Archive: February, 2016

Feb. 29, 2016

Carter highlights momentum in ISIL fight

Momentum is on the side of the coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday, noting significant gains in Iraq and Syria.

Feb. 26, 2016

President: There will be no letup against ISIL

Even if there is a cessation of hostilities to get food and medical aid to besieged civilians in Syria, there will be no letup against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, President Barack Obama said yesterday evening at the State Department following a meeting of the National Security Council.

Feb. 24, 2016

Bagram biologist keeps wildlife at bay, aircraft safe

There are several threats to aircraft flying in Afghanistan: the treacherous mountains, the unpredictable weather and of course, the occasional bird. That’s where the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing safety office’s Scott Stopak comes in.

Feb. 23, 2016

U.S. general reports Iraqi forces’ successes, progress

Over the past nine months, Iraqi security forces have had significant successes and have made noticeable progress that will lead to the eventual defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the commanding general of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command for Operation Inherent Resolve said Tuesday.

Feb. 20, 2016

Dunford, Egyptian defense leaders discuss bilateral relationship

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with senior Egyptian military leaders in Cairo Saturday.

Feb. 16, 2016

Press secretary: SecDef ‘gratified’ Coalition will do more in counter-ISIL fight

Defense Secretary Ash Carter was gratified that so many nations accepted his challenge and vowed to step up contributions to accelerate defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at last week’s first meeting of defense ministers from the counter-ISIL coalition, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters this morning.

Feb. 11, 2016

Carter: Meeting of defense ministers marks new stage in ISIL fight

The first face-to-face meeting of defense ministers from nations contributing to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant marks the beginning of a new stage in that campaign, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in Brussels today.

Feb. 10, 2016

Army, Navy practice personnel recovery in Gulf

U.S. Army Central Soldiers partnered with Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 during a search and rescue exercise in the Arabian Gulf, Feb. 2. The units tested their ability to cooperate in a joint personnel recovery effort during a downed aircraft scenario.

Feb. 9, 2016

U.S. Soldiers, Jordanian border guard build partnership

The Jordanian Border Guard and Soldiers with 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, completed five weeks of combined training at the Jordanian Border Guard Training School, Jordan, Jan. 20.

Feb. 5, 2016

Gulf states perfect air defense strategies during Arabian Gulf Shield

Training concluded here Wednesday with a scenario designed to test Gulf Cooperation Council Liaison Officer (GCC LNO) procedures and connectivity to host nation Air Operations Centers. Participants from Qatar, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia used their new-found knowledge during exercise Arabian Gulf Shield (AGS) which centered on air and air defense strategies.