Images: Meet and greet [Image 4 of 6]
Photo by Sgt. Lauren Twigg
Brig. Gen. Kenneth Roberts, the U.S. Army Central Command director of operations, is greeted by Gen. Lt. Saken Zhasuzakov, the Kazakhstan chief of defense, during the opening ceremony for Steppe Eagle 2013 at Iliskiy Training Center on Aug. 10. Steppe Eagle is an annual, multi-national exercise, which is conducted from the Kazakhstan Peacekeeping Brigade and Battalion, the Arizona Army National Guard, the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and Third Army/U.S. Central Command. The exercise will help build strong alliances while allowing more than 1,000 participants from seven militaries to practice interoperability. Participating nations include Italy, Kyrgystan, Lithuania, Switzerland, Tajikistan, and the United Kingdom.