Year in Review 2013 Photos

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 Lt. Gen. Terry assumes command

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. – (Center left) Lt. Gen. James L. Terry receives the U.S. Army Central colors from Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John F. Campbell, assuming command of USARCENT during a change of command ceremony held at Patton Hall’s Lucky Park June 25, 2013, as Command Sgt. Maj. Stephan Frennier, USARCENT senior enlisted leader (far left), and Lt. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, the outgoing commander (far right), look on. The passing of colors from the outgoing commander to the incoming one is an important military tradition signifying to Soldiers their unit is never without leadership. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Salcido, U.S. Army Central Public Affairs.)

Training with foreign enlisted and officers

 

CAMP TAHREER, Kuwait - Kuwait National Guard transportation soldiers, Pvt. Falad Falah-Falad, left, and Pvt. Mohammed Aied-Rajan, practice an improvised neck brace on Spc. Jay Thomas, a motor transport operator with the 47th Transportation Company, during first aid training at Camp Tahreer, Kuwait, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. Thomas, an El Paso, Texas, resident, partnered with soldiers to work on first aid tactics related to transportation accidents. (Photo by Sgt. William E. Henry, 38th Sustainment Brigade.)

Soldiers of USARCENT trained for our combat mission

  

ARABIAN GULF - A crew member of the USS Ponce salutes the pilots of a U.S. Army AH-64D Apache helicopter with the 4th Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, while directing the aircraft during takeoff in the Arabian Gulf, Dec. 9, 2013. The 4-227th from Fort Hood, Texas is currently deployed with the 36th Combat Aviation Brigade (Texas Army National Guard) to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Photo by Sgt. Adam C. Keith, U.S. Army Central Public Affairs.)

 

UDAIRI RANGE, CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - U.S. Soldiers assigned to Bravo Company, 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, fire a round from an M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzer during the direct fire portion of the Table VI Certifications at Udairi Range in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, April 3, 2013. (Photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram.)

Flood in Kuwait

CAMP ARIFJAN, KUWAIT - Kuwait experienced the same amount of rainfall within 36 hours that would normally take a year when 3.39 inches of rain fell in Kuwait, Nov. 19, 2013. Historically, average rainfall observed in the month of November is 0.7 inches of rain. The max observed rainfall in the month of November is 4.5 inches of rain. On Nov. 20, 0.2 inches of rain brought the total to 3.7 inches, which makes this the most rainfall in one day since 1952.

Partially submerged change of command

KUWAIT NAVAL BASE, Kuwait — The 86th Engineer Dive Detachment conduct their change of command ceremony Aug. 9 between Capt. Jon-Paul S. Navarro, the outgoing commander, and Capt. Matthew Schiller, the incoming commander. Usually change of command ceremonies are conducted on the unit’s formation field or inside a gym. The 86th decided to add their own twist and conduct the ceremony in the surf on the beach of Kuwait Naval Base. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James Hale, U.S. Army Central Public Affairs.)

Hall of Heroes

PATTON HALL, SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. - On Oct. 25, before an audience of Soldiers and distinguished guests at Patton Hall on Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, U.S. Army Central commanding general, unveiled the command’s Hall of Heroes, which features 24 plaques of Medal of Honor recipients. Terry thanks Dave Nesbitt, Adjutant, The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Sumter Chapter, for his service and attendance to the Hall of Heroes ribbon cutting ceremony as Col. Robert Bailes, USARCENT G34, fire support coordinator, looks on. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos Campos U.S. Army Central Public Affairs.)

TANC (Third Army Nursing Center)

PATTON HALL, SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. - The first nursing center on a military base opened at Patton Hall, May 17, 2013. From left, Beverly Gagne, the forum; Dianna Troyer, with the Family Readiness Group; Kelly Kreis, with the U.S. Army Central Senior Leaders Spouses Group; Lt. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, USARCENT commanding general, cutting the ribbon; and Sgt. Maj. Tessie D. Coe, the chaplain senior enlisted advisor for USARCENT. U.S. Soldiers along with community organizations and Army Community Service representatives gathered to celebrate the opening of the center, which provides a private area for nursing mothers during their work days. (Photo by Spc. Sharmain Burch, U.S. Army Central Public Affairs.)

First USO in Kuwait

CAMP ARIFJAN, KUWAIT – The first USO facility on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait opened  Nov 3, 2013. The new facility is the largest in the region and features free wifi, video games and a theater. (Photo by Sgt. Adam C. Keith, U.S. Army Central Public Affairs.)

LSA Closed, Gateway to AOR relocated

CAMP ARIFJAN, KUWAIT – Staff Sgt. Timothy Cook, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, is the first passenger to pass through the Theater Gateway on Camp Arifjan, July 13, 2013. Cook is stationed in the United Arab Emirates and is travelling home on a R&R flight. (Photo by by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Sue Hill, 371st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs.)

CENTCOM Commanding General visit

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - Army Col. James Kinkade, 402nd Army Field Support Battalion-Kuwait, guides Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, U.S. Central Command commander, on a tour of Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Oct. 8, 2013. Austin visited the post to assess operational efficiency and interact with Soldiers. (Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Dayan Neely, U.S. Army Central Public Affairs.)

SMA visit

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III speaks to Soldiers during a town hall meeting attended by more than 600 service members Sept. 20, 2013 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Dayan Neely, U.S. Army Central Public Affairs.)

SECDEF visit

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addresses troops on Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Dec. 10, 2013. (Department of Defense photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo.)

Wounded Warriors Visit

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Kenny, Area Support Group-Kuwait command sergeant major, walks with Cpl. Jesse Murphree, a medically retired infantryman, to board a Black Hawk helicopter at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 18. Murphree and four other wounded warriors visited Kuwait before their trip to Afghanistan in support of Operation Proper Exit, a Troops First Foundation mission that takes wounded warriors back into theater. (U.S. Army photo by U.S. Army Central Public Affairs.)


USARCENT Soldier of the Year

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - Spc. Jacob R. Valderrama, a horizontal construction engineer with the 557th Engineer Company, 864th Engineer Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, prepares to fire during a qualification range as part of U.S. Army Central's Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, May 21. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ashley M. Outler, U.S. Army Central Public Affairs.)

 

USARCENT Noncommissioned Officer of the Year

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - Sgt. William D. Cook, a parachute rigger with the 647th Quartermaster Detachment, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, analyzes his target during a call for fire as part of the warrior tasks and battle drills portion of the 2013 Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition, sponsored by the Third Army/U.S. Army Central, at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, May 21, 2013. (Photo by Sgt. Ashley M. Outler, U.S. Army Central Public Affairs.)

 

USARCENT Combatives team

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Sgt. Joshua Mitchell (red belt), a multimedia illustrator at U.S. Army Central, competes in the 82d Airborne Division Invitational Combatives Tournament held at Fort Bragg, Dec. 13, the first time USARCENT fielded a combatives team. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Lung.)

 

Expert Infantry Badge

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – Spc. Joshua Strickland, infantryman, Company B, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, applies a bandage to a simulated casualty while completing the urban assault lane during Expert Infantryman Badge qualifications at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, July 24, 2013. (Photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office.)

Expert Field Medical Badge

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – Cpl. Darrell Barnes, an Expert Field Medical Badge candidate with 1st Brigade Support Troop Battalion, bounds to a new position during EFMB testing Oct. 10, 2013 on Camp Buehring, Kuwait. On the second day of testing, the field started with 103 candidates, down from an initial 138. (Photo by Sgt. Adam C. Keith, U.S. Army Central.)

 

Playing Quidditch in Kuwait

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - National Guardsmen "play" Quidditch against each other in this staged photo at Camp Buehring in Kuwait. Staff Sgt. Jacob Ebert, Spec. Anre Watson, Spec. Patrick Plemons, Spec. Sean Kullman, Sgt. Aaron Melcher, and Sgt. Darrell Boles get ready to attack in Quidditch. (Photo courtesy of Lindsay Heide.)

 

U.S. Army Central Adopts-a-Highway

SUMTER, S.C. - USARCENT Soldiers picked up litter along Highway 378 in Sumter, S.C., as part of the Sumter County Adopt-a-Highway Program. This is Third Army’s first time participating in the program since arriving in Sumter. More than thirty-five Soldiers and civilians volunteered their time to help keep the Shaw-Sumter community clean.

 

Third Army 95th Birthday Ball

SUMTER CIVIC CENTER, SUMTER, S.C. – From left to right, Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, USARCENT commanding general; Julie Terry; Rebecca Spitler; Brig. Gen. Rex Spitler, USARCENT chief of staff; Command Sgt. Maj. John Harris, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion command sergeant major; and Lt. Col. Thomas J. Verell, Jr., Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion commander, render honors as the National Anthem plays at the Sumter Civic Center in Sumter, S.C., Oct. 25. The ball was held to celebrate the 95th birthday of Third Army, which is Nov. 7. (Photo by Spc. Sharmain Burch, USARCENT Public Affairs.)

Third Army March

  

PATTON HALL, SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. – During a visit by Lawrence A. Devron, a government civilian employee and former Army musician, he and Kathy Olson, U.S. Army Central historian, discovered the sheet music to “Third Army March.” The piece was written in 1945 and “Respectfully dedicated to Lt. Gen. George S. Patton Jr. and the gallant officers and men of the Third U.S. Army.” Due to Devron’s efforts, the piece was recorded for the first time in 2013 by the U.S. Army Field Band “Pershing’s Own.”

 

Naturalization ceremonies

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - U.S. Army Central and the 135th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), 1st Theater Sustainment Command (Provisional), hosted a Naturalization Ceremony to celebrate four Soldiers’ U.S. citizenship at the Zone 1 Chapel, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, May 15. Soldiers naturalized were: Staff Sgt. Robert L. Stephenson, born in Jamaica and a combat engineer with the 55th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Pennsylvania National Guard; Sgt. Nathan H. Thalen, born in Canada, and Spc. Daniel E. Salinas, from Mexico, both watercraft engineers with the 41st Transportation Company; and Pfc. Michael W. Hutton, from Scotland and a motor transport operator with the 289th Transportation Detachment.

 

Reenlistments

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Maj. Gen. Kurt Stein, a native of Middleton, N.J., and commanding general of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command (Theater), raises his right hand as the reenlistment officer and recites the oath of enlistment while 52 Task Force Lifeliner Soldiers stand before him with their right hand up and repeat the oath to him, Nov. 18, 2013, at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. By raising their right hand the Soldiers pledge to continue to proudly serve their country and fellow Soldiers. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs.)

Over 7,300 Facebook likes (will adjust number accordingly)

 

First FRG Facebook Town Hall

PATTON HALL, SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. – Seated left to right: Christiane Turlington, U.S. Army Central (USARCENT) Family Readiness Group leader; Brig. Gen. Charles Taylor, chief of staff, USARCENT; Col. David Cannon, commander, USARCENT Special Troops Battalion; and Capt. Michael Perez, adjutant, USARCENT STB, along with a room full of senior leaders, Soldiers, and civilians from Patton Hall and Shaw Air Force Base, answer questions from FRG members during the first USARCENT FRG Virtual Town Hall held online Feb. 21 via the FRG’s Facebook page.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Tim Meyer, Third Army Public Affairs.)

CG Town Hall

PATTON HALL, SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. – Lt. Gen. James Terry, U.S. Army Central commanding general, held a Town Hall for Soldiers, Dept. of the Army Civilians and contractors Oct. 17 in Patton Hall. The Town Hall was broadcast to other locations in the area of responsibility via video teleconference.

Cutting a few cakes 

CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar  – Soldiers, Airmen and civilians cut a cake for Patriot Day, September 11. (Photo by Jonald Lalas.)

on, Third Army Augmentation human resources NCO cut the cake together during the Third Army/ARCENT Army Reserve 105th birthday celebration held in Hall of Flags of Patton Hall at Shaw AFB, SC, Apr 23. The Army Reserve originated as the Medical Reserve Corps in 1908 and has evolved to become an indispensable part of the Army' Third Army Augmentation human resources NCO cut the cake together during the Third Army/ARCENT Army Reserve 105th birthday celebration held in Hall of Flags of Patton Hall at Shaw AFB, SC, Apr 23. The Army Reserve originated as the Medical Reserve Corps in 1908 and has evolved to become an indispensable part of the Army's total force. Third Army Augmentation human resources NCO cut the cake together during the Third Army/ARCENT Army Reserve 105th birthday celebration held in Hall of Flags of Patton Hall at Shaw AFB, SC, Apr 23. The Army Reserve originated as the Medical Reserve Corps in 1908 and has evolved to become an indispensable part of the Army's total force.

Thanksgiving


CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - (From right) Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, U.S. Army Central commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Stephan Frennier, USARCENT command sergeant major, prepare to eat Thanksgiving after serving service members and civilians at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Nov. 28.