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Shooting tournament official and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kerry Koepp, 28, of Chicago observes an Air Force airman as he fires one-handed at a target.

Shooting tournament official and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kerry Koepp, 28, of Chicago observes an Air Force airman as he fires one-handed at a target. (Monte Morin / S&S)

Shooting tournament official and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kerry Koepp, 28, of Chicago observes an Air Force airman as he fires one-handed at a target.

Shooting tournament official and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kerry Koepp, 28, of Chicago observes an Air Force airman as he fires one-handed at a target. (Monte Morin / S&S)

A Canadian Army soldier prepares to run from one target to another while ejecting a magazine from his 9 mm pistol. Shooters were required to move between a series of shooting positions during the competition.

A Canadian Army soldier prepares to run from one target to another while ejecting a magazine from his 9 mm pistol. Shooters were required to move between a series of shooting positions during the competition. (Monte Morin / S&S)

Runners shoved off from the starting line of Kandahar Air Field's 5K Fun Run early Wednesday morning, the first event in a day-long series of competitions celebrating the Fourth of July.

Runners shoved off from the starting line of Kandahar Air Field's 5K Fun Run early Wednesday morning, the first event in a day-long series of competitions celebrating the Fourth of July. (Monte Morin / S&S)

U.S. Navy Senior Chief Keith Davis, 37, of Virginia Beach, Va., uses a bullhorn and stopwatch to announce running times as a two entrants vie for the finish line.

U.S. Navy Senior Chief Keith Davis, 37, of Virginia Beach, Va., uses a bullhorn and stopwatch to announce running times as a two entrants vie for the finish line. (Monte Morin / S&S)

Pistol tournament official and Air Force Staff Sgt. Bradley Tarbox, 29, of Clinton, N.Y., watches as a U.S. Army competitor fires his 9 mm pistol at a series of paper targets.

Pistol tournament official and Air Force Staff Sgt. Bradley Tarbox, 29, of Clinton, N.Y., watches as a U.S. Army competitor fires his 9 mm pistol at a series of paper targets. (Monte Morin / S&S)

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Celebrating July Fourth was the order of the day here Wednesday — even though Kandahar Air Field is a NATO military base in the sultry foothills of Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush.

Soldiers, sailors and airmen from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mongolia, Romania and a host of other nations took part in a series of competitions that were held to mark Independence Day.

The games included an early morning 5-kilometer run, a pistol shooting competition, a volleyball tournament, a balloon toss, an egg race, a tug of war and a talent competition dubbed Kandahar IDOL.

Food service workers served up a traditional barbecue dinner at the air field’s sprawling “Boardwalk” — an enormous wood promenade containing athletic fields, a bazaar and fast food concessions.


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