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American Forces Press Service

Eagle Resolve Exercise Draws Worldwide Participation

U.S. Central Command

TAMPA, Fla., March 20, 2015 – Improving interoperability is often touted by exercise organizers and senior leaders as one of the benefits in bringing together a cross-section of militaries.

With about 5,500 troops from 29 nations taking part in exercise Eagle Resolve in Kuwait this month, according to a U.S. Central Command news release issued today, there are many opportunities to increase the ability of militaries to work together.

"Everybody brings something different to the fight, but it's only effective if you know how to use their skills and expertise," said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Rick Mattson, U.S. Central Command's director of exercises and training and the U.S. exercise director for Eagle Resolve.

Militaries Gather From Many Regions

Since its inception in 1999, Centcom's release said, Eagle Resolve has been a venue for the U.S. and Arabian Gulf countries to partner with militaries from North and South America, Europe and Asia -- all regions are represented at this year's exercise -- and address their collective security concerns in a relatively low-risk environment. The current exercise began March 8 and concludes March 31.

In addition to Kuwait and the United States, the other 27 nations taking part in Eagle Resolve include: Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Australia,

Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Jordan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Eagle Resolve products, including video of a simulated hostage rescue and other tactical demonstrations, are available from the Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System, linked below.

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