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1st Theater Sustainment Command

News Stories

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Army Reserve Soldiers deployed to Camp Arifjan reflect on Black History Month

March 1, 2021 — Army Reserve Soldiers deployed here shared their thoughts about Black History Month and Black culture in America. MORE
Army Reserve Chief Warrant Officer Denrick Mills, an air mobility warrant officer deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, with the 310th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), said his favorite Black History story is the Triple Nickel “smokejumpers.” In 1945, the all-black 555th Airborne Infantry Battalion was ordered to Oregon to fight forest fires started by nature and by incendiary-bearing balloons sent into West Coast forests by the Japanese. “They used this airborne unit to jump in an put the fire out—that’s how the smokejumpers started,” he said.

Ambassador praises Army Reserve medical Soldiers

February 24, 2021 — The United States ambassador to Kuwait honored three Army Reserve Soldiers Thursday at a ceremony at the U.S. embassy here for rendering first aid to a pedestrian struck on a highway. MORE
Ambassador praises Army Reserve medical Soldiers

Civilian, military medical personnel deployed to Kuwait get second COVID-19 vaccinations

February 22, 2021 — Military and civilian medical professionals deployed here received their second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, all part of the initial vaccinations in the Middle East theater. MORE
Lt. Col. Harold Yu, the deputy surgeon for Area Support Group-Kuwait and the officer-in-charge of the U.S. Army Health Clinic Kuwait, looks away as he receives his second Moderna COVID-19 vaccine dose Feb. 15, 2021 at the Camp Arifjan, Kuwait hospital. Yu said: “This vaccination is no different from any other shot I ever got. Really, I didn’t even feel it.”

ASG Kuwait Canine Behavior Care and Safety Seminar

February 18, 2021 — An Army veterinarian led a groundbreaking canine behavior lecture and demonstration at Kuwait’s Public Authority Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources headquarters for an audience that included the director, as well as other government officials, community leaders, and students. MORE
Cpt. Emrick Whitfield, veterinary clinic officer in charge, Area Support Group Kuwait, and Sgt. Iisa Stephens, veterinary clinic noncommissioned officer in charge, ASG Kuwait, demonstrate proper calm and restraint techniques for canines during a canine behavior and safety seminar at the Public Authority of Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources in Rabia, Kuwait, Feb. 2, 2021. The use of proper restraining techniques protects both the person and animal, while also calming the dog.

310th ESC Soldiers use biometrics to vet truck drivers sustaining Syrian ops

February 18, 2021 — Military intelligence Soldiers assigned to the Syrian Logistics Cell here leverage biometric technology to screen drivers for a long haul to outposts in the area of operations. MORE
A truck driver undergoes an iris scan at Erbil Air Base, Iraq, Feb. 5, 2021 conducted by Chief Warrant Officer Lente, the officer in charge of the Syrian Logistics Cell military intelligence team or S-2. All drivers partake in the iris scan in addition to a fingerprint scan and a review of their record.

Army Reserve officers march 50 miles to honor Teddy Roosevelt, JFK for Presidents Day

February 18, 2021 — Two Army Reserve officers deployed here with the 310th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) marched 50 miles in a Presidents Day homage to presidents Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. Lt. Col. Shane Cater, chief of the administrative law, contract and financial section, said he and Maj. Kyle “Dutch” Dietrich, a trial lawyer in the staff judge advocate section, began early Sunday morning and completed 41 miles before stopping until Monday morning. MORE

310th ESC CG looks back on successful mobilization to Kuwait under COVID-19 protocols

February 10, 2021 — The commanding general of the 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command said it was a tremendous challenge to successfully mobilize and deploy his Army Reserve unit here under a strict COVID-19 environment. MORE
Commanding General of the 310th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Brig. Gen. Justin Swanson said he is convinced from his experience mobilizing the 310th ESC to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait under COVID-19 conditions was that many of the COVID-19 mitigations will continue after the pandemic has passed. Swanson first enlisted in the Louisiana National Guard and served there as a combat medic before he was commissioned in 1993.

COVID-19 vaccine rollout ongoing in U.S. Army Central footprint

February 10, 2021 — The COVID-19 vaccination program in the U.S. Army Central’s area of operations is underway. MORE
Spc. Michael Meza and Spc. John Cera, healthcare specialists with the 228th Combat Support Hospital, draw doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from vials at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Jan. 18, 2021. Camp Arifjan is utilizing a phased distribution of the vaccine, as specified by the Department of Defense, beginning with medical personnel and first responders.

1185th Sentinels Stand Ready to Support Iron Union 14

January 30, 2021 — For the Army to support hundreds of missions across the globe, they rely on specialized distribution battalions such as the 1185th Deployment and Distribution Support Battalion (DDSB) located at the Port of Shuaiba, Kuwait. MORE
A 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, M1068 command post vehicle sits atop a lowboy in queue to board the Green Ridge at the Port of Shuaiba, Kuwait, Jan. 22, 2021. The equipment, bound for the United Arab Emirates, will be received by 2/1 ABCT Soldiers and is scheduled to be utilized during exercise Iron Union 14. (U.S. Army photo by Claudia LaMantia)

Citizen soldier receives special call for the holidays

December 30, 2020 — The holidays are a time to show gratitude for those who’ve made a difference. In honor of the holiday season, an Army Reserve Soldier from New York, who wears two uniforms, recently received recognition from New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. MORE
New York Police Officer and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Samuel Garcia, intelligence analyst noncommissioned officer, 719th Movement Control Battalion, poses for a photo after a special holiday call from New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec 23, 2020. During the call Shea thanked Garcia for his continued service to the nation as he serves his country in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

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