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Aviano's Michael Smith performs in the armed solo rifle exhibition during the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016.

Aviano's Michael Smith performs in the armed solo rifle exhibition during the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Aviano's Michael Smith performs in the armed solo rifle exhibition during the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016.

Aviano's Michael Smith performs in the armed solo rifle exhibition during the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Members of the Kaiserslautern drill team compete in the armed saber exhibition during the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016. Kaiserslautern won the event.

Members of the Kaiserslautern drill team compete in the armed saber exhibition during the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016. Kaiserslautern won the event. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Daniel Bazemore, center, and Master Sgt. Jesse Burkhard judge the regulation drill event during the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016. Bazemore is from the 21st Operational Weather Squadron at Kapaun Air Station, and Burkhard is from the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron at Ramstein Air Base.

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Daniel Bazemore, center, and Master Sgt. Jesse Burkhard judge the regulation drill event during the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016. Bazemore is from the 21st Operational Weather Squadron at Kapaun Air Station, and Burkhard is from the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron at Ramstein Air Base. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Members of the Ramstein drill team compete in the color guard portion of the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016.

Members of the Ramstein drill team compete in the color guard portion of the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Senior Airman Dallas Bernal inspects a member of the Bitburg drill team during the inspection portion of the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016. Bernal is from the 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Ramstein Air Base.

Senior Airman Dallas Bernal inspects a member of the Bitburg drill team during the inspection portion of the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016. Bernal is from the 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Ramstein Air Base. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Members of the Alconbury drill team compete in the armed team rifle exhibition during the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016.

Members of the Alconbury drill team compete in the armed team rifle exhibition during the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Aviano's drill team competes in the armed team rifle exhibition during the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016. Aviano won the event.

Aviano's drill team competes in the armed team rifle exhibition during the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016. Aviano won the event. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Ramstein's Aaron Crouch, left, and Jacob Lujan perform in the armed dual rifle exhibition during the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016.

Ramstein's Aaron Crouch, left, and Jacob Lujan perform in the armed dual rifle exhibition during the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Members of the Alconbury drill team finish their armed team rifle exhibition during the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016.

Members of the Alconbury drill team finish their armed team rifle exhibition during the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Members of Kaiserslautern's drill team compete in the armed team rifle exhibition during the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016. Kaiserslautern took third place during the event.

Members of Kaiserslautern's drill team compete in the armed team rifle exhibition during the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016. Kaiserslautern took third place during the event. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Cadets from 11 drill teams watch as the final three competitors are inspected during the individual drill routine at the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016. Aviano's Mia Fosco bested more than 100 cadets to win the event.

Cadets from 11 drill teams watch as the final three competitors are inspected during the individual drill routine at the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016. Aviano's Mia Fosco bested more than 100 cadets to win the event. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Aviano's Mia Fosco reacts after winning the individual drill routine during the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016. Fosco beat more than 100 other cadets during the routine.

Aviano's Mia Fosco reacts after winning the individual drill routine during the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016. Fosco beat more than 100 other cadets during the routine. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Gen. Frank Gorenc, commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, speaks to cadets and spectators at the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016.

Gen. Frank Gorenc, commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, speaks to cadets and spectators at the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

SHAPE's Zachary Simmons, left, accepts the overall team champion trophy from Gen. Frank Gorenc, commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, at the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016. SHAPE was a top finisher in 10 team and individual events during the competition.

SHAPE's Zachary Simmons, left, accepts the overall team champion trophy from Gen. Frank Gorenc, commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, at the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2016. SHAPE was a top finisher in 10 team and individual events during the competition. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

The Kaiserslautern drill team celebrates after the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 4, 2016. Kaiserslautern won 14 solo and team awards during the competition.

The Kaiserslautern drill team celebrates after the DODEA-Europe JROTC drill team championships at Vogelweh, Germany, Saturday, March 4, 2016. Kaiserslautern won 14 solo and team awards during the competition. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — More than 100 cadets from 11 JROTC drill teams participated in the annual Department of Defense Education Activity Europe drill team championship on Saturday.

Air Force and Navy Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps drill teams from Italy, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain and Germany competed in color guard, regulation drill and inspection events at Kaiserslautern High School. The cadets also took part in saber and rifle exhibitions for solo performers, duos and drill teams.

The day’s activities culminated in a final inspection that pitted teams, comrades and schools against each other in the winner-takes-all competition, known as the individual drill routine. An Air Force Master Sergeant called out commands and any mistake led to elimination. When the dust settled, only Aviano’s Mia Fosco was left.

Although Aviano secured a big win for the final inspection, SHAPE came out on top by winning the overall championship as well as the color guard, regulation, inspection and judge’s trophy.

Cadets from Aviano, Naples, Alconbury, SHAPE, AFNORTH, Sigonella, Ramstein, Lakenheath, Bitburg, Rota and Kaiserslautern all participated in this year’s drill competition.

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