Infantry and Cavalry; Joint exchange
By U.S. Army Capt. Christy Hanson, 29th Infantry Division Public AffairsJune 15, 2017
Jordan -- Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment and 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division participated in Eager Lion 2017. The exercise pursues engagements with Jordanian and international forces to better address common threats to regional security at the operational level; responding to unconventional threats in a coalition environment."The biggest challenge is the language barrier," said 1st Lt. Paul Laurent, platoon leader, 1-148 In. "We do our best and work with the interpreters extensively."Laurent's Soldiers were highly motivated to exchange information and work alongside other forces. They performed urban operations with the Jordan Armed Forces- Arab Army and the 20th Desert Special Police. Jordan and the United States have a strong and enduring partnership. Coordinating 22 nations, to learn from one another, is an opportunity only a small percentage of Soldiers get to participate in."The key is to be enthusiastic and get to know one another," said Major General Blake C. Ortner, Commanding General, Task Force Spartan.Soldiers from 3-8 Cavalry kicked off Eager Lion with a cumulative live fire exercise. They worked closely with JAF, U.S. Marines and Sailors.About 3,600 U.S. military personnel supported the exercise, along with Jordan and 22 other nations for a total of about 7,400 military personnel. Mission sets are based on a fictional adversary, and range from border security, command and control, cyber defense to battlespace management.