Outstanding performance by National Guard

~1st place in overall team and individual at All Army

by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. – The National Guard took first overall individual and team during this years’ 2018 U.S. Army Small Arms (“All Army”) Championship at Ft. Benning, Ga. Mar. 11-17, 2018.

The National Guard sent 11 teams to challenge 26 Active Army and Reserve teams with Missouri National Guard as the overall team small arms champions and Sgt. Justus Densmore with the Texas National Guard taking home the M-1 Grand as the overall individual small arms champion.

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Sgt. Alexandra Wilson, Virginia Army National Guard, engages steel targets with her M9 pistol during the Multi-gun Match at the 2018 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships Mar. 11-17, 2018 at Ft. Benning, Ga. Wilson placed fourth overall in Service Pistol, was first in the Pistol EIC National Match Championship, and was awarded the Distinguished Pistol EIC Badge.

“Performances like this show how military competitions directly enhance Soldier lethality and combat effectiveness,” said Maj. David Stapp, operations chief for the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC).

National Guard Soldiers and Airmen really show their value during a performance like this..

“The National Guard leverages marksmanship competitions to help improve unit and individual readiness, especially through the use of the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center,” said Stapp. “The NGMTC conducts marksmanship competitions that give Soldiers the experience and knowledge to be good subject matter experts who then go back and train their units.”

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Senior Airman Gavin Rook, North Dakota National Guard, maintains muzzle awareness while sprinting to his first firing point during the Multi-gun Match, which requires the competitor to fire with the rifle and then switch to the pistol, at the 2018 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships Mar. 11-17, 2018 at Ft. Benning, Ga. Rook placed third in the Pistol EIC National Match Championship, and was awarded the Distinguished Pistol EIC Badge.

National Guard members who attend these competitions, whom have received this experience and knowledge, must practice often not only with their team, but also on their own time.

“We practice, on our team, quite a bit in our personal life,” said Sgt. Adam Michael Mathis, Illinois National Guard team member; and we perform well here at the competition, take it back to our units, and increase our overall unit qualification scores on the ranges.

When it comes to competing in marksmanship events at this level, you get what you give. Many put in their own time and money.

“My guys put in a lot of work on their own time before the match,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Richey, Missouri National Guard team captain, and “they got out of it what they put in.”

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Sgt. David Ball, Missouri Army National Guard, practices service pistol engaging paper targets with his M9 pistol during a train up at Tullahoma, TN Mar. 9, 2018 in preparation for the U.S. Army Small Arms Championships “All Army.” The National Guard Marksmanship Training Center hosted the train up for the 11 National Guard teams that attended All Army.

Sharing knowledge is essential in the National Guard, which is evident from six of the 11 states placing in the top three of each category. The top National Guard teams who took home first, second, or third included: Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Vermont, North Dakota, and Illinois. Each of these teams consist of a four-man squad competing with primary and secondary weapon systems.

Missouri is really bringing the heat this year. They placed within the top three overall teams for every team category during this competition.

“All Army was just our warm up,” said Richey, the team captain. “We’re bringing the same team to the Winston P. Wilson Matches.”

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Staff Sgt. Michael Richey, Missouri Army National Guard, engages targets with his M16 rifle during the Multi-gun Match at the 2018 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships Mar. 11-17, 2018 at Ft. Benning, Ga. Richey was the captain for the Missouri team, whom placed in the top three in every category, and took home the coveted title of Small Arms Team Champions.

The Winston P. Wilson (WPW) National Championship is hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center and is like the “All Army,” but is solely between the Army and Air National Guards in the 54 states and territories.

The WPW will be held April 28th– May 3rd at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, North Little Rock, Ark. For more information about getting involved, contact the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center at 501-212-4531 or visit us on Facebook.

Overall Category Scores:

U.S. Army Small Arms Overall Individual Champion

1 Densmore, Justus, SGT, Texas ARNG 2,011 – 46
2 Mccombs, Jeremy, SPC, Colorado ARNG 1,972 – 49
3 Tucker, Robert, SGT, Vermont ARNG 1,949 – 47

U.S. Army Small Arms Team Champions

1 Missouri National Guard 3791 – 125
2 Iowa National Guard 3761 – 111
3 Wisconsin National Guard 3633 – 81

U.S. Army Service Pistol Individual Champion

1 Tucker, Robert, SGT, Vermont ARNG 788 – 32
2 Mccombs, Jeremy, SPC, Colorado ARNG 764 -35
3 Larsen, Nicholas, 1LT, USA 758 – 28

U.S. Army Service Pistol Team Champions

1 Missouri National Guard 1533 – 92
2 Vermont National Guard 1471 – 68
3 North Dakota National Guard 1448 – 52

U.S. Army Service Rifle Individual Champion

1 Densmore, Justus, SGT, Texas ARNG 939 – 19
2 Mccombs, Jeremy, SPC, Colorado ARNG 930 – 14
3 Goldade, Tyler, SGT, North Dakota ARNG 929 – 16

U.S. Army Service Rifle Team Champions

1 Iowa National Guard 1325 – 41
2 Missouri National Guard 1216 – 33
3 Wisconsin National Guard 1195 – 16

U.S. Army Multi-Gun Match Individual Champion

1 Fuentes, Rafael, SSG, USAR 362
2 Brotherston, Curtis, 2LT, USAR 352
3 Balsley, Brad, SSG ,   USA 322

U.S. Army Multi-Gun Match Team Champions

1 Artic Warrior A-Team, USA 1049
2 Missouri National Guard 1042
3 Illinois National Guard 1036

The six top National Guard Teams:

Missouri Team: Staff Sgt. Michael Richey (ARNG), Sgt. David Ball (ARNG), 1st Sgt. James Phelps (ARNG), Staff Sgt. Jerry Dement (ARNG)

Iowa Team: Tech. Sgt. Micah Larson (ANG), Sgt. 1st Class Paul Deugan (ARNG), Sgt. Karl Johnk (ARNG), Staff Sgt. Tyson Fisher (ARNG)

Wisconsin Team: Sgt. Brandon Swanson, ARNG, Sgt. 1st Class Jordan Cegler (ARNG), Staff Sgt. Jameson Nelms (ARNG), Staff Sgt. Robert Marciniak (ANG)

Vermont Team: Sgt. Robert Tucker (ARNG), Senior Airman Justin Oddy (ANG), Sgt. Maxim Nickerson (ARNG), Staff Sgt. Robert Marciniak (ANG)

Illinois Team: Staff Sgt. Jacob Blount (ARNG), Sgt. 1st Class Tracy Mix (ARNG), Sgt. Adam Mathis (ARNG), Sgt. Nolan Murray (ARNG)

North Dakota Team: Senior Airman Gavin Rook (ANG), Sgt. Andrew Maley (ARNG), Staff Sgt. Matthew Jasper (ANG), Sgt. Tyler Goldade (ARNG)

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Author: NGMTC

The official site for the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center. The NGMTC plans, resources, and conducts relevant marksmanship training that enhances the effectiveness of the National Guard and improves readiness across the force.

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