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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 013-98
January 15, 1998

EXERCISE INTRINSIC ACTION 98-1 TO BE CONDUCTED IN KUWAIT

Within the framework of the Defense Cooperation Agreement between Kuwait and the United States, members of U.S. Central Command's army component and Kuwaiti armed forces will participate in Exercise Intrinsic Action 98-1. This exercise, scheduled to begin Jan. 20, 1998 and continue until mid-April 1998, is intended to strengthen military-to-military relationships, improve readiness and interoperability between U.S. and Kuwaiti armed forces, and to enhance U.S. military force capabilities to deploy quickly to the region.

The exercise will involve approximately 1,500 U.S. Army soldiers. The deployment will include a battalion task force, combat support units and combat service support units. The task force will deploy without equipment and will use prepositioned equipment in Kuwait. The exercise represents an opportunity for U.S. Army forces to exercise with Kuwaiti armed forces in Kuwait while demonstrating U.S. capability and commitment to the region.