U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jon Mott, U.S. Central Command exercises director, sits alongside Egyptian Maj. Gen. Khaled Kyry, Bright Star 2017 exercise director for the Egyptian armed forces, during the Bright Star 2017 opening ceremony, Sept. 10, 2017, at Mohamed Naguib Military Base, Egypt. The bilateral training, Bright Star, targets strengthening military-to-military relationships between U.S. forces and its Egyptian partners in the CENTCOM area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jon Mott, U.S. Central Command exercises director, sits alongside Egyptian Maj. Gen. Khaled Khairy, Bright Star 2017 exercise director for the Egyptian armed forces, during the Bright Star 2017 opening ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Sept. 06, 2017) Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Angus Moss, a native of Columbus, Indiana, assigned to the air department aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22), directs an CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (reinforced) on the ship’s flight deck as part of Alligator Dagger exercise. Alligator Dagger is a dedicated, unilateral combat rehearsal led by Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, in which combined Navy and Marine Corps units of the America Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit are to practice, rehearse and exercise integrated capabilities that are available to U.S. Central Command both afloat and ashore. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin A. Schoenberger/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Sept. 06, 2017) Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Angus Moss, a native of Columbus, Indiana, assigned to the air department aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22), directs an CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Sq ...More
Marines assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) board an MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 (Reinforced) for a scheduled departure to Djibouti in support of exercise Alligator Dagger 2017. Alligator Dagger is a dedicated, unilateral combat rehearsal led by Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, in which combined Navy and Marine Corps units of the America Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit are to practice, rehearse and exercise integrated capabilities that are available to U.S. Central Command both afloat and ashore. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Chad Swysgood/Released)
Marines assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) board an MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 (Reinforced) for a scheduled departure to Djibouti in support of exercise Alligator Dagger 2017. Alligator Dagger is a dedicated, uni ...More
ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 24, 2017) U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Bill Byrne, commander, Carrier Strike Group 11, greets Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, upon his arrival aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Aug. 24, 2017, in the Arabian Gulf. Nimitz is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. While in this region, the ship and strike group are conducting maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, preserve freedom of navigation, and maintain the free flow of commerce. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Emily Johnston)
ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 24, 2017) U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Bill Byrne, commander, Carrier Strike Group 11, greets Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, upon his arrival aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), in the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Emily Johnston)
An M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division maneuvers to the final objective during the company's situational training exercise July 15, 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)
An M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division maneuvers to the final objective during the company's situational training exercise July 15, 2017. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Leah R. Kilpatrick)
President Donald J. Trump addresses the nation on the South Asia strategy during a press conference at Conmy Hall on Fort Myer, Va., Aug. 21, 2017. (DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)
President Donald J. Trump addresses the nation on the South Asia strategy during a press conference at Conmy Hall on Fort Myer, Va., Aug. 21, 2017. (DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)
Maj. Gen. Terrence J. McKenrick, US Army Central deputy commanding thanks the Royal Saudi Land Forces for their generosity in his remarks during the Earnest Leader 17 closing ceremony held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on August 10, 2017. The purpose of the Earnest Leader 17 exercise was  to enhance interoperability and strengthen U.S. and Royal Saudi Land Forces military-to-military relationships. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mark Hanson)
Maj. Gen. Terrence J. McKenrick, US Army Central deputy commanding thanks the Royal Saudi Land Forces for their generosity in his remarks during the Earnest Leader 17 closing ceremony held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on August 10, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mark Hanson)
Brig. Gen. Charles S. Corcoran breaks away from a KC-10 Extender after refueling his F-22A Raptor during a sortie over Iraq, June 30, 2017. Corcoran flew his fini flight with U.S. Air Force Central Command Commander Lt. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against ISIS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marjorie A. Bowlden)
Brig. Gen. Charles S. Corcoran breaks away from a KC-10 Extender after refueling his F-22A Raptor during a sortie over Iraq, June 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marjorie A. Bowlden)
U.S. Army Cpl. Dean Craig, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve and assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, chats with the truck crew before a movement to an advise and assist patrol base in a neighborhood liberated from ISIS in Mosul, Iraq, June 8, 2017. The 2nd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. enables their ISF partners through the advise and assist mission, contributing planning, intelligence collection and analysis, force protection, and precision fires to achieve the military defeat of ISIS. CJTF-OIR is the global Coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull)
U.S. Army Cpl. Dean Craig, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve and assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, chats with the truck crew before a movement to an advise and assist patrol base in a neighborhood liberated from ISIS in Mosul, Iraq, June 8, 2017. Th ...More
170729-N-UM507-040 ARABIAN GULF (July 29, 2017) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the "Black Knights" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) while another Super Hornet from the "Black Knights" and an EA-18G Growler from the "Gray Wolves" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142 prepare to launch, July 29, 2017, in the Arabian Gulf. Nimitz is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. While in this region, the ship and strike group are conducting maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, preserve freedom of navigation, and maintain the free flow of commerce. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Weston A. Mohr/Released)
170729-N-UM507-040 ARABIAN GULF (July 29, 2017) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the "Black Knights" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) while another Super Hornet from the "Black Knights" and an EA-18G Growler from the "Gray Wolves" of Electronic A ...More
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Johnny Perez, a mortarman assigned to Task Force Al Asad, with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, loads gear into a mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehiclewhile at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, July 5, 2017. These Marines are part of the Task Force’s coalition security force team in charge of providing security to the base and personnel onboard. Task Force Al Asad’s mission is to advise and assist and build partner capacity with the Iraqi Security Forces in Al Anbar province in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, the global coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Dave Williams)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Johnny Perez, a mortarman assigned to Task Force Al Asad, with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, loads gear into a mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehiclewhile at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, July 5, 2017. These ...More
Command Sgt. Major Fidel Zamora, the senior enlisted advisor for the Arizona Army National Guard and Command Sgt. Major Saul Garcia, the command sergeant major for the 98th Aviation Troop Command, hold the Arizona state flag with delegates from Kazakhstan during a visit to exchange aviation maintenance practices and non-commissioned officer development July 25. The visit came within weeks of the U.S. government’s formal renewal of its partnership with Kazakhstan, extending the 24-year-old legacy of cooperation for five more years. (Ariz. Army National Guard photo by Maj. Kevin Budak)
Command Sgt. Major Fidel Zamora, the senior enlisted advisor for the Arizona Army National Guard and Command Sgt. Major Saul Garcia, the command sergeant major for the 98th Aviation Troop Command, hold the Arizona state flag with delegates from Kazakhstan during a visit to exchange aviation maintenance practices and no ...More
An M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank crew engages targets while providing direct fire support for a reconnaissance element during Hunter-Killer training at the Kuwait Multipurpose Range Complex June 7. Saber Squadron is developing Hunter-Killer as a concept, teaming Bradleys up with tanks for increased firepower and speed in the reconnaissance mission. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Leah R. Kilpatrick/released)
An M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank crew engages targets while providing direct fire support for a reconnaissance element during Hunter-Killer training at the Kuwait Multipurpose Range Complex June 7. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Leah R. Kilpatrick/released)
Paratroopers, with Charlie Battery, 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, engage ISIS militants with precise and strategically placed artillery fire in support of Iraqi and Peshmerga fighters in Mosul. The fuel, munitions and life support essentials needed to sustain the fight against ISIS in the U.S. Army Central Command area of operations are provided by U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 316th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), acting as the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) Operational Command Post, in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The 1st TSC has provided approximately 22 million rounds of ammunition, nearly 3 million gallons of fuel, over 1,000 vehicles,  nearly 400 million gallons of water and more than 13,000 weapons. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Christopher Bigelow)
Paratroopers, with Charlie Battery, 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, engage ISIS militants with precise and strategically placed artillery fire in support of Iraqi and Peshmerga fighters in Mosul. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Christopher Bigelow)
ERBIL, Iraq – Spc. Richard Pena, a crew chief assigned to C Troop, 4th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Saber, conducts pre-flight inspections of an AH-64E Apache helicopter at Erbil, Iraq, July 11, 2017. The AH-64E Apache provides reconnaissance and attack capability in the fight against ISIS for Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. CJTF-OIR is the Coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Stephen James)
ERBIL, Iraq – Spc. Richard Pena, a crew chief assigned to C Troop, 4th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Saber, conducts pre-flight inspections of an AH-64E Apache helicopter at Erbil, Iraq, July 11, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Stephen James)
A Tajik service member performs a close quarter battle movement during a field training exercise part of multinational exercise Regional Cooperation 2017, July 17, 2017, in Fakhrabad, Tajikistan. Hosted by Tajikistan's Ministry of Defense, RC 17 affords participants the opportunity to exercise a United Nations directive to focus counterterrorism, border security and peacekeeping operations. During RC 17, service members from U.S. Central Command will train alongside the armed forces of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mongolia and observers from Kazakhstan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)
A Tajik service member performs a close quarter battle movement during a field training exercise part of multinational exercise Regional Cooperation 2017, July 17, 2017, in Fakhrabad, Tajikistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)
Baghdad, Iraq--U.S. Army Gen Joseph L. Votel, commander United States Central Command, and General Al Banyan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Chairman of Defense meet with ‎Erfan al-Hiyali, Iraq minister of defense during the Chairman of Defense tri-lateral discussion between Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United States during his visit to Iraq July 20, 2017. Votel met with military leaders of Iraq and Saudi Arabia to discuss security and stability in the region.  (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Dana Flamer)
Baghdad, Iraq--U.S. Army Gen Joseph L. Votel, commander United States Central Command, and General Al Banyan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Chairman of Defense meet with ‎Erfan al-Hiyali, Iraq Minister of Defense. (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Dana Flamer)
U.S. Marines with Task Force Southwest fire a non-explosive illumination round from an 81mm mortar to deter enemy activity at Camp Shorserack, Afghanistan, July 15, 2017. Advisors assigned to the Task Force assisted their Afghan National Defense and Security Force partners complete Operation Maiwand Four, which saw elements of the Afghan National 215th Corps, 505th Zone National Police and other forces successfully clear the Nawa district center of insurgents. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
U.S. Marines with Task Force Southwest fire a non-explosive illumination round from an 81mm mortar to deter enemy activity at Camp Shorserack, Afghanistan, July 15, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Defenders from the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron and a researcher from the Air Force Research Lab teamed up to bring a new program to Bagram Airfield. To counter the challenges that unmanned aircraft systems pose on the battlefield, the team is training to pilot and use the drones, so enemy tactics can be replicated and used to train coalition forces on how to react to them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier)
Defenders from the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron and a researcher from the Air Force Research Lab teamed up to bring a new program to Bagram Airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier)
UNDISCLOSED LOCATION, SYRIA (May 15, 2017)— U.S. Marines fire an M777-A2 Howitzer in northern Syria, May 15, 2017. They have been conducting 24-hour all-weather fire support for the Coalition’s local partners, the Syrian Democratic Forces, as part of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve. CJTF-OIR is the global coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Matthew Callahan)
UNDISCLOSED LOCATION, SYRIA (May 15, 2017)— U.S. Marines fire an M777-A2 Howitzer in northern Syria, May 15, 2017. CJTF-OIR is the global coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Matthew Callahan)
Brig. Gen. Abdul Wasea Milad,(center of photo) Commander of ANA 203rd “Thunder” Corps inspects operations May 21 in Dand-e-Patan district of southeastern Afghanistan during operations to secure routes through the Spin Ghar “White Mountain” range. (Afghanistan National Army photo provided by 203rd Police Zone PAO.)
Brig. Gen. Abdul Wasea Milad,(center of photo) Commander of ANA 203rd “Thunder” Corps inspects operations May 21 in Dand-e-Patan district of southeastern Afghanistan during operations to secure routes through the Spin Ghar “White Mountain” range. (Afghanistan National Army photo provided by 203rd Police Zone PAO.)
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jon Mott, U.S. Central Command exercises director, sits alongside Egyptian Maj. Gen. Khaled Kyry, Bright Star 2017 exercise director for the Egyptian armed forces, during the Bright Star 2017 opening ceremony, Sept. 10, 2017, at Mohamed Naguib Military Base, Egypt. The bilateral training, Bright Star, targets strengthening military-to-military relationships between U.S. forces and its Egyptian partners in the CENTCOM area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Sept. 06, 2017) Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Angus Moss, a native of Columbus, Indiana, assigned to the air department aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22), directs an CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (reinforced) on the ship’s flight deck as part of Alligator Dagger exercise. Alligator Dagger is a dedicated, unilateral combat rehearsal led by Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, in which combined Navy and Marine Corps units of the America Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit are to practice, rehearse and exercise integrated capabilities that are available to U.S. Central Command both afloat and ashore. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin A. Schoenberger/Released)
Marines assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) board an MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 (Reinforced) for a scheduled departure to Djibouti in support of exercise Alligator Dagger 2017. Alligator Dagger is a dedicated, unilateral combat rehearsal led by Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, in which combined Navy and Marine Corps units of the America Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit are to practice, rehearse and exercise integrated capabilities that are available to U.S. Central Command both afloat and ashore. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Chad Swysgood/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 24, 2017) U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Bill Byrne, commander, Carrier Strike Group 11, greets Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, upon his arrival aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Aug. 24, 2017, in the Arabian Gulf. Nimitz is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. While in this region, the ship and strike group are conducting maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, preserve freedom of navigation, and maintain the free flow of commerce. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Emily Johnston)
An M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division maneuvers to the final objective during the company's situational training exercise July 15, 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)
President Donald J. Trump addresses the nation on the South Asia strategy during a press conference at Conmy Hall on Fort Myer, Va., Aug. 21, 2017. (DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)
Maj. Gen. Terrence J. McKenrick, US Army Central deputy commanding thanks the Royal Saudi Land Forces for their generosity in his remarks during the Earnest Leader 17 closing ceremony held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on August 10, 2017. The purpose of the Earnest Leader 17 exercise was  to enhance interoperability and strengthen U.S. and Royal Saudi Land Forces military-to-military relationships. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mark Hanson)
Brig. Gen. Charles S. Corcoran breaks away from a KC-10 Extender after refueling his F-22A Raptor during a sortie over Iraq, June 30, 2017. Corcoran flew his fini flight with U.S. Air Force Central Command Commander Lt. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against ISIS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marjorie A. Bowlden)
U.S. Army Cpl. Dean Craig, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve and assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, chats with the truck crew before a movement to an advise and assist patrol base in a neighborhood liberated from ISIS in Mosul, Iraq, June 8, 2017. The 2nd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. enables their ISF partners through the advise and assist mission, contributing planning, intelligence collection and analysis, force protection, and precision fires to achieve the military defeat of ISIS. CJTF-OIR is the global Coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull)
170729-N-UM507-040 ARABIAN GULF (July 29, 2017) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the "Black Knights" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) while another Super Hornet from the "Black Knights" and an EA-18G Growler from the "Gray Wolves" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142 prepare to launch, July 29, 2017, in the Arabian Gulf. Nimitz is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. While in this region, the ship and strike group are conducting maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, preserve freedom of navigation, and maintain the free flow of commerce. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Weston A. Mohr/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Johnny Perez, a mortarman assigned to Task Force Al Asad, with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, loads gear into a mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehiclewhile at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, July 5, 2017. These Marines are part of the Task Force’s coalition security force team in charge of providing security to the base and personnel onboard. Task Force Al Asad’s mission is to advise and assist and build partner capacity with the Iraqi Security Forces in Al Anbar province in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, the global coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Dave Williams)
Command Sgt. Major Fidel Zamora, the senior enlisted advisor for the Arizona Army National Guard and Command Sgt. Major Saul Garcia, the command sergeant major for the 98th Aviation Troop Command, hold the Arizona state flag with delegates from Kazakhstan during a visit to exchange aviation maintenance practices and non-commissioned officer development July 25. The visit came within weeks of the U.S. government’s formal renewal of its partnership with Kazakhstan, extending the 24-year-old legacy of cooperation for five more years. (Ariz. Army National Guard photo by Maj. Kevin Budak)
An M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank crew engages targets while providing direct fire support for a reconnaissance element during Hunter-Killer training at the Kuwait Multipurpose Range Complex June 7. Saber Squadron is developing Hunter-Killer as a concept, teaming Bradleys up with tanks for increased firepower and speed in the reconnaissance mission. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Leah R. Kilpatrick/released)
Paratroopers, with Charlie Battery, 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, engage ISIS militants with precise and strategically placed artillery fire in support of Iraqi and Peshmerga fighters in Mosul. The fuel, munitions and life support essentials needed to sustain the fight against ISIS in the U.S. Army Central Command area of operations are provided by U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 316th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), acting as the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) Operational Command Post, in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The 1st TSC has provided approximately 22 million rounds of ammunition, nearly 3 million gallons of fuel, over 1,000 vehicles,  nearly 400 million gallons of water and more than 13,000 weapons. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Christopher Bigelow)
ERBIL, Iraq – Spc. Richard Pena, a crew chief assigned to C Troop, 4th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Saber, conducts pre-flight inspections of an AH-64E Apache helicopter at Erbil, Iraq, July 11, 2017. The AH-64E Apache provides reconnaissance and attack capability in the fight against ISIS for Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. CJTF-OIR is the Coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Stephen James)
A Tajik service member performs a close quarter battle movement during a field training exercise part of multinational exercise Regional Cooperation 2017, July 17, 2017, in Fakhrabad, Tajikistan. Hosted by Tajikistan's Ministry of Defense, RC 17 affords participants the opportunity to exercise a United Nations directive to focus counterterrorism, border security and peacekeeping operations. During RC 17, service members from U.S. Central Command will train alongside the armed forces of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mongolia and observers from Kazakhstan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)
Baghdad, Iraq--U.S. Army Gen Joseph L. Votel, commander United States Central Command, and General Al Banyan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Chairman of Defense meet with ‎Erfan al-Hiyali, Iraq minister of defense during the Chairman of Defense tri-lateral discussion between Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United States during his visit to Iraq July 20, 2017. Votel met with military leaders of Iraq and Saudi Arabia to discuss security and stability in the region.  (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Dana Flamer)
U.S. Marines with Task Force Southwest fire a non-explosive illumination round from an 81mm mortar to deter enemy activity at Camp Shorserack, Afghanistan, July 15, 2017. Advisors assigned to the Task Force assisted their Afghan National Defense and Security Force partners complete Operation Maiwand Four, which saw elements of the Afghan National 215th Corps, 505th Zone National Police and other forces successfully clear the Nawa district center of insurgents. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Defenders from the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron and a researcher from the Air Force Research Lab teamed up to bring a new program to Bagram Airfield. To counter the challenges that unmanned aircraft systems pose on the battlefield, the team is training to pilot and use the drones, so enemy tactics can be replicated and used to train coalition forces on how to react to them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier)
UNDISCLOSED LOCATION, SYRIA (May 15, 2017)— U.S. Marines fire an M777-A2 Howitzer in northern Syria, May 15, 2017. They have been conducting 24-hour all-weather fire support for the Coalition’s local partners, the Syrian Democratic Forces, as part of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve. CJTF-OIR is the global coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Matthew Callahan)
Brig. Gen. Abdul Wasea Milad,(center of photo) Commander of ANA 203rd “Thunder” Corps inspects operations May 21 in Dand-e-Patan district of southeastern Afghanistan during operations to secure routes through the Spin Ghar “White Mountain” range. (Afghanistan National Army photo provided by 203rd Police Zone PAO.)

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Egypt - U.S. Army Capt. Brant Carstens, 2-7 U.S. Cavalry, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division battalion signal officer, discusses radio operations with two Egyptian service members during a command-post exercise portion of Bright Star 2017, Sept. 10, 2017, at Mohamed Naguib Military Base, Egypt. Started in 1981, Bright Star builds on the strategic security relationship between the U.S. and Egypt, a partnership that supports counterterrorism, regional security, and efforts to combat the spread of violent extremism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)


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