MAC regional championships postponed

by Theresa Austin, Maj. National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. – MAC Regional Championships are postponed, due to the split of WPW, unless additional funding is received in fourth quarter.

The NGMTC and MAC region representatives teleconferenced today to devise a few courses of action should we receive additional funding. The NGMTC remains hopeful that the funding will come through, however we will have to cancel this year’s MAC regional championships should the funding not come through.

More to follow, as the budget unfolds through the remainder of this year.

46th WPW 4 from goal

WPW 6:7:2017
by Theresa Austin, Maj. National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. – Fifty states and territories out of the 54, as of 10 p.m. June 7, 2017, have confirmed to participate in the 46th Annual Winston P. Wilson (WPW) National Championships this year, nearing the goal of all 54 participating at the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) in July 2017.

Last year there were 50 States and Territories who trained during the Annual WPW which has lead to our goal of all 54.  We had global competitors attend from across the ocean in April, 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.

The intent behind 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 goal is still all 54 states and territories participating in this year’s WPW training opportunity, despite our earlier set back moving the dates of the competition, and is still tracking WPW participation. However, now we will be tracking changes based on those states that confirm for the new dates. Contact our Chief of Competitions, MAJ Page with your states commitment to participate in July at this year’s 46th Annual WPW National Marksmanship Championship.

Machine gunners increase efficiency and accuracy during WPW

~ 2017 Winston P. Wilson Machine Gun Match Results
 By Maj. Theresa L. Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. —

 

Over 20 teams gathered, from as far away as Hawaii to a few here in Arkansas, to compete in the 2017 Winston P. Wilson (WPW) Machine Gun Matches hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) held at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Ark. May 21-25, 2017.

2017 Winston P. Wilson Machine Gun ChampionshipsMichigan National Guard won the title of overall team champions, taking home 25 awards proving themselves as a force to be reckoned with. However, they appreciated this opportunity to work on skills that they don’t have time to focus on at home, according to Michigan team member Sgt. Kyle Gietzen assigned to 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

“Bringing home awards gets others excited to shoot and learn what we know,” said Gietzen, “taking home what we learned and sharing it with others.”

When attending competitions there are new shooters as well as seasoned shooters, which allows for opportunities to share knowledge. Sgt. Joshua Frick infantryman assigned to 239th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, hopes to someday shoot on the same level as those seasoned shooters, however in the meantime he plans to take back to his unit what he learns while at the competition.

“This gives us the opportunity to train the trainer,” said Frick, “training our lower enlisted, and bettering themselves on their weapons systems as an individual and as a gun crew.”

2017 Winston P. Wilson Machine Gun ChampionshipsNot only do they take away train the trainer skills, but they, also, have more time here to focus on their techniques, tactics and procedures than they do at home during drill.

“We get to work on skills you don’t at home; focusing on crew drills, barrel changes, working as a two-man element, relying on team members, and stress from running in matches like you would in combat,” said Gietzen.

Everyone interviewed said they learned new techniques and skills to take home and share.

“Focusing on single shot groups instead of just burst fire,” is one new technique mentioned by Nebraska National Guard Machine gunner, Staff Sgt. Thomas Shirey, 1st Squadron, 134th Cavalry Regiment, 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

He continued, “This teaches us to be more accurate instead of just spraying and praying, and more efficient with our use of ammo by focusing on fundamentals and accuracy.”

Not only did the machine gunners take away valuable training, but, also, the assistant gunner’s (AG).

“I learned a lot more here as an AG: spotting and telling the shooter where he is impacting, where as when we are back home the AG is used mainly as a pack mule,” said Nebraska National Guard team member Sgt. Casey Edelman, 1st Squadron, 134th Cavalry Regiment, 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

“Here both AG and shooter have to shoot, but at home it depends on time and ammo if the AG gets the opportunity to fire,” continued Edelman.

2017 Winston P. Wilson Machine Gun ChampionshipsCompetitions not only allow competitors to see how they measure up, but if what they are being taught at home, also, measures up.

“Competition breeds excellence,” said Gietzen, “competing against others in the nation; you could be best in state, but when you come here you test your skills against other top guys from other states.”

“This shows our leadership if we have been trained properly or if we need to change things up,” he added.

After a week of long grueling days, learning, rehearsing and testing their skills, all competitors, instructors, and staff gathered to see who are the WPW National Guard Machine Gun Team winners.

Results:

2017 Winston P. Wilson Machine Gun Championships
WPW Machine Gun Match Overall Team

Champions: Sgt. David Dohnal and Sgt. Cameron Higgs, Michigan National Guard Team Bravo, with the best combined aggregate place value of 41 with three 1st Place wins

Overall 2nd place: Sgt. Kyle Gietzen and Sgt. Jared Parahm, Michigan National Guard Team Spartan, with the best combined aggregate place value of 41 with two 1st Place wins

Overall 3rd place: Vermont National Guard Team Catamounts, with the best combined aggregate place value of 66

 

2017 Winston P. Wilson Machine Gun ChampionshipsWPW Machine Gun Match Top Machine Gunner

Champion: Sgt. David Dohnal, Michigan National Guard Team Spartan, with the best combined aggregate place value of 18 with three 1st place wins

2nd  place: Staff Sgt. Thomas Davis, Colorado National Guard Team Alpha, with the best combined aggregate place value of 21

3rd place: Sgt. Kyle Gietzen, Michigan National Guard Team Spartan, with the best combined aggregate place value of 25 with one 1st place win

 

2017 Winston P. Wilson Machine Gun ChampionshipsWPW Machine Gun Match Top Assistant Gunner

Champion: Sgt. Jared Parahm, Michigan National Guard Team Spartan, with the best combined aggregate place value of 23 with one 1st place win

2nd place: Staff Sgt. Shaun Rase, Arkansas National Guard Team Arkansas, with the best combined aggregate place value of 32 with two 1st place wins

3rd place: Staff Sgt. George Daniel, Vermont National Guard Team Bravo, with the best combined aggregate place value of 34 with one 1st place win

Take a look at the video link below to view some of the training conducted at this year’s WPW Machine Gun 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 Machine Gun in Review Slideshow

Photos in Flickr

Results Bulletin

Increasing readiness levels through use of the CNGB Postal Matches

~ 2017 CNGB Phase III Postal Match Championship Results
 By Maj. Theresa L. Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. —

Over 50 excited shooters gathered from across the nation to compete in the phase three portion of the Chief of the National Guard Bureau (CNGB) Postal Matches hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) held at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Ark. May 21-25, 2017.

Competitors were selected from state OML results from Phase I and II, which resulted in a variety of shooters ranging from state trainers, to those far outside the scope of their MOS.

Chief of the National Guard Bureau Phase III Postal Match Championships
3 Gun Match – Sr. Airman Nathan Smyly, 142nd Special Forces, Oregon National Guard, fires at long range paper targets from a helicopter platform during the Three Gun Match part of the Chief of the National Guard Bureau (CNGB) Phase III Postal Matches hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) held at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Ark. May 21-25, 2017.

Almost every Soldier and Airmen interviewed, said they were excited to be here, because they learn so many valuable skills and techniques that they are able to take back to their state and share with others.

Sr. Airman Nathan Smyly with the 142nd Special Forces, Oregon National Guard, said “I’m getting paid to shoot; can’t get any better than that!”

One tip he offers up to all service members is to be familiar with your gear, so you don’t have to look at it in combat.

“Being familiar with your gear is an important part, because you need to quickly access different pieces and some can get in the way of others,” said Smyly. “ In real life, where you could get injured, you don’t have time to take your eyes off of your target, so you have to learn your equipment to reload quicker.”

Chief of the National Guard Bureau Phase III Postal Match Championships
Music without mercy– Spc. Jennifer Trotnow with the 132nd Army Band, Wisconsin National Guard, loads a slug round into a shotgun during the 3 Gun Match, of the Chief of the National Guard Bureau (CNGB) Phase III Postal Matches hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) held at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Ark. May 21-25, 2017.

He continued, “If anyone has the opportunity to come out here, it’s a good test with your weapon and to keep up your weapon skills.”

To provide the best weapon skills training while in a competition setting is why the National Guard All Guard Team served as the range staff for the CNGB, according to Maj. Dwayne Page, NGMTC chief of competitions.

“The All Guard Team is important, because they are comprised of the best shooters in the world,” said Page. “Having them running the competition provides the opportunity for them to train others and make on the spot corrections to improve the competitors techniques.”

“Competitions are good to have, because we gain knowledge to take back to our state,” said Sgt. 1st Class Edward Cole, with the Small Arms Readiness Training Section (SARTS) in the Kentucky National Guard, who is a first time competitor at the CNGB. “All of our team, here, are SARTS trainers in Kentucky, and being here gives us good info to take back for training other new shooters.”

170523-Z-BF502-0996Here for the second year in a row is an all female team from the Wisconsin National Guard’s 132nd Army Band, and they said they attend training, here, because they are trying to improve in marksmanship.

Spc. Jennifer Trotnow with the 132nd said, “It is fun to keep learning and improving in something we don’t get to do all the time and is a lot different from our MOS.”

Trotnow is a middle school band instructor on the civilian side. She said, “the students know I’m in the National Guard, but were surprised that I shoot, and that we have an all girl team.”

Chief of the National Guard Bureau Phase III Postal Match Championships
The bullets sound off– Spc. Jennifer Trotnow with the 132nd Army Band, Wisconsin National Guard, sounds off sending bullets down range in the 3 Gun Match, during the Chief of the National Guard Bureau (CNGB) Phase III Postal Matches hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) held at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Ark. May 21-25, 2017.

“When shooting we are all held to the same standard,” says Trotnow.

Regardless of gender or military job, service members must be able to shoot to maintain readiness.

“Learning known and unknown distance training, how to properly hold the weapon and shoot from a stable platform and varying weight platforms, all help with first time go’s when qualifying with your weapon,” said Cole.

The bottom line, as Cole said, “Competitions help us with our readiness levels.”

At the end of a long week, all competitors, instructors, and staff gathered to see who are the top CNGB shooters.RESULTS:

Chief of the National Guard Bureau Phase III Postal Match Championships
CNGB Postal Match Overall Individual Champion: 2nd Lt. Jonathan Lintz, Nebraska National Guard, with a combined score of 2525-31X

CNGB Postal Match Overall Individual

Champion: 2nd Lt. Jonathan Lintz, Nebraska National Guard, combined score of 2525-31X

Overall 2nd place: Staff Sgt. Micah Fulmer, Colorado National Guard, combined score of 2474-28X

Overall 3rd place: Sgt. 1st Class Williams Thorpe, Illinois National Guard, combined score 2460 24X

Chief of the National Guard Bureau Phase III Postal Match Championships
CNGB Postal Match Individual Rifle
Champion: Capt. Andrew Hahn, Tennessee National Guard, with a combined score of 1538-9X

CNGB Individual Rifle

Champion: Capt. Andrew Hahn, Tennessee National Guard, combined score of 1538-9X

2nd  place: Staff Sgt. Micah Fulmer, Colorado National Guard, combined score of 1519-16X

3rd place: Spc. Austin Norcross, Colorado National Guard, combined score of 1513-19X

Chief of the National Guard Bureau Phase III Postal Match Championships
CNGB Postal Match Individual Pistol
Champion: 2nd Lt. Jonathan Lintz, Nebraska National Guard, combined score of 1650-12X

Individual Pistol

Champion: 2nd Lt. Jonathan Lintz, Nebraska National Guard, combined score of 1650-12X

2nd place: Spc. Thomas Carpenter, South Dakota National Guard, combined score of 1577-17X

3rd place: Sgt. 1st Class Edward Cole, Kentucky National Guard, combined score of 1523-12X

Take a look at the video link below to view some of the training conducted at this year’s CNGB 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 CNGB in Review Video

Photos in Flickr

Results Bulletin