• Select Soldiers from the U.S. Army Pacific came together to compete and earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 5-6, 2012.

    Ruck March

    Select Soldiers from the U.S. Army Pacific came together to compete and earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 5-6, 2012.

  • A Soldier from the U.S. Army Pacific jumps as high as he can to clear a bar without knocking it down in one of many events to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 5-6, 2012. This award is a privilege because less than one percent of the Army ever gets the opportunity to compete for this award.

    High Jump

    A Soldier from the U.S. Army Pacific jumps as high as he can to clear a bar without knocking it down in one of many events to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 5-6, 2012. This award is a privilege...

  • Select Soldiers from the U.S. Army Pacific came together to compete and earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 5-6, 2012.

    Pistol

    Select Soldiers from the U.S. Army Pacific came together to compete and earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 5-6, 2012.

  • A U.S. Army Pacific Soldier races against time during the 200-meter swim event to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 5-6, 2012. The swim event is one of many tests to be taken in this two-day event.

    Swim

    A U.S. Army Pacific Soldier races against time during the 200-meter swim event to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 5-6, 2012. The swim event is one of many tests to be taken in this two-day event.

  • Maj. Richard Dixion, with Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army
Pacific, and German Sgt. Maj. Hanes Stark, liaison officer of the U.S. Army
Sgt. Maj. Academy, give a briefing before the German Armed Forces
Proficiency Badge Competition begins on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 6, 2012.

    Partnership

    Maj. Richard Dixion, with Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army Pacific, and German Sgt. Maj. Hanes Stark, liaison officer of the U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Academy, give a briefing before the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge Competition...

  • Select Soldiers from U.S. Army Pacific came together to compete and earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 5-6, 2012. Day one included a ruck march carrying 33lbs and 4 quarts of water.

    Ruck March

    Select Soldiers from U.S. Army Pacific came together to compete and earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 5-6, 2012. Day one included a ruck march carrying 33lbs and 4 quarts of water.

  • Select Soldiers U.S. Army Pacific race against time during the 200-meter swim event to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 5-6, 2012. The swim event was one of several tests taken during the two-day event.

    Swimming

    Select Soldiers U.S. Army Pacific race against time during the 200-meter swim event to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 5-6, 2012. The swim event was one of several tests taken during the two-day event.

  • Soldiers from U.S. Army Pacific race against time during the 200-meter swim event to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 5-6, 2012. The swim event was one of several tests taken during the two-day event.

    Swimming

    Soldiers from U.S. Army Pacific race against time during the 200-meter swim event to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 5-6, 2012. The swim event was one of several tests taken during the two-day event.

  • Soldiers from U.S. Army Pacific race against time during the 100-meter sprint event to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 5-6, 2012. The sprint was one of several tests taken during the two-day event.

    Sprint

    Soldiers from U.S. Army Pacific race against time during the 100-meter sprint event to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 5-6, 2012. The sprint was one of several tests taken during the two-day event.

  • Maj. Richard Dixion, with Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army
Pacific, and German Sgt. Maj. Hanes Stark, liaison officer of the U.S. Army
Sgt. Maj. Academy, give a briefing before the German Armed Forces
Proficiency Badge Competition begins on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 6, 2012.

    Brief

    Maj. Richard Dixion, with Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army Pacific, and German Sgt. Maj. Hanes Stark, liaison officer of the U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Academy, give a briefing before the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge Competition...

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS (June 15, 2012) -- Select U.S. Army-Pacific command Soldiers earned the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge after completing a series of qualification tests, here, June 5-6.

This is the second time the test has been given in Hawaii.

The German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge, or GAFPB, is a decoration awarded by the German army and authorized by the U.S. Army for Soldiers who meet or exceed qualification standards.
To be awarded the badge, a German liaison officer must be present; therefore, German Sgt. Maj. Hans Stark, liaison officer for the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, presided.

The first day started out with a 9mm qualification at KR8 range. Given five rounds, each Soldier needed to determine the medal for which he or she would strive -- three of five rounds for bronze, four of five for silver, and five of five for gold. Soldiers then continued the attempt for that specific medal or received nothing.

From there, Soldiers not certified in the Combat Lifesavers Course took a medical test. All participants finished the first day with a timed ruck march carrying 33 pounds and four quarts of water.

"I think everyone is doing exceptionally well," said Maj. Richard Dixon, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army-Pacific. "It's great to see all the camaraderie, Soldiers helping out their fellow Soldiers."

The second day of events concentrated on track and field and sporting events, such as swimming, a high jump or long jump, 100- and 1,000-meter sprints, bench presses, and a 2,000-meter run for females and 5,000-meter run for males.

One particular event, however, had Soldiers struggling to stay afloat.

"Up to this point, it's been the swim portion that's been the toughest," said Sgt. Kyle Mangrum, tactical communications officer, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command. "It's 200 meters, (and) I know 200 meters doesn't sound like a lot, but unless you swim every day, it kind of hurts."

Awards were given out, June 7, to those who succeeded in passing all events for their medal.
The event began with 189 medal hopefuls and ended with 112 medal recipients.

Seventy-nine individuals earned gold, 26 earned silver and 7 earned bronze.

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