VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Five Soldiers from Company B. (Barbarian), 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo., participated in an outreach event at Vytautus Kasiulis Art Museum in Vilnius, Lithuania, March 30.

The event was in the spirit of U.S. Army participation in NATO and demonstrating commitment to Allies by not only training with the Lithuanian Army but interacting with its community members.

The event began with the talented opening and entertainment of a Lithuanian magician.

Afterward, the Soldiers from Barbarian Company opened bags of sweets and swept along the aisles, offering candy to the audience members.

Audience members strapped on the Army Combat Helmet and the improved Outer Tactical Vest. They posed for photographs with the Soldiers, shared common interests and compared family sizes.

"These children are the future of NATO," said 1st Lt. Charles Gough, infantry platoon leader for 1st Bn. 68th Armor Reg. "This is our mission out here- to show them we are a friendly force; to work with them; and to integrate our forces."

There's not much difference between the U.S. and Lithuanians, Gough said.

"They're a lot like we are," Gough said. "There's not much difference between who we are and who they are. We just wear different flags on our shoulders."

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