Archive: 2015

Oct. 27, 2015

CENTCOM holds annual family picnic

Music and laughter filled the air Oct. 26 during the U.S. Central Command Annual Family Picnic at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

Oct. 27, 2015

Defense leaders outline strategy to counter ISIL at Senate Armed Services hearing

The U.S. military remains determined to defeat Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant extremist forces and effectively adapts its campaign as conditions evolve in Iraq and Syria, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the Senate Armed Forces Committee today.

Oct. 23, 2015

Pentagon discusses mission that saved 70 Kurdish hostages in Iraq

U.S. Special Forces supported an Iraqi peshmerga operation earlier today to rescue about 70 hostages from an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant prison near Hawijah, Iraq, Defense Department Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters at the Pentagon this afternoon.

Oct. 22, 2015

Pentagon statement on hostage rescue mission in Iraq

Early today in Iraq, at the request of the Kurdistan Regional Government, U.S. Special Operations Forces supported an Iraqi Peshmerga operation to rescue hostages at an ISIL prison near Hawijah, Iraq.

Oct. 22, 2015

Inherent Resolve spokesman updates Iraq, Syria operations

Since operations began against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets in Syria and Iraq, the coalition has conducted 7,603 airstrikes, an Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman in Baghdad told Pentagon reporters today via video teleconference.

Oct. 21, 2015

Dunford sees progress, challenges in Anti-ISIL Campaign

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today detailed the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant following a visit to Iraq. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. told reporters traveling with him that while he will not project a timeline, operations against the terror group continue to make progress.

Oct. 20, 2015

Former Army captain to earn Medal of Honor for valor in Afghanistan

In a Nov. 12 White House ceremony, President Barack Obama will present the nation’s highest honor for conspicuous battlefield gallantry to a retired Army captain for tackling a suicide bomber in Afghanistan’s Kunar province three years ago. Retired Capt. Florent A. “Flo” Groberg will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a personal security detachment commander for Task Force Mountain Warrior, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations in the provincial capital of Asadabad on Aug. 8, 2012.

Oct. 19, 2015

Coalition airstrike kills Khorasan Group leader in Syria

An Oct. 15 coalition airstrike in northwest Syria killed Abdul Mohsen Adballah Ibrahim al Charekh, also known as Sanafi al-Nasr, a Saudi national and the highest ranking leader of the network of veteran al-Qaida operatives sometimes called the "Khorasan Group," according to a Defense Department statement issued today.

Oct. 19, 2015

CENTCOM hosts cybersecurity conference

MACDILL AFB, Fla. (October 8, 2015) – Effective and secure communication plays a vital role in the success of U.S. military and non-military operations, especially those that take place in Afghanistan.)U.S. Central Command and Army Brig. Gen. Peter A. Gallagher, director, Command, Control, Communications and Computers hosted a cybersecurity

Oct. 16, 2015

Late Marine search dog detected hundreds of pounds of explosives in Iraq, Afghanistan

An MWD named Xxenos passed away earlier this year at the age of 10. Xxenos had been retired three years and been deployed three times during his career; twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan.