SEMBACH, Germany -- During training sessions held at Grafenwoehr and Baumholder earlier this month, 18 volunteer hunting instructors, including U.S. servicemembers and civilians, earned their recertification to serve as chief instructors for U.S. Forces hunting courses in Germany.

Additionally, 12 other volunteers trained as support instructors for U.S. Forces hunting courses in Germany.

Volunteers representing garrisons Ansbach, Bavaria, Rheinland-Pfalz, Stuttgart and Wiesbaden, as well as Ramstein and Spangdahlem Air Bases successfully completed the courses.

"This recertification enables the U.S. Forces to continue conducting hunter training and certification within each represented garrison and air base," said Rafael Wunsch, IMCOM-Europe program manager for U.S. Forces Hunting, Fishing, and Sport Shooting in Germany.

The recertification training focused on African swine fever. Such insight ensures licensed hunters in Germany remain aware of the highly contagious disease that affects both domestic and wild pigs.

"Fortunately, the disease has no known effect on humans, and the European Union and all member nations are making every effort to keep infected animals from becoming available for human consumption and to limit the spread of this disease to Eastern Europe," said Wunsch.

Besides game and wildlife issues, Wunsch noted that the recertifying instructors received updates on host-nation laws and U.S. Forces policies relating to weapons possession and registration procedures.

"Hunter training and certification classes normally take place in the fall and early spring each year," added Wunsch.

Anyone interested in attending, should contact their installation outdoor recreation program for more information on U.S. Forces hunting, fishing, or recreational sport shooting in Germany.