The flags of new member states Albania and Croatia were raised for the first time during a ceremony at NATO Allied Air Component headquarters at Ramstein AB, Germany, April 8, 2009. Here, Gen. Roger Brady (far right), head of US Air Forces in Europe and commander of NATO Allied Air Component Command, salutes the flags, along with other alliance personnel, during the ceremony. The two Balkan states formally joined the alliance as its 27th and 28th members on April 1, 2009.
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