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Inspecting the Raven-B, Lance Cpl. Thomas G. Dilzer,

Inspecting the Raven-B, Lance Cpl. Thomas G. Dilzer,

Inspecting the Raven-B, Lance Cpl. Thomas G. Dilzer, an intelligence specialist for 1st Marine Division, prepares the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for a training flight in windy conditions. 12 Marines from various u... More

Emptying a load of dirt, Lance Cpl. Joshua T. Burleson,

Emptying a load of dirt, Lance Cpl. Joshua T. Burleson,

Emptying a load of dirt, Lance Cpl. Joshua T. Burleson, a combat engineer with Black Sea Rotational Force 11, from East Pointe, Mich., operates a Bobcat skid steer to help excavate an area for a new sidewalk in... More

Rounding up the top of the hill, Marines in the Ground

Rounding up the top of the hill, Marines in the Ground

Rounding up the top of the hill, Marines in the Ground Combat Element, composed of reservists from Anti-Terrorism Battalion, Amarillo, Texas, and Birmingham, Ala., attached to Black Sea Rotation Force-11, hump ... More

MARFOREUR Commander Visits BSRF-11

MARFOREUR Commander Visits BSRF-11

While visiting the Black Sea Rotational Force 11 on Camp Margarita, 33 Area, Lt. Gen. Dennis J. Hejlik, the commanding general of Marine Corps Forces Command, and Lt. Col. Nelson S. Cardella, the commanding off... More

While working in a newly-built motor transport facility,

While working in a newly-built motor transport facility,

While working in a newly-built motor transport facility, Lance Cpl. William Hernandez, a motor transport operator, Black Sea Rotational Force 11, and native of Orlando, Fl., performs a Limited Technical Inspect... More

During a rehearsal for the Black Sea Rotational Force

During a rehearsal for the Black Sea Rotational Force

During a rehearsal for the Black Sea Rotational Force 11 Opening Ceremony, Sgt. John H. Hunter, radio operator, BSRF-11, coordinates and synchronizes movements for the American and Romanian colors that will be ... More

After a safety brief from Romanian jumpmasters, Romanian

After a safety brief from Romanian jumpmasters, Romanian

After a safety brief from Romanian jumpmasters, Romanian paratroopers training with Black Sea Rotational Force 11 make preparations to board a KC-130 Hercules, with flight support by BSRF-11’s Air Combat Elemen... More

In the small farming town of Mandra, approximately

In the small farming town of Mandra, approximately

In the small farming town of Mandra, approximately 108 kilometers north of Constanta, kindergartners watch Gunnery Sgt. Giannina Pinedo, civil affairs chief, Black Sea Rotational Force 11, while Roxanna Taranu,... More

During a combined forces capabilities exercise, a Romanian

During a combined forces capabilities exercise, a Romanian

During a combined forces capabilities exercise, a Romanian marine provides perimeter security for a fire team of U.S. Marines, Black Sea Rotational Force 11, entering a house in the urban training facility at B... More

The silhouette of a KC-130 Hercules, flown by Marine

The silhouette of a KC-130 Hercules, flown by Marine

The silhouette of a KC-130 Hercules, flown by Marine Aerial Refueler Transportation Squadron 686 with Black Sea Rotational Force 11, flies over the Romanian landscape in a low-level training flight. Marine Aeri... More

While training Romanian soldiers in non-lethal weapons

While training Romanian soldiers in non-lethal weapons

While training Romanian soldiers in non-lethal weapons and riot control procedures, Lance Cpl. Nathan E. Gibson, rifleman, Black Sea Rotational Force 11, Chicamuga, Ga., native, launches himself into the shield... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In front of 3rd Squad with the Black Sea Rotational

In front of 3rd Squad with the Black Sea Rotational

In front of 3rd Squad with the Black Sea Rotational Force 11 Corporal’s Course guidon, Cpl. Kristopher Acker, an Amarillo, Texas, native and rifleman with BSRF-11, leads the rest of the detail to the classroom.... More

A Ukrainian soldier rushes toward the urban combat

A Ukrainian soldier rushes toward the urban combat

A Ukrainian soldier rushes toward the urban combat area to neutralize a simulated sniper threat while on a training patrol. Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force 11 returned to Babadag Training Area with Ukra... More

U.S. Marines and Romanian military prepare for the

U.S. Marines and Romanian military prepare for the

U.S. Marines and Romanian military prepare for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new helipad at the Constanta County Hospital Sept. 9. Combat engineers with Black Sea Rotational Force 11 contracted with Roman... More

Marines of Black Sea Rotational Force 11 officially

Marines of Black Sea Rotational Force 11 officially

Marines of Black Sea Rotational Force 11 officially end of their deployment with a closing ceremony to commemorate their five-month deployment to the Black Sea, Balkan and Caucasus regions. The Special Purpose ... More

Using a modified take-down technique derived from the

Using a modified take-down technique derived from the

Using a modified take-down technique derived from the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, Marine spouses Karen J. Riles and Jennifer J. Rosen, along with Master Sgt. James A. Hall, intelligence chief with Marine... More

As the Marine Drum and Bugle Corps performs in Aisne-Marne

As the Marine Drum and Bugle Corps performs in Aisne-Marne

As the Marine Drum and Bugle Corps performs in Aisne-Marne Memorial Cemetery, American Marines, to include the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, and citizens as well as French soldiers and locals, inclu... More

After a final speech and farewell to military leaders

After a final speech and farewell to military leaders

After a final speech and farewell to military leaders and members of the local U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart community, that he has gotten to know during his two-year tenure as sergeant major of both U.S. Marine... More

In front of key leaders from West African partner nations

In front of key leaders from West African partner nations

In front of key leaders from West African partner nations participating in Exercise Western Accord 2012, Lance Cpl. Matthew F. Brandt, a rifleman from 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment and Marysville, Ohio, n... More

While receiving training with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,

While receiving training with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,

While receiving training with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Lance Cpl. Thomas G. Dilzer, an intelligence specialist for 1st Marine Division, hand-launches a Raven-B into the sky, here. The Raven-B is used in the Ma... More

Smoothing the cement using a bull float, Sgt. Matthew

Smoothing the cement using a bull float, Sgt. Matthew

Smoothing the cement using a bull float, Sgt. Matthew J. Houle, from Boston, and a combat engineer with Black Sea Rotational Force 11, applies the finishing touches to freshly-poured cement to complete a sidewa... More

After reaching the top of the hill, the Ground Combat

After reaching the top of the hill, the Ground Combat

After reaching the top of the hill, the Ground Combat Element, composed of reservists from Anti-Terrorism Battalion, Amarillo, Texas, and Birmingham, Ala., attached to Black Sea Rotational Force-11, hikes back ... More

During pre-deployment, Cpl. David D. Muniz, loadmaster,

During pre-deployment, Cpl. David D. Muniz, loadmaster,

During pre-deployment, Cpl. David D. Muniz, loadmaster, Black Sea Rotational Force 11, coordinates the safe load of arms and ammunition cargo being transported from Camp Pendleton, Calif., to Mihail Kogalnicean... More

While performing a Limited Technical Inspection, Lance

While performing a Limited Technical Inspection, Lance

While performing a Limited Technical Inspection, Lance Cpl., Benjamin Decartes, a motor transportation mechanic and Brooklyn, N.Y., native of Black Sea Rotational Force 11, guides a Humvee out of a new maintena... More

The national colors of Romania and the United States

The national colors of Romania and the United States

The national colors of Romania and the United States of America are presented as the Romanian navy band plays their national anthems at an opening ceremony for Black Sea Rotational Force 11 April 27. About 200 ... More

While flying at an altitude of 1,000 feet, Gunnery

While flying at an altitude of 1,000 feet, Gunnery

While flying at an altitude of 1,000 feet, Gunnery Sgt. Darren D. Wainer, the jumpmasters with Black Sea Rotational Force 11, and the Romanian jumpmaster meet and coordinate before the first paratroopers perfor... More

During her demonstration of a military low-crawl with

During her demonstration of a military low-crawl with

During her demonstration of a military low-crawl with Gunnery Sgt. Giannina Pinedo, civil affairs chief, Black Sea Rotational Force 11, Anastatia, a kindergartener in Mandra, is more intent on posing for her ph... More

After jumping out of a U.S. Medium Tactical Vehicle

After jumping out of a U.S. Medium Tactical Vehicle

After jumping out of a U.S. Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement, Romanian Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force 11 rush to provide perimeter security for a capabilities exercise in a urban training facility a... More

After setting off a smoke grenade for a riot simulation,

After setting off a smoke grenade for a riot simulation,

After setting off a smoke grenade for a riot simulation, Cpl. Bryant A. Much, rifleman, Black Sea Rotational Force 11, and a native of Reno, Nev., explains the importance of maintaining the integrity of the “sh... 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

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

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

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

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

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

The non-commissioned officers of the Black Sea Rotational

The non-commissioned officers of the Black Sea Rotational

The non-commissioned officers of the Black Sea Rotational Force 11 Corporal’s Course march in an “oblique,” a close-order drill movement, as Cpl. Ryan West, a rifleman and Amarillo, Texas, native, BSRF-11, prac... More

After a simulated ambush from the trees, a Ukrainian

After a simulated ambush from the trees, a Ukrainian

After a simulated ambush from the trees, a Ukrainian fire team secures the perimeter as the rest of the patrol looks for further potential threats. Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force 11 returned to Babadag... More

Dr. Dan Capatina, director of Constanta County Hospital,

Dr. Dan Capatina, director of Constanta County Hospital,

Dr. Dan Capatina, director of Constanta County Hospital, address the visitors, media and the multinational formation of U.S. Marines and Romanian Army, Navy and Marines, Sept. 9 at the ribbon-cutting ceremony f... More

At the beginning of Black Sea Rotational Force 11’s

At the beginning of Black Sea Rotational Force 11’s

At the beginning of Black Sea Rotational Force 11’s closing ceremony, Brig. Gen. Charles Chiarotti, deputy commander of Marine Forces Europe and Africa, along with Romanian Vice Adm. Aurel Popa, chief of Navy s... More

After Cpl. Christopher A. Terrell, the assistant family

After Cpl. Christopher A. Terrell, the assistant family

After Cpl. Christopher A. Terrell, the assistant family readiness officer and an assistant course instructor, simulated an attack from behind, Karen J. Riles, a Marine spouse, takes him down to the ground using... More

After laying a wreath in honor of the sacrifices made

After laying a wreath in honor of the sacrifices made

After laying a wreath in honor of the sacrifices made at Belleau during World War I, Gen. Joseph Dunford, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, salutes to the Marine memorial, “Iron Mike,” that is nestled o... More

Under unique circumstances, the transfer of responsibilities

Under unique circumstances, the transfer of responsibilities

Under unique circumstances, the transfer of responsibilities of two commands, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Marine Corps Forces Africa, is passed on as Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Green, the outgoing sergeant maj... More

During some free time at the range for Exercise Western

During some free time at the range for Exercise Western

During some free time at the range for Exercise Western Accord 2012, Lance Cpl. Frederick P. Shearon, a rifleman from 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment and Columbus, Ohio, native, shows some Gambian soldiers ... More

As fresh cement flows out of a cement truck, Cpl. Steven

As fresh cement flows out of a cement truck, Cpl. Steven

As fresh cement flows out of a cement truck, Cpl. Steven W. Allgire, from Bowling Green, Ohio, and Lance Cpl. Kyle A. Dugas, a native of Plainfield, Conn., and combat engineers attached to the Black Sea Rotatio... More

The Ground Combat Element, composed of reservists from

The Ground Combat Element, composed of reservists from

The Ground Combat Element, composed of reservists from Anti-Terrorism Battalion, Amarillo, Texas, and Birmingham, Ala., attached to Black Sea Rotational Force-11, hikes through combat areas back to 33 Area. BSR... More

At the end of a Medical Evacuation drill to test the

At the end of a Medical Evacuation drill to test the

At the end of a Medical Evacuation drill to test the medical readiness and response time of U.S. Marine and Romanian military forces, Petty Officer 3rd Class Russell A. Davis, a hospital corpsman assigned to Bl... More

While being held securely by Gunnery Sgt. Darren D.

While being held securely by Gunnery Sgt. Darren D.

While being held securely by Gunnery Sgt. Darren D. Wainer, the jumpmaster for Black Sea Rotational Force 11, a Romanian jumpmaster conducts the inspection while flying at an 1,000 feet to make sure the conditi... More

U.S. and Romanian marines, Black Sea Rotational Force

U.S. and Romanian marines, Black Sea Rotational Force

U.S. and Romanian marines, Black Sea Rotational Force 11, perform a close quarters combat exercise during a “raid” on a mock village for a capabilities exercise of a two-week, combined forces counterinsurgency ... More

While introducing Romanian soldiers to the Marine Corps

While introducing Romanian soldiers to the Marine Corps

While introducing Romanian soldiers to the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, Lance Cpl. Alexander B. Graham, Moulton, Ala., native, rifleman, Black Sea Rotational Force 11, demonstrates a control hold for two ... More

Before flying to Odessa, Ukraine, to transport Humvees,

Before flying to Odessa, Ukraine, to transport Humvees,

Before flying to Odessa, Ukraine, to transport Humvees, Gunnery Sgt. Jason E. Vanevery, loadmaster, Black Sea Rotational Force 11, straps down the precious cargo to the deck to secure it during the flight. Mari... 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

Thirty-one Marine non-commissioned officers made up

Thirty-one Marine non-commissioned officers made up

Thirty-one Marine non-commissioned officers made up the inaugural class of Black Sea Rotational Force 11’s Corporal’s Course. Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force 11 conducted a Corporal’s Course for 31 Mari... More

Getting ready to simulate an ambush on a Ukrainian

Getting ready to simulate an ambush on a Ukrainian

Getting ready to simulate an ambush on a Ukrainian patrol, Cpl. Kristopher L. Acker, an Amarillo, Texas, native and rifleman roleplaying as an insurgent, with Black Sea Rotational Force 11, hides in the brush u... More

Capt. Charles A. Nassar, of Sterling Heights, Mich.,

Capt. Charles A. Nassar, of Sterling Heights, Mich.,

Capt. Charles A. Nassar, of Sterling Heights, Mich., officer-in-charge of the combat engineer detachment, and Lt. Col. Nelson S. Cardella, commanding officer of Black Sea Rotational Force 11, join Romanian Navy... More

Standing in front of the platoon in a combined,

Standing in front of the platoon in a combined,

Standing in front of the platoon in a combined, multinational formation of U.S. Marines and Romanian Marines, soldiers, and sailors, Capt. Charles Nassar, officer-in-charge of the combat engineering detachment,... More

Using a modified arm-bar technique derived from the

Using a modified arm-bar technique derived from the

Using a modified arm-bar technique derived from the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, Jennifer J. Rosen, a Marine spouse, makes sure Cpl. Christopher A. Terrell, the assistant family readiness officer for Mari... More

As the grand finale of the largest Memorial Day celebration

As the grand finale of the largest Memorial Day celebration

As the grand finale of the largest Memorial Day celebration in Europe that honors the fallen heroes of Belleau Wood, the Silent Drill Platoon, Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., take the field to perform for mor... More

Sgt. Maj. James J. McCook, the incoming sergeant major

Sgt. Maj. James J. McCook, the incoming sergeant major

Sgt. Maj. James J. McCook, the incoming sergeant major for U.S. Marine Corps Forces and Africa, speaks on his appreciation and welcomed arrival as senior enlisted leader from Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Green, the outg... More

As a preview for upcoming non-lethal weapons training,

As a preview for upcoming non-lethal weapons training,

As a preview for upcoming non-lethal weapons training, Sgt. Jonah L. Salyers, a Morrow, Ohio, native, and rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, demonstrates shield-and-baton techniques in front of ... More

Finishing up their conditioning hike, the Ground Combat

Finishing up their conditioning hike, the Ground Combat

Finishing up their conditioning hike, the Ground Combat Element, composed of reservists from Anti-Terrorism Battalion, Amarillo, Texas, and Birmingham, Ala., attached to Black Sea Rotational Force-11, hump thro... More

Confirming measurements, Lance Cpl. Chad M. Nicks,

Confirming measurements, Lance Cpl. Chad M. Nicks,

Confirming measurements, Lance Cpl. Chad M. Nicks, of Miland, Mich., and Lance Cpl. Brett A. Harden, of McComb, Ohio, engineers with the Black Sea Rotational Force 11, prepare an area of Camp Margarita for ceme... More

At the end of a Medical Evacuation drill, Petty Officer

At the end of a Medical Evacuation drill, Petty Officer

At the end of a Medical Evacuation drill, Petty Officer 3rd Class Russell A. Davis, a hospital corpsman, Black Sea Rotational Force 11, and Romanian Commander Ion Tatarici, the director and primary liaison offi... More

Romanian Fr. Dumitru Bostan blesses the U.S. and Romanian

Romanian Fr. Dumitru Bostan blesses the U.S. and Romanian

Romanian Fr. Dumitru Bostan blesses the U.S. and Romanian troops during the invocation to start the opening ceremony for Black Sea Rotational Force 11. About 200 Romanian and U.S. Marines, along with Romanian a... More

After conducting a pre-jump inspection, a Romanian

After conducting a pre-jump inspection, a Romanian

After conducting a pre-jump inspection, a Romanian jumpmaster with Black Sea Rotational Force 11, gives a “thumbs-up” to signal that all safety conditions have been met to continue with the static-line combat j... More

In the small, forgotten village town of Calfa, Sgt.

In the small, forgotten village town of Calfa, Sgt.

In the small, forgotten village town of Calfa, Sgt. Stephen A. Allgire, combat engineer, Black Sea Rotational Force 11, wields the finishing touches on a gate that will be installed at the local kindergarten. M... More

With a Romanian marine providing security, Cpl. Tiger

With a Romanian marine providing security, Cpl. Tiger

With a Romanian marine providing security, Cpl. Tiger U. Thai, rifleman, Black Sea Rotational Force 11, leads a “High-Value Target” across an urban training facility during a capabilities exercise for U.S. and ... More

During a familiarization with U.S. issued weapons,

During a familiarization with U.S. issued weapons,

During a familiarization with U.S. issued weapons, a Romanian soldier shoots an M4 Carbine Assault Rifle on a combat marksmanship range as part of Black Sea Rotational Force 11. U.S. Marines and Romanian soldie... More

During a combat resupply mission, Sgt. Christopher

During a combat resupply mission, Sgt. Christopher

During a combat resupply mission, Sgt. Christopher G. Jacobs, loadmaster, Black Sea Rotational Force 11, helps steer a Humvee onto the flight line in Odessa, Ukraine. Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 6... 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

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

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

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

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

Working rapidly as a team, combat engineers with Black

Working rapidly as a team, combat engineers with Black

Working rapidly as a team, combat engineers with Black Sea Rotational Force 11, spread and screed the flowing concrete being poured for a new helipad for Constanta County Hospital. Combat engineers with Black S... More

After identifying a simulated sniper threat, a Ukrainian

After identifying a simulated sniper threat, a Ukrainian

After identifying a simulated sniper threat, a Ukrainian patrol maneuvers to close-in and neutralize the threat. Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force 11 returned to Babadag Training Area with Ukrainian soldi... More

In front of Romanian Marines, Lance Cpl. Nathan Gibson,

In front of Romanian Marines, Lance Cpl. Nathan Gibson,

In front of Romanian Marines, Lance Cpl. Nathan Gibson, a Chickamauga, Ga., native and rifleman, Black Sea Rotational Force 11, waits patiently to perform a counterinsurgency interoperability demonstration for ... More

While Marine spouses Karen J. Riles and Jennifer J.

While Marine spouses Karen J. Riles and Jennifer J.

While Marine spouses Karen J. Riles and Jennifer J. Rosen refine a technique derived from the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program for a rape prevention and self defense class, Cpl. Christopher A. Terrell, the ass... More

Before the start of training for Exercise Western Accord,

Before the start of training for Exercise Western Accord,

Before the start of training for Exercise Western Accord, Navy surgeons and corpsmen from the 4th Medical Battalion treat a simulated patient in the First-Aid Resuscitative Surgery Suite during a casualty evacu... More

Combat engineers with the Black Sea Rotational Force

Combat engineers with the Black Sea Rotational Force

Combat engineers with the Black Sea Rotational Force 11, prepare to pour concrete for a sidewalk by removing the soil from an area on Camp Margarita. The community-improvement projects were given to the Marines... More

Marines and Romanian military and medical personnel

Marines and Romanian military and medical personnel

Marines and Romanian military and medical personnel with Black Sea Rotational Force 11 look on as a Romanian medical helicopter lands in Babadag Training Area April 21, to simulate a training casualty. The Medi... More

While Roxana C. Taranu, a linguists for Black Sea Rotational

While Roxana C. Taranu, a linguists for Black Sea Rotational

While Roxana C. Taranu, a linguists for Black Sea Rotational Force 11, interprets, Romanian Capt. Cristinel Uce, director of BSRF-11, addresses the combined U.S. and Romanian military formation at an opening ce... More

While flying at an altitude of 10,000 feet, two Romanian

While flying at an altitude of 10,000 feet, two Romanian

While flying at an altitude of 10,000 feet, two Romanian paratroopers fling themselves off a KC-130 Hercules and into the open air toward the patched landscape below while conducting a high-altitude, low-openin... More

Sgt. Matthew A. Houle, combat engineer detachment chief,

Sgt. Matthew A. Houle, combat engineer detachment chief,

Sgt. Matthew A. Houle, combat engineer detachment chief, Black Sea Rotational Force 11, cuts lengths of steel that will hold up a much-needed fence for a local kindergarten of Calfa Village. Marine reserve civi... More

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