BUJANOVAC, Serbia — Following two weeks of extensive training in peacekeeping operations and non-lethal weapons, seven countries including Bosnia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and the United States, joined together during exercise Platinum Wolf 2016 for their final field exercise on Peacekeeping Operations Training Center South Base, Bujanovac, Serbia, May 19-20, 2016. Their culminating training showed their mastery of all the skillsets taught by the participating partner nations.

Reserve Marines with Company D, 4th Law Enforcement Battalion, Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve, seamlessly integrated and worked hand-in-hand with all of the participating nations.

“It is interesting engaging with partner nations. I was coordinating training between a Macedonian officer and Slovenian officer at the same time,” said 1st Lt. Jonathan Stinson, platoon commander of Co. D., 4th LE Bn., FHG, MARFORRES. “Having that experience is just fun working with people from an entirely different culture and background.”

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