U.S. Active and Reserve service members are taking part in Cornerstone 03 from 15 May to 15 July 2003, near Constanta, Romania.
Members of the Army Reserve's 803rd Engineering Company from Washington along with 844th Engineering Company from Tennessee, Elements of the Air Force Reserve's 419th, 446th and 908th Construction Engineering Squadrons, medical personnel from the Alabama Air National Guard, Staff augmentees from the 22nd Naval Construction Regiment (22NCR) are joined by the Romanian Military and the South-Eastern Europe Brigade's (SEEBRIG) Engineer Task Force (ETF) for the multinational exercise being conducted in the spirit of the Partnership for Peace Program.
Approximately 450 people are participating in this exercise, 280 of which are from the United States. U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe ( MARFOREUR) are the lead U.S. Component for Cornerstone 03.
As members of Seebrig, forces from the following nations are scheduled to participate: Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Romania, Turkey, Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of
Participating forces will train in task force and coalition organization and management while exe4cuting selected engineer projects to improve the operational capability and infrastructure of Capu Midia Air Defense base, Mihail Kogalniceanu airfield, Babadag training base, and a humanitarian assistance project - an elementary school in Corbu village, located approximately 30 km from Constanta. In addition, non-lethal weapons familiarization events will be held to introduce the Romanian military to non-lethal weapons as an alternative in providing force protection measures.
Representatives of the U.S. Joint non-lethal weapons lab are on hand for the event. This is the tenth and final Cornerstone exercise conducted in Europe.
The latest developments for this exercise are released through the Press Information Center in Constanta, Romania.
Previously exercise Cornerstone has been held in Albania, Republic of Georgia, Bulgaria, Latvia as well as Moldova, Estonia and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in coordination with the respective Partnership for Peace stateside units.