U.S. and Kuwait Security Forces Conduct Crisis Response Exercise (Invincible Sentry 2018)

Kuwait City, Kuwait – Approximately 400 U.S. military personnel will join Kuwaiti Security Forces August 9–16 for Invincible Sentry 2018 (IS 18), a crisis response exercise conducted by U.S. Central Command, in coordination with other U.S. government agencies and the Government of Kuwait.

An exercise consisting of simulated scenarios to facilitate a coordinated partner response to transnational terrorism, Invincible Sentry is a regularly scheduled event between U.S. Central Command and individual partner nations. The Government of Kuwait agreed to host IS 18.

The majority of this year’s exercise will be conducted at military training areas and other remote locations throughout Kuwait, with a small headquarters element participating at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.

The U.S. military participates in more than 80 exercises with partner nations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility each year. Exercises in the region are designed to strengthen military-to-military relationships, promote regional security and improve interoperability with partner nations.

As indicated in the joint statement following the second U.S.-Kuwait Strategic Dialogue in Washington in September 2017, the United States and Kuwait remain committed to enhancing a long-term partnership.

The United States is proud to have contributed to the liberation of Kuwait over 27 years ago, and reiterates its commitment to Kuwait’s security. Invincible Sentry 18 aims at expanding the military-to-military engagements, enhancing mutual capabilities to keep our people safe, and promoting long-term regional stability and joint-operations between the United States and Kuwait.

Notes to the editor:

Invincible Sentry was last conducted in Tajikistan in 2017. This year’s exercise is an excellent training opportunity to strengthen both U.S. and Kuwaiti proficiency in critical mission areas, enhance leader development, and support long-term regional stability.