Archive: February, 2021

Feb. 26, 2021

Greek, U.S. Naval Forces Conduct Passing Exercise in Arabian Gulf

The U.S. Coast Guard patrol boats USCGC Adak (WPB 1333) and USCGC Maui (WPB 1304) participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Greek guided-missile frigate HS Hydra (F452) in the Arabian Gulf, Feb. 25.

Feb. 25, 2021

U.S. Conducts Defensive Precision Strike

“At President Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted airstrikes against infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria. These strikes were authorized in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq, and to ongoing threats to those personnel. Specifically, the strikes destroyed multiple facilities located at a border control point used by a number of Iranian-backed militant groups, including Kait’ib Hezbollah (KH) and Kait’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS).

Feb. 24, 2021

Coalition Forces meet with Peshmerga and ISF at JCCC

Coalition Forces meet with Peshmerga and ISF at JCCC ERBIL, Iraq- A military delegation from the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, the 83 member International Coalition to defeat Daesh (ISIS), visited the Joint Coalition Coordination Center between the Kurdistan Region's military and security forces and Iraq in Erbil, February 17, 2021.

Feb. 24, 2021

Deployed Soldiers run marathon for a good cause

Although deployed to the Middle East, Soldiers are still finding ways to stay active, even dedicating a couple hours on Sunday to run in memory of a decorated Army aviator. About 120 Soldiers with the 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade participated in a marathon and half-marathon throughout their area of operations. The main event was held at Camp Buehring, Kuwait but runners at other bases and outposts participated virtually.

Feb. 24, 2021

AFCENT hosts regional Joint Air Defense Exercise 21-01

U.S. Air Forces Central, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. Army Central Command, coalition partners, and four regional partner nations conducted Joint Air Defense Exercise 21-01, Feb. 15-19, 2021.

Feb. 23, 2021

USCENTCOM Symposium Spotlights the Role of Data on the Battlefield

U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) hosted a virtual data symposium the first week of February 2021. More than 1,000 senior Department of Defense (DoD) data leaders as well as private-sector innovators and representatives from partner nations participated in the online event. The symposium was hosted by U.S. Army Brigadier General Jeth Rey, USCENTCOM’s Director of Command and Control, Communications and Computer Systems (J6) and Chief Information Officer.

Feb. 17, 2021

USAFCENT tri-wing integration generates rapid airpower

Three air expeditionary wings assigned to U.S. Air Forces Central participated in an integrated combat turn exercise, Feb. 13, 2021.

Feb. 16, 2021

Winston S. Churchill Seizes Illicit Weapons from Two Dhows off Somalia

The guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) seized illicit shipments of weapons and weapons components from two stateless dhows during a maritime security operation in international waters off the coast of Somalia, Feb. 11-12.

Feb. 16, 2021

15th MEU supports Operation Inherent Resolve from Makin Island ARG

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit began air operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, February 13. Close air support operations and defensive counter air support operations were carried out by Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164 (Reinforced), the aviation combat element of the 15th MEU, as part of broader U.S. Central Command counterterrorism operations in the region. U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft departed from the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, to execute the long-range strike...

Feb. 13, 2021

A partnership story, the U.S. and the UAE

In the military we often hear the terms “interoperability,” “bilateral,” and “military-to-military” and don’t think much of them. Not because they hold no meaning—quite the opposite—but because they have become so familiar in our rhetoric that they have become commonplace.