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Sports Badge

U.S. Army Sgt. Brad Vialpando, an internment and resettlement specialist with the U.S. Army Corrections Activity-Europe, attempts the shot put event, April 16, on Sullivan Barracks in Mannheim, Germany, during a three-day event where soldiers competed to earn the German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge, the German Sports Badge and the Austrian Sports Badge. The event was coordinated through the American Forces Network headquarters and their German partners.

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This work, Sports Badge [Image 3 of 4], by SGT Adrienne Burns, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:04.16.2011

Date Posted:05.10.2011 03:54

Photo ID:399664



Size:797.11 KB

Location:MANNHEIM, BW, DEGlobe

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