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NATO Delivers: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

This exhibit featured over 90 Citizen Soldier themed color photographs from NATO current and former operations including NATO’s support to the humanitarian relief efforts in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and NATO peace and security operations throughout the world.

 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an active and leading contribution to peace and security on the international stage. Through its crisis-management operations, the Alliance demonstrates both its willingness to act as a positive stabilizing force for change and its capacity to meet the security challenges of the 21st century.

 Since its first major peace-support operation in the Balkans in the early 1990s, the tempo and diversity of NATO operations have increased. NATO has been and is engaged in missions that cover the full spectrum of crisis-management operations – from combat and peacekeeping, to training and logistics support, to surveillance and humanitarian relief. Today, just under 140,000 military personnel are engaged in NATO missions around the world, successfully managing complex ground, air and naval operations in different environments. NATO forces are currently operating in Afghanistan, Kosovo, the Mediterranean, and off the Horn of Africa. Additional forces are held at high reradiness to be deployed on short notice if needed.

  • US Marine signals to team members in a poppy field during a security patrol from their base in Helmand province's Green Zone, west of the Nahr-e Saraj canal in Afghanistan. (Photo:US Marine Corps)

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  • An Afghan girl poses for a photo during the Women's Bazaar at International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.  (Photo: US Army by Sgt. Christopher Harper)

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  • Realistic training exercises are essential to teach soldiers to detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

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  • A Por Chaman resident helps other local villagers with destroying a poppy field in the district of Por Chaman in Farah Province, Afghanistan. (Photo: US Air Force Senior Airman Rylan K. Albright)

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  • Afghan girl outside of the Mazar-E-Sharif hospital in Afghanistan. (Photo: US Army Sgt. Chris Harper, ISAF Public Affairs Office)

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  • Robots are used by Allied troops to help defeat IEDs in Herat, Afghanistan.

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  • Sailors assigned to the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group form on the flight desk of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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  • A Dutch soldier in Afghanistan launches an unarmed, unmanned aircraft.  Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) provide useful imagery of areas where ground troops have no visibility. (Photo: Netherlands Ministry of Defense)

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  • Canadian CF-88 Hornets fly over the Mediterranean Sea near Trapani, Italy during Operation Unified Protector. (Photo: Canadian Forces Combat Camera)

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  • Admiral James Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) lights a candle in a church in Mexeta, Republic of Georgia with Major General Devi Tchankotadze, Chief of Defense of the Republic of Georgia.

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  • Schoolboys read in a classroom at the Ghazikhankel School in the Tagab Valley, Afghanistan. (Photo: US Navy by Petty Officer 1st Class Mark O’Donald photo)

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  • A Croatian military policewoman (MP) plays with Afghan children during a visit to a kindergarten. (Photo: Croatian Armed Forces)

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  • In the course of NATO’s Operation Active Endeavor anti-terrorist activities, Allied forces also detecte and report other suspicious activities.

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