Archive: September, 2018

Sept. 28, 2018

USMC F-35B conducts first combat strike in CENTCOM AOR

During this mission, the F-35B conducted an air strike in support of ground clearance operations, and the strike was deemed successful by the ground force commander.

Sept. 25, 2018

Mattis stresses Geneva process for Syria

The fight continues in the Middle Euphrates River Valley to wrest the last 2 percent of land once controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria from the grasp of the terror group, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said here today.

Sept. 24, 2018

Task Force 55 Conducts GUNNEX

ARABIAN GULF -- Ships from Task Force (TF) 55 conducted a gunnery exercise (GUNNEX) in the Arabian Gulf, Sept. 19. Participants included guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) and coastal patrol ships USS Hurricane (PC 3), USS Monsoon (PC 4), USS Sirocco (PC 6) and USS Firebolt (PC 10).

Sept. 20, 2018

Defense Intel Chief puts great power competition in context

People told the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency that in his speech to the Center for Strategic and International Studies he should just say “Great power competition, artificial intelligence” and then drop the mic and walk off.

Sept. 19, 2018

Five nations participate in exercise Regional Cooperation 18

More than 200 service members from five nations are conducting Regional Cooperation 2018 (RC18), a joint command-post exercise, Sept. 10 - 21, at Camp Edwards on Joint Base Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Sept. 19, 2018

Bright Star Command Post Exercise Pursues Strategic Partnership

U.S. and Egyptian armed forces took part in a multilateral Command Post Exercise (CPX) on September 9-17 during Bright Star 18.

Sept. 18, 2018

Coalition effort aims at stability in Iraq, Syria

The coalition continues to help forces in both Iraq and Syria establish security and stability in areas that have known nothing but oppression since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria reared its head five years ago, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve said.

Sept. 18, 2018

155th ABCT Conducts CALFEX At Exercise Bright Star 18

Careening across the Egyptian desert at nearly 40 mph, inside a 70,000-pound armored vehicle, for hours on end can be an incredibly disorienting experience for the uninitiated. Exhaust fumes and dust pour into the dark cabin; your ears are assaulted by the clatter of the tracks beneath you as they churn up rocks. The constant, overwhelming vibration and jarring movements slam you into the Soldiers packed in around you quickly inducing the flashes of motion sickness.

Sept. 11, 2018

Vice President, DoD Leaders Honor Pentagon’s 9/11 Sacrifices

Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva joined Defense Department employees, family members and others to remember those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

Sept. 10, 2018

CENTCOM hosts Joint Senior Enlisted Leaders Conference

Senior enlisted leaders from U.S. Central Command, five National Guard units, and eight regional partner nations gathered for the CENTCOM Joint Senior Enlisted Leaders Conference Sept. 4 – 7 in Tampa, Fla.