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.