"On behalf of U.S. Central Command, we extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of a fallen American Sailor in service to our country.

Ensign Sarah Mitchell, USS Jason Dunham 

Ensign Sarah Mitchell embodies the American spirit and her dedication to selfless service will not be forgotten."

- General Joseph L. Votel, Commander, U.S. Central Command
"On behalf of U.S. Central Command, we extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of a fallen American Sailor in service to our country. Ensign Sarah Mitchell, USS Jason Dunham Ensign Sarah Mitchell embodies the American spirit and her dedication to selfless service will not be forgotten." - Gen ...More
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley, incoming commander for Train, Advise and Assist Command-South, left, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Andrew Poppas, deputy chief of staff for operations for Resolute Support and the deputy commanding general for operations for U.S. Forces Afghanistan, center, and U.S. Army Brig. Gen. John Lathrop, outgoing commander for TAAC-South, right, face the audience, June 30, 2018, during a Transfer of Authority ceremony in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Lathrop, assigned to the 40th Infantry Division, California National Guard, relinquished authority of TAAC-South to Smiley, assigned to the 40th Inf. Div. 

"Serving as the TAAC-South commander has been the most extraordinary experience of my career,” said Lathrop. "No commander can ask for more than what the team has given in bravery, compassion, and strength of character. I cannot think of a better leader to assume command than Brig. Gen. Smiley, whose experience in Afghanistan and passion to accomplish the mission will be vital to his team’s success.” 

The command is composed of U.S. Army Soldiers from 40th Infantry Division, California National Guard and 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. The command’s mission is to train and advise Afghan security forces. Its U.S. forces also assist with counterterrorism operations in southern Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Neysa Canfield/TAAC-South Public Affairs)
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley, incoming commander for Train, Advise and Assist Command-South, left, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Andrew Poppas, deputy chief of staff for operations for Resolute Support and the deputy commanding general for operations for U.S. Forces Afghanistan, center, and U.S. Army Brig. Gen. John Lathr ...More
Senior Chief Navy Diver Mike McInroy (right) conducts pre-dive equipment checks with Navy Diver 3rd Class Dennis Krzanak during exercise Resolute Response (RR) 18. RR18 is a bilateral explosive ordnance disposal, diving and visit, board, search and seizure engagement with the U.S. and Lebanese Armed Forces to enhance military-to-military cooperation and counter maritime threats. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bryan Neal Blair/Released)
Senior Chief Navy Diver Mike McInroy (right) conducts pre-dive equipment checks with Navy Diver 3rd Class Dennis Krzanak during exercise Resolute Response (RR) 18. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bryan Neal Blair/Released)
U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, addresses the Marines and Sailors aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), June 22, 2018. Votel, Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, and other distinguished visitors took a tour of Iwo Jima and spoke with crew members and Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, who are currently deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet of operations in support of maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jon Sosner/Released)
U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, addresses the Marines and Sailors aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), June 22, 2018. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jon Sosner/Released)
Iraqi Security Forces fire at known ISIS locations near the Iraqi-Syrian border using an M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer, June 8, 2018. Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition partners provided fire support as they continued Operation Roundup, the military offensive to rid the final pockets of the terrorist organization from the Middle Euphrates River Valley in Syria. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Anthony Zendejas IV)
Iraqi Security Forces fire at known ISIS locations near the Iraqi-Syrian border using an M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer, June 8, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Anthony Zendejas IV)
A 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-1B Lancer is prepared for departure at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, May 19, 2018. The B-1 returned to the area of operations in April to combat Taliban and other terrorist groups after two years of supporting the United States Pacific Command’s AOR. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)
A 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-1B Lancer is prepared for departure at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, May 19, 2018. The B-1 returned to the area of operations in April to combat Taliban and other terrorist groups after two years of supporting the United States Pacific Command’s AOR. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. ...More
French soldiers, assigned to Task Force Wagram, fire a French Ceasar in support of Operation Roundup, in Al Qa'im, Iraq, May 16, 2018. As a non-permanent force the Coalition aims to enable the Iraqi security forces to be self-sufficient. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Zakia Gray)
French soldiers, assigned to Task Force Wagram, fire a French Ceasar in support of Operation Roundup, in Al Qa'im, Iraq, May 16, 2018. As a non-permanent force the Coalition aims to enable the Iraqi security forces to be self-sufficient. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Zakia Gray)
U.S. Army Gen Joseph L. Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, meets with members of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs May 17, 2018. Votel was in France to meet with senior leaders to discuss topics of mutual interest. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Dana Flamer/Released)
U.S. Army Gen Joseph L. Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, meets with members of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs May 17, 2018. Votel was in France to meet with senior leaders to discuss topics of mutual interest. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Dana Flamer/Released)
Dushanbe, Tajikistan-- U.S. Army Gen Joseph L. Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, talks with members of the media during a press conference, May 11, 2018. Votel was in Tajikistan to meet with senior leaders to discuss topics of common interest that support security and stability in Central Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Dana Flamer/Released)
U.S. Army Gen Joseph L. Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, talks with members of the media during a press conference, May 11, 2018. Votel was in Tajikistan to meet with senior leaders to discuss topics of common interest that support security and stability in Central Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Dana F ...More
MANAMA, Bahrain (May 6, 2018) Vice Adm. Scott Stearney (left) relieves Vice Adm. John Aquilino (right) as commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces during a change of command ceremony held aboard Naval Support Activity, Bahrain. U.S. 5th Fleet conducts maritime security operations to ensure the free flow of commerce, build and expand maritime partnerships and deter potential adversaries in one of the world's most critical maritime corridors. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bryan Neal Blair/Released)
MANAMA, Bahrain (May 6, 2018) Vice Adm. Scott Stearney (left) relieves Vice Adm. John Aquilino (right) as commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces during a change of command ceremony held aboard Naval Support Activity, Bahrain. U.S. 5th Fleet conducts maritime security oper ...More
"On behalf of U.S. Central Command, we extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of a fallen American Sailor in service to our country.

Ensign Sarah Mitchell, USS Jason Dunham 

Ensign Sarah Mitchell embodies the American spirit and her dedication to selfless service will not be forgotten."

- General Joseph L. Votel, Commander, U.S. Central Command
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley, incoming commander for Train, Advise and Assist Command-South, left, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Andrew Poppas, deputy chief of staff for operations for Resolute Support and the deputy commanding general for operations for U.S. Forces Afghanistan, center, and U.S. Army Brig. Gen. John Lathrop, outgoing commander for TAAC-South, right, face the audience, June 30, 2018, during a Transfer of Authority ceremony in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Lathrop, assigned to the 40th Infantry Division, California National Guard, relinquished authority of TAAC-South to Smiley, assigned to the 40th Inf. Div. 

"Serving as the TAAC-South commander has been the most extraordinary experience of my career,” said Lathrop. "No commander can ask for more than what the team has given in bravery, compassion, and strength of character. I cannot think of a better leader to assume command than Brig. Gen. Smiley, whose experience in Afghanistan and passion to accomplish the mission will be vital to his team’s success.” 

The command is composed of U.S. Army Soldiers from 40th Infantry Division, California National Guard and 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. The command’s mission is to train and advise Afghan security forces. Its U.S. forces also assist with counterterrorism operations in southern Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Neysa Canfield/TAAC-South Public Affairs)
Senior Chief Navy Diver Mike McInroy (right) conducts pre-dive equipment checks with Navy Diver 3rd Class Dennis Krzanak during exercise Resolute Response (RR) 18. RR18 is a bilateral explosive ordnance disposal, diving and visit, board, search and seizure engagement with the U.S. and Lebanese Armed Forces to enhance military-to-military cooperation and counter maritime threats. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bryan Neal Blair/Released)
U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, addresses the Marines and Sailors aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), June 22, 2018. Votel, Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, and other distinguished visitors took a tour of Iwo Jima and spoke with crew members and Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, who are currently deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet of operations in support of maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jon Sosner/Released)
Iraqi Security Forces fire at known ISIS locations near the Iraqi-Syrian border using an M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer, June 8, 2018. Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition partners provided fire support as they continued Operation Roundup, the military offensive to rid the final pockets of the terrorist organization from the Middle Euphrates River Valley in Syria. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Anthony Zendejas IV)
A 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-1B Lancer is prepared for departure at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, May 19, 2018. The B-1 returned to the area of operations in April to combat Taliban and other terrorist groups after two years of supporting the United States Pacific Command’s AOR. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)
French soldiers, assigned to Task Force Wagram, fire a French Ceasar in support of Operation Roundup, in Al Qa'im, Iraq, May 16, 2018. As a non-permanent force the Coalition aims to enable the Iraqi security forces to be self-sufficient. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Zakia Gray)
U.S. Army Gen Joseph L. Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, meets with members of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs May 17, 2018. Votel was in France to meet with senior leaders to discuss topics of mutual interest. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Dana Flamer/Released)
Dushanbe, Tajikistan-- U.S. Army Gen Joseph L. Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, talks with members of the media during a press conference, May 11, 2018. Votel was in Tajikistan to meet with senior leaders to discuss topics of common interest that support security and stability in Central Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Dana Flamer/Released)
MANAMA, Bahrain (May 6, 2018) Vice Adm. Scott Stearney (left) relieves Vice Adm. John Aquilino (right) as commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces during a change of command ceremony held aboard Naval Support Activity, Bahrain. U.S. 5th Fleet conducts maritime security operations to ensure the free flow of commerce, build and expand maritime partnerships and deter potential adversaries in one of the world's most critical maritime corridors. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bryan Neal Blair/Released)

U.S. Central Command Photo Gallery

Cav Soldiers sustain readiness with maneuver training
An M1A2 Main Battle Tank assigned to Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division maneuvers toward the after-action review site after conducting an early morning area defense at Udairi Range Complex during the company's situational training exercise Aug. 12, 2017. The STX was used to validate the unit through mission essential tasks to sustain the readiness of the combined arms battalions. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Leah R. Kilpatrick)