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1st Battalion 94th FA Regiment provides big show over Jordan

22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Published: 06:08PM June 12th, 2014

In a continued effort to strengthen the relationships between forces, U.S. and Jordanian soldiers conducted a joint high mobility artillery system demonstration as part of Exercise Eager Lion June 4.

For the last week, Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery Regiment, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, trained with the 29th Jordanian Royal HIMARS Battalion to learn different ways to process fire missions.

First Lieutenant Randall Thomas, battalion fire direction officer, 1-94 FA, took an active role in working with the Jordanians during the joint training opportunity.

“Working with (our) Jordanian partners, we’ve learned they’re very receptive to everything that we do. They’re always asking questions because we had the weapon system a lot longer, so they’re trying to learn how we do everything, and we’re seeing how they do it because it’s a new set of eyes,” Thomas said.

During the demonstration, five guided rounds flying at an elevation of 60,000 feet were shot at targets roughly 60 kilometers way. During the practices, U.S. Soldiers learned a few Arabic words to communicate with their counterparts.

Thomas said what he enjoyed the most was working side by side with the Jordanian fire direction soldiers.

“The partnership is very clear. When we first came it was two sides, now everybody shakes hands upon seeing each other and ask how each others’ families are,” Thomas said. “It’s a good partnership that should last quite a while. They were asking to come to the United States to do another exercise with us.”