U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers from the Container Security Initiative ports of Bremerhaven and Hamburg, Germany, recently competed in the Prinz Luis Ferdinand von Preußsen Pokal, a shooting competition held by the German Army's RK9 Reservist Unit in Schwanewede, Germany. Their German Customs counterparts officially invited the CBP officers working on CSI to participate in the event.
Officers George Fiad, Toby Ruch, Jeffrey Schmitz and Donald Travis placed third in the competition, shooting the German military Heckler and Koch P8 pistol and G36 assault rifle against teams from the Bremen Police Department, German Customs, as well as the German Army, Navy and Air Force. Over thirty teams competed in the events.
CSI officers are not armed while on international assignments and many of the officers had not shot a qualification course in many years. The P8 and G36 were also new weapons to these officers. The course of fire included shooting at 20, 37 and 50 meters with the pistol and shooting at 250 meters with the rifle. Despite these hurdles, the CSI Germany Team performed admirably, achieving a Third Place Award.
This competition allowed the CSI officers to build new relationships with their host country's law enforcement and military personnel. The CSI team was presented the Third Place Cup by German Army Col. Dietmar Werstler.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.