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A Jordanian F-16 Fighting Falcon leads another Jordanian F-16, as well as an American F-16 from the120th Fighter Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, and two Marine F-18's from VMFA-115 over the skies of Jordan. These aircraft represent some of the assets involved in the Eager Lion Exercise being held in Jordan. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

A Jordanian F-16 Fighting Falcon leads another Jordanian F-16, as well as an American F-16 from the120th Fighter Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, and two Marine F-18's from VMFA-115 over the skies of Jordan. These aircraft represent some of the assets involved in the Eager Lion Exercise being held in Jordan. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Senior Master Sgt. John Schmidt from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National, installs Constantine for a defensive perimeter at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Senior Master Sgt. John Schmidt from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National, installs Constantine for a defensive perimeter at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Senior Airman Brandon Olson from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, fuels an F-16 aircraft located at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Senior Airman Brandon Olson from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, fuels an F-16 aircraft located at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

A security forces specialist from McGuire Air Base, New Jersey, installs Constantine wire for a defensive perimeter at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

A security forces specialist from McGuire Air Base, New Jersey, installs Constantine wire for a defensive perimeter at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Technical Sgt. Sarah McCaan, a quality assurance specialist from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, installs Constantine wire with a Marine from VMFA-115, for a defensive perimeter at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Technical Sgt. Sarah McCaan, a quality assurance specialist from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, installs Constantine wire with a Marine from VMFA-115, for a defensive perimeter at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Senior Master Sgt. John Schmidt from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard (right), and Master Sgt. AJ Schettino from the McGuire Air National Guard, New Jersey, install Constantine for a defensive perimeter at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Senior Master Sgt. John Schmidt from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard (right), and Master Sgt. AJ Schettino from the McGuire Air National Guard, New Jersey, install Constantine for a defensive perimeter at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

MSgt Clint Mills, an electrician from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, strings out install Constantine for a defensive perimeter at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations.
(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

MSgt Clint Mills, an electrician from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, strings out install Constantine for a defensive perimeter at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Senior Master Sgt. John Schmidt from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National, installs Constantine for a defensive perimeter at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Senior Master Sgt. John Schmidt from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National, installs Constantine for a defensive perimeter at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Technical Sgt. Sarah McCaan, a quality assurance specialist from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, installs Constantine wire with a Marine for a defensive perimeter at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Technical Sgt. Sarah McCaan, a quality assurance specialist from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, installs Constantine wire with a Marine for a defensive perimeter at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Staff Sgt. Jennifer Van Note, a life support specialist from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, gathers her gear at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Staff Sgt. Jennifer Van Note, a life support specialist from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, gathers her gear at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Colorado Air National Guard arrives at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Colorado Air National Guard arrives at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Colorado Air National Guard arrives at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Colorado Air National Guard arrives at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Colorado Air National Guard arrives at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Colorado Air National Guard arrives at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the Colorado Air National Guard prepares to park at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the Colorado Air National Guard prepares to park at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Col. Floyd Dunstan (right) greets Lt. Col. Patrick Hanlon, both from the Colorado Air National Guard, as he arrives at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Col. Floyd Dunstan (right) greets Lt. Col. Patrick Hanlon, both from the Colorado Air National Guard, as he arrives at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Major Christopher Southard, a pilot with the Colorado Air National Guard, completes his post-flight checklist after arriving at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Major Christopher Southard, a pilot with the Colorado Air National Guard, completes his post-flight checklist after arriving at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

During a practice munitions loading competition, the Jordanian Air Forces rush to expediently install an inert AIM 120 Missile on an F-16 Fighting Falcon jet in a friendly competition with their American counterparts from Colorado during the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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During a practice munitions loading competition, the Jordanian Air Forces rush to expediently install an inert AIM 120 Missile on an F-16 Fighting Falcon jet in a friendly competition with their American counterparts from Colorado during the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

During a practice munitions loading competition, members from the Colorado Air National Guard rush to expediently load an inert practice bomb on an F-16 Fighting Falcon jet in a friendly competition with their Jordanian counterparts the Royal Jordanian Air Force during the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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During a practice munitions loading competition, members from the Colorado Air National Guard rush to expediently load an inert practice bomb on an F-16 Fighting Falcon jet in a friendly competition with their Jordanian counterparts the Royal Jordanian Air Force during the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

As part of the opening ceremonies of an Eager Lion event, members from the Royal Jordanian Air Force share a traditional meal of mansaf with Staff Sgt. Erik Gallion (pictured) as well as others from the Colorado Air National Guard. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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As part of the opening ceremonies of an Eager Lion event, members from the Royal Jordanian Air Force share a traditional meal of mansaf with Staff Sgt. Erik Gallion (pictured) as well as others from the Colorado Air National Guard. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

HRH Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan (left) and Major General H. Michael Edwards, the Adjutant General of the Colorado National Guard, ceremoniously cut the cake at the opening ceremonies of an Eager Lion event at a training base in Northern Jordan. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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HRH Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan (left) and Major General H. Michael Edwards, the Adjutant General of the Colorado National Guard, ceremoniously cut the cake at the opening ceremonies of an Eager Lion event at a training base in Northern Jordan. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

During a practice munitions loading competition, members from the Colorado Air National Guard rush to expediently load an inert practice bomb on an F-16 Fighting Falcon jet in a friendly competition with their Jordanian counterparts the Royal Jordanian Air Force during the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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During a practice munitions loading competition, members from the Colorado Air National Guard rush to expediently load an inert practice bomb on an F-16 Fighting Falcon jet in a friendly competition with their Jordanian counterparts the Royal Jordanian Air Force during the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

The Prince of Jordan, HRH Feisal bin Hussein (center with beret), poses with members from the Colorado and Jordan armed forces during an Eager Lion munitions loading event at a training base in Northern Jordan. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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The Prince of Jordan, HRH Feisal bin Hussein (center with beret), poses with members from the Colorado and Jordan armed forces during an Eager Lion munitions loading event at a training base in Northern Jordan. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, arrive at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, arrive at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, arrives at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, arrives at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, arrives at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, arrives at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, taxis after arriving at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, taxis after arriving at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

A C-5 Galaxy aircraft lands at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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A C-5 Galaxy aircraft lands at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

A Marine F-18 Hornet taxis into position for takeoff at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. The Marine jets will play “aggressors” during air-to-air maneuvers that take place here as part of the ongoing training performed between the Americans and Jordanians. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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A Marine F-18 Hornet taxis into position for takeoff at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. The Marine jets will play “aggressors” during air-to-air maneuvers that take place here as part of the ongoing training performed between the Americans and Jordanians. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

A Marine F-18 Hornet lands at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. The Marine jets will play “aggressors” during air-to-air maneuvers that take place here as part of the ongoing training performed between the Americans and Jordanians. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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A Marine F-18 Hornet lands at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. The Marine jets will play “aggressors” during air-to-air maneuvers that take place here as part of the ongoing training performed between the Americans and Jordanians. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Capt. James Edwards, a pilot with the 120th Fighter Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, prepares for takeoff as part of a scramble competition event between the Colorado Air National Guard and the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The Scramble tests the pilots and their crew chiefs in their ability to launch aircraft in a simulated quick response scenario during Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations.
(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Capt. James Edwards, a pilot with the 120th Fighter Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, prepares for takeoff as part of a scramble competition event between the Colorado Air National Guard and the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The Scramble tests the pilots and their crew chiefs in their ability to launch aircraft in a simulated quick response scenario during Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Crew chiefs Senior Airman Kristen Lee and Tech Sgt. Joshua Matthews from the 140th Maintenance Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, ready an F-16 Fighting Falcon for takeoff as part of a scramble competition event between the Colorado Air National Guard and the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The Scramble tests the pilots and their crew chiefs in their ability to launch aircraft in a simulated quick response scenario during Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Crew chiefs Senior Airman Kristen Lee and Tech Sgt. Joshua Matthews from the 140th Maintenance Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, ready an F-16 Fighting Falcon for takeoff as part of a scramble competition event between the Colorado Air National Guard and the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The Scramble tests the pilots and their crew chiefs in their ability to launch aircraft in a simulated quick response scenario during Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Tech Sgt. Joshua Matthews, a crew chief from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, readies an F-16 Fighting Falcon for takeoff as part of a scramble competition event between the Colorado Air National Guard and the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The Scramble tests the pilots and their crew chiefs in their ability to launch aircraft in a simulated quick response scenario during Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Tech Sgt. Joshua Matthews, a crew chief from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, readies an F-16 Fighting Falcon for takeoff as part of a scramble competition event between the Colorado Air National Guard and the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The Scramble tests the pilots and their crew chiefs in their ability to launch aircraft in a simulated quick response scenario during Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Two Jordanian F-16 Fighting Falcons take off as part of a scramble competition event between the Colorado Air National Guard and the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The Scramble tests the pilot and their crew chiefs in their ability to launch aircraft in a simulated quick response scenario during Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Two Jordanian F-16 Fighting Falcons take off as part of a scramble competition event between the Colorado Air National Guard and the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The Scramble tests the pilot and their crew chiefs in their ability to launch aircraft in a simulated quick response scenario during Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Senior Airman Alexis Isaac, a munitions specialist with the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, prepares the fin section of a MK-82 bomb that will be used in a bombing demonstration at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Senior Airman Alexis Isaac, a munitions specialist with the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, prepares the fin section of a MK-82 bomb that will be used in a bombing demonstration at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

First Lt. Aimee Zick, a 140th Wing maintenance officer, looks on as Senior Airman Dillon Larson, a munitions specialist, both from the Colorado Air National Guard, installs a fuse in a MK-82 bomb that will be used in a bombing demonstration at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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First Lt. Aimee Zick, a 140th Wing maintenance officer, looks on as Senior Airman Dillon Larson, a munitions specialist, both from the Colorado Air National Guard, installs a fuse in a MK-82 bomb that will be used in a bombing demonstration at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Munitions specialists with the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, install a fin section on a MK-82 bomb that will be used during a first-run bombing demonstration at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Munitions specialists with the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, install a fin section on a MK-82 bomb that will be used during a first-run bombing demonstration at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Munitions specialists with the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, install a tail section on a MK-82 bomb that will be used in a bombing demonstration at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Munitions specialists with the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, install a tail section on a MK-82 bomb that will be used in a bombing demonstration at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Maj. Christopher Southard, member of the white force for the competitive events, introduces the teams before the scramble competition event between the Colorado Air National Guard and the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The Scramble tests the pilots and their crew chiefs in their ability to launch aircraft in a simulated quick response scenario during Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Maj. Christopher Southard, member of the white force for the competitive events, introduces the teams before the scramble competition event between the Colorado Air National Guard and the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The Scramble tests the pilots and their crew chiefs in their ability to launch aircraft in a simulated quick response scenario during Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Capt.James Edwards, a pilot with the 120th Fighter Squadron, and his crew chiefs Tech Sgt. Joshua Matthews and Senior Airman Kristen Lee, run to launch an F-16 Fighting Falcon as part of a scramble competition event between the Colorado Air National Guard and the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The Scramble tests the pilots and their crew chiefs in their ability to launch aircraft in a simulated quick response scenario during Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Capt.James Edwards, a pilot with the 120th Fighter Squadron, and his crew chiefs Tech Sgt. Joshua Matthews and Senior Airman Kristen Lee, run to launch an F-16 Fighting Falcon as part of a scramble competition event between the Colorado Air National Guard and the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The Scramble tests the pilots and their crew chiefs in their ability to launch aircraft in a simulated quick response scenario during Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Tech Sgt. Byron K. Coulter (right) records the scramble competition event between the Colorado Air National Guard and the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The Scramble tests the pilots and their crew chiefs in their ability to launch aircraft in a simulated quick response scenario during Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Tech Sgt. Byron K. Coulter (right) records the scramble competition event between the Colorado Air National Guard and the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The Scramble tests the pilots and their crew chiefs in their ability to launch aircraft in a simulated quick response scenario during Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

A Jordanian F-16 Fighting Falcon leads another Jordanian F-16, as well as an American F-16 from the120th Fighter Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, and two Marine F-18's from VMFA-115 over the skies of Jordan. These aircraft represent some of the assets involved in the Eager Lion Exercise being held in Jordan. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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A Jordanian F-16 Fighting Falcon leads another Jordanian F-16, as well as an American F-16 from the120th Fighter Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, and two Marine F-18's from VMFA-115 over the skies of Jordan. These aircraft represent some of the assets involved in the Eager Lion Exercise being held in Jordan. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

A Jordanian F-16 Fighting Falcon leads another Jordanian F-16, as well as an American F-16 from the120th Fighter Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, and two Marine F-18's from VMFA-115 over Ajloun area of Jordan. These aircraft represent some of the assets involved in the Eager Lion Exercise being held in Jordan. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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A Jordanian F-16 Fighting Falcon leads another Jordanian F-16, as well as an American F-16 from the120th Fighter Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, and two Marine F-18's from VMFA-115 over Ajloun area of Jordan. These aircraft represent some of the assets involved in the Eager Lion Exercise being held in Jordan. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

A Jordanian F-16 Fighting Falcon leads another Jordanian F-16, as well as an American F-16 from the120th Fighter Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, and two Marine F-18's from VMFA-115 over a training base in Northern Jordan. These aircraft represent some of the assets involved in the Eager Lion Exercise being held in Jordan. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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A Jordanian F-16 Fighting Falcon leads another Jordanian F-16, as well as an American F-16 from the120th Fighter Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, and two Marine F-18's from VMFA-115 over a training base in Northern Jordan. These aircraft represent some of the assets involved in the Eager Lion Exercise being held in Jordan. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Two Marines from the VMFA-115 squadron set bombs in place that will be used on the F-18 aircraft pictured here. The Marine Fighter Attack squadron is operating out of a training base in Northern Jordan and is performing close air support missions in conjunction with joint tactical air controllers as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Two Marines from the VMFA-115 squadron set bombs in place that will be used on the F-18 aircraft pictured here. The Marine Fighter Attack squadron is operating out of a training base in Northern Jordan and is performing close air support missions in conjunction with joint tactical air controllers as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

A Marine plane captain from the VMFA-115 squadron checks readings as the F-18 aircraft prepares for flight. The Marine Fighter Attack squadron is operating out of a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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A Marine plane captain from the VMFA-115 squadron checks readings as the F-18 aircraft prepares for flight. The Marine Fighter Attack squadron is operating out of a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Marine Capt. Matthew Holcomb (right) from the VMFA-115 squadron discusses aircraft maneuvers with his plane captain, Lance Cpl. Aaron Broering prior to takeoff. The Marine Fighter Attack squadron is operating out of a training base in Northern Jordan and is performing training and exercise missions as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Marine Capt. Matthew Holcomb (right) from the VMFA-115 squadron discusses aircraft maneuvers with his plane captain, Lance Cpl. Aaron Broering prior to takeoff. The Marine Fighter Attack squadron is operating out of a training base in Northern Jordan and is performing training and exercise missions as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Marine Capt. Matthew Holcomb from the VMFA-115 squadron performs pre-flight checks on his F-18 aircraft prior to takeoff. The Marine Fighter Attack squadron is operating out of a training base in Northern Jordan and is performing training and exercise missions as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Marine Capt. Matthew Holcomb from the VMFA-115 squadron performs pre-flight checks on his F-18 aircraft prior to takeoff. The Marine Fighter Attack squadron is operating out of a training base in Northern Jordan and is performing training and exercise missions as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Marine Captain Matthew Holcomb and Lance Cpl. Aaron Broering from the VMFA-115 squadron perform pre-flight checks on the F-18 aircraft prior to takeoff. The Marine Fighter Attack squadron is operating out of a training base in Northern Jordan and is performing training and exercise missions as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Marine Captain Matthew Holcomb and Lance Cpl. Aaron Broering from the VMFA-115 squadron perform pre-flight checks on the F-18 aircraft prior to takeoff. The Marine Fighter Attack squadron is operating out of a training base in Northern Jordan and is performing training and exercise missions as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Marine Captain Matthew Holcomb from the VMFA-115 squadron perform pre-flight checks on the F-18 aircraft prior to takeoff. The Marine Fighter Attack squadron is operating out of a training base in Northern Jordan and is performing training and exercise missions as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Marine Captain Matthew Holcomb from the VMFA-115 squadron perform pre-flight checks on the F-18 aircraft prior to takeoff. The Marine Fighter Attack squadron is operating out of a training base in Northern Jordan and is performing training and exercise missions as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Marines from the VMFA-115 squadron attach fins on Joint Direct Attack Munitions that will be placed on an F-18 aircraft, like the one pictured, for exercise missions during the Eager Lion exercise. The Marine Fighter Attack squadron is operating out of a training base in Northern Jordan. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Marines from the VMFA-115 squadron attach fins on Joint Direct Attack Munitions that will be placed on an F-18 aircraft, like the one pictured, for exercise missions during the Eager Lion exercise. The Marine Fighter Attack squadron is operating out of a training base in Northern Jordan. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Marine Lance Cpl. Aaron Broering from the VMFA-115 squadron salutes his pilot, Captain Matthew Holcomb as he prepares for takeoff in the F-18 aircraft during the Eager Lion exercise. The Marine Fighter Attack squadron is operating out of a training base in Northern Jordan. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Marine Lance Cpl. Aaron Broering from the VMFA-115 squadron salutes his pilot, Captain Matthew Holcomb as he prepares for takeoff in the F-18 aircraft during the Eager Lion exercise. The Marine Fighter Attack squadron is operating out of a training base in Northern Jordan. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Major Gen. Gary Cheek, deputy command general at Army Central Command greets Tech Sgt. Michele Charry from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, during his visit to a training base in Northern Jordan during exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Major Gen. Gary Cheek, deputy command general at Army Central Command greets Tech Sgt. Michele Charry from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, during his visit to a training base in Northern Jordan during exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Chief Timothy Keating, from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, explains maintenance operations to Maj. Gen. Gary Cheek, deputy command general at Army Central Command during his visit to a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Chief Timothy Keating, from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, explains maintenance operations to Maj. Gen. Gary Cheek, deputy command general at Army Central Command during his visit to a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Senior Airman Brandon Olson from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, fuels an F-16 aircraft located at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Senior Airman Brandon Olson from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, fuels an F-16 aircraft located at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Maj. Gen. Gary Cheek, deputy command general at Army Central Command (right), thanks Airman 1st Class Jami DeVries, from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, for her explanation of F-16 maintenance during his visit to a training base in Northern Jordan as part of exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Maj. Gen. Gary Cheek, deputy command general at Army Central Command (right), thanks Airman 1st Class Jami DeVries, from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, for her explanation of F-16 maintenance during his visit to a training base in Northern Jordan as part of exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Senior Airman Kristen Lee, from the 140th Maintenance Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, examines the intake of an F-16 Fighting Falcon after a flight in the skies over Jordan during the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Senior Airman Kristen Lee, from the 140th Maintenance Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, examines the intake of an F-16 Fighting Falcon after a flight in the skies over Jordan during the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Marine Capt. Matthew Holcomb from the VMFA-115 squadron performs pre-flight checks on his F-18 aircraft prior to takeoff. The Marine Fighter Attack squadron is operating out of a training base in Northern Jordan and is performing training and exercise missions as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Marine Capt. Matthew Holcomb from the VMFA-115 squadron performs pre-flight checks on his F-18 aircraft prior to takeoff. The Marine Fighter Attack squadron is operating out of a training base in Northern Jordan and is performing training and exercise missions as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Marine Captain Matthew Holcomb and Lance Cpl. Aaron Broering from the VMFA-115 squadron perform pre-flight checks on the F-18 aircraft prior to takeoff. The Marine Fighter Attack squadron is operating out of a training base in Northern Jordan and is performing training and exercise missions as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Marine Captain Matthew Holcomb and Lance Cpl. Aaron Broering from the VMFA-115 squadron perform pre-flight checks on the F-18 aircraft prior to takeoff. The Marine Fighter Attack squadron is operating out of a training base in Northern Jordan and is performing training and exercise missions as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Capt.James Edwards, a pilot with the 120th Fighter Squadron, and his crew chiefs Tech Sgt. Joshua Matthews and Senior Airman Kristen Lee, run to launch an F-16 Fighting Falcon as part of a scramble competition event between the Colorado Air National Guard and the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The Scramble tests the pilots and their crew chiefs in their ability to launch aircraft in a simulated quick response scenario during Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Capt.James Edwards, a pilot with the 120th Fighter Squadron, and his crew chiefs Tech Sgt. Joshua Matthews and Senior Airman Kristen Lee, run to launch an F-16 Fighting Falcon as part of a scramble competition event between the Colorado Air National Guard and the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The Scramble tests the pilots and their crew chiefs in their ability to launch aircraft in a simulated quick response scenario during Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Munitions specialists with the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, install a fin section on a MK-82 bomb that will be used during a first-run bombing demonstration at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Munitions specialists with the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, install a fin section on a MK-82 bomb that will be used during a first-run bombing demonstration at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Two Jordanian F-16 Fighting Falcons take off as part of a scramble competition event between the Colorado Air National Guard and the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The Scramble tests the pilot and their crew chiefs in their ability to launch aircraft in a simulated quick response scenario during Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Two Jordanian F-16 Fighting Falcons take off as part of a scramble competition event between the Colorado Air National Guard and the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The Scramble tests the pilot and their crew chiefs in their ability to launch aircraft in a simulated quick response scenario during Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Capt. James Edwards, a pilot with the 120th Fighter Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, prepares for takeoff as part of a scramble competition event between the Colorado Air National Guard and the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The Scramble tests the pilots and their crew chiefs in their ability to launch aircraft in a simulated quick response scenario during Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Capt. James Edwards, a pilot with the 120th Fighter Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, prepares for takeoff as part of a scramble competition event between the Colorado Air National Guard and the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The Scramble tests the pilots and their crew chiefs in their ability to launch aircraft in a simulated quick response scenario during Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

A Marine F-18 Hornet taxis into position for takeoff at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. The Marine jets will play “aggressors” during air-to-air maneuvers that take place here as part of the ongoing training performed between the Americans and Jordanians. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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A Marine F-18 Hornet taxis into position for takeoff at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. The Marine jets will play “aggressors” during air-to-air maneuvers that take place here as part of the ongoing training performed between the Americans and Jordanians. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

A C-5 Galaxy aircraft lands at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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A C-5 Galaxy aircraft lands at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

During a practice munitions loading competition, members from the Colorado Air National Guard rush to expediently load an inert practice bomb on an F-16 Fighting Falcon jet in a friendly competition with their Jordanian counterparts the Royal Jordanian Air Force during the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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During a practice munitions loading competition, members from the Colorado Air National Guard rush to expediently load an inert practice bomb on an F-16 Fighting Falcon jet in a friendly competition with their Jordanian counterparts the Royal Jordanian Air Force during the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

As part of the opening ceremonies of an Eager Lion event, members from the Royal Jordanian Air Force share a traditional meal of mansaf with Staff Sgt. Erik Gallion (pictured) as well as others from the Colorado Air National Guard. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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As part of the opening ceremonies of an Eager Lion event, members from the Royal Jordanian Air Force share a traditional meal of mansaf with Staff Sgt. Erik Gallion (pictured) as well as others from the Colorado Air National Guard. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

During a practice munitions loading competition, members from the Colorado Air National Guard rush to expediently load an inert practice bomb on an F-16 Fighting Falcon jet in a friendly competition with their Jordanian counterparts the Royal Jordanian Air Force during the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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During a practice munitions loading competition, members from the Colorado Air National Guard rush to expediently load an inert practice bomb on an F-16 Fighting Falcon jet in a friendly competition with their Jordanian counterparts the Royal Jordanian Air Force during the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the Colorado Air National Guard prepares to park at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the Colorado Air National Guard prepares to park at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Colorado Air National Guard arrives at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Colorado Air National Guard arrives at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Colorado Air National Guard arrives at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Colorado Air National Guard arrives at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the Colorado Air National Guard arrives at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the Colorado Air National Guard arrives at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Staff Sgt. Jennifer Van Note, a life support specialist from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, gathers her gear at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Staff Sgt. Jennifer Van Note, a life support specialist from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, gathers her gear at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Technical Sgt. Sarah McCann, a quality assurance specialist from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, installs Constantine wire with a Marine from VMFA-115, for a defensive perimeter at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Technical Sgt. Sarah McCann, a quality assurance specialist from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, installs Constantine wire with a Marine from VMFA-115, for a defensive perimeter at a training base in Northern Jordan as part of the Eager Lion exercise. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

Airman 1st Class Jami DeVries wraps up a seat cover during maintenance procedures on the F-16 Fighting Falcon as part of the exercises taking place during Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United Dates and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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Airman 1st Class Jami DeVries wraps up a seat cover during maintenance procedures on the F-16 Fighting Falcon as part of the exercises taking place during Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United Dates and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon arrives at a training base in Northern Jordan June 10, 2013, as part of Exercise Eager Lion.  Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. The F-16 is from the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon arrives at a training base in Northern Jordan June 10, 2013, as part of Exercise Eager Lion. Eager Lion is a U.S. Central Command-directed, irregular warfare-themed exercise focusing on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations. The F-16 is from the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)

NORTHERN JORDAN -- Over the course of two weeks, American and Jordanian airforces came together to train, build relationships and enjoy a little friendly competition as part of the multinational Exercise Eager Lion 2013 June 9 to 20.

Several units from the U.S. and Jordan flew F-16s and F-18s out of a training base in northern Jordan, exchanging best practices and working to minimize the cultural and language barriers that can often pose challenges on the ground and in the air.

The units participating included the Royal Jordanian Air Force's No. 1 and No. 6 Squadrons flying F-16s, the 120th Fighter Squadron from the Colorado Air National Guard flying F-16s, the 112th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron from the Ohio Air National Guard flying F-16s, and the VMFA-115 Marine Fighter Attack Squadron from Marine Air Group 50 flying F-18s.

"We did a lot of tactical intercepts, focusing on the basic tactics to determine if someone meets the criteria of being a hostile and then taking simulated missile shots that would be able to take them down," said Lt. Col. Craig Wolf, chief of plans for the 120 FS.

"We worked together on the basic skill set of figuring out who's who, meeting the rules of engagement and employing a weapon against them," he said.

The pilots also conducted defensive counter air training with the Jordanians, so if a hostile aircraft tries to fly into Jordan, they will be able to defend their borders, Wolf said.

This valuable training is accomplished despite the differences in the way each squadron routinely operates.

"There are many differences between us," said Wolf. "The cultural mindset, the operational structure we have in place, how we do our mission scheduling and briefings, etc. is significantly different from how they operate on a daily basis."

Yet in light of all the differences, the Jordanians and Americans manage to find common ground.

"When we're in their country, we try to align our flying schedule with theirs, and adapt to their way of doing things," Wolf said.

Wolf remarked that the training environment in Jordan is of great value to the American pilots.

"We can do things in this airspace that we can hardly do anywhere else; we are able to train as you truly would operate in a combat zone."

While the pilots are training for real world events in the cockpit, the controllers on the ground are also getting valuable training.

"We have been able to fully integrate our flying largely due to the ability of the ground controllers to provide control for everyone flying," said Wolf, "and they've done really well."

The Jordanian ground controllers must be able to communicate in English with anyone in their airspace, whether it's a Jordanian or someone from another nation, an airman, Marine or soldier.

Communication barriers in the air and on the ground are slowly being overcome, especially with the 120th Fighter Squadron. Many members of the 120 FS have become trusted wingmen with the RJAF members since the Colorado National Guard has been partnered with the Kingdom of Jordan for more than 10 years through the State Partnership Program.

"We have been working with the Jordanians for a long time now, both here and back in Colorado" said Wolf, "and we have built lasting relationships that have made accomplishing missions together exponentially easier."

Maj. Ali Shabana, project officer for the RJAF, views that partnership in much the same way.

"When we fly together, we fly as one team," he said. "If an American pilot is the flight lead, the Jordanian pilot will follow his command, and likewise, if a Jordanian pilot is in command of the flight, the American will follow his direction."

This kind of cooperation and relationship building is not only happening in the air, it is seen at all levels of the operation, including in the maintenance hangars and back shops.

Chief Master Sgt. Scott Sechrest, equipment maintenance flight superintendent, 140th Maintenance Squadron, worked closely with RJAF maintainers all week.

"Our ability to work with them side-by-side is outstanding despite the language barrier," he said. "Mechanics are mechanics and even though we don't speak the same language, we were able to understand each other enough to make repairs and work together."

According to Sechrest, the RJAF structure and maintenance aspects are along the same lines as in the U.S., yet the Jordanian maintainers face different challenges because they don't always have the same equipment to work with.

"They do a fantastic job with the assets that they have," Sechrest said, "and they have a lot of ingenuity to make things work even though they may not have all of the parts and supplies that we do."

In addition to maintaining and launching jets with the RJAF maintainers, Sechrest and his crew spent time talking with the Jordanians about everything from medical insurance and family to culture and religious beliefs.

"They were extremely hospitable, friendly and very open-minded," Sechrest said. "They want to learn about other cultures and teach others about their own. They were very curious, in a good way, about our ways of life."

While the members of both nations have been working and training together throughout the course of Eager Lion, they have also enjoyed some friendly competition in a series of competitive events, previously referred to as "Falcon Air Meet."

The competition kicked off on June 9 with an opening ceremony followed by a munitions loading competition. A three-person team from both the 120 FS and the RJAF went head-to-head to see who could safely load one AIM-120 air-to-air missile and one BDU-50 inert 500-pound bomb onto an F-16.

"The competition was based on time and safety," said Senior Airman Aric McIntyre, aircraft armament systems technician, 140th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. "We were also scored on whether we had any technical data violations, for example if we skipped steps in the check list or touched the missile in the wrong place."

Since this was McIntyre's first time participating in the event, he didn't know quite what to expect.

"I was really laid back until I got there and friends started showing up to cheer us on," he said. "There was a big crowd and we got really nervous, especially after watching the Jordanians because they went so fast!"

Despite the nerves, McIntyre said that once the timer started and the U.S. team got going "instinct just kicked in." Both the Jordanian and American teams finished the competition successfully.

The second event was the scramble competition, which tested the pilot and maintenance crew's ability to quickly and safely launch a jet in response to an airborne threat.

At the signal to begin, the team members run to the jet, complete all the necessary pre-flight safety checks, and start the engines to prepare to taxi onto the runway. Once airborne, the pilot is evaluated on how quickly he can intercept a simulated enemy aircraft.

Capt. Carson Brusch, one of the two pilots who competed from the 120 FS, admitted that the most exciting part of the exercise was being able to take off and leave the jet in afterburner, which they normally don't do during routine flying training.

"We reached 570 knots by the time we were three miles off the departure end," he said, which enabled them to intercept the C-27 playing "red air" in as little time as possible.

Once they reached the suspect aircraft, Brusch identified it from above as hostile and cued his wingman, Capt. James Edwards, to launch a simulated Fox-2 heat-seeking missile at it, completing the evaluated portion of the event.

"It's a great opportunity to be able to fly with the Jordanians because they have great air space with few restrictions," Brusch said. "At home we have altitude caps, whereas here you can climb as high as you want and go as fast as you want within the specified airspace, which makes for greater training opportunities."

The intercept was accomplished as it would be in a combat zone, resulting in extremely practical training for both teams.

The third and final training event was a first run bombing competition, which evaluates the pilots' ability to launch an unguided live bomb onto a specified target on the first pass.

"The first run bombing competition is an extremely important exercise," said Shabana. "In the real world, you need to be able to get the bomb on target on the first try; if you have to make a second pass, you eliminate the element of surprise and put yourself in much greater danger."

During the competition, each pilot took their best shot and the bomb's point of impact was measured for proximity to the specified target.

This event was especially meaningful for the members of the ammunitions teams who build bombs regularly, but most have never actually seen one explode.

"It really helps put our job into perspective when we get to see the bombs that we built actually blow up," said Senior Airman Cinde Yoho, ammunitions technician, 140 MXS.

Finally, scores from each event of the meet were compiled based on evaluation by a white force using very specific measurements and safety criteria. The winners were announced at the closing ceremony at the conclusion of Exercise Eager Lion. The 1st Squadron from the RJAF won two of the three events, but the120th Fighter Squadron won the overall competition.

However, while both teams strived to win, the training that was accomplished during the exercise was far more important than taking home the trophy.