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GMC Earns Badges at Fort Leavenworth

(Milledgeville, GA) June 1, 2004 – Georgia Military College recently participated in the 2004 German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency event, sponsored by the 326th Area Support Group (ASG), U.S. Army Reserve. Open to all U.S. Army soldiers, a total of 320 soldiers participated in the three-day competition, including, GMC’s team of five junior college cadets, one Gold Bar Recruiter, one National Guardsman, and one ROTC Cadre Army Major. The event, held May 20th through May 23rd at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, was designed to test a soldier’s endurance and military skills through a series of tough qualification standards set for German soldiers. Some of the activities included, individual marksmanship 9mm pistol, 5000-meter run, weight lifting, high-jump, long-jump, shot-put, 100-meter dash, first-aid and swimming. The final event required participants to complete a road march of 30 kilometers (18.7 miles) in less than 5 hours.

Based on their performance in these competitions, soldiers can earn a gold, silver or bronze badge that is authorized for wear with the U.S. Army Class “A” and Army Blue uniform. Georgia Military College received seven Gold awards and one Silver award for their efforts.

Members of the GMC team are pictured with the Buffalo Solider Monument on the Army Installation of Ft. Leavenworth, KS. They are, left to right, MAJ Fred Eaton, 1LT Pete Atkinson, SGT James Smith, Cadet Zachary Pearce, Cadet Wade Powers, Cadet Albert Brady, Cadet John Davis, and kneeling, 2LT Zachary Carbonell.