Archive: 2022

Sept. 28, 2022

Saudi Arabia Expands Maritime Partnership with International Coalition

Saudi Arabia’s western naval fleet began operating for the first time with the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) in the Red Sea, Sept. 27, signaling an expanded partnership between the multinational coalition and Royal Saudi Naval Forces.

Sept. 27, 2022

U.S. Coast Guard in Middle East Seizes $85 Million in Heroin

A U.S. Coast Guard fast response cutter seized an estimated $85 million worth of heroin from a fishing vessel while patrolling the Gulf of Oman, Sept. 27, representing the largest illegal drug interdiction in the Middle East by international naval forces this year.

Sept. 25, 2022

Bahrain, U.S. Sharpen Maritime Skills at Sea

MANAMA, Bahrain - The U.S. Navy enjoys a decades-long partnership with the Kingdom of Bahrain based on shared commitment to maritime security and stability in the Middle East. Regional waters are very dynamic and have central importance to global trade.

Sept. 23, 2022

AFCENT commander conducts first round of regional partner engagements

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Alexus G. Grynkewich, Ninth Air Force (Air Forces Central) commander, travelled across the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to meet with multiple U.S. embassy, coalition, regional, and U.S. military leaders Aug. 16 to Sep. 7, 2022.

Sept. 22, 2022

U.S. and Israel Complete Unmanned Exercise in Gulf of Aqaba

Forces from Israel and the U.S. completed a four-day exercise in the Gulf of Aqaba, Sept. 22.

Sept. 22, 2022

Hispanic Heritage Month Highlight: Senior Airman Jennifer Alvarenga

Senior Airman Jennifer Alvarenga, a munitions control specialist assigned to the 380th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron, is a first generation, Salvadorian/American. Alvarenga says that finding friendships in those with similar experiences, gives her a sense of family away from family.

Sept. 21, 2022

Qatari Soldier graduates U.S. Army Ranger School

2nd Lt. Khalid M. Alkorbi, Qatari Joint Special Forces, graduated from U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia, September 16, 2022. He is the second soldier from Qatar to complete the elite course and earn the Ranger tab.

Sept. 21, 2022

Saudi Arabia, U.S. Complete International Coalition Exercise

Maritime forces from Saudi Arabia and the United States participated in a monthly international coalition exercise in the Arabian Gulf, Sept. 20.

Sept. 20, 2022

KC-46A performs first operationally-tasked combat refueling sortie

Approximately 100 Airmen and four KC-46A Pegasus aircraft conducted 24-hour operations during Air Mobility Command’s multi-week Employment Concept Exercise 22-08 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, from August 27 through mid-September, 2022. Airmen from the 22nd Air Refueling Wing and 931st Air Refueling Wing participated in the ECE, working in two teams to operate around-the-clock, testing the KC-46A’s ability to support real-world missions and assess its capabilities on the path to full-operational status.

Sept. 17, 2022

AFCENT concludes support to USAID Pakistan Mission

Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar – Airmen from 9th Air Force, Air Forces Central concluded support to the U.S. Agency for International Development-led humanitarian mission to Pakistan on Sep. 16, 2022, after the country experienced historic levels of flooding.