Arkansas and Nebraska National Guardsmen win 48th WPW Machine Gun Championship

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The Arkansas Army National Guard team, the 48th Winston P. Wilson Championship Overall Light Machine Gun Team Champions, receive a plaque from Maj. Rodney Lay (left) during the awards ceremony May 10, 2019 at the Professional Education Center, North Little Rock, Arkansas. Staff Sgt. Joseph Noe (center) and Spc. Heriberto Tapia (right) earned the Chief’s 50 Marksmanship Badge, and Noe also claimed the prestigious title of “Overall Aggregate Machine Gunner Champion. The 48th Winston P. Wilson Championship is hosted annually by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center, at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Arkansas.  (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Spc. Stephen M. Wright; caption by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

~2019 WPW Machine Gun Championship Complete, Results

by Spc. Stephen M. Wright, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – Twenty-two National Guardsmen, eleven different teams, from across the nation gathered at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center near North Little Rock, Arkansas, to compete in the 2019 Winston P. Wilson Machine Gun Competition May 6 through 10, 2019.

Some of the most notable awards given at the ceremony, hosted annually by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center, were the Chief’s 50 badge, Overall Light Machine Gun Team Champions, Overall Aggregate Machine Gunner Champion and the Overall Aggregate Assistant Gunner Champion.

The Overall Light Machine Gun Team Champions are Staff Sgt. Joseph Noe and Spc. Heriberto Tapia, Arkansas National Guard. Both earned the Chief’s 50 and Noe also claimed the prestigious title of “Overall Aggregate Machine Gunner Champion.”

The title “Overall Aggregate Assistant Gunner Champion” was awarded to Sgt. Levi Loomis of the Nebraska National Guard.

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Sgt. Levi Loomis (right) of the Nebraska National Guard, the 48th Winston P. Wilson Championship Top Assistant Gunner, receives a plaque from Maj. Rodney Lay (left) during the awards ceremony May 10, 2019 at the Professional Education Center, North Little Rock, Arkansas. The 48th Winston P. Wilson Championship is hosted annually by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center, at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Arkansas.  (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Spc. Stephen M. Wright; caption by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

The overall match aggregate for top machine gunner and top assistant gunner consisted of seven different matches completed over the five days of competition.

All Winston P. Wilson Championship matches promote friendly competition, increase battlefield survivability and enhance unit readiness for both Army and Air National Guard units.

“Combat readiness begins with effective and lethal marksmanship at the individual Soldier level. There are three basic principles of effectively engaging and defeating the enemy: shoot, move and communicate. WPW is designed to challenge each participate and team in these principles. Those who can do it best are generally the winners.” Col. Marty Curtright, National Guard Training Center commander.

These competitions test shooters physically, mentally, tactically and strategically. They must be proficient in their marksmanship knowledge, skills and abilities to place high in the matches.

“Alexander the great said that it was not the brilliance of generalship and it was not his expertise in logistics that made his army so successful he said it was the individual warriorship,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Kepner, senior enlisted advisor to the Chief, National Guard Bureau. “Back then that meant expertise with sword, spear, and shield. Today that means expertise with weapons, and this competition highlights our expertise with weapons which will win the next war for us.”

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The Alabama Army National Guard team, Staff Sgt. Normand Stiegler (front) and Staff Sgt. Ryan Yates (middle), run down range during the The 48th Winston P. Wilson (WPW) Championship machine gun matches May 10, 2019 at the at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center, North Little Rock, Arkansas. WPW is hosted annually by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center.  (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Spc. Stephen M. Wright; caption by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

48th Winston P. Wilson Results

Overall Machine Gun Champions
Recipient of the Overall Light Machinegun team Aggregate Champions Trophy: Arkansas-Alpha: Staff Sgt. Joseph Noe and Spc. Heriberto Tapia
Second Place- Michigan Bravo – Sgt. David Dohnal and Spc. Lucas Elliott
Third Place- Michigan Alpha – Staff Sgt. Cameron Higgs and Spc. Calvin Halfacre

Top Overall Aggregate Machine Gunner
First Place: Staff Sgt. Joseph T Noe (Arkansas)
Second Place- Sgt. David Dohnal (Michigan)
Third Place- Staff Sgt. Freeman Sandquist (Nebraska)

Top Overall Aggregate Assistant Gunner
First Place: Sgt. Levi Loomis (Nebraska )
Second Place- Maj. Samuel Freeman (Arkansas )
Third Place- Sgt. 1st Class Luke Katz (Nebraska)

Chief’s 50 Marksmanship Badge Recipients

  • Staff Sgt. Joseph Noe, Arkansas
  • Spc. Heriberto Tapia, Arkansas (new recipient)
  • Sgt. David Dohnal, Michigan
  • Spc. Lucas Elliott, Michigan (new recipient)

For photos: Day 1   Day 2   Day 3   Day 4   Awards Ceremony

For videos: Day 1   Day 2   Day 3   Day 4   Day 5 

For results

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