• ATLANTA, Ga. ( Jan. 21, 2010) - Maj. Gen. Mohammed Mastour Alshamrani, Division commander of the Royal Saudi Land Forces Northwest Area Command, presents Lt. Gen. William G. Webster, Third Army/U.S. Army Central Commander, with a gift at the conclusion of the Ernest Leader concept development conference in Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 21. Webster touched on the importance of the Ernest Leader exercise saying "Because of your efforts, Ernest Leader has grown from a Brigade Level simulation exercise to a Division level Joint/Combined Arms Command Post exercise. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of our vital strategic partners and exercises like these enhance our interoperability and security cooperation." (Photo by Sgt. Beth Lake, Third Army/U.S. Army Central Public Affairs)

    Third Army hosts planning conference

    ATLANTA, Ga. ( Jan. 21, 2010) - Maj. Gen. Mohammed Mastour Alshamrani, Division commander of the Royal Saudi Land Forces Northwest Area Command, presents Lt. Gen. William G. Webster, Third Army/U.S. Army Central Commander, with a gift at the conclusion...

  • FORT MCPHERSON, Ga. ( Jan 19, 2010) - Brig. Gen. Ahmed Abdulrahman Alsheri, Royal Saudi Land Forces Director of Training, talks with Maj. Craig Matsuda, Third Army Arabian Peninsula Executive Branch Chief, about the upcoming Friendship Exercise during a planning conference at Fort McPherson, Ga., Jan. 19. The theme for the 2011 Friendship exercise is unconventional warfare, what the Army refers to as asymmetric warfare.

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    FORT MCPHERSON, Ga. ( Jan 19, 2010) - Brig. Gen. Ahmed Abdulrahman Alsheri, Royal Saudi Land Forces Director of Training, talks with Maj. Craig Matsuda, Third Army Arabian Peninsula Executive Branch Chief, about the upcoming Friendship Exercise during...

  • FORT MCPHERSON, Ga. (Jan 19, 2010) - Maj. Jeffrey Ramsey, U.S. Military Training Mission Land Forces Division Training and Operation Advisor, discusses exercise plans with Brig. Gen. Ahmed Abdulrahman Alsheri, Royal Saudi Land Forces Director of Training, during a concept development conference at Ft. McPherson, Ga., Jan. 19. Third Army hosted senior leaders from the Royal Land Forces and USMTM to plan for the Friendship and Ernest Leader exercises designed to increase interoperability between the U.S. and Saudi militaries while increasing stability in the region.

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    FORT MCPHERSON, Ga. (Jan 19, 2010) - Maj. Jeffrey Ramsey, U.S. Military Training Mission Land Forces Division Training and Operation Advisor, discusses exercise plans with Brig. Gen. Ahmed Abdulrahman Alsheri, Royal Saudi Land Forces Director of...

Third Army welcomed senior leaders from the Royal Saudi Land Forces and U.S. Military Training Mission Land Forces Division for a concept development conference at Fort McPherson, Ga. Jan 18-22, 2010.

During the week-long event, participants planned for two military exercises scheduled to occur in Saudi Arabia in April 2010 and early 2011.

"There are two major exercises in Saudi Arabia," Col. David Sanders, Chief of USMTM Land Forces Division, explained. "Ernest Leader is the largest, Friendship is the next."

Both exercises are in line with Third Army's mission to enhance military to military relationships with Saudi Arabia while promoting stability in the region.

"The Friendship exercise is conducted bilaterally between the U.S. Army and the Royal Saudi Land Forces, "Maj. Craig Matsuda, Third Army Arabian Peninsula Executive Branch Chief, said. "It is a field training exercise with an important strategic ally in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. The theme for the 2011 exercise will be unconventional warfare, what the U.S. Army refers to as asymmetric warfare."

Ernest Leader is a simulated command post exercise that uses the military decision making process to improve logistical capabilities, refine command and control and staff planning in a tactical operations center.

Lt. Gen. William G. Webster, Third Army Commanding General explained the changes that have been made to Ernest Leader this year.

"Ernest Leader has grown from a brigade level simulation exercise to a division level joint/combined arms command post exercise," Webster said.

Both exercises are designed to shape the future of the region by increasing interoperability amongst the militaries while creating an environment where participants can learn from one another.

"They will see and observe how our military system works as compared to theirs," Sanders said "As you can see from these conferences it takes a long time to build all the elements that makes these exercises successful."

Webster concluded the conference by highlighting the important impact these exercises will have on the region.

"I want to thank you for traveling to the U.S.," Webster said. "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of our vital strategic partners and exercises like these enhance our interoperability and security cooperation."

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