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    National Guard cavalry Troopers transfer authority in Jordan

    National Guard cavalry Troopers transfer authority in Jordan

    Photo By Sgt. 1st Class SHAIYLA HAKEEM | U.S. Army guidon bearers stand at parade rest during the formal transfer of authority...... read more read more

    JOINT TRAINING CENTER, Jordan- The time has come for the end of one rotation and the commencement of another.

    U.S. Army Soldiers with 1st Squadron, 303rd Cavalry Regiment (1-303 CAV), 96th Troop Command, Washington Army National Guard, officially assumed command of the Jordan Operational Engagement Program (JOEP) Battalion (BN) from 1st Squadron, 102nd Cavalry Regiment (1-102 CAV), 44th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 42nd Infantry Division, New Jersey Army National Guard, during a formal transfer of authority ceremony at Joint Training Center-Jordan (JTC-J) Nov. 15, 2019.

    Jordan and the U.S. have a strong enduring partnership in regard to joint training and the JOEP further cements that partnership through persistent training with the Border Guard Forces, Quick Reaction Forces and the 77th Marine Battalion.

    Speaking on behalf of 1-102 CAV was U.S. Army Lt. Col. Omar Minott, outgoing JOEP BN commander. He said working alongside our Jordanian allies showed him the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF) is fully willing and capable of ensuring the Kingdom’s safety. He was grateful for the information exchanges and training opportunities with the JAF during their rotation.

    “While our languages may vary, we have a common goal of standing strong together,” explained Minott, “The experience we gained was invaluable and our Troopers are departing Jordan with some of the best training we have ever received.”

    The JOEP is a 14-week individual and collective training, as well as a military partnership between Jordan and America. Areas of training include marksmanship, tactical first aid, map reading, land navigation, battle drills, react to improvised explosive devices, sniper training and several other Soldier skills.

    During their rotation at JTC-J, 1-102 CAV trained with more than 2,000 Soldiers, representative of all four JAF commands, helping to enhance their ability to protect Jordan from potential external threats. Minott relinquished command to U.S. Army Lt. Col. Timothy Ozmer, 1-303 CAV commander, with full confidence stating, “Rest assured, the 303rd CAV is strong, and they are ready.”

    Closing remarks given by Ozmer commended 1-102 CAV for their ability to take a “good” mission and make it “great” by building upon and fostering enduring relationships to the benefit of both the U.S. and Jordan nations. He encouraged his Soldiers to follow the example set forth by the outgoing Troopers.

    “Build on the relationships they (1-102 CAV) have established,” said Ozmer, “And leverage your training and experience to increase the readiness of our JAF partners, concurrent with our own readiness, at all echelons.”

    The U.S. is committed to the security of Jordan and to partnering closely with the JAF to meet common security challenges. The U.S. military has a long-standing relationship with Jordan to support our mutual objectives by providing military assistance to the JAF consistent with our national interests.



    Date Taken: 11.15.2019
    Date Posted: 11.15.2019 09:41
    Story ID: 351890
    Location: JO

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