Archive: January, 2021

Jan. 27, 2021

Enduring, resolute partners: US, Qatar conduct historic air-to-air refueling exercise

For the first time ever, Qatar Emiri Air Force Rafales integrated with U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotankers during a week-long air-to-air refueling exercise at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Exercise Sky Shield brought together members of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing and the QEAF to meet three objectives which would showcase their enduring and resolute partnership, and to demonstrate the promise for future interoperability throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

Jan. 26, 2021

UAE Armed Forces and U.S. Marines complete defense training in UAE

Combined forces from the United Arab Emirates and United States recently completed a week long defense-focused training engagement in the UAE. Service members from the UAE Presidential Guard and U.S. Marine Corps’ Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, gathered to strengthen partnerships and enhance collective crisis response capability in the region.

Jan. 19, 2021

Bahrain and U.S. Armed Forces Conduct Joint Anti-Terrorism Exercise

Forces assigned to the Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) and U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) participated in a combined, joint anti-terrorism exercise in the 5th Fleet Area of Operations, Jan. 12-13. The bilateral exercise focused on enhancing mutual security and anti-terrorism capabilities by testing responses to simulated scenarios.

Jan. 6, 2021

NSA Bahrain COVID-19 Vaccine Arrival and First Inoculations

Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Unit (NMRTU) Bahrain began administering the Moderna coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine on board Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain, Jan. 4.

Jan. 5, 2021

Alpha Battery Deploys in Response to Diamond Tempest

When a quick-response exercise is initiated, the unit commander receives a warning order to immediately prepare his soldiers and equipment for movement. Such an order was received by Capt. Andrew Brown, C Co 1-133rd Security Forces Commander, attached to 1st of the 14th Field Artillery Regiment, 75th Field Artillery Brigade. Exercise Diamond Tempest, designed to demonstrate the unit’s ability to dynamically deploy munitions for response operations, was now underway.