by Theresa Walker, Capt. National Guard Marksmanship Training Center
ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. – Nine states and two territories needed to confirm attendance for the National Guard to reach the goal of all 54 participating in the 46th Annual Winston P. Wilson (WPW) National Championships at the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) in April and May 2017.
Last year there were 50 States and Territories who trained during the Annual WPW. As of Mar. 24, 2017, the National Guard is five States and Territories behind achieving last year’s goal. We have global competitors attending from across the ocean, so surely those in our own nation can make it down to Arkansas for some marksmanship training on NGMTC’s dime.
The NGMTC provides the funding for all states to attend the WPW as a training opportunity each year and there is still time to get your letter of intent (LOI) in to attend.
Competition provides the opportunity for Soldiers and Airmen to train in stressful conditions. These opportunities will build confidence, weapons familiarization and skill for increased battlefield survivability and combat readiness, which is the ultimate goal.
As an added bonus, these competitors learning not only benefit the individual but their home state as well. The competitors share the knowledge with others in their home units, which therefore multiplies this advanced marksmanship knowledge across the force.
The NGMTC is tracking confirmed participants in 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.