~ 46th WPW Championship & 26th AFSAM
By Master Sgt. Jonathan D. Brizendine, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center
ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. – Members of the Arkansas National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) prepare for the Guard’s national level marksmanship competitions scheduled to begin here in Arkansas April 22.
Events on the schedule include the 46th Winston P. Wilson (WPW) Sniper Championship (April 22 – April 27), the 46th WPW Championship (July 23 – 27), and the 46th WPW Machine Gun Championship (May 20– 26), as well as, a multinational and interservice competition, the 26th Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting (AFSAM) (April 23– 28). These matches are designed to promote marksmanship training through competition between service members that is battle-focused using a controlled stressful environment.
This year’s WPW and AFSAM matches will include service members from Active Duty, National Guard, Marine Corp, Air Force, and Foreign Allies engaging targets with the M4/M4A1 and M16A2/A4 Rifles, and M21/M14, M24, M110/SR 25, M40A and M2010 sniper weapon systems at Ft. Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ark. Each two-man sniper team will be evaluated on field firing, advanced marksmanship, field craft, shooter and spotter communication, and target engagement with a sidearm.
While the snipers compete for top honors at Ft. Chaffee, other contenders will be zeroing their weapons on ranges at Robinson Maneuver Training Center in preparation for the small arms WPW Championship and AFSAM. Subsequent courses of fire will test their expertise with the M9 Pistol, the M4/M16 Rifle, and the M500 Shotgun.
Each match will culminate with an awards banquet celebrating the winners of individual, team events and the overall best performers.
“Our soldiers and airmen have worked countless hours all year to ensure competitors have a safe and challenging experience,” said Col. Dennis J. Humphrey, NGMTC Commander. “As returning competitors can attest, all who attend are sure to come away with new contacts, new skills, and the pride of having represented their unit and region.”
This year’s matches are attracting more than 500 marksmen from around the globe. With national teams going head-to-head with one another and foreign allied teams from as far away as Italy, it promises to be a memorable experience for all who attend. Perhaps most importantly, competitors are certain to come away with more than just trophies.
“As competitive as they are, the matches aren’t solely about defining who is the best,” said Lt. Col. Todd C. Stuff, NGMTC Administrative Officer. “Ultimately, the focus is on training.”
“When the best marksmen from around the globe come together,” he continued “they bring with them valuable experience and insight which they enthusiastically share with their fellow warriors. The shooters then take what they learn back to their units and pass along their new skillsets to their soldiers and airmen.”
Training for accuracy is most important.
“The end goal is increased accuracy resulting in more troops coming home from deployments in one piece,” said Stuff. “When that happens, we’re all winners.”
For more information about getting involved, contact Maj. Dwayne Page 501-212-4531 or visit us on the web at https://ngmtc.wordpress.com.