Schweinfurt Soldiers take 2nd place in international shooting competition
September 17, 2013
WIESBADEN, Germany (Sept. 17, 2013) -- Congratulations are in order to the "Eagle's Rock NETOPS" team of Sgt. First Class William Valentine, Sgt. First Class Nicholas Long, Sgt. Jerimah Johnson and Master Sgt. William Edwards from the 7th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade for taking second place in the best team category at the 4th International Joe Wetzl Shooting Competition.
Twenty-two U.S. Soldier teams, including participants from 5th Signal Command, U.S. Army Europe and U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, joined with nearly 50 German armed forces and polizei members to compete in the 4th International Joe Wetzl Shooting Competition hosted by the Wonnegau Worms Reserve Association and Rheinland-Pfalz State Command at the Bundeswehr Firing Range in Wackernheim.
Along with winning trophies for first, second and third place in each category (P8 pistol, MG3 machine gun, hand grenade toss, overall team evaluation), the participants had the opportunity to earn the Schützenschnur in Bronze (German Armed Forces marksmanship lanyard).
At the end of a tough but fun competition, 27 U.S. Soldiers fulfilled the requirements for earning the Schützenschnur in Bronze.
The late Jozsef "Joe" Wetzl was a long-term local national employee of 5th Signal Command (close to 38 years of service). He is most remembered for his tenure as the 5th Signal Command Political Adviser.
During Wetzl's service, he coordinated numerous partnership events between 5th Signal Command and the city of Worms and the Worms Reserve Association to maintain the close relationship between 5th Signal Command and Worms, the initial home station of the command for 22 years (from 1974 to 1996).
After Joe Wetzl passed, the Worms Reserve Association decided to conduct an annual international shooting event in memory of Joe Wetzl.