Sgt. 1st Class. Adam Phelps
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs
FORT SHAFTER — Six Soldiers with the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command received the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge, June 7, at Hale Ikena, here.
The GAPB is one of the few awards that Soldiers in the U.S. military are approved to wear on their uniforms.
The badge is earned by fulfilling a number of strenuous requirements, including a pistol qualification, a ruck march, a 100-meter swim, a high jump, a 100-meter sprint, a 3,000-meter long-distance run and a bench press.
“It’s a lot of work,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Hans Stark, German liaison command sergeant major based out of Fort Bliss, Texas.
“There are two days of intense training, but before that, the Soldiers have to prepare,” Stark added.
Out of the 189 Soldiers who started, only 112 survived the grueling two-day event.
“I would like to thank all of you for what you do on a daily basis,” said Stark. “I would like to thank you for your service, especially all of the family members. And always remember what we do is not just a job; it is a profession.
“We are part of a larger organization,” Stark continued. “We serve the people of our country. We are soldiers 24/7.”
Stark told the participants to take care of their family and each other, as well as to always be professional.
94th AAMDC Awardees
Staff Sgt. Brandon Bybee
Spc. Jesse Clem
Staff Sgt. Christopher King
Sgt. Steven Lamb
Pvt. Joseph McGinnis
Pvt. Hunter Reiner