Press Releases

Archive: 2016

June 21, 2016

Carter praises New Zealand, Poland for anti-ISIL efforts

Defense Secretary Ash Carter released statements last night welcoming decisions by two coalition nations that he said would accelerate the effort to bring about a lasting defeat to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

June 21, 2016

Hall of Fame coach visits CENTCOM

Former University of Notre Dame and University of South Carolina head coach Lou Holtz spoke to service members and government civilians at U.S. Central Command headquarters yesterday.

June 16, 2016

Carter announces more U.S. support for Afghan forces

U.S. forces in Afghanistan now will be able to boost support for Afghan conventional forces with more firepower and by accompanying and advising them on the ground and in the air, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said this morning in Brussels.

June 14, 2016

40th CAB joins the fight in Afghanistan

Soldiers from the 40th Combat Aviation Brigade re-deployed from Camp Buehring, Kuwait to Forward Operating Base Dahlke, Afghanistan in May, 2016.

June 9, 2016

Local forces restricting ISIL movement in Iraq, Syria

Local forces in Iraq and Syria are pressuring the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at multiple points on the battlefield, restricting the terrorist army’s mobility and options, the Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said Wednesday.

June 7, 2016

Carter seeks harder push against ISIL

Though significant progress that is being achieved, Defense Secretary Ash Carter wants to push harder in the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters Monday.

June 1, 2016

Afghan forces make slow, steady gains, Resolute Support official says

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces are making slow and steady progress, giving them momentum for an expected tough fight ahead, Army Brig. Gen. Charles H. Cleveland said Wednesday in Kabul.

May 27, 2016

U.S. A-10s, tankers fly Syria missions 24/7 from Incirlik

In a hangar off the flightline at Incirlik Air Base in southeastern Turkey, Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel -- accompanied by 447th Air Expeditionary Group Commander Air Force Col. Sean McCarthy -- greeted representatives from a Marine Corps EA-6 Prowler Squadron, a KC-135 tanker crew and several aircraft maintainers.

May 23, 2016

Votel: Eager Lion 16 highlights U.S.-Jordan force integration

The most critical element of Eager Lion, U.S. Central Command’s largest military exercise in its area of responsibility, is the great integration between Jordanian and U.S. forces, Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel said here Sunday.

May 23, 2016

President, Defense Secretary comment on death of Taliban leader

President Barack Obama Monday confirmed the death of Taliban leader Akhtar Mohammad Mansur, who was targeted May 21 by a U.S. airstrike near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.