Archive: February, 2017

Feb. 28, 2017

Arizona, Kazakh State Partnership visit enhances military police capabilities

The Arizona National Guard hosted a delegation of Kazakhstan military officers and enlisted personnel during a State Partnership Program-sponsored visit to the Papago Park Military Reservation Feb. 6 – 10.

Feb. 27, 2017

Fires Team brings coalition together for Operation Inherent Resolve

The Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command's Fires Team continues to make an impact in Mosul from their office in Baghdad, Iraq. Their successes are the latest example supporting the global, unified effort of the multi-national Coalition working to defeat ISIL. "Our mission is to go about degrading ISIL across Iraq through lethal targeting in order to support the ISF maneuver plan," said British army Maj. Jamie Linsdell, targeting officer, CJFLCC-OIR.

Feb. 24, 2017

Military working dog serves in Iraq on his second deployment

"The capability they [Military Working Dogs] bring to the fight cannot be replicated by man or machine. By all measures of performance their yield outperforms any asset we have in our inventory." -- Gen. David Petraeus Rrobiek, a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois, was born to be a hero. He was bred and trained to serve and protect the people he works with. Currently, those people are members of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command in Iraq.

Feb. 23, 2017

U.S., Oman, France and U.K. Commence Exercise Khunjar Haad

The U.S. Navy with the Royal Navy of Oman, the Royal Navy and French Marine Nationale kicked off the 22nd iteration of Exercise Khunjar Haad, an annual multilateral mine countermeasures (MCM) exercise in the Gulf of Oman, Feb. 19.

Feb. 23, 2017

US Marines, Omani Soldiers begin Exercise Sea Soldier 17

SALALAH, Oman - Launching from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) off the coast of Oman, more than 250 U.S. Marines and Sailors with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (MKI ARG)/11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) began training alongside soldiers from the Royal Army of Oman’s 11th Brigade for Exercise Sea Soldier in

Feb. 22, 2017

OIR Official: 'Conditions Have Been Set' for ISIS Defeat in Western Mosul

Iraqi forces are advancing into western Mosul and making steady gains in efforts to liberate the area from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, said Air Force Col. John Dorrian, Inherent Resolve spokesman.

Feb. 22, 2017

C&E sends heavy equipment to support Iraq, counter ISIL

Armored bulldozers and track loaders provided by Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support are playing a role in protecting Iraq from the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Feb. 21, 2017

Iraqi Security Forces Move in to Liberate West Mosul, Official Says

Since operations began over the weekend to retake West Mosul from two years of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria control, Iraqi security forces have already retaken more than 48 square miles of ISIS-held territory near the city, a Pentagon spokesman said.

Feb. 20, 2017

Mattis Meets With Middle Eastern Leaders

On his first trans-Atlantic trip in his current post, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with leaders from three U.S. allies in the Middle East, according to a news release issued by the Defense Department.

Feb. 20, 2017

Mattis Praises Resilient Iraqi Army During Baghdad Visit

During his first trip to Baghdad as defense secretary, Jim Mattis praised the Iraqi army and noted those forces are now focused on liberating west Mosul.