Archive: 2022

May 15, 2022

U.S. Coast Guard Ship in Middle East Interdicts $17 Million in Drugs

A U.S. Coast Guard fast response cutter seized illicit narcotics from a fishing vessel while conducting patrols in the Gulf of Oman, May 15.

May 9, 2022

U.S. and Bahrain Begin Exercise Neon Defender

Forces from the Kingdom of Bahrain and United States began a 10-day military exercise in and off the coast of Bahrain, May 8. Exercise Neon Defender is an annual bilateral training event between U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and the Bahrain Defence Force. The Bahrain Coast Guard is also participating. The exercise focuses on maritime security operations, installation defense and medical response.

May 2, 2022

New CENTCOM Commander Visits U.S. Navy Unmanned Systems Hub in Bahrain

The new commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) visited U.S. 5th Fleet headquarters in Bahrain, April 29, to see firsthand how the Navy is integrating unmanned systems and artificial intelligence into fleet operations in the Middle East.

April 26, 2022

Pakistan Navy Interdicts Boat Smuggling Hashish in Gulf Of Oman

A Pakistan Navy guided-missile frigate seized illicit narcotics from a fishing vessel while conducting patrols in international waters in the Gulf of Oman, April 23.

April 25, 2022

USCENTCOM dawn service commemorates ANZAC Day

Service members and families from U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) and U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) gathered pre-dawn at Macdill Air Force Base to commemorate ANZAC Day alongside of both command’s Australian, New Zealand, and Turkish representatives, April 25, 2022.

April 25, 2022

Ali Al Salem Air Base’s first line of defense: 386th ESFS entry controllers

As a first line of defense, entry controllers from the 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron screen the belongings of approximately 550 to 650 other country nationals on a daily basis.

April 21, 2022

Officials emphasize global efforts, need for non-military solution in long term defeat of Daesh at CJTF-OIR Ambassadors Day

Combined Joint Task Force – Operations Inherent Resolve officials hosted representatives from more than 25 Coalition countries at an Ambassadors Day event here, April 21, 2022. The event marked an opportunity for Coalition officials to provide updates on the current state of the OIR mission and fostered discussion related to broad efforts to tackle enduring security and stability challenges in the region.

April 18, 2022

USMARCENT completes first of Intrepid Maven exercise series with Kingdom of Jordan

U.S. Marines and Sailors assigned to 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment (2/24) and members of the 61st Quick Reaction Force Battalion and 77th Royal Jordanian Marine Battalion with the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) successfully completed exercise Intrepid Maven (IM) 22-1 aboard Camp Titin, Jordan, March 22. The engagement was the first iteration of the Marine Corps Forces, Central Command led (USMARCENT) IM exercise series designed to increase interoperability, strengthen enduring partnerships, enhance U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) readiness, and deter malign actors in the region.

April 4, 2022

Former CENTCOM Chief of Staff Assumes Role of Commander

From Egypt to Kazakhstan, the Centcom area of responsibility covers some 21 nations in both Asia and Africa, spans more than four million square miles, and is home to more than 560 million people. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said running Centcom and its mission is one of the most demanding jobs in the Defense Department. 

March 29, 2022

US B-52s bring region together through Middle East Presence Patrol

Coalition and regional partner air forces joined a U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress and two F-22 Raptors on a presence patrol mission across the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility March 29.