National Guard Sniper Championships

— 46th WPW & 26th AFSAM Sniper Championships

By Master Sgt. Jonathan D. Brizendine, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

FORT CHAFFEE JOINT MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. – The 46th Winston P. Wilson Sniper Championship & 26th Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting kicks off at the Ft. Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ark. on April 22, 2017.

The United States Army National Guard Sniper School hosts the annual events as well as the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) attracted 21 teams from around the United States as well as 4 international teams from Canada, Denmark, Italy, and Poland. Each two-man team will spend the next week testing and enhancing their sniper skills while competing for top honors.

“It already looks like we are going to have a really great match this year,” said Sgt. 1st Class Joseph T. Noe, senior sniper instructor with the NGMTC at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Ark. “You can tell, these guys are professionals at what they do. Every one of them brought their A-game.”

Within hours of their arrival, competitors hit the range to zero their weapons despite less than ideal weather conditions. Moral is high and the professional shooters refuse to let this affect their demeanor.

“It’s a little colder and windier than we expected,” said Spc. Dan H. Rilett, a sniper from Team Michigan, “but we’ve definitely endured worse conditions than these.”

While competition is fierce, the spirit of comradery is palpable. Each team brings with them a wealth of knowledge and unique experiences that they eagerly share with their opponents to ensure all teams come away from the competition with new skills and knowledge. They can then take back these new skills and knowledge to their respective units and use these skills to improve the overall marksmanship of their fellow service members.

“It’s really interesting to come here and see everyone else’s different equipment, to see what they’re running with,” said Staff Sgt. Jaime I. Jiminez, an infantry from the Warrior Training Center at Ft. Benning, Ga. “We talk about different setups, different experiences, and trade knowledge. The real goal is for everyone to leave here a better marksman than when we arrived.”

“It’s really interesting to come here and see everyone else’s different equipment, to see what they’re running with,” said Staff Sgt. Jaime I. Jiminez, an  infantry from the Warrior Training Center at Ft. Benning, Ga. “We talk about different setups, different experiences, and trade knowledge. The real goal is for everyone to leave here a better marksman than when we arrived.”

 

Click here: Day 2 Sniper footage

Click here: Day 2 Sniper Photos

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