Kuwaiti – U.S. Basketball Tournament

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U.S. Army Spc. Cadarius Brantley, a signal support systems specialist with the 75th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, takes a shot at the 2018 Kuwaiti-US basketball tournament hosted by Area Support Group – Kuwait at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 29, 2018. Participating in these kind of events demonstrates our enduring commitment to our host nation partnership and develops good Soldier moral. (Photo by Robert J. Torres)

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Author – Robert Torres

[/vc_column_text][qt-spacer][vc_column_text]The 2018 Kuwaiti – U.S. Basketball Tournament hosted by Area Support Group – Kuwait, wrapped up its final game with the Kuwait Army’s 94th Mechanized Infantry Brigade winning the tournament at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 29, 2018.

The tournament was rescheduled multiple times due to an unusual amounts of rainstorms that caused road closures.

Although rain affected the tournament schedule, U.S. Army Soldiers with the ASG-KU basketball team and Kuwaiti soldiers assigned to the 94th MIB were finally able to compete.

“I believe it builds teamwork between us two and it’s just a good time to have us out here,” says U.S. Army Spc. Cadarius Brantley, a signal support systems specialist with the 75th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company.

The game also allowed members from the United States Military and the Kuwait Armed Forces to interact with each other outside their military responsibilities.[/vc_column_text][qt-spacer][vc_column_text]

U.S. Army Col. Shannon E. Nielsen, commander of Area Support Group – Kuwait, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Michael E, Behnkendorf command sergeant major of Area Support Group – Kuwait, pose with the winners of the 2018 Kuwaiti-US basketball tournament, Kuwait Army’s 94th Mechanized Infantry Brigade, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 29, 2018. Participating in these kind of events demonstrates our enduring commitment to our host nation partnership and develops good Soldier moral. (Photo by Robert J. Torres)

[/vc_column_text][qt-spacer size=”m”][qt-spacer][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][qt-spacer][vc_column_text]While playing, soldiers have the opportunity to meet people from other cultures and backgrounds outside of a military setting. Abdullah Al-saeid, a soldier with the 94th Mechanized Infantry Brigade, says that playing in the basketball game allowed him to gain new friends and everyone left with new experiences.

While competing with one another, the soldiers from both the U.S. and the Kuwait teams still showed compassion and sportsmanship to one another.

“They make sure we don’t get hurt and we make sure they don’t get hurt. If it was a hard foul we came and talked to each other about it and settled it right then and there. No bad blood. No hurt feelings,” said Brantley.

Participating in these types of events demonstrates our enduring commitment to host nation partners.

“I think it brings us together, even out of the sports world as military in general,”said Brantley. “We were able to go to them for anything and they were able to come to us for anything.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][qt-spacer][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2”][vc_column_text]

U.S. Army Soldiers with Area Support Group – Kuwait basketball team and the Kuwait Army’s 94th Mechanized Infantry Brigade congratulate each other at the end of the 2018 Kuwaiti-US basketball tournament hosted by Area Support Group – Kuwait in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 29, 2018. Participating in these kind of events help build cohesion between partner nations while allowing soldiers to relax and have fun. (Photo by Robert J. Torres)

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U.S. Army Soldiers with Area Support Group – Kuwait basketball team and Kuwaiti soldiers assigned to the 94th Mechanized Infantry Brigade start the first game of the 2018 Kuwaiti-US basketball tournament at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Oct. 26, 2018. Participating in these kind of events demonstrates our enduring commitment to our host nation partnership and develops good Soldier moral. (Photo by Robert J. Torres)

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A soldier with the 94th Mechanized Infantry Brigade, Kuwait Army, attempts a layup at the 2018 Kuwaiti-US basketball tournament hosted by Area Support Group – Kuwait at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 29, 2018. Strengthening the relationship with our host nation is paramount to our overall mission. (Photo by Robert J. Torres)

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U.S. Army Spc. Cadarius Brantley, a signal support systems specialist with the 75th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, attempts a 2-point free throw at the 2018 Kuwaiti-US basketball tournament hosted by Area Support Group – Kuwait at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 29, 2018. Participating in these kind of events demonstrates our enduring commitment to our host nation partnership and develops good Soldier moral. (Photo by Robert J. Torres)

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U.S. Army Spc. Cadarius Brantley, a signal support systems specialist with the 75th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, attempts a layup at the 2018 Kuwaiti-US basketball tournament hosted by Area Support Group – Kuwait at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 29, 2018. These events help to demonstrate the importance of cooperation and teamwork with the U.S. and its allies. (Photo by Robert J. Torres)

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Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador Visits USCENTCOM Headquarters

[vc_row equal_height=”yes” content_placement=”bottom”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador Visits USCENTCOM ” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:60|text_align:center|color:%233a3a3a” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text 0=””]U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, welcomes His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Salman, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to the U.S., to MacDill Air Force Base, July 31, 2018. The two leaders discussed mutual security concerns in the USCENTCOM area of responsibility. (photos by Dana Flamer)[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]