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Early Victor

Exercise Early Victor is a SOCCENT exercise.

For exercise EARLY VICTOR 94, a RED HORSE team deployed to a classified remote base in Southwest Asia to set up, and maintain a 900-person base camp in support of United States Special Forces, Army Rangers and Navy SEALS.

Early Victor 97

Members of the 2nd Platoon, Company C, 112th Signal Battalion (Airborne) jumped during a June 10 joint parachute operation in the Hashemite Kingdom, Jordan, with 5th Special Forces Group (A ) from Fort Campbell, Ky., and Jordanian airborne soldiers. During Joint Readiness Exercise, Early Victor '97, 2nd Platoon soldiers provided communications support for an element of the 5th SFG (A). They set up long-haul communications, telephones and switchboard services along with message traffic between the SF forward operations base and its headquarters, a 3,000-mile link. At sunrise on the day of the jump, 112th Signal soldiers stepped off the ramp of an Air Force C-130 airplane flying at 1,250 feet. Although the experience is shared by airborne troopers, it is not very often that airborne signal soldiers get the opportunity to jump with soldiers of another country on foreign soil.

The joint airborne operation culminated in a ceremony in which the U.S. paratroopers exchanged Army airborne wings with the Jordanian soldiers for their jump qualification badges. Another unique experience for the 2nd Platoon soldiers was participating in a traditional Arab meal, called a Mannsif. The feast consisted of a whole roasted lamb served with rice and vegetables in an overwhelming culinary display. Cultural etiquette during the feast is to eat only with your right hand. Arab custom prohibits the use of the left hand. The meal is followed by hot sweet tea and desserts, such as sesame seed cookies or pastries. Pinching meat from the bone then tossing it to a guest is considered an act of generosity and courtesy.

Early Victor 99

In 1998 USS Kamehameha (SSN 642) became the first U.S. Navy submarine to visit a Jordanian port while participating in an annual Special Forces operations exercise, Early Victor 99, with U.S. and Jordanian special forces in the Red Sea. His Majesty King Abdullah Bin Al-Hussein, the king of Jordan, was one of a handful of dignitaries to visit Kamehameha while she was pierside Aqaba. The American ambassador to Jordan, William Burns, and Hesse received the king while the crew manned the rails. His majesty was given a tour of the submarine, meeting and shaking hands of crewmembers along the way. Early Victor is multi-dimensional and involves a lot of Jordanian special forces as well as U.S. Navy, Army and Air Force personnel.

Early Victor 2000

On 12 October 2000 -- the date of the attack on USS COLE -- engagement activities were ongoing with 13 countries in the USCENTCOM region, and ranged from Operation DESERT SPRING in Kuwait, to delivery of Excess Defense Article (EDA) patrol boats in the Seychelles, to exercise EARLY VICTOR in Jordan. In December 2000 MV Northern Explorer, a commercial vessel chartered by MSC, redeployed U.S. Army equipment from Aqaba, Jordan, to Sunny Point, N.C., for exercise Early Victor.

Early Victor 2001

In late 2001 Military Sealift Command Central active duty and reserve personnel participated in the redeployment of cargo from exercise Early Victor in Aqaba, Jordan, and also finished up the redeployment of cargo from exercise Bright Star in Dekheila, Egypt. SS Green Island took the Early Victor cargo while Maritime Prepositioning Ships MV Cpl. Louis J. Huage Jr. and SS Maj. Stephen W. Pless, and large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ships USNS Seay, USNS Fisher and USNS Mendonca handled the Bright Star cargo. These ships loaded more than 3,700 pieces of cargo.

Early Victor 2002

Early Victor '02 began on Oct. 6, 2002 in Jordan and includes some 1,400 US special operations forces. The exercise includes training with Jordanian, British, Omani and Kuwaiti troops.



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