Soldiers on Redstone Arsenal compete for international award

The three day challenge culminated with a test at the shooting range.

Posted: Apr. 13, 2018 7:48 PM
Updated: Apr. 13, 2018 9:40 PM

20 soldiers on Redstone Arsenal tested their skills against German Military Standards this week.


At stake was a prestigious international award.

Three days of testing culminated at the shooting range. 

All this week the soldiers took written and physical tests, including a 100 meter swim with their entire uniform on.

Not everyone passed the tests.

Just like the Olympics there are gold, silver, and bronze badges.

The cream of the crop rose to the top.

Out of the 20 soldiers who tested their skills, "There are only four people who are up for a gold badge right now," said U.S. Army Captain Caitlin Williams.

Cpt. Williams is one of those four people up to take gold.

The German Officer who ran the challenge said it's not all about the awards.

Its also about international relations.

"In this environment now we all work together and it's always good to know each other and have good relationship," said German Armed Forces Seagant Major Carsten Hartmann.

Back on the range, Cpt. Williams needed to put five out of five shots into three targets to get gold.

A smile crept across her face as she hit all five targets.

She wants her success to inspire fellow soldiers and civilians to go after their goals.

"Just giving them that confidence to just go ahead and try," said Cpt. Williams.

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