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VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Republic of Georgia-In front of a color detail with the national colors of America and the Republic of Georgia and the unit colors of the U.S. Marine Corps and Georgian military, Maj. Eric J. Andersen, executive officer Black Sea Rotational Force 11 and Kent, Wash., native,  â?forms the troops for the opening ceremony of Exercise Agile Spirit 2011, marking the official start of what is scheduled to be an annual training event with the partner nation. Marines with Alpha Company of Anti-Terrorism Battalion, and 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion deployed to Georgia for their annual training to supplement the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force deployment of BSRF-11, to conduct counterinsurgency and peacekeeping operations training at Vaziani Training Area. , Cpl. Tatum Vayavananda

For more than 60 years, U.S. European Command (EUCOM) has worked with NATO and other partner nations to address regional issues and keep the peace in Europe and parts of the Middle East and Eurasia. From the Cold War to more recent conflicts in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Libya, EUCOM has prospered in action by being inextricably linked with its diplomatic partners. Forging and maintaining ongoing solid, trusted relationships with countries in EUCOM’s region helps expand everyone’s military capacity.

Partnering, in the same way that is at NATO's very foundation, is about building upon a shared interest. Strong partnerships allow for adaptability and shared security within an ever-changing global environment. Cohesive efforts and a solid understanding of each other’s capacity to react militarily readies the United States and its partners to respond cohesively to today’s global challenges and opportunities.

EUCOM is at the nucleus for NATO and other initiatives that develop stronger partnerships within the European theater. Its directorates of dedicated staff provide support like the Plans and Policy Directorate (J5) planning collaborative, robust military-to-military training with our European partners and Russia. The Logistics and Security Assistance Directorate (J4) provides humanitarian assistance, stepping in to build hospitals or schools or provide other aid as requested and within the parameters of EUCOM’s mission. The Command, Control and Communications Directorate (J6) conducts the largest multi-national telecommunication exercise in the world with Exercise Combined Endeavor;  and its EUCOM’s Interagency Partnering Directorate (J9) that collaborates with public and private partners to help EUCOM achieve a “whole of society” approach to a wide cadre of issues.

EUCOM’s value as we move forward in today’s ever-changing world lies in its ability to maintain strong partners while proactively seeking to uncover new partnering opportunities with other countries within NATO enterprises, U.S. government entities, academics and NGOs to promote a peaceful, stable region.

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A Hungarian Special Forces Medic, right, directs the evacuation of a simulated casualty to safety to his Romanian SOF medic counterpart during the Field Training Exercise as part of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) course held in Udbina, Croatia. 
U.S. Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) developed and conducted the TCCC Train-the-Trainer course to enhance the SOF capability and interoperability of SOF medics from eight NATO and partner nations, but most importantly, to incorporate one recognized standard for managing trauma on the battlefield. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Donald Sparks, SOCEUR Public Affairs Officer  â? photo approved for public release by Master Sgt. Donald Sparks, SOCEUR PAO).

Ready Forces

MORAG, Poland -- A member of Moraggâ?s local TV station along with a group of other people from Morag watch as Soldiers from Alpha Battery, 5th Battalion 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, U.S. Army Europe, conduct railhead unloading operations here, May 24. Although no actual missiles were shipped, this is the first time a U.S. missile system has come to Poland for a new training program intended to familiarize Polish armed forces on the Patriot Missile system. The training is designed to provide mutual benefits for improving Polish defense capabilities while developing U.S. patriot crew members and batteries. This type of mutual training helps to expand U.S. and Poland air and missile defense cooperation while strengthening the partnership between the U.S. and Poland. The official opening of the training hosted by Polish officials, the U.S. Ambassador to Poland and USAREUR is scheduled for May 26 in Morag. (U.S. Army Europe photo by Sgt. Daniel J. Nichols)

Ballistic Missile Defense

KRTSANISI, Georgia — Brig. Gen. Paul W. Brier, commander of Marine Forces Europe and Marine Forces Africa, discusses the Georgia Deployment Program training with the base commander during a visit to the Krtsanis Training Area (KTA). Marines with Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group (MCTAG) have been working with infantry battalions from the Republic of Georgia Armed Forces to train them for deployments to Afghanistan in support of International Security and Assistance Forces there. During his two-day visit, Brig. Gen. Brier also attended a ceremony marking the historic deployment of the Georgian 31st Light Infantry Battalion to support Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan. The 31st Battalion has been training with Marines from Marine Forces Europe and MCTAG for the past six months as the first of four Georgian battalions participating in the Georgia Deployment Program. The deployment marks the first time a foreign military force will deploy as part of a Marine Regimental

Georgia Deployment Program

Norwegian special operations forces clear the deck of ROS Midia (LSNS 283) as a part of Exercise Jackal Stone 2011, on Sept. 14, 2011, in Romania. Jackal Stone is an annual multinational special operations exercise designed to promote cooperation and interoperability between participating forces, build functional capacity and enhance readiness. This year nine nations are participating in various locations in Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine.

Exercise Jackal Stone

Grafenwoehr Germany - First Lt. Alexander Silivestru, Moldovan army, tracks statistics of a morning mission during Combined Endeavor 11 in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Sept. 18, 2011. Combined Endeavor is the largest theater security cooperation communications exercise in the world, combining 40 different countries from NATO, Partnership for Peace, and strategic partners. 
 (Photo by US Army Staff Sgt. Shawnon Lott / Released)

Exercise Combined Endeavor

Capt. Barbara Bujak, physical therapist at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, speaks in her native tongue, Polish, with members of Multinational Battle Group East's Polish Contingent and European Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo. Bujak, who was born in Poland, moved to the U.S. at age 11 and joined the U.S. Army five years ago. Bujak's temporary assignment at Camp Bondsteel allowed her to experience a familiar ceremony in a new location.

Military-to-Military Engagement Program

VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia — Troops from Georgia, the United States, Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Ukraine stood together, here, for the last time on July 30, at the closing ceremony of this year's Immediate Response exercise.  During the exercise troops conducted hundreds of live-fire and situational training exercises; combat lifesaver classes; and Improvised Explosive Device training.  Immediate Response is an annual bilateral security cooperation exercise conducted between the U.S. and NATO and coalition partners.  The purpose of this year's exercise was to increase the cooperation and partnership between U.S. and Georgian forces while preparing the Georgian Military for operations in Iraq. (Department of Defense photo by Army Capt. Bryan Woods)

Partnership for Peace

SPP Soldiers

National Guard State Partnership Program

CLU-NAPOKA, Romania — Air Force Chaplain (Capt.) Eric Boyer, 404th Air Expeditionary Group chaplain, meets Romanian Orthodox Church Archbishop Valeriu Anania during a trip to a cathedral here. The meeting concluded a "spiritual relations" visit between Romanian Military Chaplains and Chaplain Boyer during his deployment to Campia Turzii, Romania in support of Operation Noble Endeavor. (Department of Defense photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

International Chief of Chaplains Conference

International Legal Conference

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany (March 20, 2011) - Airmen from the 726th Air Mobility Squadron load cargo into a C-130J Super Hercules in support of Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn (JTF OD). JTF OD is the U.S. Africa Command task force established to support the larger international response to the unrest in Libya.  A broad coalition of nations are partnering to enforce U.N. Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973, which authorizes all necessary means to protect civilians in Libya under threat of attack by Qadhafi regime forces.  JTF Odyssey Dawn is commanded by Adm. Samuel J. Locklear, III. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nathanael Callon/Released)

J4 - Logistics

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia — Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexandra Arroyo, assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), draws pictures with Russian navy cadet Arthur Stun, Logistics Specialist Seaman Sergio Torres and local children at the Vladivostok children's cancer ward May 7. Blue Ridge sailors will be engaged in a number of community outreach events in Vladivostok and will march with members of the Russian military during a parade to commemorate the 65th anniversary of Victory Day, a national holiday in Russia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian A. Stone)

J5/8 - Policy, Strategy, Partnering and Capabilities

Combined Endeavor, sponsored by United States European Command, is the world's largest command, control, communications and computer systems exercise designed to build and enhance communications and network interoperability between 40 nations and international organizations.

J6 – C4/Cyber

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J9 – Interagency Partnering

Our Forces

SOLNOK, Hungary — During the Ohio National Guard's Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT) homecoming ceremony here Aug. 15, Maj. Gen. Gregory L. Wayt, Ohio's adjutant general, presented Capt. Robert H. Paley with an award for his hard work and dedication. The team spent the last year working together with Hungarian soldiers training the Afghan National Army forces. (Department of Defense photo by 1st Lt. Nicole Ashcroft)

U.S. Army, Europe

A US Airman waits to offload the final pallets from the cargo aircraft which arrived in Russia from Sigonella delivering firefighting equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Keith Houin provided in real time via smartphone/RELEASED)

U.S. Air Forces in Europe

VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Republic of Georgia-Gunnery Sgt. Charles Evers, an infantryman with Black Sea Rotational Force 11, draws a diagram on the floor for a Georgian soldier during Military Operations in an Urban Terrain training here July 19 as part of Exercise Agile Spirit 2011. Agile Spirit is designed to increase interoperability between the forces by exchanging and enhancing each otherrâ?s capacity in counterinsurgency and peacekeeping operations, including: small unit tactics, convoy operations, and counter-Improvised Explosive Device training. (Cpl. Nana Dannsaappiah)

U.S. Marine Forces Europe

AUGUSTA BAY, Sicily (March 16, 2011) - USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20), the U.S. Sixth Fleet flag ship homeported out of Gaeta, Italy, and USS Ponce (LPD 15), an amphibious transport dock ship homeported out of Norfolk, Va., take on supplies while inport Augusta Bay, Sicily. Both ships are operating in the Mediterranean Sea as part of a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of responsibility.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary Keen/Released)

U.S. Naval Forces Europe

A special forces noncommissioned officer from 1st Battalion, 10 Special Forces Group (Airborne) rushes toward the ramp of an MH-47G Chinook helicopter for a fast rope insertion after receiving the exit signal from two 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) crews chiefs during the opening ceremonies of Jackal Stone 2010. Jackal Stone 10, hosted by Poland and Lithuania this year, is an annual international special operations forces (SOF) exercise held in Europe. Its objective is to enhance capabilities and interoperability amongst the participating special operations forces and as well as build mutual respect while sharing doctrinal concepts. The exercise, which is coordinated with U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, includes Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Croatia, Romania, and Ukraine participating. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jason Cauley)

U.S. Special Operations Command Europe

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