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The Honorable Leslie"Les"Aspin (right), U.S. Secretary of Defense, attends a meeting with Michael Kovac, President of Slovakia, at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., on April 22, 1993. OSD Package No. A07D-00189 (DOD PHOTO by Helene C. Stikkel) (Released)

The Honorable Leslie"Les"Aspin (right), U.S. Secretary of Defense, poses for a picture with Michael Kovac, President of Slovakia, at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., on April 22, 1993. OSD Package No. A07D-00189 (DOD PHOTO by Helene C. Stikkel) (Released)

Italian Parachutists refer to a map concerning the parameters of the air drop zone for a Partnership for Peace Exercise COOPERATIVE KEY '96. The exercise will run at Otopeni Air Base, just north of Romanias capitol. The exercise involves Air Force training in operational and logistical interoperability procedures based on a humanitarian relief scenario. Participating NATO Air Forces from Greece, Italy, Turkey and the United States will join the nations of Slovakia, Muldova, Czech Republic and the host nation, Romania

US Air Force Technical Sergeant Kirby Rodriguez (center), Combat Controller Team (CCT) member, orientates pilots with the drop zone procedures during the Partnership for Peace Exercise COOPERATIVE KEY '96. The exercise is held at Otopeni Air Base, just north of Romania's capitol. The exercise involves Air Force training in operational and logistical interoperability procedures based on a humanitarian relief scenario. Participating NATO Air Forces from Greece, Italy, Turkey and the United States will jointhe nations of Slovakia, Muldavia, Czech Republic and the host nation Romania

Shot of Romanian locals at dusk, during Exercise COOPERATIVE KEY '96. Many if not a large majority of Romanians are aware of the Partnership for Peace exercise at Otopeni Air Base, just north of Romanias capitol. The exercise involves Air Force training in operational and logistical interoperability procedures based on a humanitarian relief scenario. Participating NATO Air Forces from Greece, Italy, Turkey and the United States will join the nations of Slovakia, Muldavia, Czech Republic and the host nation Romania

Opening Ceremonies marks the beginning of a busy schedule of events for eight participating countries during the Partnership for Peace Exercise COOPERATIVE KEY '96. The activities will occupy Otopeni Air Base just north of Romania's capitol. The exercise involves Air Force training in operational and logistical interoperability procedures based on a humanitarian relief scenario. Participating NATO Air Forces from Greece, Italy, Turkey and the United States will join the nations of Slovakia, Muldavia, Czech Republic and the host nation Romania. Pictured here representatives holding their countries flags, from left to right, are: Turkey, Slovakia, Romania and Italy

US Air Force Major Marc Sukolski briefs a Greek Officer on the schedule of events during the Partnership for Peace Exercise COOPERATIVE KEY '96. The activities will occupy Otopeni Air Base just north of Romania's capitol. The excercise involves Air Force training in operational and logistical interoperability procedures based on a humanitarian relief scenario. Participating NATO Air Forces from Greece, Italy, Turkey and the United States will join thenations of Slovakia, Muldavia, Czech Republic and the host nation Romania

Sign for the Partnership for Peace Exercise COOPERATIVE KEY '96 is being held at Otopeni Air Base just north of Romania's capitol. The exercise involves Air Force training in operational and logistical interoperability procedures based on a humanitarian relief scenario. Flags from the participating NATO Air Forces from Greece, Italy, Turkey and the United States will join the nations of Slovakia, Muldavia, Czech Republic and the host nation Romania, hang above the sign

An American waits to load a C-130 Hercules aircraft as a Slovakian AN-12 aircraft sits behind him during the Partnership for Peace Exercise COOPERATIVE KEY '96 which is being held at Otopeni Air Base, just north of Romania's capitol. The exercise involves Air Force training in operational and logistical interoperability procedures based on a humanitarian relief scenario. Participating NATO Air Forces from Greece, Italy, Turkey and the United States will join the nations of Slovakia, Muldavia, Czech Republic and the host nation Romania

Romanian Air Force Captain, Florin Calin, and US Air Force STAFF Sergeant Russell, share a candid moment prior to the takeoff on an US C-130 Hercules aircraft during the Partnership for Peace exercise COOPERATIVE KEY '96 taking place at Otopeni Air Base just north of Romania's capitol. The exercise involves Air Force training in operational and logistical interoperability procedures based on a humanitarian relief scenario. Participating NATO Air Forces from Greece, Italy, Turkeyand the United States will join the nations of Slovakia, Muldavia, Czech Republic and the host nation Romania

US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Mike Boldosser listens to Greek parachutist, Captain Tsamidis Nektarios, explain the way they secure and release cargo. They are part of the Partnership for Peace Exercise COOPERATIVE KEY '96 taking place at Otopeni Air Base, just north of Romania's capitol. The mulinational Air Force training will deal with operational and logistical interoperability procedures based on a humanitarian relief scenario. Participating NATO Air Forces from Greece, Italy, Turkey and the United States will join the nations of Slovakia, Muldavia, Czech Republic and the host nation Romania

Two Muldovan helicopters take off and land at Otopeni Air Base, just north of Romania's capitol during the Partnership for Peace exercise COOPERATIVE KEY '96. Participating NATO Air Forces from Greece, Italy, Turkey and the United States will join the nations of Slovakia, Muldavia, Czech Republic and the host nation Romania

A Greek Air Force STAFF Sergeant prepares his plane, a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, for takeoff during the Partnership for Peace Exercise COOPERATIVE KEY '96 at Otopeni Air Base, just north of Romania's capitol. The exercise involves Air Force training in operational and logistical interoperability procedures based on a humanitarian relief scenario. Participating NATO Air Forces from Greece, Italy, Turkey and the United States will join the nations of Slovakia, Muldavia, Czech Republic and the host nation Romania

Greek Air Force Captain Tsamidis Nektarios photographs cargo releasing over a drop zone in Romania. It is part of the Partnership for Peace Exercise COOPERATIVE KEY '96 taking place at Otopeni Air Base, just north of Romania's capitol. The mulinational Air Force training will deal with operational and logistical interoperability procedures based on a humanitarian relief scenario. Participating NATO Air Forces from Greece, Italy, Turkey and the United States will join the nations of Slovakia, Muldavia, Czech Republic and the host nation Romania

US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Sean Rawles (left), 606th Air Control Squadron and (right) SRA Joseph B. Andrews, 52nd Communications Squadron, secures the feed horn to a 20ft satellite dish. Over 200 troops (Not shown) from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, were deployed to 33rd Air Force Base at Malacky, Slovakia, to support Exercise Lion's Claw

(Clockwise) US Air Force STAFF Sergeant Jeffrey A. Casper, SSGT Bradley Brown, 52nd Communications Squadron; SENIOR AIRMAN Sean Rawles, 606 Air Control Squadron; SSGT Lenn Jensen, 52nd Communications Squadron, from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, drive anchors into the ground to anchor a 20ft satellite dish. Over 200 troops from Spangdahlem AB, Germany (Not shown), were deployed to 33rd Air Force Base at Malacky, Slovakia, to support Exercise Lion's Claw

US Air Force STAFF Sergeant Diana Rayno, 52nd Communication Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, secures peddles to a 20ft satellite dish. Over 200 troops (Not shown) from Spangdahlem AB, Germany, were deployed to 33rd Air Force Base, Malacky, Slovakia, to support Exercise Lion's Claw

US Air Force Colonel Micheal Beard, 52nd Operations Group Commander, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, presents a unit patch to Slovak Air Force Colonel Juraj Baranek, the 33rd Air Base Commander at Malacky Air Base, Slovakia. More than 200 U.S. Airmen (Not shown) from Spangdahlem's 23rd Fighter Squadron are in Slovakia supporting the first American fighter training deployment to what was once part of the Soviet Union. The two-week training exercise, named Lion's Claw, is allowing U.S. pilots in Europe to expand their training

A US Air Force F-16 Falcon taxis past the media at Malacky Air Force Base, Slovakia, after its arrival from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. 10 F-16's from the 23rd Fighter Squadron and more than 200 Airmen (Not shown) are deployed here for a two-week training exercise, named Lion's Claw, that will give U.S. and Slovak Air Forces an opportunity to share tactics, techniques and procedures

A US Air Force F-16 Falcon from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, is the first U.S. warplane to touch Slovak soil after touching down at Malacky Air Base, Slovakia. Colonel Richard Reynolds, Spangdahlem's 23rd Fighter Squadron Commander, landed the plane April 1. More than 200 Spangdahlem Airmen (Not Shown) are deployed to Malacky for a two-week training exercise, named Lion's Claw, that is giving U.S. and Slovak Air Forces an opportunity to share tactics, techniques and procedures

US Air Force Major Kevin Booth (Center), 23rd Fighter Squadron Assistant Director of Operations, looks on as Slovak Air Force Colonel Juraj Baranek, 33rd Air Force Base Commander (left), greets Brigadier General Donald Hoffman, Wing Commander of the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, following the unit's arrival in Slovakia. More than 200 Spangdahlem Airmen (Not shown) are deployed to Malacky Air Base in Slovakia for a two-week training exercise, named Lion's Claw, that is giving U.S. and Slovak Air Forces an opportunity to share tactics, techniques and procedures

US Air Force AIRMAN First Class Sunny Tunecka, Armed Forces Network Det 19, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, captures a low view angle of military-to-military interacting (Not shown). Nearly 200 people and eight A-10's from Spangdahlem AB deployed to Slovakia for a two-week training exercise which allowed US and Slovak Air Forces an opportunity to share tactics, techniques and procedures

US Air Force SENIOR MASTER Sergeant Ivan Godwin (Left, in uniform) and SENIOR AIRMAN Michael Stothers (In fire retardant suit), 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, demonstrate how to operate a fire truck water hose with the help of a Slovak boy during the 81st Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem AB, A-10 static display open house at 33rd Air Base, Malacky, Slovakia, July 22nd, 2000. Nearly 200 people and eight A-10's from Spangdahlem AB deployed to Slovakia for a two-week training exercise which allowed US and Slovak Air Forces an opportunity to share tactics, techniques and procedures

US Air Force STAFF Segeant Teresa Rudd (Left), Medical Technician, and USAF Captain (Dr.) Scott Hartwich, Flight Surgeon from the 52nd Medical Group at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, perform a minor procedure on a U.S. servicemember. Nearly 200 people and eight A-10's from Spangdahlem AB are deployed to 33rd Air Base at Malacky, Slovakia, for a two-week training exercise which allowed US and Slovak Air Forces an opportunity to share tactics, techniques and procedures

US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Tavares Lumpkin, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron, Spangdahlem, Air Base, Germany, breaks down a tent at 33rd Kuchyna Air Force Base, Malacky, Slovakia. Nearly 200 people and eight A-10's from Spangdahlem AB, DEU, are deployed to Slovakia for a two-week training exercise, which allowed US and Slovak Air Forces an opportunity to share tactics, techniques and procedures

Members of the 31st Commmunications Squadron Advanced Echelon (ADVON) team, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, re-position a satellite dish in preparation for setting up network and DSN support. The team is one of several that are getting assets in place in support of Exercise IRON CLAW, at Kuchyna Air Base, Slovakia. The exercise will allow the 510th Fighter Squadron (not shown) to test a new scoring system on the bombing range. About 250 Air Force personnel from Aviano Air Base, Italy, are supporting the exercise

Members of the 31st Commmunications Squadron Advanced Echelon (ADVON) team, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, re-position a satellite dish in preparation for setting up network and DSN support. The team is one of several that are getting assets in place in support of Exercise IRON CLAW, at Kuchyna Air Base, Slovakia. The exercise will allow the 510th Fighter Squadron (not shown) to test a new scoring system on the bombing range. About 250 Air Force personnel from Aviano Air Base, Italy, are taking part in the exercise

US Air Force AIRMAN First Class Jason Baum and USAF AIRMAN First Class Rachel Shields, both from the 31st Communications Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, secure the petals of a communications satellite. The Communications team is one of several that are getting assets in place in support of Exercise IRON CLAW, at Kuchyna Air Base, Slovakia. The exercise will allow the 510th Fighter Squadron to test a new scoring system on the bombing range. About 250 Air Force personnel from Aviano Air Base, Italy, are supporting the exercise

US Air Force STAFF Sergeant Darrell McDonald, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, cinches down the outer weather covering for a communications tent. The Civil Engineer team is one of several that are getting assets in place in support of Exercise IRON CLAW, at Kuchyna Air Base, Slovakia. The exercise will allow the 510th Fighter Squadron (not shown) to test a new scoring system on the bombing range. About 250 Air Force personnel from Aviano Air Base, Italy, are participating in the exercise

SENIOR AIRMAN Karl Danforth, an Electrical Power Maintainer from the 100th Civil Engineer Squadron, Mildenhall Royal Air Force Base, England, secures the holding pins on a Mobile Aircraft Arresting System at Kuchyna Air Base, Slovakia

AIRMAN First Class Vincent Tu, an Electrical Power Maintainer from the United States Air Forces in Europe Construction Training Squadron, Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany, attaches a tape connector to a Mobile Aircraft Arresting System at Kuchyna Air Base, Slovakia

SENIOR AIRMAN Noah Park, a radio television broadcaster for Det 8 Air Force News, Aviano Air Base, Italy, interviews Major Mark Moore, Operations Officer for the 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, after his arrival at Kuchyna Air Base, Slovakia. This is the first time that a fighter squadron has deployed to the Slovakian Republic

Captain Kenny Smith of the 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, gets his passport stamped upon arrival at Kuchyna Air Base, Slovakia, by Sergeant Radovan Olejar. This marks the first time that a fighter squadron has deployed to the Slovakian Republic

SENIOR AIRMAN Tommy Napir, a crew chief for the 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, logs in his aircraft after its arrival at Kuchyna Air Base, Slovakia. This is the first time that a fighter squadron has deployed to the Slovakian Republic

SENIOR AIRMAN Esther Solhiem, crew chief of the 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, welcomes Captain Ryan Sherwood upon his arrival at Kuchyna Air Base, Slovakia. This is the 510th Fighter Squadrons first deployment to the Slovakian Republic

An F-16 from the 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, arrives at Kuchyna Air Base in Slovakia. This marks the first time that a fighter squadron has deployed to the Slovakian Republic

United States Air Force Captain Dave "FAHM" O'Malley, 510th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, gives the famous "Buzzard Claw" as he taxis by in an F-16C Fighting Falcon in route to the arm/de-arm area before launching for the day's first sortie. Training Exercise Iron Claw, Kuchyna AB, Slovakia, 11 September 2000

A United States Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon, 510th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, deployed from Aviano Air Base, Italy, lifts-off as it heads to the range for the day's first sortie. Training Exercise Iron Claw, Kuchyna AB, Slovakia, 11 September 2000

United States Air Force personnel, 510th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, deployed from Aviano Air Base, Italy, walk the line as they prepare to arm the next F-16C Fighting Falcon before it is launched for the day's first sortie. Training Exercise Iron Claw, Kuchyna AB, Slovakia, 11 September 2000

United States Air Force Captain Dave "FAHM" O' Malley, 510th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, dployed from Aviano Air Base, Itialy, in an F-16C Fighting Falcon prior to launching for the day's first training sorties. Training Exercise Iron Claw, Kuchyna AB, Slovakia, 11 September 2000

A United States Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon (Bomb Dummy Unit (BDU) 50 under right wing), 510th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, deployed from Aviano Air Base, Italy, taxiing in route to the arm/de-arm area before launching for the day's first sortie. Training Exercise Iron Claw, Kuchyna AB, Slovakia, 11 September 2000

United States Air Force AIRMAN First Class John Bolz looks on as the pilot cycles the aircraft through the ground check before launching for the day's first sortie. Training Exercise Iron Claw, Kuchyna Air Base, Slovakia, 11 September 2000

United States Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Steven Morris, Crewchief, 510th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, deployed from Aviano Air Base, Italy, looks on as an aircraft cycles through it's pre-flight check in preparation for the day's first sortie. Training Exercise Iron Claw, Kuchyna Air Base, Slovakia, 11 September 2000

United States Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Joseph Roach, Armament Systems journeyman, 510th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, deployed from Aviano Air Base, Italy, secures a BDU-50 (Bomb Dummy Unit) after uploading onto an F-16C Fighting Falcon in preparation for the day's final sortie. Training Exercise Iron Claw, Kuchyna AB, Slovakia, 12 September 2000

From left-to right, United States Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Joseph Roach, StaffSergeant Michael Marriott, and loader driver, SRA Wade Hiens, all Armament Systems journeyman, 510th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, deployed from Aviano Air Base, Italy, upload a BDU-50 (Bomb Dummy Unit) onto an F-16C Fighting Falcon, in preparation for the final taining sortie of the day. Training Exercise Iron Claw, Kuchyna AB, Slovakia, 12 September 2000

United States Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Ed Neely, Armament Systems journeyman, 510th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, deployed from Aviano Air Base, Italy, performs an operational check of a SUU-22 (Suspended Underwing Unit) weapons pylon, Kuchyna AB, Slovakia. Training Exercise Iron Claw, 12 September 2000

United States Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Noah Park, a radio and television broadcaster, Det 8, Aviano Air Base, Italy, documents SRA Ed Neely, USAF, Armament Systems journeyman, 510th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, deployed from Aviano AB, performing an operational check of a SUU-22 (Suspended Underwing Unit) weapons pylon at Kuchyna AB, Slovakia. Training Exercise Iron Claw, 12 September 2000

Technical Sergeant Bob Fort, Air Traffic Controller, Oregon Air National Guard clears aircraft for the day's first sorties. Training Exercise IRON CLAW, Kuchyna Air Base, Slovakia (SVK), 13 September 2000

US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Patrick Paul, Munnitions Systems Journeyman, 31st Maintenance Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, empties a container of TP PGU-27B 20 millimeter target practice ammunition into a bin in preparation of separating the bullets into lot numbers. Training Exercise IRON CLAW, Kuchyna AB, Slovakia (SVK), 14 September 2000

US Air Force Technical Sergeant Kenneth Childre, a Munnitions Systems Craftsman, 31st Maintenance Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, finishes cycling a Universal Ammunition Loading system (UAL) so that it can be uploaded. Training Exercise IRON CLAW, Kuchyna AB, Slovakia (SVK), 14 September 2000

US Air force Technical Sergeant Kenneth Childre, Munnitions Systems Craftsman, 31st Maintenance Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, positions a bin used to catch cartridges coming out of a Universal Ammunition Loading system (UAL). Training Exercise IRON CLAW, Kuchyna AB, Slovakia (SVK), 14 September 2000

From left to right; US Air Force Technical Sergeant Kenneth Childre, a Munnitions Systems Craftsman, and SENIOR AIRMAN Paul Patrick, USAF, Munitions System Journeyman, 31st Maintenance Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, load TP PGU-27/B 20 mm target practice ammunition into a Universal Ammunition Loading system (UAL). Training Exercise IRON CLAW, Kuchyna AB, Slovakia (SVK), 14 September 2000

Members of a Slovakian news agency film an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, as it lifts-off from Kuchyna Air Base, Slovakia, on September 18, 2000 in support of Exercise IRON CLAW

An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, throws a swirl of smoke as it arrives from the range at Kuchyna Air Base, Slovakia on September 18, 2000 in support of Exercise IRON CLAW

US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Christopher Murdock, crewchief from the 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, directs an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft into a vacant parking slot at Kuchyna Air Base, Slovakia on September 18, 2000 in support of Exercise IRON CLAW

US Air Force Captain Dave"SPARKY" Hien gives the famous "Buzzard Claw" at Kuchyna Air Base, Slovakia. September, 18 2000 during Exercise IRON CLAW

US Marine Sergeant Marcel Cooper, Headquarters and Service Battallion Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia, wears the gold medal he won in the 58Kg Greco-Roman competition of the 19th World Military Wrestling Championship. SGT Cooper won the match with a pin. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune from Oct. 25-29. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States and Vietnam. Wrestlers will be competing in two different competitions, Free-Style and Greco-Roman

US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Jeff Cervone (In red), 21st Services Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, tries to turn over Van Bien Nguyen, from Vietnam, during the 54Kg Greco-Roman competition of the 19th World Military Wrestling Championship on October 26th, 2000, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. SRA Cervone won the match 5-2 and later that day took the bronze medal. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune from Oct. 25-29. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States and Vietnam...

US Marine Sergeant Marcel Cooper, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Legal Services, Quantico, Virginia, during the 58Kg Greco-Roman competition of the 19th World Military Wrestling Championship on October 26th, 2000. SGT Cooper won the match with a pin and won gold. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune from Oct. 25-29. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States and Vietnam. Wrestlers will be competing in two different competitions, Free-Style and Greco-Roman

US Marine Sergeant Marcel Cooper, sitting, and Lance Corporal Jacob Clark, both from Headquarters and Service Battallion, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia, await their first-round matches at the 19th World Military Wrestling Championships on October 25th, 2000, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Lejeune, from Oct. 25-29. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States, and Vietnam. Wrestlers will be competing in two different competitions; Free-Style and Greco-Roman

US Marine Corps Sergeant Duaine Martin, Headquarters and Service Battallion Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia, stretches before a match during the Greco-Roman 19th World Military Wrestling Championship at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Camp Lejeune. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States and Vietnam. Wrestlers will be competing in two different competitions, Free-Style and Greco-Roman. Founded on Feb. 18, 1948, CISM is one of the largest multi-disciplinary ...

US Marine Corps Sergeant Duaine Martin, Headquarters and Service Battallion Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia, mentally prepares before a match during the Greco-Roman 19th World Military Wrestling Championship at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Camp Lejeune. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States and Vietnam. Wrestlers will be competing in two different competitions, Free-Style and Greco-Roman. Founded on Feb. 18, 1948, CISM is one of the largest ...

US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Corey Farkas, from the 10th Civil Engineering Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, talks with US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Aaron Sieracki, from the 21st Services Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, before a match during the Greco-Roman 19th World Military Wrestling Championship held at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States and Vietnam. Wrestlers will be competing in...

US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Jeff Cervone, 21st Services Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, mentally prepares before a match during the Greco-Roman 19th World Military Wrestling Championship at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Camp Lejeune. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States and Vietnam. Wrestlers will be competing in two different competitions, Free-Style and Greco-Roman. Founded on Feb. 18, 1948, CISM is one of the largest multi-disciplinary ...

US Marine Sergeant Duaine Martin, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia, attempts to pin his opponent Cerpiz Papagan, from Turkey, to complete his 58-Kg Gold Medal match win at the19th World Military Wrestling Championships held at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, North Carolina, on October 26th, 2000. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Camp Lejeune from Oct. 25-29. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States, and Vietnam. The wrestlers will be competing in two different ...

US Marine Captain Daniel Hicks (Top), Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia, applies pressure to Suyalatu, of China, during his 2-1 win at the19th World Wrestling Championships held at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, North Carolina, on October 26th, 2000. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Lejeune, from Oct. 25-29. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States, and Vietnam. Wrestlers will be competing in two different competitions, Free-Style and Greco-Roman

US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Corey Farkas, 10th Civil Engineering Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, stretches before his match at the 19th World Military Wrestling Championships held at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, North Carolina, on October 26th, 2000. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Lejeune, from Oct. 25-29. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States and Vietnam. Wrestlers will be competing in two different competitions, Free-Style and Greco-Roman

US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Corey Farkas, 10th Civil Engineering Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, receives medical treatment from All Marine Wrestling Coach, Captain Jay Antonelli, Headquarters and Service Batalion, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia, at the19th World Wrestling Championships held at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, North Carolina, on October 26th, 2000. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Camp Lejeune from Oct. 25-29. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States, and Vietnam. The ...

US Marine Sergeant Duaine Martin (Right), Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia, attempts to score during the 58-Kg weight division Gold Medal match against Cerpiz Papagan, of Turkey, at the 19th World Military Wrestling Championships held at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, North Carolina, on October 26th, 2000. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Camp Lejeune from Oct. 25-29. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States, and Vietnam. The wrestlers will be competing in two ...

US Marine Sergeant Duaine Martin, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia, blocks Turkey's Cerpiz Papagan's offensive move during the 58-Kg Gold Medal match won by SGT Martin at the 19th World Military Wrestling Championships held at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, North Carlina, on October 26th, 2000. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Camp Lejeune from Oct. 25-29. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States, and Vietnam. The wrestlers will be competing in two different ...

US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Corey Farkas, 10th Civil Engineering Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, stands at the podium after receiving the Silver Medal for the 130-Kg weight division at the 19th World Wrestling Championships held at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, North Carolina, on October 26th, 2000. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Lejeune, from Oct. 25-29. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States, and Vietnam. Wrestlers will be competing in two different competitions, Free-Style and Greco-Roman

US Marine Sergeant Duaine Martin, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia, scores two points using the "gut wrench" move on Cerpiz Papagan, from Turkey, during the 58-Kg weight division Gold Medal match at the 19th World Military Wrestling Championships held at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, North Carolina, on October 26th, 2000. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Lejeune, from Oct. 25-29. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States, and Vietnam. Wrestlers will be competing in ...

US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Corey Farkas, 10th Civil Engineering Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, stretches before his match at the 19th World Military Wrestling Championships held at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, North Carolina, on October 26th, 2000. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Lejeune, from Oct. 25-29. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States and Vietnam. Wrestlers will be competing in two different competitions, Free-Style and Greco-Roman

Sergeant Duaine Martin, 32, Headquarters and Service (H&S) Battalion, Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia, tries to pin Cerpiz Papagan, Turkey, after pinning him in the gold medal round during the 58Kg Greco-Roman 19th World Military Wrestling Championship. Martin won the match with a pin and won gold. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) 19th World Military Wrestling Championship is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, from Oct. 25-29. Competing nations include - Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States and Vietnam. With a motto of "Friendship through Sport," CISM, with...

US Marine Sergeant Duaine Martin, Headquarters and Service Battallion, Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia, tries to pin Cerpiz Papagan, from Turkey, during the gold medal round of the 58Kg Greco-Roman competition in the 19th World Military Wrestling Championship on October 26th, 2000. SGT Martin won the match with a pin and won gold. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., from Oct. 25-29. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States and Vietnam. Wrestlers will be competing in two ...

US Marine Sergeant Duaine Martin, Headquarters and Service Battallion, Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia, pins Cerpiz Papagan from Turkey, in the gold medal round, 58Kg Greco-Roman competition of the 19th World Military Wrestling Championship on October 26th, 2000. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., from Oct. 25-29. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States and Vietnam. Wrestlers will be competing in two different competitions, Free-Style and Greco-Roman

US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Corey Farkas, 10th Civil Engineering Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, bleeds from his eyebrow as Nico Schmidt, from Germany, reacts during their 130-Kg weight division match at the 19th World Wrestling Championships held at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, North Carolina, on October 26th, 2000. SRA Farkas wins 3-1. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Camp Lejeune from Oct. 25-29. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States, and Vietnam. The wrestlers will be competing in two...

All Marine Wrestilng Coach Captain Jay Antonelli (Left), from Headquarters and Service Battallion, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, fans off US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Aaron Sieracki, 21st Services Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, on October 26th, 2000. SRA Sieracki was in a 30-second rest period of his match with Attila Batky, from Slovakia (Not shown), during the 85Kg Greco-Roman competition of the 19th World Military Wrestling Championship. SRA Sieracki lost the match 1-5. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune from Oct. 25-29...

Xiaosheng Fang, from China, turns his opponent Anthanasios Kydros, from Greece, for points during the 85-Kg Free-Style 19th World Military Wrestling Championship. Fang won the match 5-1. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States and Vietnam. Wrestlers will be competing in two different competitions, Free-Style and Greco-Roman. Founded on Feb. 18, 1948, CISM is one of the largest multi-disciplinary organizations in the world. With a motto of ...

Isa Kale, from Turkey, holds on to the leg of US Marine Corps Sergeant Brian VanHoven, Headquarters and Service Battallion Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia, during the 69-Kg Free-Style 19th World Military Wrestling Championship. Kale won the match with a technical fall, 10-0 (4:11). The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States and Vietnam. Wrestlers will be competing in two different competitions, Free-Style and Greco-Roman. Founded on Feb. 18, ...

US Army SPECIALIST, Fourth Class Eric Albarracin, from Fort Carson, Colorado, tries to turn his opponent HanChao, during the 54-Kg Free-Style 19th World Military Wrestling Championship. SPC Albarracin won the match in overtime, 2-1. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States and Vietnam. Wrestlers will be competing in two different competitions, Free-Style and Greco-Roman. Founded on Feb. 18, 1948, CISM is one of the largest multi-disciplinary ...

Marine Military Policeman, Frank Workman, from New River Air Station, North Carolina, tries to take down Aydin Polatci, from Turkey, during the 130-Kg Free-Style 19th World Military Wrestling Championship. Polatci won the match with a technical fall, 12-1 (2:58). The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States and Vietnam. Wrestlers will be competing in two different competitions, Free-Style and Greco-Roman. Founded on Feb. 18, 1948, CISM is one of the...

US Marine Corps Corporal Joey Clark, Headquarters and Service Battallion Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia, looks for an opening against his opponent Salamao Rodrigues, from Brazil, during the 76-Kg Free-Style 19th World Military Wrestling Championship. CPL Clark won the match with a technical fall, 10-0. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States and Vietnam. Wrestlers will be competing in two different competitions, Free-Style and Greco-Roman...

US Marine Corps Corporal Ken Owens, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia, attempts to score against Nuri Zengin, from Turkey, at the 19th World Military Wrestling Championships held at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, North Carolina. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Camp Lejeune from Oct. 25-29. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States, and Vietnam. The wrestlers will be competing in two different competitions; Free-Style and Greco-Roman. Founded on Feb. 18, 1948, CISM is...

US Army SPECIALIST, Fourth Class Jeff Beddard, from Fort Carson, Colorado, works on his opponent Vladimir Chamula, from Slovakia, during the 63Kg Free-Style 19th World Military Wrestling Championship. SPC Beddard won the match 4-1. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, United States and Vietnam. The wrestlers will be competing in two different competitions, Free-Style and Greco-Roman. Founded on Feb. 18, 1948, CISM is one of the largest ...

Isa Kale, from Turkey, takes down George Moustopoulos, from Greece, during the 69Kg Free-Style 19th World Military Wrestling Championship. Kale won the match 8-0. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, United States and Vietnam. The wrestlers will be competing in two different competitions, Free-Style and Greco-Roman. Founded on Feb. 18, 1948, CISM is one of the largest multi-disciplinary organizations in the world. With a motto of "Friendship...

US Army SPECIALIST Jason Kutz (Left), Fort Carson, Colorado, is presented the Silver Medal after losing to Junyong Liu (Not shown), from China, during the finals of the 58Kg Free-Style, 19th World Military Wrestling Championship, on October 29th, 2000. Liu won the match 6-3 taking home the Gold. An unidentified German Officer presents SPC Kuntz with his medal. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune, N.C., 25-29 Oct. 00. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, United States and Vietnam. The wrestlers...

US Army SPECIALIST Jason Kutz, Fort Carson, Colorado (Right), tries to take down Junyong Liu, from China, during the finals of the 58-Kg Free-Style, 19th World Military Wrestling Championship, on October 29th, 2000. Liu won the match 6-3 taking home the Gold. SPC Kutz took Silver. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Lejeune, from Oct. 25-29. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States and Vietnam. Wrestlers will be competing in two different competitions, Free-Style and Greco-Roman

US Marine Corporal Joey Clark, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia, wears the Silver Medal after losing to Bulent Dagdimir (Not shown), from Germany, during the finals of the 76Kg Free-Style, 19th World Military Wrestling Championship, on October 29th, 2000. Dagdimir won the match 12-5 taking home the Gold. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune, N.C., 25-29 Oct. 00. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, United States and Vietnam. The wrestlers will be ...

US Marine Corps Assistant Wrestling Coach Greg Gibson, from the Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia, shows 9th grade Jacksonville High wrestler Chance Marsh, 14, some pointers before the Medal rounds matches at the 19th World Military Wrestling Championships held at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, North Carolina, on October 29th, 2000. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Camp Lejeune from Oct. 25-29. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States, and Vietnam. The wrestlers will...

US Army SPECIALIST Jason Kutz, Fort Carson, Colorado, wears the Silver Medal after losing to Junyong Liu, from China, during the finals of the 58Kg Free-Style, 19th World Military Wrestling Championship, on October 29th, 2000. Liu won the match 6-3 taking home the Gold. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune, N.C., 25-29 Oct. 00. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, United States and Vietnam. The wrestlers will be competing in two different competitions, Free-Style and Greco-Roman

US Marine Sergeant Brian Van Hoven, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia, tries to escape from George Moustopoulos, from Greece, during the 69Kg Free-Style 19th World Military Wrestling Championship on October 29, 2000. Moustopoulos won the match with a technical fall, 10-0 (5:45). The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, 25-29 Oct. 2000. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, United States and Vietnam. The wrestlers will be competing in two ...

Turkey's wrestling coach (In background) shouts instructions to Hasan Ergin, from Turkey, while in a match with US Marine Corps Corporal Joey Clark (On the bottom), Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia, during the 76Kg Free-Style, 19th World Military Wrestling Championship, on Sunday, October 29th, 2000. CPL Clark won the match 7-5. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, 25-29 Oct. 00. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, United States and ...

US Army SPECIALIST Jeff Beddard, Fort Carson, Colorado, wears the Gold Medal after beating Surigalatu (Not shown), from China, during the finals of the 63Kg Free-Style, 19th World Military Wrestling Championship, on October 29th, 2000. SPC Beddard won the match 9-1 taking home the Gold. Surigalatu took Silver. The Conseil International du Sport Militaire 19th World Military Wrestling Championship (CISM) is a multi-national wrestling tournament hosted by Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune, N.C., 25-29 Oct. 00. Competing nations include: Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, United States and Vietnam. The wrestlers will be competing in two different competitions, ...

US Air Force STAFF Sergeant Tracy Lintz, 603rd Air Control Squadron, Electrical Power Production craftsman, performs a functional check on equipment which allows the deployed Air Traffic Control personnel to communicate directly with the aircraft at Malacky Air Base, Republic of Slovakia

US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Terry Rockett, 31st Maintenance Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, installs a BDU-33 yoke adapter in preparation for the uploading munitions on an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 555th Fighter Squadron at Malacky Air Base, Republic of Slovakia

US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN James Sanchez, 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, prepares a Triple Ejector Rack 9A (TER-9A) for the attachment of inert practice munitions at Malacky Air Base, Republic of Slovakia

Making annotations in an aircraft log, US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Jason Via, 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, performs post-flight checks on an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft after arrival at Malacky Air Base, Republic of Slovakia, for a Weapons Training Deployment. The range at Malacky allows the 555th Fighter Squadron to maintain proficiency and accuracy in armament delivery

An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, throws a trail of water upon landing at Malacky Air Base, Republic of Slovakia. The 555th is in Slovakia for a Weapons Training Deployment which will improve their efficiency at armament delivery

US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Ryan Alfke, crewchief for the 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, marshalls an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft into position for parking after a sortie at Malacky Air Base, Republic of Slovakia