Archive: 2017

Oct. 27, 2017

Cripwell assumes responsibility as deputy commander; Castellano bids farewell

KABUL, Afghanistan — Lieutenant General Richard Cripwell assumed responsibility as the deputy commander of Resolute Support during a change of responsibility ceremony here today.

Oct. 26, 2017

US, UK Complete Mine Identification and Exploitation Exercise 2017

ARABIAN GULF -- The exercise allowed for U.S. and U.K. forces to share knowledge of mine countermeasures (MCM) capabilities in searching, identifying and neutralizing mines that could threaten the freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce. “This exercise provides a unique opportunity for both navies to exchange knowledge and expertise on expeditionary mine countermeasures capabilities,” said Lt. Travis Miller, officer in charge of post mission analysis for Task Group 56.1. “Militaries must work together when a crisis emerges, it is important for partner nations to build strong relationships.”

Oct. 25, 2017

Dunford: Chiefs of Defense Counter-ISIS Meeting ‘Historic’

Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford said the meeting of more than 70 chiefs of defense at the Counter-Violent Extremist Organization Conference was a historic occasion.

Oct. 24, 2017

Dunford: Battle Against Violent Extremism at Inflection Point

The conflict against extremist organizations is at an inflection point, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, while hosting defense chiefs from 73 coalition nations to discuss the ongoing conflict against violent extremism worldwide at Fort Belvoir, Va.

Oct. 24, 2017

U.S.-UAE bilateral amphibious engagement kicks off

U.S. FIFTH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Oct. 19, 2017) – Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51, 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (TF 51/5), announced the commencement of Iron Magic, a two-week, bilateral amphibious engagement involving USS Pearl Harbor, the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and United Arab Emirates’ Armed Forces Oct. 15-Nov. 2, 2017. Iron Magic enables regional partners to coordinate amphibious landing, infantry training, Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT), mechanized assault and maneuver, life fire, helicopter assault and internal security training events off the coast of the UAE.

Oct. 17, 2017

OIR Spokesman: ISIS Faces Devastating Defeat on 3rd Anniversary of Operations

On the third anniversary of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve's establishment, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is on the verge of a devastating defeat in Raqqa, Syria, a task force spokesman said.

Oct. 12, 2017

Mattis Highlights Working By, With, Through Allies

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis briefed reporters traveling with him to U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla., while on a trip to three military headquarters -- Centcom, U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Southern Command.

Oct. 10, 2017

ISIS Fighters Continue to Flee, DoD Spokesman Says

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2017 — Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighters remain on the run in Iraq and Syria as coalition troops clear territory once controlled by the enemy, a Pentagon spokesman said today. Iraqi security forces are continuing clearance operations in the so-called "Hawija Pocket" in Iraq's Kirkuk province while facing small pods of ISIS resistance as they transition to a persistent hold posture, Army Col. Rob Manning told reporters.

Oct. 5, 2017

Keynote addresses USCENTCOM operational energy challenges

A Defense Innovation Technology Acceleration Challenges (DITAC) event was held in Tampa, FL - October 3-5, 2017. Major General Edward Dorman, director for logistics, U. S. Central Command, delivered a keynote presentation.

Oct. 5, 2017

A Clear Picture: U.S. Marines and ANDSF continue to enhance battle tracking capabilities

Having a clear operational picture and understanding of what’s going on around the battlespace is an important part of being able to positively assist the forces on the ground.