ESPN celebrates Veterans Day in Grafenwoehr

By 7th Army Joint Multinational Training CommandNovember 12, 2010

Members of the 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade hoist their trophy after winning the ESPN Warrior Challenge during the live broadcast of ESPN SportsCenter from Grafenwoehr, Germany on Veterans Day.  The 172nd narrowly captured the title after edging out the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion by half a point in the competition.
1 / 18 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Members of the 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade hoist their trophy after winning the ESPN Warrior Challenge during the live broadcast of ESPN SportsCenter from Grafenwoehr, Germany on Veterans Day. The 172nd narrowly captured the title after edging out the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion by half a point in the competition. (Photo Credit: Michael Beaton) VIEW ORIGINAL
A team from the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment competes in the Warrior Challenge equipment relay during ESPN's live broadcast of Sportscenter from Grafenwoehr, Germany on Veterans Day 2010.
2 / 18 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A team from the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment competes in the Warrior Challenge equipment relay during ESPN's live broadcast of Sportscenter from Grafenwoehr, Germany on Veterans Day 2010. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
ESPN anchors Hannah Storm and Josh Elliot get ready to present the Sportscenter Top 10 Plays with members of the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion during the live Veterans Day broadcast in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Nov. 11, 2010.
3 / 18 Show Caption + Hide Caption – ESPN anchors Hannah Storm and Josh Elliot get ready to present the Sportscenter Top 10 Plays with members of the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion during the live Veterans Day broadcast in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Nov. 11, 2010. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
An ESPN camera crew capture the action during the weapons assembly relay, an event of the Warrior Challenge, a competition that pitted six Europe-base U.S. Army unit against each other in a test of basic Soldier skills.  The Warrior Challenge was part of ESPN's live broadcast of Sportscenter from Grafenwoehr, Germany on Veterans Day 2010.
4 / 18 Show Caption + Hide Caption – An ESPN camera crew capture the action during the weapons assembly relay, an event of the Warrior Challenge, a competition that pitted six Europe-base U.S. Army unit against each other in a test of basic Soldier skills. The Warrior Challenge was part of ESPN's live broadcast of Sportscenter from Grafenwoehr, Germany on Veterans Day 2010. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Members of the 173rd Airborne's Warrior Challenge team compete in the litter carry event during ESPN's live broadcast of Sportscenter from Grafenwoehr, Germany on Veterans Day 2010.
5 / 18 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Members of the 173rd Airborne's Warrior Challenge team compete in the litter carry event during ESPN's live broadcast of Sportscenter from Grafenwoehr, Germany on Veterans Day 2010. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Maj. Keith Matiskella -- on the ESPN Sportscenter stage in Grafenwoehr, Germany -- connects with his wife, Maj. Patty Hinshaw through satellite during ESPN's Veterans Day live broadcast in Grafenwoehr.  Maj. Hinshaw is currently deployed to Afghanistan with the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment.
6 / 18 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Keith Matiskella -- on the ESPN Sportscenter stage in Grafenwoehr, Germany -- connects with his wife, Maj. Patty Hinshaw through satellite during ESPN's Veterans Day live broadcast in Grafenwoehr. Maj. Hinshaw is currently deployed to Afghanistan with the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Maj. Keith Matiskella and his son speak with ESPN anchors Hannah Storm and Josh Elliot during the live broadcast of ESPN's Sportscenter, Nov. 11, 2010.
7 / 18 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Keith Matiskella and his son speak with ESPN anchors Hannah Storm and Josh Elliot during the live broadcast of ESPN's Sportscenter, Nov. 11, 2010. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers of the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion cheer into the camera during the live, Veterans Day broadcast of ESPN Sportscenter from Grafenwoehr, Germany, Nov. 11, 2010.
8 / 18 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers of the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion cheer into the camera during the live, Veterans Day broadcast of ESPN Sportscenter from Grafenwoehr, Germany, Nov. 11, 2010. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
The view from the cheap seats during ESPN live broadcast of Sportscenter from Grafenwoehr, Germany on Veterans Day, 2010.
9 / 18 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The view from the cheap seats during ESPN live broadcast of Sportscenter from Grafenwoehr, Germany on Veterans Day, 2010. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
A Soldier from the 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade tosses a grenade during an event of the Warrior Challenge, a Soldier-skill competition, during the live broadcast of ESPN SportsCenters Veterans Day special in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Nov. 11, 2010.
10 / 18 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Soldier from the 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade tosses a grenade during an event of the Warrior Challenge, a Soldier-skill competition, during the live broadcast of ESPN SportsCenters Veterans Day special in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Nov. 11, 2010. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. First Class Aaron Beckman, 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command, explains the Warrior Challenge -- a Soldier-skills competition -- to ESPN anchors Hannah Storm and Josh Elliot during ESPN Sportscenter's live Veterans Day broadcast from Grafenwoehr, Germany, Nov. 11, 2010.
11 / 18 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. First Class Aaron Beckman, 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command, explains the Warrior Challenge -- a Soldier-skills competition -- to ESPN anchors Hannah Storm and Josh Elliot during ESPN Sportscenter's live Veterans Day broadcast from Grafenwoehr, Germany, Nov. 11, 2010. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
German and American Soldiers talk between live segments of ESPN Sportscenter's special Salute to Veterans in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Nov. 11, 2010.  This was the first time these Soldiers have met since the Americans -- part of the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade-- rescued the German Soldiers from a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan in 2009.  The American members of that mission received the Gold Cross for Valor from the German government, the highest distinction Germany has ever bestowed on foreign Soldiers.
12 / 18 Show Caption + Hide Caption – German and American Soldiers talk between live segments of ESPN Sportscenter's special Salute to Veterans in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Nov. 11, 2010. This was the first time these Soldiers have met since the Americans -- part of the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade-- rescued the German Soldiers from a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan in 2009. The American members of that mission received the Gold Cross for Valor from the German government, the highest distinction Germany has ever bestowed on foreign Soldiers. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
A Soldier from the U.S. Army 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, headquartered in Ansbach, Germany, embraces a German soldier who he helped rescue from a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan during the opening ceremony of ESPN's live broadcast of a special Veterans Day Sportscenter in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Nov. 11, 2010.  It was the first time the German and American Soldiers had seen each other since the rescue mission in April, 2009.
13 / 18 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Soldier from the U.S. Army 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, headquartered in Ansbach, Germany, embraces a German soldier who he helped rescue from a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan during the opening ceremony of ESPN's live broadcast of a special Veterans Day Sportscenter in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Nov. 11, 2010. It was the first time the German and American Soldiers had seen each other since the rescue mission in April, 2009. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Staff at the Grafenwoehr U.S. Army Dining Facility serve free steak lunches to members of the Grafenwoehr Military Community on Veterans Day 2010.  The steaks were donated to Soldiers and their families by Cooks from the Valley, a partner in the Department of Defense's "America Supports You" program.
14 / 18 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff at the Grafenwoehr U.S. Army Dining Facility serve free steak lunches to members of the Grafenwoehr Military Community on Veterans Day 2010. The steaks were donated to Soldiers and their families by Cooks from the Valley, a partner in the Department of Defense's "America Supports You" program. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Lt. Gen. John D. Gardner, U.S. European Command deputy commander, and Brig. Gen. Steven L. Salazar, commanding general of the 7th U.S. Army Joint Multinational Training Command, man the grill during the free steak lunch for Soldiers and their families at the Grafenwoehr Dining Facility, Grafenwoehr, Germany, on Veterans Day, 2010.  The steaks were donated by Cooks from the Valley, a partner in the Department of Defense's "America Supports You" program.
15 / 18 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Lt. Gen. John D. Gardner, U.S. European Command deputy commander, and Brig. Gen. Steven L. Salazar, commanding general of the 7th U.S. Army Joint Multinational Training Command, man the grill during the free steak lunch for Soldiers and their families at the Grafenwoehr Dining Facility, Grafenwoehr, Germany, on Veterans Day, 2010. The steaks were donated by Cooks from the Valley, a partner in the Department of Defense's "America Supports You" program. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Two members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10692 attached flowers to their lapels during the Veterans Day activities in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Nov. 11, 2010.
16 / 18 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Two members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10692 attached flowers to their lapels during the Veterans Day activities in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Nov. 11, 2010. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
A family from the Grafenwoehr Military Community proudly displays their salute to Veterans Day during the live broadcast of ESPN Sportscenter's Veterans Day broadcast from the Grafenwoehr parade field, Nov. 11, 2010.
17 / 18 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A family from the Grafenwoehr Military Community proudly displays their salute to Veterans Day during the live broadcast of ESPN Sportscenter's Veterans Day broadcast from the Grafenwoehr parade field, Nov. 11, 2010. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
ESPN anchors Hannah Storm and Josh Elliot broadcast a special Veterans Day edition of SportsCenter live from the U.S. Army Garrison-Grafenwoehr parade field, Nov. 11, 2010.  The broadcast was the culmination of ESPN's week-long tribute to veterans and the U.S. Army's year-long commemoration of the Grafenwoehr Training Area's 100th anniversary.
18 / 18 Show Caption + Hide Caption – ESPN anchors Hannah Storm and Josh Elliot broadcast a special Veterans Day edition of SportsCenter live from the U.S. Army Garrison-Grafenwoehr parade field, Nov. 11, 2010. The broadcast was the culmination of ESPN's week-long tribute to veterans and the U.S. Army's year-long commemoration of the Grafenwoehr Training Area's 100th anniversary. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL