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Can anyone identify the country, rank, and unit of this WWI Uniform?

Can anyone identify the country, rank, and unit of this WWI Uniform?

A photograph of my grandfather, Stephen Peter Barbustiak (sp of last name changed during immigration process). DOB 20 August 1895 in Odorin, present day Slovakia. Married September 3, 1917. I know he served in Eastern Europe during World War One.


I believe @kimchi lover is correct. The single six-pointed star is that of a Gefreiter, an enlisted man who has been promoted once, roughly equivalent to a NATO OR-2 or US Private 1st Class.

The "lollipop-like emblem" on the collar is a balloon, but does not necessarily mean he was in the balloon corps. It indicates he was in the Air Service which began as a balloon corps. In 1917 the Air Service operated both airplanes and balloons.

A Field Pilot's Badge over his right breast would be definitive proof that he was a pilot, its lack does not rule it out.

Unfortunately I cannot make out the medals over his left breast pocket.