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When an Azerbaijani soldier’s weapon jams during a

When an Azerbaijani soldier’s weapon jams during a

When an Azerbaijani soldier’s weapon jams during a familiarization course with a U.S.-issued service rifle, Lance Cpl. Nathan E. Gibson, infantryman and native of Chickamauga, Ga., Black Sea Rotational Force 11... More

A Serbian soldier peers out of the window of an urban-combat

A Serbian soldier peers out of the window of an urban-combat

A Serbian soldier peers out of the window of an urban-combat facility while providing security for the combined-forces convoy of Serbian and Bulgarian troops during a cordon, search and seizure training exercis... More

Sgt. Spencer McAvoy, a squad leader with Company A,

Sgt. Spencer McAvoy, a squad leader with Company A,

Sgt. Spencer McAvoy, a squad leader with Company A, Anti-Terrorism Battalion, clears a room with Georgian soldiers July 19 during Exercise Agile Spirit 2011. Agile Spirit is designed to increase interoperabilit... More

Sgt. Nicholas Maugeri, squad leader with Company A,

Sgt. Nicholas Maugeri, squad leader with Company A,

Sgt. Nicholas Maugeri, squad leader with Company A, Anti-Terrorism Battalion, teams up with Georgian soldiers to conduct Military Operations in an Urban Terrain training July 19 during Exercise Agile Spirit 201... More

The U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Squadron, the

The U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Squadron, the

The U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, headline the “Thunder Over Romania” air show, that was attended by local vendors as well as U.S. Marines from Black Sea Rotational Force 11, t... More

U.S. Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force 11 got

U.S. Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force 11 got

U.S. Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force 11 got the opportunity to shoot Bulgarian Rocket Propelled Grenade-7 launchers, the most widely-used anti-tank weapon in the world, under the supervision of Bulgari... More

Lance Cpl. Chad Nicks, a combat engineer with Black

Lance Cpl. Chad Nicks, a combat engineer with Black

Lance Cpl. Chad Nicks, a combat engineer with Black Sea Rotational Force 11, and Milan, Mich., native, dumps paint into tray while renovating a senior citizens home here July 26. The Marines were in Georgia fo... More

Before familiarizing himself with a mounted .50 caliber

Before familiarizing himself with a mounted .50 caliber

Before familiarizing himself with a mounted .50 caliber machine gun, a Serbian soldier performs a function check under the close supervision of Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Bauer, native of Elk Grove, Calif., on the le... More

After clearing a building in the urban-combat facility,

After clearing a building in the urban-combat facility,

After clearing a building in the urban-combat facility, a Serbian infantryman links up with the Bulgarian rifleman providing perimeter security for his fire team during a combined-forces cordon, search and seiz... More

Commanding General of Marine Corps Forces Command speaks to Black Sea Rotational Force 11

Commanding General of Marine Corps Forces Command speaks to Black Sea ...

Lt. Gen. Dennis J. Hejlik, the commanding general of Marine Corps Forces Command, speaks to Marines and sailors of the Black Sea Rotational Force 11 about the importance of their upcoming deployment to the Blac... More

Finishing his last repetitions with the help of Lance

Finishing his last repetitions with the help of Lance

Finishing his last repetitions with the help of Lance Cpl. Humberto Rodriguez, Tyler, Texas, native and motor transport operator, Black Sea Rotational Force 11, a Romanian child does pull-ups at the U.S. Marine... More

Sgt. Jeff R. Kunkel, a squad leader with Black Sea

Sgt. Jeff R. Kunkel, a squad leader with Black Sea

Sgt. Jeff R. Kunkel, a squad leader with Black Sea Rotational Force 11, waits for instructions from the combat marksmanship instructors at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1. More than 100 reserve Marines throughou... More

U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Georgia John R.

U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Georgia John R.

U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Georgia John R. Bass (far right) receives an award on the behalf of Marine combat engineers July 27 for renovating a senior citizens home here. The Marines were in Georgia for... More

A Serbian infantryman shoots Table 3 of the Marine

A Serbian infantryman shoots Table 3 of the Marine

A Serbian infantryman shoots Table 3 of the Marine Corps Combat Marksmanship Course for his first time alongside a Bulgarian soldier while participating in Black Sea Rotational Force 11 to improve close-quarter... More

During a foreign weapons familiarization with Bulgarian

During a foreign weapons familiarization with Bulgarian

During a foreign weapons familiarization with Bulgarian and Serbians soldiers, Sgt. Steven Encinias, rifleman and native of Albuquerque, N.M., Black Sea Rotational Force 11, swaps his M4 carbine service rifle f... More

During a period-of-instruction for convoy operations,

During a period-of-instruction for convoy operations,

During a period-of-instruction for convoy operations, Cpl. Nicholas Porter, rifleman and Amarillo, Texas, native, Black Sea Rotational Force 11, advises a Serbian soldier on the responsibilities of a “gunner” w... More

Since coming to America from Wexford, Ireland, 14 years

Since coming to America from Wexford, Ireland, 14 years

Since coming to America from Wexford, Ireland, 14 years ago, Petty Officer 2nd Class Anastatia M. Dobbs, a hospital corpsman, worked in an Irish pub, as a babysitter and as a nanny before deciding to enlist in ... More

While playing High-Valued-Targets  during a combined-forces

While playing High-Valued-Targets during a combined-forces

While playing High-Valued-Targets during a combined-forces cordon, search and seizure training exercise with U.S., Bulgarian and Serbian troops, Gunnery Sgt. Daniel A. Devine, Amarillo, Texas, native and groun... More

Marines with the ground combat element, Black Sea Rotational

Marines with the ground combat element, Black Sea Rotational

Marines with the ground combat element, Black Sea Rotational Force 11, shoot on-the-move for Table 4 drills of the Combat Marksmanship Program at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1. The BSRF-11 is a Special-Purpose... More

Project Handclasp

Project Handclasp

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Todd Schunks, right, a Marine assigned to Black Sea Rotational Force 11, high fives a girl from a kindergarten class in Constanta, Romania, June 8, 2011, during a community service projec... More

Gunnery Sgt. Charles Evers, an infantryman with Black

Gunnery Sgt. Charles Evers, an infantryman with Black

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 July 19 as part of Exer... More

Displaying aerial finesse for a crowd of spectators,

Displaying aerial finesse for a crowd of spectators,

Displaying aerial finesse for a crowd of spectators, Ranger 29 and Ranger 28, two KC-130T Hercules aircrafts flown by the Air Combat Element of Black Sea Rotational Force 11, perform a “section overhead break,”... More

A Serbian convoy is tested on their reaction to an

A Serbian convoy is tested on their reaction to an

A Serbian convoy is tested on their reaction to an Improvised-Explosive Device as their lead vehicle is hit by a simulated road-side bomb during convoy operations around the remote roads of the training area. B... More

In front of a three-nation formation, at an opening

In front of a three-nation formation, at an opening

In front of a three-nation formation, at an opening ceremony for a combined-forces exercise with Serbia and Bulgaria, Cpl. Michael J. Harding, Placerville, Calif., native and a rifleman with Black Sea Rotationa... More

Lt. Col. Nelson S. Cardella, commanding officer, Black

Lt. Col. Nelson S. Cardella, commanding officer, Black

Lt. Col. Nelson S. Cardella, commanding officer, Black Sea Rotational Force 11, addresses the class of Bulgarian non-commissioned officer instructors and U.S. Marine non-commissioned officers on the completion ... More

Pamela G. Hutchings, field program director of U.S.

Pamela G. Hutchings, field program director of U.S.

Pamela G. Hutchings, field program director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Vienna, Austria, leads Petty Officer 2nd Class Anastatia M. Dobbs, a hospital corpsman, as she pledges the Oath... More

Form the Troops!

Form the Troops!

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 ... More

Nino Dvalishvili, director of a senior citizens home,

Nino Dvalishvili, director of a senior citizens home,

Nino Dvalishvili, director of a senior citizens home, here, toasts to Marines July 26 for renovating three rooms in her senior citizens home. The Marines were in Georgia for Exercise Agile Spirit 2011, an exerc... More

A Marine combat engineer with Black Sea Rotational

A Marine combat engineer with Black Sea Rotational

A Marine combat engineer with Black Sea Rotational Force 2011 removes ceramic tiles from a wall while renovating a senior citizens home here July 20. The Marines were in Georgia for Exercise Agile Spirit 2011, ... More

Maj. Todd Schunks, a Marine assigned to the Black Sea

Maj. Todd Schunks, a Marine assigned to the Black Sea

Maj. Todd Schunks, a Marine assigned to the Black Sea Rotational Force 11, high-fives a girl from the Constanta Kindergarten #46 class during a community service project provided by Project Handclasp. Monterey ... More

An Azerbaijani soldier shoots an M-16 service rifle

An Azerbaijani soldier shoots an M-16 service rifle

An Azerbaijani soldier shoots an M-16 service rifle while training with Marines in close-quarters, combat marksmanship techniques. Marines from Black Sea Rotational Force 11 trained with Azerbaijan’s Operationa... More

At a combat marksmanship range with U.S. Marines of

At a combat marksmanship range with U.S. Marines of

At a combat marksmanship range with U.S. Marines of Black Sea Rotational Force 11, a Bulgarian machine gunner from the Bulgarian 38th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Light Infantry Brigade, engages targets at distance ... More

During a simulated casualty drill, Petty Officer 2nd

During a simulated casualty drill, Petty Officer 2nd

During a simulated casualty drill, Petty Officer 2nd Class Bridget J. Shanahan, a Los Angeles, Calif., native, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony M. Tiner, Pittsburgh, Pa., native, both hospital corpsman, 4th ... More

Lance Cpl. Joshua Burleson, a combat engineer with

Lance Cpl. Joshua Burleson, a combat engineer with

Lance Cpl. Joshua Burleson, a combat engineer with Black Sea Rotational Force 11, and Eastpointe, Mich., native, paints a wall while renovating a senior citizens home here July 26. The Marines were in Georgia f... More

On his way to the firing line, an Azerbaijani soldier

On his way to the firing line, an Azerbaijani soldier

On his way to the firing line, an Azerbaijani soldier receives enough ammunition for a combat marksmanship range to engage targets in close-quarter battle situations to include: shooting while pivoting, shootin... More

At a joint and combined services air show, Cpl. Blake

At a joint and combined services air show, Cpl. Blake

At a joint and combined services air show, Cpl. Blake Childree, data network specialist from Skipperville, Ala., Black Sea Rotational Force 11, surrounded by Romanian locals around a humvee for a U.S. Marines s... More

A Marine combat engineer with Black Sea Rotational

A Marine combat engineer with Black Sea Rotational

A Marine combat engineer with Black Sea Rotational Force 2011 installs linoleum flooring while renovating a senior citizens home here July 20. The Marines were in Georgia for Exercise Agile Spirit 2011, an exer... More

From the view of the Black Sea Rotational Force 11

From the view of the Black Sea Rotational Force 11

From the view of the Black Sea Rotational Force 11 Marines’ static display on the air-base, a formation of the Romanian aerial demonstration squadron soars past the crowd of locals, tourists and U.S. military p... More

Aiming in on targets at a distance of 200-300 meters,

Aiming in on targets at a distance of 200-300 meters,

Aiming in on targets at a distance of 200-300 meters, a Serbian infantryman fires a rocket-propelled grenade from a RPG-7 launcher during a combined forces live-fire range with U.S. Marines and Bulgarian soldie... More

At the graduation and completion of the Bulgarian

At the graduation and completion of the Bulgarian

At the graduation and completion of the Bulgarian non-commissioned officer development course, a Bulgarian non-commissioned officer instructor shakes hands with the Marines from Black Sea Rotational Force 11 th... More

After an aerial performance with the KC-130T Hercules

After an aerial performance with the KC-130T Hercules

After an aerial performance with the KC-130T Hercules aircraft, Ranger 29, flown by the Air Combat Element of Black Sea Rotational Force 11, lands behind the line of F-16 fighter jets that belong to the U.S. Ai... More

Sergeant Major Steven Peck, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion,

Sergeant Major Steven Peck, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion,

Sergeant Major Steven Peck, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment sergeant major, leads a period of instruction during a non-commissioned officer development course held for partner nation non-commi... More

BABADAG TRAINING AREA, Romania – Soldiers from the

BABADAG TRAINING AREA, Romania – Soldiers from the

BABADAG TRAINING AREA, Romania – Soldiers from the Azerbaijani Operational Capabilities and Concepts Battalion wait on the combat-marksmanship range in Babadag Training Area. Marines from Black Sea Rotational F... More

During a foreign weapons familiarization, Cpl. Nicholas

During a foreign weapons familiarization, Cpl. Nicholas

During a foreign weapons familiarization, Cpl. Nicholas Porter, an Amarillo, Texas, native and rifleman with Black Sea Rotational Force 11, gets a brief introduction to the Bulgarian-issued Dragunov machine gun... More

Two F-16s from the U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration

Two F-16s from the U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration

Two F-16s from the U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, put on a show for a large crowd at the “Thunder Over Romania” air show held here, June 8 that was attended by local vendors as ... More

Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Ivey, a Lubbock, Texas, native

Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Ivey, a Lubbock, Texas, native

Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Ivey, a Lubbock, Texas, native and rifleman, Black Sea Rotational Force 11, hands off his M-16 to an Azerbaijani soldier to give the opportunity to familiarize him with a U.S.-issued weapo... More

While engaging targets “on the move,” from 25 meters

While engaging targets “on the move,” from 25 meters

While engaging targets “on the move,” from 25 meters to 15 meters for the first time, Cpl. James A. Scarborough, rifleman and native of Montevallo, Ala., Black Sea Rotational Force 11, guides two Azerbaijani so... More

As a Bulgarian infantryman provides security, the pointman

As a Bulgarian infantryman provides security, the pointman

As a Bulgarian infantryman provides security, the pointman of a Serbian extraction team rushes across the field between a row of buildings in an urban-combat training environment while conducting training on co... More

On the operating table, Navy Lt. Dana L. Vanartsdalen,

On the operating table, Navy Lt. Dana L. Vanartsdalen,

On the operating table, Navy Lt. Dana L. Vanartsdalen, surgeon and San Diego, Calif., native, Petty Officers 3rd Class Godfrey O. Aneke, Brooklyn, N.Y., native, and Jon W. Hill, Avery, Texas, native, both corps... More

Maj. Selden B. Hale, the ground combat element commander,

Maj. Selden B. Hale, the ground combat element commander,

Maj. Selden B. Hale, the ground combat element commander, and Gunnery Sgt. Daniel A. Devine, the GCE executive officer, prepare to shoot a Table 3 drill for the Combat Marksmanship Program while on the range wi... More

A three-platoon formation, composed Marines from Black

A three-platoon formation, composed Marines from Black

A three-platoon formation, composed Marines from Black Sea Rotational Force 11, the Bulgarian Land Forces 38th Infantry Battalion, and Serbia's Mechanized Infantry Battalion, salute their national colors at an ... More

Petty Officer 2nd Class Anastatia M. Dobbs, a hospital

Petty Officer 2nd Class Anastatia M. Dobbs, a hospital

Petty Officer 2nd Class Anastatia M. Dobbs, a hospital corpsman, receives a grand, congratulatory hug from her shipmate, HM2 Julissa Flores, both originally from Marine Wing Communications Squadron 48, Great La... More

During a mass-casualty drill between U.S. Navy and

During a mass-casualty drill between U.S. Navy and

During a mass-casualty drill between U.S. Navy and Georgian medical personnel, corpsmen, including Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Strotz and Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony M. Tiner, both natives of Pittsburgh, P... More

Lined up and ready to fire, Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Irish,

Lined up and ready to fire, Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Irish,

Lined up and ready to fire, Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Irish, a rifleman with Black Sea Rotational Force 11, prepares to fire Table 3 drills of the Combat Marksmanship Program at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1 . The... More

After a successful string of fire with a .50 caliber

After a successful string of fire with a .50 caliber

After a successful string of fire with a .50 caliber machine gun mounted on U.S. Marine humvees, Cpl. Benjamin Balderez, a native of Hereford, Texas, and rifleman with Black Sea Rotational Force 11, congratulat... More

During a live-fire exercise with U.S. Marines and Bulgarian

During a live-fire exercise with U.S. Marines and Bulgarian

During a live-fire exercise with U.S. Marines and Bulgarian and Serbian soldiers, Cpl. Tiger Thai, a rifleman and Reno, Nev., native, fires a rocket propelled grenade-7 launcher while familiarizing himself with... More

An Azerbaijani soldier engages targets at the 10 meter

An Azerbaijani soldier engages targets at the 10 meter

An Azerbaijani soldier engages targets at the 10 meter line during a combat-marksmanship training range designed to build proficiency in close-quarters battle, focusing on closing in and neutralizing threats. M... More

After perimeter security is set up by their Bulgarian

After perimeter security is set up by their Bulgarian

After perimeter security is set up by their Bulgarian counterparts, a Serbian fire team rushes into a building of an urban-combat environment during a combined-forces cordon, search and seizure exercise being t... More