The Qatari Armed Forces and the US Central Air Command celebrated the handing over of command of US Air Forces Central Command from Lt Gen Jeffrey L Harrigian to Lt Gen Joseph Gastella during a ceremony at the Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.
Qatar’s Ministry of Defence broke ground on Tuesday on new barracks for US and Coalition airmen stationed at Al Udeid Air Base (AUAB), part of a multi-billion dollar expansion project for the base, located in Qatar.
His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani paid a visit to Al Udeid Air Base yesterday. During the visit, the Emir inspected the Qatari Emiri Air Force and the Combined Air Operations Center for the US Central Command.
The US Air Force deployed B-52 bombers at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar on Saturday to join the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the first time they have been based in the Middle East since the end of the Gulf War in 1991.