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Task Force Spartan hosts first large-scale exercise since COVID-19, Iron Union 14

February 12, 2021

Soldiers from the United States’ Task Force Spartan and the United Arab Emirates Land Forces gathered from Jan. 24 to Feb. 6, 2021, at Al Hamra Training Center in the United Arab Emirates for Iron Union 14, the first bi-lateral training exercise between the forces since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This recurring exercise, designed to strengthen military-to-military relationships, allowed the forces to train how they might address regional security challenges. However, due to COVID-19, this year’s event came with its own challenges.
U.S. Army Soldiers, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armor Division, steers a M1 Abrams tank toward a simulated breaching of an enemy position during a situational training exercise, Jan. 31, 2021, at Iron Union 14 at Al Hamra Training Center in United Arab Emirates. Events like Iron Union grow military-to-military partnerships by allowing Soldiers from the U.S. Army and UAE Land Forces to learn the tactics, techniques, and procedures of a key partner and to increase their readiness and interoperability. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Daryl Bradford, Task Force Spartan Public Affairs)