Jan. 27, 2021

Enduring, resolute partners: US, Qatar conduct historic air-to-air refueling exercise

For the first time ever, Qatar Emiri Air Force Rafales integrated with U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotankers during a week-long air-to-air refueling exercise at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Exercise Sky Shield brought together members of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing and the QEAF to meet three objectives which would showcase their enduring and resolute partnership, and to demonstrate the promise for future interoperability throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

Jan. 26, 2021

UAE Armed Forces and U.S. Marines complete defense training in UAE

Combined forces from the United Arab Emirates and United States recently completed a week long defense-focused training engagement in the UAE. Service members from the UAE Presidential Guard and U.S. Marine Corps’ Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, gathered to strengthen partnerships and enhance collective crisis response capability in the region.

Jan. 19, 2021

Bahrain and U.S. Armed Forces Conduct Joint Anti-Terrorism Exercise

Forces assigned to the Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) and U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) participated in a combined, joint anti-terrorism exercise in the 5th Fleet Area of Operations, Jan. 12-13. The bilateral exercise focused on enhancing mutual security and anti-terrorism capabilities by testing responses to simulated scenarios.

Jan. 6, 2021

NSA Bahrain COVID-19 Vaccine Arrival and First Inoculations

Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Unit (NMRTU) Bahrain began administering the Moderna coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine on board Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain, Jan. 4.

Jan. 5, 2021

Alpha Battery Deploys in Response to Diamond Tempest

When a quick-response exercise is initiated, the unit commander receives a warning order to immediately prepare his soldiers and equipment for movement. Such an order was received by Capt. Andrew Brown, C Co 1-133rd Security Forces Commander, attached to 1st of the 14th Field Artillery Regiment, 75th Field Artillery Brigade. Exercise Diamond Tempest, designed to demonstrate the unit’s ability to dynamically deploy munitions for response operations, was now underway.

Dec. 22, 2020

USS Georgia Transits Strait of Hormuz

The nuclear-power Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Georgia (SSGN 729) along with the guided-missile cruisers USS Port Royal (CG 73) and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) transited the Strait of Hormuz entering the Arabian Gulf, Dec. 21.

Dec. 21, 2020

USS Winston S. Churchill Completes International AOMSW Exercise

The guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) participated in the bilateral joint and combined air operations in support of maritime surface warfare (AOMSW) exercise with Royal Saudi Armed Forces in the Arabian Gulf, Dec. 17-18.

Dec. 21, 2020

Saudi, U.S. Forces Conduct Joint Aviation Integration Exercise in Arabian Gulf

The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF), Royal Saudi Naval Force (RSNF), U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and U.S. Air Forces Central (AFCENT) conducted a robust combined joint air operations in support of maritime surface warfare (AOMSW) exercise in the Arabian Gulf Dec. 17-18.

Dec. 16, 2020

The Patriots defending ASAB

Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, is home to thousands of U.S. Air Force Airmen, U.S. Army Soldiers and coalition forces. Day and night, defenders from the 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron can be seen roaming the base, scanning the perimeter and ensuring that no threat comes close to the base.

Dec. 14, 2020

UK, U.S. Naval Forces Conduct Mine Countermeasures Exercise

Royal Navy and U.S. Navy forces participated in mine countermeasures (MCM) interoperability training in the Arabian Gulf, Dec. 9-12. This is the latest in a series of MCM exercises between regional and coalition partners, meant to enhance mine hunting and communications interoperability. The previous iteration in November involved Saudi, UK and U.S. MCM forces.