By Ms. Bianca Sowders (IMCOM)July 14, 2014
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.