USAG Ansbach, Herrieden continue to strengthen ties through friendly competition

Story by Bianca Sowders

ANSBACH, Germany – The German-American Partnership Shoot, an annual tradition between U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach and the town of Herrieden, is a friendly marksmanship competition that brings hundreds of Soldiers, Civilians and Germans to the Oberdachstetten Training Area every year.

The competition, which took place July 12 this year, strengthens community relations between USAG Ansbach and its local host nation partners, specifically with the garrison’s partner city of Herrieden.

This year marked the event’s 36th iteration, with the competition moving from Herrieden to the Oberdachstetten Training Area 24 years ago.

“Things have changed considerably since then, but what hasn’t changed is that this event is about competition, good company, and strong partnerships,” said Col. Steven Pierce, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach. “It is a great opportunity for us to celebrate our longstanding cooperation and friendship.”

Participants in the event included German shooting clubs, teams from Bundeswehr (German army) Reserve components and the Ansbach Polizei. American participants were U.S. Soldiers from USAG Ansbach; Echo Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade; and civilian employees and family members of USAG Ansbach.

The winning team will receive the winners’ trophy, a hand-painted wooden target, during the city of Herrieden’s annual Altstadtfest July 20.

Top teams at the German-American Partnership Shoot and their scores:

  1.  Jagd- und Sportschützenverein (JSSV) Herrieden-Wieseth: 389
  2.  Polizeiinspektion Ansbach: 377
  3.  USAG Ansbach Hunting Club: 377*

The top three shooters were:

  1.  Polizeidirektor Josef Mehringer, Polizeiinspektion Ansbach
  2.  Thomas Fiedler, JSSV Herrieden-Wieseth
  3.  Sgt. Jarod Phillips, USAG Ansbach

(* In the event of a tie, the collective number of bullseyes determined the placement.)

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