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Release No: 375-96
June 24, 1996

EXERCISE BALTIC CHALLENGE 96

United States forces are joining with soldiers from the Baltic nations of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia for Exercise Baltic Challenge -- a peacekeeping exercise in the spirit of NATO's Partnership for Peace initiative.

Latvia will host the exercise from July 8th to July 18th at the Adazi Training Camp near Riga, Latvia.

Exercise training focuses on promoting interoperability in basic peacekeeping skills such as manning observation and check points and escorting convoys.

Baltic Challenge 96 is the first land exercise conducted in the Baltic region under the auspices of the Partnership for Peace initiative.

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