Archive: August, 2016

Aug. 30, 2016

Briefing at the Pentagon by U.S. Army General Joseph Votel, Commander of U.S. Central Command

COOK: Morning, everyone. Pleased to welcome General Votel from Central Command here to share with you his thoughts about what's going on within his combatant command. Lots of issues, of course, to talk about. And without any further ado, we'll let General Votel begin. And do have to keep an eye on the clock because he does have other meetings here (inaudible). VOTEL: Thanks -- thanks, Peter. Appreciate it. And for all of you, it's good to -- good to be here this morning. I appreciate the opportunity to come and talk with you and provide you an update on U.S. military activities in the Central Command area of responsibility, and particularly, as they are related to the ongoing fight in Iraq and Syria against the terrorist organization ISIL, or Daesh.

Aug. 28, 2016

Ranger training helps build more elite Iraqi force

U.S. Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), took charge of a ranger training program for qualified volunteers from Iraqi security forces at Camp Taji, Iraq, when they arrived in May.

Aug. 23, 2016

CENTCOM Commander General Votel Visits Lebanon

BEIRUT – U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander General Joseph L. Votel visited Lebanon today as part of a multi-stop tour of the Middle East. General Votel met with Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) Commander General Jean Kahwagi and other key leaders of the Armed Forces.

Aug. 17, 2016

America delivers $50 Million in Humvees, weapons, and ammunition to the Lebanese Army

BEIRUT (August 17, 2016) — Elizabeth H. Richard, U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon, presided over a delivery of U.S. military assistance to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) at the Beirut Port on August 9.

Aug. 15, 2016

Carter Hails Liberation of Key Syrian City From ISIL Control

Defense Secretary Ash Carter issued a statement congratulating those responsible for liberating the Syrian city of Manbij, after a months-long battle to expel Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists.

Aug. 11, 2016

CENTCOM’s top logistics officer tours watercraft set, touts strategic advantage

KUWAIT NAVAL BASE, Kuwait – U.S. Army Central Command’s top logistics officer visited the Army Prepositioned Stocks-5 watercraft set here, Aug. 3, to get a closer look at what the unique equipment set can offer the CENTCOM area of responsibility.

Aug. 7, 2016

Central Command leadership join Dwight D. Eisenhower underway

ARABIAN GULF (August 7, 2016) — The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) hosted senior military officers from U.S. Central Command and component commands while operating in the Arabian Gulf, August 6.