The US Army has deployed soldiers to the US Central Command area of operations to support CENTCOM operating environment.
Troops assigned to 1st 82nd Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division deployed to support the mission of enabling military operations with allies to ensure regional security.
The CENTCOM mission includes Operation Inherent Resolve and US military training.
Operation Inherent Resolve is the US-led military intervention against the Islamic State. The US training mission is aimed at enhancing the capability of the Saudi Arabian Armed Forces to defend mutual interests in the region.
Another key mission of the CENTCOM is the Nato-led Resolute Support mission to ‘train, advise and assist’ the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.
The army deploys forces in support of national security efforts and provides command and control to joint forces.
82nd Combat Aviation Brigade commander colonel Earnest Irvin said: “They all realise the impact of their jobs and positions. They know what they were trained to do, but I told them no matter how important they think it is, they will never understand the importance of what they’re doing until they all return home.”
The Combat Aviation Brigade is intended to provide rapid deployment capability to support the Global Response Force.
It provides air assault, reconnaissance, attack and medical evacuation capability.
In September, paratroopers from the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade trained at the installation’s newest aerial gunnery range on Fort Bragg.
Forces engaged targets above the $45m range, which opened earlier this year. The aerial gunnery range enhances the readiness of aircrew firing 30mm rounds from the Apache attack helicopter’s weapons system and the ground forces supporting them.