JOINT TRAINING CENTER, Jordan - New Jersey National Guard Soldiers with 1st Squadron, 102nd Cavalry Regiment, 44th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 42nd Infantry Division, and Jordan Border Guard Force Soldiers, with the 7th Mechanized Battalion, 48th Mechanized Brigade, completed their Jordan Operational Engagement Program (JOEP) training Oct. 3.

The training reinforces the strong partnership between Jordan and the United States.

"I am glad to be here on this day to recognize the training of the 7th mechanized Battalion and 102nd CAV," said Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) Brig. Gen. Khalid Al-Masaeid, Northern region commander, at the closing ceremony. "The security and stability of the Hashemite Kingdom and the training provides our troops the readiness and capability to achieve their mission for the Jordanian people."

The 14-week training included marksmanship, tactical first aid, map reading, land navigation, battle drills, reacting to improvised explosive devices and sniper training.

U.S. Army Col. Kirk White, senior Army leader of Jordan, emphasized the importance of the JOEP for both Jordan and the United States.

"Our nations must be ready to face the complex threats together," White said. "The training between these two units demonstrates a successful partnership between our two nations."

The purpose of the JOEP is to partner and train with the Jordan Army battalions mobilizing for missions on the border. Ultimately, the goal is to promote stability and security in the region.