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Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Headley from Stuttgart, Germany, gets "painted up" before competing Saturday in the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Headley from Stuttgart, Germany, gets "painted up" before competing Saturday in the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Headley from Stuttgart, Germany, gets "painted up" before competing Saturday in the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Headley from Stuttgart, Germany, gets "painted up" before competing Saturday in the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Jennifer Braun paints up her fiance Ajani Moody before he competed Saturday in the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern.

Jennifer Braun paints up her fiance Ajani Moody before he competed Saturday in the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Male body builders show off their biceps and back muscles for judges Saturday in the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern.

Male body builders show off their biceps and back muscles for judges Saturday in the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Annika Neumann "paints up" Marine Sgt. Scott Holliday of Stuttgart before his competition Saturday in the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern.

Annika Neumann "paints up" Marine Sgt. Scott Holliday of Stuttgart before his competition Saturday in the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Male competitors show the judges a side view in the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern on Saturday.

Male competitors show the judges a side view in the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern on Saturday. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Men show off their biceps in side view Saturday at the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern.

Men show off their biceps in side view Saturday at the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Women competitors show their lats for judges Saturday at the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern.

Women competitors show their lats for judges Saturday at the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Women show off their biceps to applause from the crowd Saturday in the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern.

Women show off their biceps to applause from the crowd Saturday in the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Women pose for judges Saturday at the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern.

Women pose for judges Saturday at the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Sandra Powell, an Army spouse, poses for judges Saturday in the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern.

Sandra Powell, an Army spouse, poses for judges Saturday in the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Women line up Saturday for judging at the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern.

Women line up Saturday for judging at the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Jessica Isaacs and other women bodybuilders strike a pose Saturday during the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern.

Jessica Isaacs and other women bodybuilders strike a pose Saturday during the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Female bodybuilders strike a pose to show off their backs during the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern.

Female bodybuilders strike a pose to show off their backs during the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Male heavyweight competitors show their most muscular pose to the judges and the crowd the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern.

Male heavyweight competitors show their most muscular pose to the judges and the crowd the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Male competitors show off their lats Saturday at the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern.

Male competitors show off their lats Saturday at the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Army Sgt. Casey Call from Stuttgart performs his single routine Saturday in the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern.

Army Sgt. Casey Call from Stuttgart performs his single routine Saturday in the 2013 Bodybuilding and Figure Invitational in Kaiserslautern. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Despite losing funding because of sequestration, the military’s annual bodybuilding and figure invitational went on Saturday with support from volunteers and sponsors.

The event drew one of its largest field of competitors in recent years, and saw a crowd of hundreds nearly fill the auditorium at Kaiserslautern High School.

While in previous years athletes and spectators had to pay to enter, this year’s competition was free for everyone, with sponsorship from the Kaiserslautern Landstuhl Spouses’ Association and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Bravo Company Tier III.

-- Matt Millhammillham.matthew@stripes.com


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