CDT Kassulke prepares to hurl a shot in the shot-put event at Indiana University.
EDINBURGH, IN. (Army News Service, February 26, 2007)
During the span of a Soldier's military career, there are few opportunities to earn approved foreign military decorations. Indiana University ROTC in conjunction with the German Armed Forces Liaison Office at Fort Knox, KY., gave soldiers and Cadets a chance to earn the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency.
Over 150 soldiers and Cadets came out to participate in events held on Feb. 17-18 at both Indiana University and Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center.
"This is an outstanding opportunity for the Cadets to meet Cadets from other programs throughout Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, and even up as far as Michigan," said Lt. Col. Stewart Fearon, the Professor of Military Science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. "All of these soldiers get the opportunity to compete for the badge, which they can actually carry with them on active duty to wear on their uniforms."
The award was established in the 1970s to reward and recognize soldiers in the German Armed Forces who possessed superior physical abilities.
This rigorous multi-day competition challenged soldiers and Cadets to demonstrate proficiency in a wide range of physical activities at Indiana University and Camp Atterbury. Events included a 200-meter swim, 100, 400, or 1000-meter sprint, high jump, long jump, shot-put, pistol qualification, and first aid proficiency test, were also required elements for this badge. Soldiers and Cadets had to meet the standards in each event based on their age and gender to qualify. In addition to the above requirements, a commander's evaluation of the soldiers and Cadets was included in their overall review.
After completing all requirements in each event, soldiers and Cadets who qualified were given a certificate and badge personally presented by SGM Grenzebach to validate their achievement.