USAFE volleyball teams compete in multi-national event

The U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa men’s and women’s team poses for a photo after the final matches of a Headquarters Allied Air Command Inter-Nation Sports Programme Volleyball Championship tournament in Amsterdam, March 27, 2014. The teams consisted of 23 active-duty Air Force members stationed throughout the world. (U.S. Air force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

The U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa men’s and women’s team poses for a photo after the final matches of a Headquarters Allied Air Command Inter-Nation Sports Programme Volleyball Championship tournament in Amsterdam, March 27, 2014. The teams consisted of 23 active-duty Air Force members stationed throughout the world. (U.S. Air force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

AMSTERDAM - -- The men's and women's U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa volleyball teams competed in the Headquarters Allied Air Command Inter-Nation Sports Programme Volleyball Championships in Amsterdam, March 25 - 27, 2014.

The tournament brought together six NATO countries for a little friendly competition.

The competition aims to reinforce the mutual respect and goodwill that exists between these nations.

"That's what the whole goal of it is, because these are all Air Force members from six other nations coming together and competing," said Dawn Pierce, Headquarters USAFE fitness and sports coordinator. "There is a lot of friendship in sports and this culminates one of the greatest opportunities we have to be with our NATO partners and just enjoy each other."

Members from the U.S., Poland, England, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgian air forces participated in the multi-day event ending with the championship game on March 27.

The USAFE women's team retained their undefeated record placing first overall, while the men's team placed third.