• Sgt. 1st Class Robert Forsythe, range safety chief for the day, briefs participants on the procedure and rules of the shoot.

    Safety brief

    Sgt. 1st Class Robert Forsythe, range safety chief for the day, briefs participants on the procedure and rules of the shoot.

  • Participants from the Ansbach Polizei teams register at the beginning of the friendly shooting competition in Oberdachststten.

    Registration

    Participants from the Ansbach Polizei teams register at the beginning of the friendly shooting competition in Oberdachststten.

  • Participants in the German-American friendship  shoot take careful aim at the the target, while the Soldiers from USAG Ansbach HHD watch over them.

    Taking aim

    Participants in the German-American friendship shoot take careful aim at the the target, while the Soldiers from USAG Ansbach HHD watch over them.

  • Sgt. 1st Class Robert Forsythe teaches the members of the German Polizei teams about the specifics of the U.S. Army rifle.

    Weapon details

    Sgt. 1st Class Robert Forsythe teaches the members of the German Polizei teams about the specifics of the U.S. Army rifle.

  • Outreach-KONTAKT Franken, a German-American friendship club, participated for the first time in the friendly shooting competition in Oberdachstetten.

    German-American Friendship

    Outreach-KONTAKT Franken, a German-American friendship club, participated for the first time in the friendly shooting competition in Oberdachstetten.

  • The chief of the Ansbach traffic police, EPHK Karlheinz Hertlein, chats with the garrison commander, Col. Christopher Benson.

    German-American talks

    The chief of the Ansbach traffic police, EPHK Karlheinz Hertlein, chats with the garrison commander, Col. Christopher Benson.

  • The winning team takes home a hand-painted traditional wooden target commemorating the event.

    An award to remember

    The winning team takes home a hand-painted traditional wooden target commemorating the event.

OBERDACHSTETTEN, Germany (July 14, 2014) -- For the past 20 years the USAG Ansbach has co-hosted a German-American friendship shoot with its partner city Herrieden on the Army's range in Oberdachstetten. This year the command team of the garrison brought home the trophy after shooting an almost perfect score.

What started out 31 years ago as a partnership shoot between Herrieden's partner unit of the German army in Ellwangen and later included Soldiers of the U.S. Army stationed in Ansbach and surroundings, has become a traditional event popular both with Germans and U.S. Soldiers. The shoot was originally located at an old shooting range in Herrieden, and was later relocated to the Oberdachstetten range. The Ellwangen Bundeswehr unit was deactivated in June this year, but participated with a team of former unit members. This year's event marked the 20th anniversary of being located in Oberdachstetten.

The participating teams included 13 teams from Herrieden, three German Polizei teams from Ansbach and Herrieden, a team by the German-American friendship club Outreach-KONTAKT Franken, seven teams from 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, the USAG Ansbach command team and several teams comprised of Germans and Americans.

The Garrison Command Team took away the victory with an almost perfect score (428 points out of 432), closely followed by the Polizeiinspektion Ansbach, the "Warriors" (HHC, 12th CAB), "Big Gunz" (2-159 ARB) and "Custom Destruction" (DCo 2-159 ARB). The Outreach-KONTAKT Franken team, who participated for the first time, managed to reach a respectable 16th place (out of 27 competing teams).

Trophies were given to the top ten teams; the first five teams also received certificates signed by the mayor of Herrieden, Alfons Brandl, and the USAG Ansbach commander, Col. Christopher M. Benson. The winning team will also receive a hand-painted wooden target, which will be presented during the opening ceremony of the Herrieden Altstadtfest on Saturday, July 19.

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