News Icon

News: AAV Platoon builds bridges with Jordanian Army

Story by Cpl. Kyle N. RunnelsSmall RSS IconSubscriptions Icon

AL QUWEIRA, Jordan – The Marine Corps and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit have a long history of training with partner nations and conducting exercises with their militaries to increase the proficiency of all parties involved. There is more than just training involved though; it is more about forging long-lasting relationships.

On June 12, the Marines of Amphibious Assault Vehicle Platoon conducted their first bilateral training event of the many planned during Exercise Eager Lion 2013. They conducted a live-fire shoot in their AAVs with the Jordanian Armed Forces in their own light armored mechanized vehicles.

“In any training event, one of the major end states is that we build relationships and the understanding that we’re not just building military skills, but also establishing rapport on a personal and professional level,” said Capt. Jonathan Riebe, Amphibious Assault Platoon commander from Colorado Springs, Co.

“I think it’s important that we take part in these multinational operations in order to share methods on how we maintain our military and how we employ our military,” said Gunnery Sgt. Michael Conners, AAV Platoon sergeant from Fitchburg, Mass.

Eager Lion has proven to be more than just a yearly exercise in the high deserts of Jordan between the United States, Jordan and other partner nations. It is a significant training exercise solidifying already strong partnerships.

“Jordan has been a partner of ours, supporting us through Operation Enduring Freedom,” said Riebe. “Eager Lion is an annual training exercise with the Jordanians … to strengthen our military and political ties and foster a friendly relationship in the area,” said Reibe.

Marines of AAV Platoon are focusing their training by tailoring to their Jordanian hosts and thoroughly observing the Jordanian skillsets.

“We’re approaching the training in a logical fashion [by] really getting the host nation’s input on what they’re trying to get out of the training,” said Riebe. “We’re adapting the assets we have to give them the training [that will most benefit them].”

Throughout the first bilateral event, the Marines grasped the opportunity to meet with the Jordanian soldiers and learn more about their vehicles and weapons systems with help from interpreters.

The Marines of AAV Platoon and the rest of the 26th MEU will be in Jordan for the remainder of Eager Lion, training with their Jordanian and United Kingdom counterparts.


Web Views
57
Downloads
0

Podcast Hits
0



Public Domain Mark
This work, AAV Platoon builds bridges with Jordanian Army, by Sgt Kyle N. Runnels, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:06.10.2013

Date Posted:06.17.2013 04:45

Location:AL QUWEIRA, JOGlobe

Hometown:COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, US

Hometown:FITCHBURG, MA, US

More Like This

  • Leaders for both the Jordanian Armed Forces and U.S. Marine Corps joined together in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, May 8, to discuss military training operations in preparation for Exercise Eager Lion 12.
  • Marines, sailors and coalition partners conducted a simulated Noncombatant Evacuation Operation to improve their ability to work together in evacuating citizens to safety at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center, May 26, 2012, as one of the final events of Exercise Eager Lion 12.
  • On the first of each month the U.S. Marine Corps authorizes a certain number of promotions for different ranks and job fields.  For Marines deployed with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit being deployed at sea doesn’t keep them from moving up to the next rank.  On Oct. 1, 2012, a number of promotions took place aboard the three ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group – USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Gunston Hall – the ships that the 2,300 Marines of 24th MEU are embarked on.  The 24th MEU and Iwo Jima ARG are currently deployed to U.S. Central Command in the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet area of responsibility where they are serving as a theater reserve and crisis response force capable of supporting a variety of missions from combat to humanitarian assistance.  Since deploying in March, 24th MEU has participated in a number of theater security cooperation events and training exercises, which included African Lion 12 in Morocco, the largest training exercise in U.S. Africa Command, and Eager Lion 12 in Jordan, the largest exercise in CENTCOM.
  • Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit were eagerly awaiting the arrival of Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, to join them on the USS Wasp (LHD 1), Nov. 05, 2011.

Options

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • National Guard

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

SELECT A HOLIDAY:

VIDEO ON DEMAND

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Flickr