Jan. 17, 2020
Fort Wayne native serves in the Middle East supporting Task Force Spartan
SOUTHWEST ASIA —
Indiana Army National Guard Master Sgt. Zachery Hackett, a 38th Infantry Division senior infantry sergeant from Fort Wayne, Indiana, supports Task Force Spartan as the future operations noncommissioned officer in charge.Hackett, one of more than 600 National Guard soldiers who departed the Hoosier State in May, helps support the U.S. Army Central
Jan. 14, 2020
Esper: Information Indicated 'Broad Scale' Attack Within 'Matter of Days'
Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper reiterated his belief on Sunday morning talk shows that elimination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani would prevent an attack that could lead to more dangerous, open conflict with Iran.
Jan. 8, 2020
Chairman: defensive measures prevented casualties in Iranian attack
Although Iranian missiles damaged equipment and infrastructure at U.S. and ally-occupied military installations in Iraq yesterday, training and defensive readiness paid off in no lives being lost, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
Jan. 7, 2020
Esper: U.S. continues to deploy, reposition troops in Middle East
The United States continues to deploy and reposition troops throughout the region of Iraq and Iran to bolster U.S. security and force protection and to be prepared for any contingency, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said.
Jan. 3, 2020
Senior DOD official describes rationale for attack on quds force commander
President Donald J. Trump last night directed, and the Defense Department subsequently launched, an airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Quds Force, a senior DOD official said during a news teleconference.
Dec. 30, 2019
Truman begins operations in U.S. 5th Fleet
ARABIAN SEA —
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), the Carrier Strike Group Eight (CSG-8) flagship, conducted maritime security and flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO) Dec. 20, continuing carrier presence in the region.
Dec. 23, 2019
AFCENT commander highlights importance of interoperability, collective defense at Air Chiefs Conference
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates —
Three themes serve as the underpinnings of successful deterrence against malign actors and the ability to conduct collective defense among coalition nations in the Middle East, said Lt. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella Jr., commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command, in an address at the 2019 Dubai International Air Chiefs Conference here, Nov. 16,
Dec. 19, 2019
KC-46 completes first around-the-world flight
A KC-46A from the 22nd Air Refueling Wing completed the Pegasus’ first flight around the world Nov. 13-26.
The first global circumnavigation for the KC-46A Pegasus provided extensive training opportunities for maintainers and aircrew at multiple locations on a seven-leg, 13-day journey that included its debut at the 2019 Dubai Air Show (DAS).
Griffin Missile Exercise 2019
U.S. Navy coastal patrol ships and U.S. Coast Guard patrol boats conducted an annual test of the MK-60 Griffin guided-missile system in the Arabian Gulf Dec. 10-14. The annual exercise was conducted with the improved Griffin Missile System (GMS) to test ship interoperability, weapon tactics employment, and new system upgrades.
Dec. 10, 2019
Female Peshmurga instructors graduate
ERBIL, IRAQ —
Milestones mark a journey and Kurdish security forces continued to move forward in November with the graduation of their first female military instructors in the region.
More than a dozen women in the Peshmerga are now certified to teach their fellow soldiers various skills and classes, including weapons, basic first aid, the law of armed conflict and preventing gender-based violence.