by Theresa Walker, Capt. National Guard Marksmanship Training Center
ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. – Fifty states and territories out of the 54 participated in the Annual Winston P. Wilson (WPW) National Championships last year, which led to this year’s goal of all 54 participating in the 46th Annual WPW at the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) in April and May 2017.
As of Mar. 3, 2017, the National Guard is half way towards the goal with 27 states and territories confirmed participation out of all 54. Not only do we host the national matches, but also concurrently, a multi-national competition drawing in competitors from across the globe.
The NGMTC provides WPW as a training opportunity each year, concurrently with NGB’s multi-national competition the Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting (AFSAM). AFSAM currently has Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, Denmark, and the Netherlands competing as well as other military components such as the U.S. Army Reserve, the U.S. Navy Shooting Team, and 19th Security Forces Squadron CATM.
It’s not too late for your state to join. All you need is a four-man team, which NGMTC will pay to attend.
The intent behind these competitions is learning to be a better marksmen, and with the additional focus of WPW being that these competitors take this knowledge and share it with others in their home units. Every competition is a training opportunity, with the ultimate goal of increasing weapons familiarization and skill for increased battlefield survivability and combat readiness.
The NGMTC is tracking confirmed participants in the this year’s WPW. Change your state from red to green by contacting our Chief of Competitions, MAJ Page with your states commitment to participate in this year’s 46th Annual WPW National Marksmanship Championship.