the U.S.-led coalition's successes in Iraq and Syria since 2014 in the campaign to bring lasting defeat to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Dec. 14, 2016

Compass Call targets ISIL through electronic attack

Military operations are complex. Attacking an adversary requires significant coordination and communication between a commander and their fighters. The fog and friction of war means that even the best laid plans are often adapted on the fly, and competent leaders need the ability to redirect their forces in real-time in order to react to enemy actions. If a commander can’t issue orders, his capabilities are severely degraded and his likelihood of success plummets.

Dec. 14, 2016

Close relationships lead to accurate artillery in eastern Afghanistan

(Dec. 16, 2016) — Artillery is consistently an Afghan Army success story. That's because it's devastatingly accurate, regularly destroying Taliban and Daesh targets as they unsuccessfully try to mass on district centers and other strategic locations. Nowhere is this more true than in Afghanistan's eastern provinces, where Train, Advise, Assist Command – East works with the Afghan 201st Corps to put rounds downrange. From artillery to mortars to air support, the Afghan colonel in charge of fire support here is passionate about pounding his enemies into submission; his TAAC-E advisors are equally passionate about ensuring he has what he needs to succeed.