Jordan, U.S. celebrate training cycle completion

October 15, 2019

New Jersey National Guard Soldiers, with 1st Squadron, 102nd Calvary 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, participated in a closing ceremony for the completion of their Jordan Operational Engagement Program (JOEP) training cycle at Joint Training Center-Jordan October 3, 2019.

Jordan and the United States have a strong and enduring partnership in regard to joint training and the JOEP further cements that partnership through persistent training with the Border Guard Forces, Quick Reaction Forces and the 77th Marine Battalion. In attendance for remarks was Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) Brig. Gen. Khalid Al-Masaeid, Northern region commander. He spoke on how the JOEP enhances readiness and mission completion capabilities.

“I am glad to be here on this day to recognize the training of the 7th mechanized Battalion and 102nd CAV,” said Al-Masaeid, “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.”

JOEP is a 14-week individual and collective training, as well as a military partnership between Jordan and America. Areas of training include marksmanship, tactical first aid, map reading, land navigation, battle drills, react to improvised explosive devices, sniper training, and several other Soldier skills. Their training cycle began July 14.

Speaking on behalf of Task Force Spartan-Jordan was U.S. Army Col. Kirk White, senior Army leader of Jordan. He emphasized the importance of the JOEP for both Jordan and the United States.

“Our nations must be ready to face the complex threats together,” explained White, “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. The program’s intent is to conduct meaningful partnership training with the JAF leading to promotion of stability and security in the region.