ARABIAN SEA – An F-35B Lightning II assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 (VMFA), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), makes final preparations to land aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), Jan. 9, 2019. The Essex is the flagship for the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th MEU, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. A. J. Van Fredenberg/Released)
ARABIAN SEA – An F-35B Lightning II assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 (VMFA), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), makes final preparations to land aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), Jan. 9, 2019. The Essex is the flagship for the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and, with the em ...More
An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14, left, prepares to launch as an F/A-18E Super Hornet, also assigned to VFA 14, launches from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Arabian Sea, Dec. 12, 2018. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group and the Essex Amphibious Ready Group are conducting integrated operations in the Arabian Sea to ensure stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 3rd Class Grant G. Grady)
An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14, left, prepares to launch as an F/A-18E Super Hornet, also assigned to VFA 14, launches from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Arabian Sea, Dec. 12, 2018. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group and the ...More
U.S. Air Force and UAE F-16 Fighting Falcons stand on display at Sakhir Air Base during the Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) 2018, Bahrain, Nov. 14, 2018. BIAS is a biennial, three-day aviation and aerospace industry event that provides the U.S. military an opportunity to highlight DOD aviation’s flexibility, speed and agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gracie I. Lee)
U.S. Air Force and UAE F-16 Fighting Falcons stand on display at Sakhir Air Base during the Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) 2018, Bahrain, Nov. 14, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gracie I. Lee)
A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to 2nd Battalion, 198th Armor Regiment, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Spartan, works with a Qatari soldier during bunker clearing training as part of Exercise Eastern Action 19, Nov. 7, 2018. “This exercise is one that has been taking place for several years,” said Col. Robert B. Kuth, commander of Area Support Group-Qatar, ARCENT. “Since the first iteration, we have focused upon enhancement of interoperability of land forces, as we build partnership capacity together. Both of our nations are committed to promoting security and stability, in pursuit of shared mutual interests, throughout the region.” (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James Lefty Larimer)
A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Spartan, works with a Qatari soldier during bunker clearing training as part of Exercise Eastern Action 19, Nov. 7, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James Lefty Larimer)
U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. Bill Thetford, U.S. Central Command’s senior enlisted leader await the arrival of approximately 130 future service members prior to an Oath of Enlistment ceremony at Raymond James Stadium, Nov. 11th, 2018. The enlistees were provided a unique opportunity to take the Oath of Enlistment in front of thousands of football fans, during halftime of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers home game versus the Washington Redskins. (U.S. Central Command Public Affairs photo by Tom Gagnier)
U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel and Command Sgt. Maj. Bill Thetford await the arrival of approximately 130 future service members prior to an Oath of Enlistment ceremony at Raymond James Stadium. (U.S. Central Command Public Affairs photo by Tom Gagnier)
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Michael E. Langley, right, and U.S. Army Gen Joseph L. Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, left, depart to visit U.S. Marines and sailors with the USS Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Oct. 26, 2018. The USS Essex ARG and 13th MEU are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operation in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region. (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Franklin Moore)
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Michael E. Langley, right, and U.S. Army Gen Joseph L. Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, left, depart to visit U.S. Marines and sailors with the USS Essex ARG. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Franklin Moore)
A Mi-17 from the Afghan air force prepares to land, May 8, 2018, at the Regional Military Training Center-Kandahar during a medical evacuation exercise hosted by Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade in Kandahar Afghanistan.
“The Afghan army has taken severe casualties over the past year-and-a-half and they’ve stayed in the field fighting,” Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said.
(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Neysa Canfield/TAAC-South Public Affairs)
“The Afghan army has taken severe casualties over the past year-and-a-half and they’ve stayed in the field fighting,” Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Neysa Canfield/TAAC-South Public Affairs)
ARABIAN SEA – An F-35B Lightning II assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 (VMFA), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), makes final preparations to land aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), Jan. 9, 2019. The Essex is the flagship for the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th MEU, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. A. J. Van Fredenberg/Released)
An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14, left, prepares to launch as an F/A-18E Super Hornet, also assigned to VFA 14, launches from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Arabian Sea, Dec. 12, 2018. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group and the Essex Amphibious Ready Group are conducting integrated operations in the Arabian Sea to ensure stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 3rd Class Grant G. Grady)
U.S. Air Force and UAE F-16 Fighting Falcons stand on display at Sakhir Air Base during the Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) 2018, Bahrain, Nov. 14, 2018. BIAS is a biennial, three-day aviation and aerospace industry event that provides the U.S. military an opportunity to highlight DOD aviation’s flexibility, speed and agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gracie I. Lee)
A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to 2nd Battalion, 198th Armor Regiment, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Spartan, works with a Qatari soldier during bunker clearing training as part of Exercise Eastern Action 19, Nov. 7, 2018. “This exercise is one that has been taking place for several years,” said Col. Robert B. Kuth, commander of Area Support Group-Qatar, ARCENT. “Since the first iteration, we have focused upon enhancement of interoperability of land forces, as we build partnership capacity together. Both of our nations are committed to promoting security and stability, in pursuit of shared mutual interests, throughout the region.” (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James Lefty Larimer)
U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. Bill Thetford, U.S. Central Command’s senior enlisted leader await the arrival of approximately 130 future service members prior to an Oath of Enlistment ceremony at Raymond James Stadium, Nov. 11th, 2018. The enlistees were provided a unique opportunity to take the Oath of Enlistment in front of thousands of football fans, during halftime of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers home game versus the Washington Redskins. (U.S. Central Command Public Affairs photo by Tom Gagnier)
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Michael E. Langley, right, and U.S. Army Gen Joseph L. Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, left, depart to visit U.S. Marines and sailors with the USS Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Oct. 26, 2018. The USS Essex ARG and 13th MEU are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operation in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region. (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Franklin Moore)
A Mi-17 from the Afghan air force prepares to land, May 8, 2018, at the Regional Military Training Center-Kandahar during a medical evacuation exercise hosted by Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade in Kandahar Afghanistan.
“The Afghan army has taken severe casualties over the past year-and-a-half and they’ve stayed in the field fighting,” Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said.
(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Neysa Canfield/TAAC-South Public Affairs)

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