Friendship One 2009

Thursday February 19, 2009

What is it?

Friendship One 2009 (FS One 09) is a bilateral field training exercise that includes participants from U.S. and Saudi Arabia. Members from the Kansas National Guard's 2nd Brigade, 137th Infantry Regiment, will deploy to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to work with elements from the Royal Saudi Land Forces (RSLF) 6th Brigade for the exercise. The focus of FS One 09 is to enhance receiving, staging, onward movement and integration (RSOI) coordination and interoperability with host nation logistical support. There will be several drills and networking opportunities throughout the exercise that will give the forces an opportunity to work together to achieve this goal. Once FS One 09 concludes, U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers will redeploy back to Kansas.

What has the Army done?

FS One 09 has been in the planning stages for the past year. U.S. Army Central (USARCENT), whose area of operations includes countries throughout the Middle East, Central and South Asia, is involved with much of the planning and execution of this exercise. A group of servicemembers under the command will deploy from its headquarters in Atlanta and the forward operating base in Kuwait to provide additional support during the exercise. FS One 09 falls in line with the command's mission to conduct Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) training exercises with militaries in the AOR to help strengthen partner military capabilities.

Why is this important to the Army?

FS One 09 is the first large-scale deployment of its kind to Saudi Arabia for U.S. forces since the 1991 Gulf War. The day-to-day focus of the exercise is on maneuver capability and interoperability along with logistical coordination and support between the two nations; however, the exercise also gives both countries an opportunity to exchange ideas and learn new operational tactics while improving military relationships. Using the exercise as a platform to build a rapport of mutual support, cooperation and partnership between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia will help promote peace, security and stability throughout the Middle East Region.




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