By Army Staff Sgt. Andrew T. Alfano; 82nd Airborne Division Public AffairsSeptember 24, 2010
FORT BRAGG, NC -- In a rare opportunity to meet with foreign military leaders, the XVIII Airborne Corps and the 82nd Airborne Division received distinguished visitors from Jordan at Fort Bragg on Sept. 22 and 23.
The visit's major themes were Army Force Generation; soldier, non-commissioned officers and officer education; collection, analysis and integration of lessons learned; Special Operations; Army organization, equipment and capabilities; combat and pre-deployment training and operation of combat training centers and Soldier and Family support programs.
"This was time well spent for our military and our nation," said Maj. Gen. Jim L. Huggins, 82nd Airborne Division commander. "The Jordanians are important allies in our war on terror. They are stepping up to the plate in Afghanistan."
Among the visitors were Lt. Gen. Mashal M. Al-Zaben, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Brig. Gen. Mohammed Salem Jaradat, both from Jordan.
During the visit to Fort Bragg the Jordanians visited with the leaders from the XVIII Airborne Corps, United States Army Special Operations Command and the 82nd Abn. Div. Following an exchange of gifts, the visit to Fort Bragg culminated in a live fire demonstration by Battery C, 3rd Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, 18th Fires Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division.
"It was a great privilege to demonstrate our capabilities to these important leaders," said Sgt. Michael O'Toole, a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System gunner from Battery C, 3rd Bn., 27th FAR.
In addition to visiting Fort Bragg, Al-Zaben was scheduled to visit the Headquarters, Department of the Army, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Georgia; and the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif.