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Eight teams, two countries, one course

Army Sgt. 1st Class Soklay Kong, the noncommissioned officer in charge for the 143d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)'s G-6 section, touches the surface of a shallow pool Dec. 18 at Camp Samoud, Kuwait. The pool was one of more than a dozen challenges two teams from the 143d ESC and six teams from the Kuwait Natonal Guard faced during Camp Samoud's first obstacle course race that featured American and Kuwaiti forces.

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This work, Eight teams, two countries, one course [Image 5 of 7], by SGT John Carkeet IV, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:12.18.2013

Date Posted:12.27.2013 07:15

Photo ID:1144200



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