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Strikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq

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Strikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq
04/30/2016 11:14 AM CDT

Strikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq

From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

SOUTHWEST ASIA, April 30, 2016 — U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

Attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted seven strikes in Syria:

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Brooks Takes Command of UNC, CFC, USFK

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Brooks Takes Command of UNC, CFC, USFK
04/30/2016 12:14 PM CDT

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Army Gen. Vincent K. Brooks took command of United Nations Command, Combined Force Command and U.S. Forces Korea, April 30, 2016.

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Brooks Takes Command of UNC, CFC, USFK

From a U.S. Forces Korea News Release

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea, April 30, 2016 — Army Gen. Vincent K. Brooks took command of U.S. Forces Korea, Combined Forces Command and United Nations Command in a ceremony held here today.

Brooks took command from Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, who had been in command since October, 2013. The ceremony was co-hosted by South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-Koo and Air Force Gen. Paul. J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Brooks’ most recent assignment was as commanding general of U.S. Army Pacific. He has held command at every level of the Army and served on the joint staff, in addition to serving as the deputy director of operations at U.S. Central Command.

Scaparotti will next serve as the commander of U.S. European Command and the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.

“In the present day, the challenges continue to rise, but so does the strength of this alliance and the resolve of the United Nations,” said Brooks. “We must look into the future with clear eyes, confronting the challenges to peace and prosperity, and doing so in a spirit that is becoming of those who served and sacrificed before us.”

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160430-A-NZ625-007.JPG Army Gen. Vincent K. Brooks takes the U.S. Forces Korea colors from Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command, during a change of command ceremony at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, in which Brooks took command of United Nations Command, Combined Force Command and U.S. Forces Korea, April 30, 2016. Photo by Army Sgt. Russell Youmans
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Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Naval Forces Europe – News Release Update

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NAVEUR-NAVAF/U.S. 6th Fleet Wraps up CFMCC Course
04/29/2016 05:30 PM CEST

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY NAPLES, Italy – Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet wrapped up the weeklong Combined Force Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) Flag Course Europe on board Naval Support Activity Naples, April 29, 2016.

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Watch Live at 2 a.m. EDT: Selva to Participate In U.S. Forces Korea Change of Command

Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is scheduled to speak at the change-of-command ceremony for U.S. Forces Korea as Army Gen. Vincent K. Brooks assumes command from Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan’s Knights Field, South Korea. Watch it live here.

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Wildfire Recovery Update: Federal Disaster Assistance May Surpass $170 Million

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Wildfire Recovery Update: Federal Disaster Assistance May Surpass $170 Million
04/29/2016 06:11 PM EDT

DUPONT, Wash. – After two record-breaking wildfire seasons burned over 1.6 million acres of the Evergreen State, Washington continues to make headway in its recovery, which may be spurred by $170 million in federal disaster assistance, according to officials with the Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division (EMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Hostage Scenario
04/27/2016 07:00 PM CDT

Army Spc. Jason Green, left, talks to a hostage role player while Staff Sgt. Jesse Harris works to disarm explosives during a hostage rescue scenario for the 52nd and 111th Ordnance Group Joint Team of the Year 2016 competition at a training center in Greenville, Ky., April 28, 2016. The weeklong event tests teams in various scenarios they may encounter in situations around the world. Green is assigned to the 49th Ordnance Company, 184th Ordnance Battalion. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Kohl

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04/25/2016 07:00 PM CDT

Army Spc. Dillon Weitzel waits for the order to fire on a machine gun range at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, April 26, 2016. Weitzel is a paratrooper assigned to the 25th Infantry Division’s 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), Alaska. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher

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Carter Salutes Goldfein’s ‘Strong, Visionary Leadership’

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Carter Salutes Goldfein’s ‘Strong, Visionary Leadership’
04/29/2016 05:52 PM CDT

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The rank of four-star general is pinned on Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein by his wife, Dawn, and daughter Diana Glass, during his promotion ceremony, in Washington. D.C., Aug. 6, 2015. Goldfein’s promotion made him the Air Force’s 38th vice chief of staff. Goldfein was nominated by President Barack Obama on April 26, 2016, to become the next Air Force chief of Staff. Air Force photo by Scott M. Ash

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Carter Salutes Goldfein’s ‘Strong, Visionary Leadership’

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WASHINGTON, April 29, 2016 — Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, who’s selected to become the next Air Force chief of staff, is a tested warrior and a proven top strategic thinker among senior leaders across the Joint Force, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said here today.

In remarks at the Pentagon, Carter and Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, accompanied by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, congratulated Goldfein on his April 26 nomination by President Barack Obama, while expressing appreciation for departing Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III.

Carter quoted from then-Col. Goldfein’s book, “Sharing Success, Owning Failure,” by noting, “’The single-most important element of success in war is leadership.’”

The secretary said Goldfein’s demonstrated “strong and visionary leadership” gained from demanding assignments — commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command, director of the Joint Staff and as vice chief of staff of the Air Force — convinced him to recommend Goldfein to become the 21st Air Force chief of staff.

Knowledge of Arabian Gulf Region

Goldfein developed a deep knowledge of the region where the Air Force carries out the “vast majority” of strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and The Levant in Iraq and Syria, Carter said.

And while serving as commander of Air Forces Central Command — the air component of U.S. Central Command