Lethality

Centcom Commander Outlines Regional Challenges

Feb. 5, 2019

U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility is dynamic, hopeful, challenging and dangerous, Centcom Commander Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel told the Senate Armed Forces Committee.


The general briefed the committee on Centcom’s budgetary requirements and its posture.

"It is an area of great contrast and contradiction," Votel said  of the Middle East, Central and South Asia, and the area known as the Levant.

Soldiers fire howitzer
Howitzer Fire
Soldiers assigned to the Field Artillery Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, fire their M777 howitzer on Firebase Saham, Iraq, Dec. 3, 2018. The 3rd Cavalry Regiment is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, working by, with and through the Iraqi security forces and coalition partners to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in designated areas of Iraq and Syria.
Photo By: Army Capt. Jason Welch
VIRIN: 181203-A-XI247-001C
Military vehicle moves through desert.
Desert Security
A Marine with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, attached to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response-Central Command, provides security during a key leader engagement in support of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve operations in Syria, Sept. 9, 2018.
Photo By: Marine Corps Cpl. Gabino Perez
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Soldier watches explosion during training
Explosive Exercise
A student watches an explosive ordnance disposal demonstration during training at the Besmaya Range Complex, Iraq, Dec. 16, 2018. The exercise was the last assessment needed for students to graduate from Iraq’s Counter Terrorism Service academy as operators.
Photo By: Army Spc. Sarah K. Anwar
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