Exercise Eager Tiger 2014 officially kicked off Sunday in northern Jordan. The annual event, also known as Falcon Air Meet, allows the US and Jordanian forces to strengthen interoperability while highlighting individual strengths in weapons-loading, aircraft scramble, and first-run attack scenarios. “Eager Tiger has been the premier US Air Forces Central Command tactical air exercise with our Jordanian partners since its inception in 2004,” said AFCENT Commander Lt. Gen. John Hesterman. “This exercise is designed to challenge our military forces in a variety of disciplines in the air. Our goal is to build relationships and capabilities that will bring us closer together and enhance the region’s stability.” Royal Jordanian Air Force Maj. Ali Shabana said the exercises continues to grow each year. “The idea of the event is not just the competition itself, but the bringing together of people and sharing of ideas,” said Shabana. “When people compete, they show their best.” (See also In the Lion’s Den.)
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.