Eager Lion 2013
Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) exit a Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) during an offload evolution in preparation of Exercise Eager Lion 2013. Exercise Eager Lion 2013 is an annual, multinational exercise designed to strengthen military-to-military relationships and enhance security and stability in the region by responding to realistic, modern-day security scenarios. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lacordrick Wilson/Released)

Approximately 6,000 U.S. Troops are expected to take part in the 2014 “Eager Lion” exercise in Jordan from May 25 to June 8.

The international exercise is designed to strengthen military-to-military relationships and enhance regional security and stability by responding to modern-day security scenarios.

According to MilitaryTimes.com:

Eager Lion involves a total of more than 12,500 troops from more than 20 countries, Cmdr. William Speaks told Military Times on Tuesday. The major U.S. units taking part include the Army’s 17th Field Artillery Brigade, 1st Armored Division; the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade; elements of the Navy’s Task Force 51/59; and the 407th Air Expeditionary Group.

The 2014 numbers are up from 2013, which saw 8,000 servicemembers from about 19 different countries participate.

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