U.S. Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force fire a FGM-148 Javelin at Babadag Training Area, Romania, May 19. U.S. Marines, Romanian and Bulgarian service members trained in the use of anti-armor weapon systems on the opening day of Platinum Eagle 15. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Jessica Smith)
U.S. Marine MV-22B Ospreys from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa departed Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base, Romania, with a platoon of Marines from the Black Sea Rotational Force to support a multilateral training exercise during Platinum Eagle 15, May 26, 2015. The Ospreys left Morón Air Base, Spain, earlier in the week, and arrived to work with their allies from the Bulgarian and Romanian armed forces. The Ospreys delivered the Marines to the Babadag Training Area, where they demonstrated their ability to conduct security operations. The training represents the first time Ospreys have conducted multilateral training in Romania, where members of BSRF have established a growing relationship with partner Romanian forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paul Peterson/Released)
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 3rd Class David Hubbard, from Huntington Station, N.Y., and assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 8, conducts pre-dive checks prior to participating in mine countermeasure operations in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Estonia, May 25, during Exercise Open Spirit 2015. EODMU 8 is working in conjunction with EOD teams from Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden to dispose of unexploded ordnance originating from World War II. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Patrick A. Ratcliff/ Released)
U.S. and European security forces discuss their strategy prior to breaching a hardened facility during a combat training course on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 30, 2015. Battlefield Leaders Assaulter Course, Integrated Combat Essentials -- or BLAC ICE is designed to teach security forces members from multiple countries advanced tactics and shooting skills for use in the event of a base security breach. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane)
A U.S. Air Force security forces Airman secures the outside of a hardened facility after neutralizing the opposing force during a combat training course on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 30, 2015. Battlefield Leaders Assaulter Course, Integrated Combat Essentials -- or BLAC ICE is designed to teach security forces members from multiple countries advanced tactics and shooting skills for use in the event of a base security breach. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane)
Leaders from 11 nations meet to discuss Arctic Security
Representatives from 11 nations across Europe and North America met for the Arctic Security Forces Roundtable in order to promote regional understanding and enhance multilateral security operations within the Arctic area.
Icelandic Coast Guard Rear Admiral Georg Lárusson, U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Randy Kee and Norwegian Army Maj. Gen. Odin Johannessen listen to a presentation during the Arctic Security Forces Roundtable, May 12, 2015 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Kee and Johannessen co-led the conference, while Lárusson led coordination of host nation support. Representatives from 11 nations across Europe and North America met for the ASFR in order to promote regional understanding and enhance multilateral security operations within the Arctic area.
U.S. Soldiers and Airmen, assigned to various units throughout Europe, rappel from a UH-60 Black Hawk during an air assault course at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, June 9, 2015. The course is being conducted through the 7th Army Combined Arms Training Center by a mobile training team from Ft. Bragg and marks the first time the Air Assault Course has been held at the newly-built and renovated air assault facilities of the Grafenwoehr Training Area. (U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Markus Rauchenberger/released)
U.S. Marine Sgt. Steven Mashburn, a squad leader with Black Sea Rotational Force, right, holds the American flag during the opening ceremony for Exercise Saber Strike at the Pabrade Training Area, Lithuania, June 8, 2015. The exercise brings NATO and other partner nations together for a multilateral training event designed to promote regional stability and security, strengthen partnerships, and foster trust. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paul Peterson/Released)
George Shenkle, World War II veteran and former U.S. Army Soldier with the Easy Company, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, reacts as U.S. Army Soldiers parachute over the historic La Fiere drop zone near Sainte Mere Eglise, Normandy, France, June 7, 2015, to commemorate the 71st Anniversary of D-Day. More than 380 U.S. service members from Europe and affiliated D-Day historical units participated in the 71st Anniversary air drop as part of Joint Task Force D-Day 71. The task force, based in Sainte Mere Eglise, France, is supporting local events across Normandy, from June 2-8, 2015, to commemorate the selfless actions by all the Allies on D-Day that continue to resonate 71 years later. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Brian Bahret)
US Navy Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) amphibious crafts perform maneuvers during Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) June 12, 2015. BALTOPS is an annual multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, as well as demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Timothy M. Ahearn/Released)
U.S. Army soldiers discuss field communications techniques and equipment with sailors aboard USS San Antonio LPD-17 June 12, during Baltic Operations 2015 (BALTOPS). BALTOPS is an annual multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, as well as demonstrate resolve among allied and partnered forces to defend the Baltic region. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam C. Stapleton.)
DCOM Recognizes University of North Georgia Student
STUTTGART, Germany - Ms. Erika Evans, University of North Georgia student, met with Lt. Gen. William Garrett III, U.S. European Command Deputy Commander here Jun. 11, 2015. Evans successfully completed a four-month internship with EUCOM's J-5/8 Policy, Strategy and Partnering Directorate and was recently selected as a Fulbright Scholar to continue her studies in International Affairs. Lt. Gen. Garrett, a University of North Georgia alumnus, presented Evans with a coin and thanked her for her outstanding work, especially her efforts in support of the Northern European Chiefs of Defense Conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark, May 27-28.
Lt. Col. Kyle Reed (foreground left), commander of 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, presents an award to a soldier from the Ukrainian national guard's 3029th Regiment during a Fearless Guardian graduation ceremony June 13, 2015, in Yavoriv, Ukraine. Paratroopers from the 173rd Abn. Bde. are in Ukraine for the first of several planned rotations to train Ukraine's newly-formed national guard as part of Fearless Guardian, which is scheduled to last six months. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alexander Skripnichuk, 13th Public Affairs Detachment)
Soldiers with C Battery, 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery Regiment, fire a Paladin M109A6 Artillery System June 18, 2015 at the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area in Poland during Saber Strike 15. Encompassing more than 6,000 participants from 13 different nations, Saber Strike is a longstanding U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative training exercise. Designed to improve joint operational capability in a range of missions as well as preparing the participating nations and units to support multinational contingency operations, this year's exercise takes place across Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Marcus Floyd, 13th Public Affairs Detachment)
Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 159th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade take off in a Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter June 18, 2015, in Mirosławiec, Poland, during Saber Strike 15. Encompassing more than 6,000 participants from 13 different nations, Saber Strike is a long-standing U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative training exercise. Designed to improve joint operational capability in a range of missions as well as preparing the participating nations and units to support multinational contingency operations, this year's exercise takes place across Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Marcus Floyd, 13th Public Affairs Detachment)
The United Kingdom’s Royal Navy’s flagship, the HMS Ocean, positioned herself alongside other ships during the photo exercise showcasing the amphibious assets for BALTOPS 2015, June 8, 2015. The exercise is an annually recurring multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, as well as demonstrate resolve of allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Sarah E. Burns)
A Combat Rescue Officer from the 321st Special Tactics Squadron scans the perimeter while participating in an exercise June 25, 2015, at RAF Sculthorpe in Norfolk, England. Combat Rescue Officers, CRO’s, organize and strategize recovery missions, train and equip rescue personnel and manage and develop survival skills programs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victoria H. Taylor)
Cmdr. Darren Dugan, commanding officer, USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) conducts an on-camera interview with Estonian media July 8, 2015. Jason Dunham, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Weston Jones/Released)
U.S. Air Force crew chiefs from the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron perform maintenance on a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft engine during a theater security package deployment to Lask Air Base, Poland, July 9, 2015. The U.S. and Polish air forces will conduct training aimed to strengthen interoperability and demonstrate the countries' shared commitment to the security and stability of Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)
150901-N-FQ994-290 ODESA, Ukraine (Sept. 1, 2015) USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and Ukrainian navy ship UKRS Hetman Sahaydachniy (U130) moored in Odesa, Ukraine for Sea Breeze 2015. Sea Breeze is an air, land and maritime exercise designed to improve maritime safety, security and stability in the Black Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)