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    Task Force Spartan joins Qatari Emiri Land Forces for Eastern Action

    Eastern Action 20 Ceremony

    Photo By Sgt. 1st Class Erin Johns | Qatari Emiri Land Forces wait for the closing ceremony following two weeks of...... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. Erin Johns 

    Task Force Spartan

    Qatari Emiri Land Forces, U.S. Army Central Command, Task Force Spartan and the West Virginia National Guard united for a defensive operation exercise using a combined battalion and staff to promote regional stability, increase joint capability and continue a long standing partnership.

    When soldiers plan, prepare and train together these experiences can strengthen lifelong relationships on the individual level.

    “When we do this training, we strengthen our relationship with them and the cooperation level. Cooperation and training from both sides are major things for us to do so both sides can benefit from it in the long run,” said Maj. Nasser Al Maadheed Faisal, the Qatari Emiri Land Forces executive director for Eastern Action.

    Both countries spent more than 40 hours in four days in the field fostering valuable training and relationship building the first half of November 2019.

    “This is my third iteration of exercise Eastern Action; each year has been better than the previous. This year we had a great staff from the Qatari Land Forces and the commander was highly motivated. He demanded the most of his officers during the exercise. This is by far the best exercise I’ve conducted here in Qatar,” said Lt. Col. Jonathan DeLoach, the U.S. Army Central deputy director for training and exercises.

    Eastern Action involves conducting a joint military decision-making process, a simulated command post exercise at the Qatari Emiri Land Forces simulation center and the final phase, a field situational exercise.

    “Eastern Action 20 began with the planning cycle in March 2019. We had a series of planning conferences including members of the West Virginia National Guard, which is the state partner program, and Task Force Spartan,” said DeLoach.

    “Up through the series of planning conferences we developed the scenario, which is a homeland defense scenario, based in the country of blue land versus regional aggressor red land. The scenario involved a force moving across the border to invade the country, the blue land forces repelling and restoring the international border,” said DeLoach.

    DeLoach said Qatari Emiri Land Forces and U.S. troops conducted Eastern Action in three phases.

    “First we conducted the military decision-making process with the West Virginia National Guard and the Qatari Emiri Land Forces,” said DeLoach.

    “Upon completion of the MDMP, we conducted a simulation driven command post exercise at the Qatari Emiri Land Forces simulation center,” said DeLoach.

    Task Force Spartan attended the situational training exercise just outside Doha, Qatar, to share observations and enable a robust training environment shoulder to shoulder with Qatari Emiri Land Forces strengthening regional security.

    Qatari Emiri Land Forces pursued the notional enemy to restore regional stability while Task Force Spartan Soldiers enabled movement and maneuver in the field to demonstrate a joint effort during Eastern Action.

    “It was a series of platoon level situational exercises and culminated with a company level situational training exercise. Task Force Spartan advisors and mentors conducted the STX lanes. Ultimately we had a victorious event over the red land forces and restored the international border,” said DeLoach.

    Spending time together while rehearsing maneuvers, tactics and procedures led to new friendships and alliances.

    “We are really friendly and we welcome everyone. We treat them the same way we treat our family and brothers,” said Faisal.



    Date Taken: 11.18.2019
    Date Posted: 11.25.2019 11:02
    Story ID: 352111
    Location: UMM HAWTA, QA

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