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Training partnerships enhance capabilities, develop trust

Royal Jordanian Air Force force protection professionals provide overwatch during a simulated entry control stop at a base outside of Amman, Jordan Nov. 27.  The simulation was part of a joint partnership training exercise with U.S. Forces visiting there.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen Eigel)

Royal Jordanian Air Force force protection professionals provide overwatch during a simulated entry control stop at a base outside of Amman, Jordan Nov. 27. The simulation was part of a joint partnership training exercise with U.S. Forces visiting there. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen Eigel)

A Royal Jordanian Air Force force protection professional apprehends a simulated intruder at a base outside of Amman, Jordan Nov. 27.  The simulation was part of a joint partnership training exercise with U.S. Forces visiting there.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen Eigel)

A Royal Jordanian Air Force force protection professional apprehends a simulated intruder at a base outside of Amman, Jordan Nov. 27. The simulation was part of a joint partnership training exercise with U.S. Forces visiting there. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen Eigel)

Amman, Jordan --

The Royal Jordanian Air Force had received intelligence on a certain vehicle traveling in the vicinity of Amman on Tuesday, Nov. 27, the occupants of which were believed to be engaged in suspicious behavior.

 

Midway through the afternoon, a RJAF force protection professional recognized the vehicle attempting to gain access to their location outside the city and ordered the vehicle to halt.

 

“Ok,” said Capt. Damon Gandy, 332d Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron operations officer, watching from nearby.  “Phase one is complete, they’ve identified the vehicle in question.”

 

This is a familiar scene, as Jordanian and visiting U.S. forces frequently train together to share best practices and learn from each other.  The partnership builds understanding, trust and respect, and according to Gandy, reduces reaction time and improves the efficiency and effectiveness of participants.

 

“The (RJAF) has a different methodology than we do,” said Tech. Sgt. Antonio Howard, 332d ESFS, who was an occupant of the vehicle trying to gain access.  “Continued exercises such as this uncover new ideas and ensures everyone is on the same page.”

 

Today’s exercise involved identifying, securing and eliminating the threat of a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device.  All the initial steps were covered, which was described as 25 percent education and awareness and 75 percent hands-on practice.  Strengths and suggested areas of improvement were identified, which is the whole point of such training exercises.

 

Perhaps the biggest proponent of the mutual training exercises was Maj. Haytham Al-Shahadat, RJAF Force Protection operations officer who help supervise and evaluate the response.

 

“The most important point is the level of trust that develops,” he said.  “Trust helps us overcome any issue or deficit in training or operations.  We will continue to enhance our relationship through more exercises and information exchanges.”

 

The 332d Air Expeditionary Wing is the continuing legacy of the famous Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, delivering full-spectrum integrated air and space power, providing agile combat support, developing and empowering innovative Airmen, cultivating relationships with joint and coalition partners, and posturing the wing for enduring strategic presence.