Qatari Emiri Land Forces, U.S. Army Central Command, Task Force Spartan and the West Virginia National Guard united for a defensive operation exercise using a combined battalion and staff to promote regional stability, increase joint capability and continue a long standing partnership.
When soldiers plan, prepare and train together these experiences can strengthen lifelong relationships on the individual level.
Qatari Emiri Land Forces, US Army Central Command Task Force Spartan and West Virginia National Guard service members united for a defensive operation exercise called Eastern Action to promote regional stability, increase joint capability and continue a long-standing partnership. When soldiers plan, prepare and train together, these experiences can strengthen lifelong relationships, person-to-person.
We do this training, we strengthen our relation with them and the cooperation level to a higher level in all sectors in all areas. So, this is a major thing for us to do. It’s cooperation and training from both sides, for both sides to benefit from in the long run.
Both countries spent more than 40 hours in four days in the field fostering valuable training and relationship building, the first half of November 2019.
This is my third iteration of exercise Eastern Action. Each year has been better than the previous and the commander was highly motivated. He really demanded the most out of all his officers during this exercise. This was, by far, the best exercise that I’ve conducted here in Qatar.
Spending time together while rehearsing maneuvers, tactics and procedures led to new friendships and alliances.
We are really friendly, and we welcome everyone, and we treat them the same way we treat our family and brothers.
Reporting for Task Force Spartan, this is Staff Sergeant Erin Johns.