AFSAM 2017 Results- cross-training & exposure

~ 26th AFSAM Small Arms Championship Results
 By Staff Sgt. Adrian Borunda, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. —Sixty-four soldiers and airmen from across the country and from allied nations took aim at being the top shot at the 26th annual Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting (AFSAM) here April 23-28.

Top marksmen from the United States, Canada, Italy, and the United Kingdom competed shoulder-to-shoulder on four-man teams testing their skills with multiple matches and different weapons systems to include pistols, rifles and shotguns.

The National Guard Marksmanship Training Center hosts the annual training competition to continue emphasis on basic and advanced marksmanship at all levels of the armed forces. The AFSAM, also, helps build working relationships with our allied nations.

“It’s not every day that we get to train with internationals in an International competition,” said Lieutenant Matthew Clancey a marksman from the Canadian Armed Forces shooting team. “So, it’s a great opportunity for us to come to a different environment, see different match conditions, and the way that you handle and use the weapons.”

The range of knowledge found at this high level of competition is as vast and teeming to be tapped into.

“It’s out here that the marksmanship training center pits those top-notch shooters from all the states, military branches and other countries,” said Col. Dennis Humphrey, Director of the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center.

“It’s a privilege,” Clancey said. “They get an an opportunity to train at a level that they otherwise wouldn’t otherwise get to train in their homelands.”

Opportunities to train with our allies is rare, however critical when in a combat situation.

“We operate in a joint environment when we are down range,” Humphrey said. “It’s important that these branches and partner nations get together to build relationships, so you can trust the soldier or airmen to the left and right of you.”

Competitors from other nations also appreciated this opportunity to train in a joint environment.

“Working together gives us exposure to them,” said Clancey. “Talking about the way we use our tactics, the way we use our firearms, and and the different ways that we operate in a combat environment. The cross training and working with other countries at such a professional level allows us to up our game.”

Competitors and coaches worked their way through a variety of matches that challenged every shooter from veteran to newcomer.

“When you see the level of competitors out here, the Americans and Canadian, they are taking it proper seriously, it does get a little nerve racking,” Daniel Jenkins, a marksman with the United Kingdom Royal Air Force Regiment shooting team, and first time competitor in the AFSAM.

Long days on the range and thousands of rounds expended, all the marksmen came together to find out who were the top shooters.

RESULTS:
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Overall Indvidual Champion- Senior Master Sgt. Edward Altmeyer, U.S. All Guard Team Alpha
Overall Individual
Champion: Senior Master Sgt. Edward Altmeyer, U.S. All Guard Team Alpha, combined score of 1375 17x’s
Overall 2nd place: Sgt. Justus Densmore, U.S. All Guard Team Alpha, combined score of 1371 13 x’s
Overall 3rd place: Sgt. Brandon Swanson, U.S. All Guard Team Bravo, combined score 1350 18 x’s
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Individual Rifle Champion- Cpl. Michael Aube, Canadian Armed Forces
Individual Rifle
Champion: Corporal Michael Aube, Canadian Armed Forces, combined score of 837 with 8x’s
2nd  place: Corporal Jean Fancois Doucet, Canadian Armed Forces, combined score of 818 with 5 x’s
3rd place: Sgt. David Fenwick, British Army Reserve Operational Shooting Team, combined score of 815 5x’s
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Individual Pistol Champion- Senior Master Sgt. Edward Altmeyer, U.S. All Guard Team Alpha
Individual Pistol
Champion: Senior Master Sgt. Edward Altmeyer, U.S. All Guard Team Alpha, combined score of 767 13 x’s
2nd place: Sgt. Justus Densmore, U.S. All Guard Team Alpha, combined score of 759 11 x’s
3rd place: Sgt. Brandon Swanson, U.S. All Guard Team Bravo, combined score of 739, 10 x’s
 
Overall Team Rifle
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Overall Team Rifle Champions- Canadian Armed Forces Team Alpha
Champion: Canadian Armed Forces Team Alpha (Cpl. Michael Aube, Cpl. Jean-Francois Doucet, Cpl. Jonathan Palmer, Cpl. Matheu Valcour) combined score of 2444
2nd place: Canadian Armed Forces Team Bravo (Warrant Officer Luke Foster, Sgt. Jesse Hall, Cpl. John Herriot, Cpl. William Rayment) combined score of 2213
3rd place: U.K. British Army Reserve Operational Shooting Team Red (Maj. Michael Oliver, Sgt. David Fenwick, Cpl. James Deville, Cpl. Lisa Ingram) combined score of 2204
 
Overall Team Pistol
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Overall Team Pistol Champions- U.S. All Guard Team Alpha
Champion: U.S. All Guard Team Alpha (Sr. Master Sgt. Edward Altmeyer, Pennsylvania. NG; Staff Sgt. Michael Richey, Missouri NG; Staff Sgt. Jacob Blount, Illinois NG; Sgt. Justus Densmore, Texas NG) combined score of 3031
2nd place: U.S. All Guard Team Bravo (1st Lt. Garrett Miller, Pennsylvania. NG; Sgt. 1st Class Paul Deugan, Iowa NG; Sgt. 1st Class David Keenom, Tennessee NG; Sgt. Brandon Swanson, Wisconsin NG) combined score of 2981
3rd place: U.S. Army Reserve Team Blue (Lt. Col. Scott Klawon, New York; Master Sgt. Lance Espinosa, Washington; Staff Sgt. Chris Kizanis, Idaho; Sgt. Benjamin Mercer, Arkansas) combined score of 2728

For the full results, and more information about AFSAM and the NGMTC visit ngmtc.wordpress.com.

Take a look at the video link below to view some of the training conducted at this year’s AFSAM Championships. Also, for more information about getting involved, contact Maj. Dwayne Page 501-212-4531 or visit us on the web at https://ngmtc.wordpress.com.

2017 AFSAM in Review Video

 

 

 

 

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2017AFSAM: INDV & TEAM AGG

Individual Pistol Agg

Individual Rifle Agg

Team Pistol Agg

Team Rifle Agg

Individual Overal Champion

 

Final Results Bulletin

 

 

AFSAM SA- AGG Reports

AGG Reports

1. Match 250
PT2100 + PT2340 + PT2350 + PT2330
2. Match 350
RT3120 + RT3130 + RT3170 + RT3180 + RT3190 + RT3350

3. Pistol AGG
PI2030 + PI2040 + PI2210 + PI2250
4. Rifle AGG
RI3010 + RI3020 + RI3060 + RI3210 + RI3250

5. Overall Individual Match Champion
PI2030 + PI2210 + PI2250 + RI3010 + RI3020 + RI3060 + RI3210 + RI3250

AFSAM SA-Results Day Three

 

1. Bianchi Battle CT5120

2. General George Patton Combat Pistol Match
PT2100

3. Rifle EIC RI3210

4. Leg Points Only (Iron sight)
Combat Rifle Excellence-In-Competition (EIC)
RI3210

5. Falling Plates
RT3130
6.The National Guard Infantry Team Match
RT3170
7. Covering Fire
RT3180

8. Know Your Limits
RT3190

 

Tight shot group at 2017 National Guard Sniper Championships

~ Results 46th WPW & 26th AFSAM Sniper Championship

Article by Capt. Theresa L. Walker, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center and Photos by Master Sgt. Jonathan Brizendine, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. – 15 National Guard sniper teams from across the U.S. gathered, along with four foreign ally nation’s sniper teams and six interservice sniper teams to train through competition in this year’s 46th Annual Winston P. Wilson (WPW) and 26th Annual Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meet (AFSAM) Sniper Championships hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) at Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ark. April 21-27, 2017.

The results were a fairly tight a shot group as riflemen say, which is quite a surprise considering this training competition is a blind shoot. Meaning competitors do not know what each course of fire is until they show up at each match, and they do not know the scores of each of their events until the very last day.

This year’s 2017 AFSAM matches resulted in the U.S. Army Sniper School, with 336 points, taking first place as well as Overall Sniper Champions. Taking second place, with 318 points, is U.S. Marine Corps School of Infantry-West and third is the Army Warrior Training Center, with 312 points.

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The WPW 2017 Champion Sniper Team is from Michigan National Guard, with 316 points. Taking second place is Iowa National Guard with 275 points, and third place is Arizona National Guard with 273 points.

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Trophies, awards and winning is nice, however these competitions are so much more for these guys.

“This is a good opportunity to come to and hone those skills and see what you are proficient in and what you need to work on,” said Staff Sgt. Kenny Witt, NGMTC sniper instructor. “We have four different countries here this year, and they feel that it is good enough that they come over here as well.”

At the WPW and the AFSAM Sniper Championships, snipers from across the nation and the world have an excellent opportunity to train in those critical sniper skills, that they may not be able to train in at their home station.

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“In the National Guard, due to the training one weekend a month and 2 weeks a year, training and getting the gun time they need to hone their skills and be proficient at marksmanship is not as much as you think it would be,” said Witt. “So, a competition like this gives them the ability to come get a lot of gun time, work on their skill craft, stalking, land nav, and high elevation shooting, which is something back at their home station they may not get to accomplish.”

Going to sniper school and passing doesn’t make a good sniper; it’s skills.

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“Even though you go to the sniper school, doesn’t mean that you are a fully qualified skilled sniper,” Witt said. “Yeah, you have the identifier, but you are always continuing to learn and improve on those skills through out your career.”

Using training opportunities in competitions like this helps improve accuracy which is most important.

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“The end goal is increased accuracy resulting in more troops coming home from deployments in one piece,” said Lt. Col. Todd Stuff, NGMTC administrative officer. “When that happens, we’re all winners.”

Take a look at the video link below to view some of the training conducted at this year’s Sniper Championships. Also, for more information about getting involved, contact Maj. Dwayne Page 501-212-4531 or visit us on the web at https://ngmtc.wordpress.com.

 

2017 WPW & AFSAM Sniper Comp in Review Video

2017 Sniper WPW & AFSAM Results

 

Winston P. Wilson Sniper Championship

Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting Championship