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    Columbus Soldier earns German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge

    Columbus Soldier earns German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge

    Photo By Cpl. Shaylin Quaid | 2nd Lt. Anton Hopkins of Columbus, Indiana rucks in the final event to earn the German...... read more read more



    Story by Cpl. Shaylin Quaid 

    33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team

    2nd Lt. Anton Hopkins of Columbus, Indiana assigned to Task Force Illini, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Illinois Army National Guard, earned gold 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, Hopkins 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. Hopkins was one of 11 of to earn the badge.
    Hopkins is a 11A, Infantry Officer assigned to Task Force Illini as the Joint Visitor Bureau and Movement Officer in Charge. Hopkins 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: 390538
    Location: LVIV, UA

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