A U.S. F-35A Lightning II pilot from the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, prepares to taxi during Exercise Agile Lightning Aug. 5, 2019. Agile Lightning is an exercise in adaptive basing methodology where personnel and aircraft can forward deploy any place in the world to complete essential missions vital to the defense of U.S. assets and personnel.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Thornbury)
A U.S. F-35A Lightning II pilot from the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, prepares to taxi during Exercise Agile Lightning Aug. 5, 2019. Agile Lightning is an exercise in adaptive basing methodology where personnel and aircraft can forward deploy any place in the world to... ...More
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Learned, left, special operations planner for Exercise Regional Cooperation 2019 (RC), attached to Special Operations Command Central; Tajikistan Army Col. Mehriddin Tolibzoda, center, communications officer for RC19; and Uzbekistan Army Maj. Abror Kurbanov, right, special operations engineer for RC19, collaborate on a mission plan for a fictional scenario during RC19 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, August 13, 2019. Exercise Regional Cooperation is an annual, multinational event that promotes cooperation and interoperability among participating nations to foster security and stability in the Central and South Asian region. The participants of RC 19 include military leaders and officials from Mongolia, Tajikistan, United States and Uzbekistan and observers from Pakistan.

(U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Jennifer Shick)
Exercise Regional Cooperation is an annual, multinational event that promotes cooperation and interoperability among participating nations to foster security and stability in the Central and South Asian region. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Jennifer Shick)
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., the commander of U.S. Central Command, left, talks with His Excellency Mohammed Al Rasbi, Secretary General of the Ministry of Defense of Oman, on Muaskar Al Murtafa Base, July 17, 2019. While visiting the Central region, McKenzie met with forward deployed troops and key allied leaders and reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to security and stability in the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Roderick Jacquote)
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., the commander of U.S. Central Command, left, talks with His Excellency Mohammed Al Rasbi, Secretary General of the Ministry of Defense of Oman. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Roderick Jacquote)
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) commander, right, and U.S. Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke Jr., U.S. Special Operations Command commander, second from left, hosted Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, June 18, at USCENTCOM headquarters. They engaged in discussions regarding military and diplomatic affairs throughout the Middle East region. The visit is a scheduled engagement intended to align the U.S. Government's diplomatic and defense efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt. Dana Flamer)
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. and U.S. Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke Jr. hosted Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, June 18, at USCENTCOM headquarters. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt. Dana Flamer)
GULF OF OMAN (June 13, 2019) Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) render aid to the crew of the M/V Kokuka Courageous. Bainbridge is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet areas of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jason Waite/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (June 13, 2019) Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) render aid to the crew of the M/V Kokuka Courageous. Bainbridge is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet areas of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the... ...More
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ARABIAN SEA (June 1, 2019) Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress, assigned to the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron and part of the Bomber Task Force deployed to the region, conduct joint exercises in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. The demonstration of flexible and adaptable joint operations shows U.S. military forces are prepared to respond to contingencies and defend the interest in the region. With Abraham Lincoln as the flagship, deployed strike group assets include staffs, ships and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group 12 (CSG 12), Destroyer Squadron 2 (DESRON 2), USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW 7). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian M. Wilbur/Released)
190601-N-FK070-1419 ARABIAN SEA (June 1, 2019) Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress, assigned to the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron and part of the Bomber Task Force deployed to the region, conduct joint exercises in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. The... ...More
Qatar Emiri Air Force Mirage 2000s, a U.S. B-52H Stratofortress, and U.S. F-35A Lightning IIs fly in formation over Southwest Asia, May 21, 2019. This flight was conducted to continue building military-to-military relationships with the QEAF. The B-52H is part of the Bomber Task Force deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to defend American forces and interests in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keifer Bowes)
Qatar Emiri Air Force Mirage 2000s, a U.S. B-52H Stratofortress, and U.S. F-35A Lightning IIs fly in formation over Southwest Asia, May 21, 2019. This flight was conducted to continue building military-to-military relationships with the QEAF. The B-52H is part of the Bomber Task Force deployed to the U.S. Central... ...More
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and the Wasp-class Amphibious Assault Ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) sail alongside as the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG) and Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (KSGARG) conduct joint operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. The ABECSG and KSGARG, with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, are prepared to respond to contingencies and to defend U.S. forces and interests in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian M. Wilbur/Released)
The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group conduct joint operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian M. Wilbur)
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) transits the Suez Canal. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG) is deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in order to defend American forces and interests in the region. With Abraham Lincoln as the flagship, deployed strike group assets include staffs, ships and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group 12 (CSG 12), Destroyer Squadron 2 (DESRON 2), USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW 7); as well as the Spanish navy �lvaro de Baz�n-class frigate ESPS M�ndez N��ez (F 104). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dan Snow/ Released)
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) transits the Suez Canal. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dan Snow/ Released)
A B-52H Stratofortress from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., touches down at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, May 9, 2019. The 18-nation air coalition consists of numerous precision strike aircraft, and the B-52Hs bring unique capabilities to the theater. This aircraft is part of the Bomber Task Force deployed to U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in order to defend American forces and interests in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keifer Bowes)
A B-52H Stratofortress from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., touches down at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, May 9, 2019. The 18-nation air coalition consists of numerous precision strike aircraft, and the B-52Hs bring unique capabilities to the theater. This aircraft is part of the Bomber Task Force deployed to U.S. Central... ...More
A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-35A Lightning II above an undisclosed location, April 30, 2019. The KC-10 and its crew were tasked to support aerial refueling operations for the F-35A's first air interdiction during its inaugural deployment to the U.S. Air Forces Central Command's area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Drzazgowski)
A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-35A Lightning II above an undisclosed location, April 30, 2019. The KC-10 and its crew were tasked to support aerial refueling operations for the F-35A's first air interdiction during its inaugural deployment to the U.S. Air Forces Central Command's area of responsibility.... ...More
A 380th Air Expeditionary Maintenance Group crew chief meets an F-35A Lightning IIs pilot at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, April 15, 2019. The F-35A Lightning II is deployed to the Air Forces Central Command Area of Responsibility for the first time in U.S. Air Force history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Thornbury)
The F-35A Lightning II is deployed to the Air Forces Central Command Area of Responsibility for the first time in U.S. Air Force history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Thornbury)
190404-N-UP035-1034 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (April 4, 2019) - An AV-8B Harrier attached to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit taxis on the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mike DiMestico/Released)
190404-N-UP035-1034 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (April 4, 2019) - An AV-8B Harrier attached to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit taxis on the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked... ...More
A U.S. F-35A Lightning II pilot from the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, prepares to taxi during Exercise Agile Lightning Aug. 5, 2019. Agile Lightning is an exercise in adaptive basing methodology where personnel and aircraft can forward deploy any place in the world to complete essential missions vital to the defense of U.S. assets and personnel.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Thornbury)
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Learned, left, special operations planner for Exercise Regional Cooperation 2019 (RC), attached to Special Operations Command Central; Tajikistan Army Col. Mehriddin Tolibzoda, center, communications officer for RC19; and Uzbekistan Army Maj. Abror Kurbanov, right, special operations engineer for RC19, collaborate on a mission plan for a fictional scenario during RC19 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, August 13, 2019. Exercise Regional Cooperation is an annual, multinational event that promotes cooperation and interoperability among participating nations to foster security and stability in the Central and South Asian region. The participants of RC 19 include military leaders and officials from Mongolia, Tajikistan, United States and Uzbekistan and observers from Pakistan.

(U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Jennifer Shick)
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., the commander of U.S. Central Command, left, talks with His Excellency Mohammed Al Rasbi, Secretary General of the Ministry of Defense of Oman, on Muaskar Al Murtafa Base, July 17, 2019. While visiting the Central region, McKenzie met with forward deployed troops and key allied leaders and reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to security and stability in the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Roderick Jacquote)
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) commander, right, and U.S. Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke Jr., U.S. Special Operations Command commander, second from left, hosted Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, June 18, at USCENTCOM headquarters. They engaged in discussions regarding military and diplomatic affairs throughout the Middle East region. The visit is a scheduled engagement intended to align the U.S. Government's diplomatic and defense efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt. Dana Flamer)
GULF OF OMAN (June 13, 2019) Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) render aid to the crew of the M/V Kokuka Courageous. Bainbridge is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet areas of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jason Waite/Released)
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ARABIAN SEA (June 1, 2019) Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress, assigned to the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron and part of the Bomber Task Force deployed to the region, conduct joint exercises in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. The demonstration of flexible and adaptable joint operations shows U.S. military forces are prepared to respond to contingencies and defend the interest in the region. With Abraham Lincoln as the flagship, deployed strike group assets include staffs, ships and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group 12 (CSG 12), Destroyer Squadron 2 (DESRON 2), USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW 7). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian M. Wilbur/Released)
Qatar Emiri Air Force Mirage 2000s, a U.S. B-52H Stratofortress, and U.S. F-35A Lightning IIs fly in formation over Southwest Asia, May 21, 2019. This flight was conducted to continue building military-to-military relationships with the QEAF. The B-52H is part of the Bomber Task Force deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to defend American forces and interests in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keifer Bowes)
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and the Wasp-class Amphibious Assault Ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) sail alongside as the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG) and Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (KSGARG) conduct joint operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. The ABECSG and KSGARG, with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, are prepared to respond to contingencies and to defend U.S. forces and interests in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian M. Wilbur/Released)
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) transits the Suez Canal. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG) is deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in order to defend American forces and interests in the region. With Abraham Lincoln as the flagship, deployed strike group assets include staffs, ships and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group 12 (CSG 12), Destroyer Squadron 2 (DESRON 2), USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW 7); as well as the Spanish navy �lvaro de Baz�n-class frigate ESPS M�ndez N��ez (F 104). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dan Snow/ Released)
A B-52H Stratofortress from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., touches down at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, May 9, 2019. The 18-nation air coalition consists of numerous precision strike aircraft, and the B-52Hs bring unique capabilities to the theater. This aircraft is part of the Bomber Task Force deployed to U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in order to defend American forces and interests in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keifer Bowes)
A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-35A Lightning II above an undisclosed location, April 30, 2019. The KC-10 and its crew were tasked to support aerial refueling operations for the F-35A's first air interdiction during its inaugural deployment to the U.S. Air Forces Central Command's area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Drzazgowski)
A 380th Air Expeditionary Maintenance Group crew chief meets an F-35A Lightning IIs pilot at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, April 15, 2019. The F-35A Lightning II is deployed to the Air Forces Central Command Area of Responsibility for the first time in U.S. Air Force history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Thornbury)
190404-N-UP035-1034 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (April 4, 2019) - An AV-8B Harrier attached to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit taxis on the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mike DiMestico/Released)

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