The grassy hill surrounding the arena is packed full of spectators and family members. The emcee calls out a dancer's name; there's movement in the crowd. The competitor makes it into the arena, throws out his hoops for his sequence. Upon the dancer's cue, the drum starts singing.
Colombian naval forces recently helmed UNITAS LIX, hosting 11 countries in Cartagena during the annual exercise, held Aug. 31 through Sept. 11.