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TAMPA, Fla. – General Michael “Erik” Kurilla, commander of U.S. Central Command, traveled to Amman, Jordan to observe the tenth iteration of the multinational training event: Exercise Eager Lion 22, on Sept. 12, 2022
Exercise Eager Lion 22, which began Sept. 4th and runs through Sept.15th includes more than 1,850 American troops training alongside over 2,250 Jordanian troops, as well and nearly 800 troops from 26 additional partner nations. The exercise includes ten CENTCOM partnered militaries: Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates.
During his visit, Kurilla visited the Jordanian Training Center to speak with American, Jordanian, and other nations military leaders about the exercise. Subordinate leaders presented Kurilla with lessons learned from the first seven days of the exercise and the CENTCOM Commander.
Kurilla toured the exercise simulation center and a Tactical Operations Center, receiving assessments of the training from partnered military officers.
“I am inspired by what I saw out here today,” said Kurilla. “This is an important exercise, one that makes clear that relationships matter. We are integrating processes, systems, command and control, and training together in the air, on the ground, and at sea. All these things strengthen relationships and trust. That kind of trust cannot be built in times of crisis.”