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    Bolingbrook Soldier earns German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge

    Bolingbrook Soldier earns German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge

    Photo By Cpl. Shaylin Quaid | Maj. Lionel Gonzalez (right) of Bolingbrook, Illinois, rucks in the final event to...... read more read more



    Story by Cpl. Shaylin Quaid 

    33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team

    Maj. Lionel Gonzalez of Bolingbrook, Illinois, assigned to Task Force Illini, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Illinois Army National Guard, earned silver for the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (GAFPB) Feb. 8 - 28.
    The GAFPB is a decoration worn by the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Germany. It can also be awarded to forces allied with Germany.
    Approximately 30 U.S., Canadian, and Lithuanian Soldiers assigned to Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine participated in the events, which were overseen by German Lt. Col. Gregor Brand. To earn the GAFPB, Gonzalez completed a series of scored events, pass or fail events, and tiered events.
    The pass or fail events included Combat Lifesaver certification, proficiency at donning chemical protective equipment to protect against a gas attack, and a timed 100-meter swim wearing the Army Combat Uniform.
    Scored events included a physical fitness test, which tested participants’ endurance in sprinting and the flexed arm hang.
    Tiered events included a 9mm pistol range, which required Soldiers to hit seven of ten targets, and a ruck march.
    Twenty-two U.S. Soldiers attempted to earn the GAFPB. Gonzalez was one of 11 of to earn the badge.
    Gonzalez is an 11A, Infantry Officer assigned to Task Force Illini as the Battalion and Company Advising Group Officer in Charge. Gonzalez and Task Force Illini are deployed to the Lviv region of Ukraine in support of Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine, which is responsible for training, advising, and mentoring the Ukrainian cadre at Combat Training Center-Yavoriv, Ukraine in order to improve Armed Forces Ukraine’s training capacity and defense capabilities.



    Date Taken: 03.04.2021
    Date Posted: 03.04.2021 07:34
    Story ID: 390537
    Location: LVIV, SJ

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