Cpl. DeChristopher Curtin mans a sand-bagged position in Gnjilane, Kosovo.
Cpl. DeChristopher Curtin mans a sand-bagged position in front of the Lima company command post in Gnjilane, Kosovo, on July 5, 1999. Elements of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed from ships of the USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group as an enabling force for KFOR. KFOR is the NATO-led, international military force which will deploy into Kosovo on a peacekeeping mission known as Operation Joint Guardian. KFOR will ultimately consist of over 50,000 troops from more than 24 contributing nations, including NATO member-states, Partnership for Peace nations and others. Curtin, from Andersonville, Tenn., is attached to Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.