Archive: 2016

April 13, 2016

OIR spokesman: Coalition focuses on dismantling, fragmenting ISIL

The coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has successfully degraded the enemy, with military efforts now focused on dismantling and fragmenting ISIL, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve said Wednesday.

April 11, 2016

Ships depart for underway portion of IMCMEX 16

Coalition ships sailed to begin the underway portion of the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise, April 10.

April 9, 2016

NAVCENT commander: IMCMEX about more than hunting mines

MANAMA, Bahrain (April 9, 2016) – The latest iteration of the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) is about more than mine hunting, said the commander of U.S. naval forces in the Middle East as he met with reporters April 9 to discuss the exercise.Vice Adm. Kevin Donegan, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, told members of

April 8, 2016

Welcome to the new

Thank you for visiting the new!In order to better inform and educate the public about CENTCOM's mission as a geographic combatant command, the website has been redesigned and more information about our Area of Responsibility (AOR) is available.Along the top of the page you will see a new menu.  Each menu item is explained below:Click on

April 5, 2016

Austin leaves legacy of leading from the front

Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III has always led from the front. In 41 years of service that culminated with serving as U.S. Central Command commander from March 22, 2013, to March 30, 2016, Austin has led every formation from a platoon to a combatant command.

April 5, 2016

President, NATO Secretary General highlight counter-ISIL efforts

President Barack Obama and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met yesterday to discuss alliance and U.S. efforts to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, NATO support to Afghanistan and issues related to Russia.

April 4, 2016

Austin reflects on CENTCOM’s achievements during ‘tumultuous times’

U.S. Central Command has responsibility for American military interests in the most volatile area of the world: the Middle East and Central and South Asia. Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III -- who took command of CENTCOM in 2013 -- has had responsibility for the region during a particularly turbulent time.

March 30, 2016

Votel takes command at CENTCOM

Defense Secretary Ash Carter receives the U.S. Central Command guidon as U.S. Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III relinquishes command to U.S. Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel. Carter officiated the change of command ceremony, which attracted more than 1,000 attendees, including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Central Command's component commanders, community leaders and senior coalition representatives.

March 30, 2016

Leaders praise Central Command for meeting every challenge

The men and women of U.S. Central Command have met every challenge thrown at them under the leadership of Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, and they won’t miss a beat as Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel takes the reins, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in Tampa, Florida, Wednesday.

March 25, 2016

Carter: U.S. military targets key ISIL terrorists

The U.S. military killed several key Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists this week, including a senior ISIL leader and finance minister who led certain external affairs and plots, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said here Friday.