German-American Marksmanship Competitors Set Sights on Camaraderie

Staff Sgt. Lionell Red Cloud supports a German competitor during the annual German-American Marksmanship Competition at Oberdachstetten Training Area near Ansbach, Germany, July 8, 2016. (U.S. Army/Stephen Baack)
Staff Sgt. Lionell Red Cloud supports a German competitor during the annual German-American Marksmanship Competition at Oberdachstetten Training Area near Ansbach, Germany, July 8, 2016. (U.S. Army/Stephen Baack)

ANSBACH, Germany — Twenty-five six-person teams gathered July 8 at Oberdachstetten Training Area for the 33rd annual German-American Marksmanship Competition.

The friendly competition is co-hosted and co-organized by U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach's Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment and the city of Herrieden. Regular competitors know the event better as the Herrieden Shoot.

As in previous years, the pool of competitors was a mix of novice and expert marksmen and markswomen, Germans and Americans, and military and civilians, all firing side by side and not divided by category.

Determining the best shooter and team of shooters served as the main attraction, but nearly all competitors spent the bulk of their afternoon in a spirit of fellowship and camaraderie.

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