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US, Jordan Militaries Complete Live Fire Exercise; Charles Canon Comments

military in trainingU.S. and Jordanian forces have completed a joint arms live fire exercise as part of a move to build up military partnership between the two nations.

The Eager Lion 16 exercise kicked off with the U.S. military providing fire support to the Jordanian armed forces’ clearance operations in a town on May 24, the U.S. Army said Tuesday.

“Exercises like Eager Lion 16 aim to decrease the friction points between the JAF soldiers and U.S. forces as they work together to reinforce our partnership,” said Lt. Col. Charles Canon, the chief military assistance action officer with the U.S. Embassy in Jordan.

The JAF and U.S. forces take turns every year to plan the exercise and Jordan led the planning for the 2016 exercise meant to help each service integrate counterparts.

Lt. Gen. Michael Garrett, U.S. Army Central commanding general, participated in an operations briefing and received updates on the two nations’ progress prior to the combined arms live-fire exercise.

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