CAMP TINTIN, Jordan -- More than 20 U.S. Marine noncommissioned officers and Jordanian Armed Forces soldiers broke bread and shared military experiences while celebrating a noncommissioned officer day at Camp Titin, Jordan, May 14.
The all-day event was part of Exercise Eager Lion 2015, which took place in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan from May 5 – 19.
“The event was coordinated at the request of Jordanian Brig. Gen. Khaled Al Sharah of King Talal 3rd Mechanized Brigade,” said 1st Sgt. Jose Guerreiro, company first sergeant for the Coalition Forces Land and Maritime Component Command.
The native of Harrison, N.J., continued, “He admires the way the Marine Corps utilizes its noncommissioned and staff noncommissioned officers, and he recognizes the benefit of empowering the mid-level force.”
Some of the major highlights of the event included a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program and Close Order Drill demonstration.
According to Guerreiro, “Events like this are important to the relationship between partner allies because they show aspects of our service that aren’t typically captured during military-to-military engagements. These demonstrations were ideal to showcase our noncommissioned officers in action.”
Exercise Eager Lion is a recurring multinational exercise designed to strengthen military-to-military relationships, increase interoperability between partner nations, and enhance regional security and stability.
The two-week exercise includes an academics stage that familiarizes exercise participants with the operational planning process and policies, a combined command post exercise and field training exercise and culminates with a live-fire demonstration and “Distinguished Visitor” Day.
“I think it’s absolutely crucial that we as a Marine Corps participate in these bilateral exercises. Not only do we have the opportunity to demonstrate our own proficiencies but we get the chance to see how our counterparts run business,” said Sgt. Jeffrey Gomez, a watch chief for the CFLMCC.
Gomez, who is a native of San Jacinto, Calif., has served in the Marine Corps for the last seven years. During this time, he has worked with numerous partner nations including the Royal Thai Marines and Singapore Army Guardsmen.
“Every time I participate in an exercise like this, I walk away with a little more knowledge than what I came with,” said Gomez. “Since the beginning of the exercise we’ve worked side-by-side with ease, despite the language barrier and subtle differences. It’s been a great opportunity and one I know both of us will have something to part ways with.”