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Cyber stars: JAF, US partnership foils attacks during EL19

September 4, 2019 — It wasn’t part of the plan, but the team faced down the bad guys when they came knocking. Twice. And twice they foiled them, protecting the participants of Exercise Eager Lion 19 from real-world threats. MORE
Jordan Armed Forces Maj. Esaid Feras (third from right), the cyber security officer for Eager Lion 19, and members of the JAF Cyber Incident Response Team pose for a photo Sept. 1, 2019, at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center in Amman, Jordan. The cyber portion of EL19 was at its most robust this year.

Caring for the Fallen

September 3, 2019 — Returning fallen service members home with dignity and respect is the primary job of a special group of Soldiers. MORE
Pfc Edgar Ruiz and Pfc Nahir Gonzalez, 311th Quartermaster Company, inspect an American flag for any flaws at Kuwait City, Kuwait, Aug. 27, 2019.

Theater Sustainment in CENTCOM AOR: ESC is the Key

September 2, 2019 — Sustaining distributed operations across an area as expansive as the U.S. Central Command’s requires a team effort. Since December 2018, the 184th Sustainment Command, Mississippi Army National Guard's expeditionary sustainment command (ESC), has served as the team captain. MORE
An infographic detailing the contribution of the 184th Sustainment Command, Mississippi Army National Guard, to the U.S. Central Command sustainment mission by serving as the 1st Theater Sustainment Command's Operational Command Post from December 2018 to September 2019.

Investments Through Divestments

September 2, 2019 — Divestments are an essential part of investing in regional security in the Middle East by aiding allies and partner nations through the equipment and training necessary to build partnership capacity, and strengthen their national security and resolve. MORE
High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles are lined up and ready to go as part of the mobility package the Iraqi Army is receiving during the Counter-Daesh Train and Equip Fund (CTEF) Divestment at Camp Taji, Iraq, June 29, 2019. The 529th Support Battalion conducts CTEF divestments to assist Iraqi Security Forces strengthen their national security. The Coalition is in Iraq by invitation of, and operates in close coordination with, the Government of Iraq.

Up up, away: Soldiers conduct medical evacuation training in Jordan

September 1, 2019 — U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with the 244th Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Warhawk, provided air support to members of the New Jersey National Guard for medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) training at Joint Training Center-Jordan August 23, 2019. MORE
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with G Company, 5th General Support Aviation Battalion, 244th Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Warhawk, land a UH-60 Black Hawk to provide air support for their comrades, with 1st Squadron, 102nd Cavalry Regiment, 44th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 42nd Infantry Division, New Jersey National Guard, during medical evacuation training at Joint Training Center-Jordan August 23, 2019. The Army’s first priority is readiness, the capability of our forces to conduct the full range of military operations to defeat all enemies regardless of the threats they pose, is paramount.

Task Force Cavalier Counter-ISIS Train and Equip Fund Operations

August 30, 2019 — The 529th Support Battalion, Virginia Army National Guard, is deployed to Camp Taji, Iraq, as Task Force Cavalier, providing sustainment support in Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. MORE
High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles are lined up, staged, and ready to go as part of the mobility package the Iraqi Army is receiving during a Counter-Daesh Train and Equip Fund (CTEF) Divestment at Camp Taji, Iraq, June 29, 2019. The 529th Support Battalion conducts CTEF divestments to assist Iraqi Security Forces strengthen their national security. The Coalition is in Iraq by invitation of, and operates in close coordination with, the Government of Iraq.

American, Jordanian soldiers conduct medevac training

August 28, 2019 — Jordanian and American soldiers partnered together to conduct medical evacuation drills for the first time with a U.S. Army Reserve aviation asset during U.S. Central Command exercise Eager Lion 2019. MORE
U.S. Army Sgt. Ignacio Aparicio, center, crew chief, Golf Company, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, talks to members of Jordan Armed Forces’ 7th Mechanized Infantry Battalion about hand signals and casualty loading procedures during medical evacuation training in preparation for exercise Eager Lion 2019, Aug. 21, 2019. This multinational exercise is U.S. Central Command’s premiere exercise in the Levant region and is a major training event that provides U.S. forces, Jordan Armed Forces and 28 other participating nations the opportunity to improve their collective ability to plan and operate in a coalition-type environment. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Zach Mott)

Military Working Dog Demonstration at Joint Training Center-Jordan

August 28, 2019 — Military working dog handlers with the U.S. Air Force 322 Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron displayed MWD obedience, interaction and attack skills at Joint Training Center-Jordan (JTC-J) during a visit Aug. 22, 2019. MORE
Brenda, a U.S. Air Force military working dog with 322 Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, calmly sits next to her handler on the soccer field where she demonstrated her obedience, tolerance to human interaction and attack skills at Joint Training Center-Jordan during her visit Aug. 22, 2019. Readiness, the capability of our forces to conduct the full range of military operations to defeat all enemies regardless of the threats they pose, is paramount.

Proper planning provides successful foundation for Eager Lion 19

August 26, 2019 — The field commanders from U.S. and Jordanian land forces participating in Eager Lion 19 came together for the first time during an initial planning conference in the heart of the Jordanian desert Aug. 19. The meeting between senior leaders was an opportunity to synchronize the training expectations for each unit ahead of the coalition exercise. MORE
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Omar Minott, left, the commander of 1st Squadron, 102nd Cavalry Regiment, 44th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New Jersey Army National Guard, shakes hands with Jordanian Armed Forces Lt. Col. Saif Al Khawaldeh, the commander of the 39th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, prior to a planning meeting for Exercise Eager Lion 19 in Jordan on Aug. 19, 2019. This multinational exercise is U.S. Central Command’s premiere exercise in the Levant region and is a major training event that provides U.S. forces, Jordan Armed Forces and 28 other participating nations the opportunity to improve their collective ability to plan and operate in a coalition-type environment.

Friendship at center of large-scale Exercise Eager Lion 19

August 25, 2019 — Signifying the start of exercise Eager Lion 19, the Central Command director of exercises, U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Bradley A. Swanson, alongside exercise co-director, Jordan Armed Forces Brig. Gen. Mohammad Al-Thalji, hosted a press conference at King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center in Jordan on Aug. 25. MORE
Flags representing the 30 nations from around the world participating in Eager Lion 19, fly over King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center (KASOTC), Jordan, Aug. 25 2019. Eager Lion 19 is a multilateral exercise hosted by the  Kingdom of Jordan, consisting of a total of 30 nations from around the world, designed to exchange military expertise and improve interoperability among partner nations.

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