Jan. 23, 2020

Focus remains on enduring defeat of ISIS, military official says

Even amid significant successes, the enduring defeat of ISIS remains the focus of U.S. forces and partners in Iraq and Syria, an effort that is vital to U.S. national security, the deputy commander of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said.

Jan. 23, 2020

432nd WG/432nd AEW brings Reaper airpower into the new decade

In early 2009, a recently reactivated combat unit, now named the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing, achieved the mark of 500,000 hours of combat, for a relatively new form of airpower, known as Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA).

Jan. 17, 2020

Fort Wayne native serves in the Middle East supporting Task Force Spartan

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

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

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).