REGEN, Germany -- The German Army's 112th Panzergrenadier Battalion welcomed their partners from U.S. Army Europe's 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, here July 21 for the first Schutzenschnur event conducted under the partnership program that brings U.S. and German units together to enhance cooperation through training and social events. The Schutzenschnur -- the German Armed Forces Badge for Weapons Proficiency -- is one of several foreign awards U.S. military personnel are authorized to wear on their dress uniforms. To earn the badge, Soldiers must successfully qualify with the Bundeswehr's G36 German service rifle, P8 pistol and M3 machine gun. The award is earned in gold, silver and bronze grades, determined by how well each Soldier scores firing the weapons. Capt. Bernard A. Geist, the officer-in-charge of the event, oversaw the firing, with his Soldiers coaching and training their American colleagues at each station.