NGMTC hosts the WPW and AFSAM Sniper Championships December 2020

 by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — The National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) will conduct the Winston P. Wilson (WPW) and Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting (AFSAM) Sniper Championships December 4-10, 2020 on several Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center ranges.

The competition is sponsored by the NGMTC, as well as, hosted by the NGMTC and 233rd Regional Training Institute Sniper Instructors.

The WPW sniper competition is free and open to all National Guard Army and Air Force. 

The AFSAM is open to all NATO aligned countries militaries and U.S. military service branches.

Although this is a competition, it is, also, a cleverly disguised training event. Attendees learn how to maneuver and shoot in a carefully orchestrated chaos that mimics a battle like environment. This allows participating teams to become honed in on their current skills and develop new skills in the process.

Ammunition is provided for National Guard participants, however AFSAM participants must bring their own ammunition and firearms with them. Bringing assigned unit firearms and optics is preferred, although AFSAM Teams may be furnished with firearms on a case by case basis and must be pre-approved by NGMTC.

Additionally, U.S. military service members can earn Excellence in Competition (EIC) Marksmanship Badges and credit points toward their Distinguished Rifle and Pistol designations in the EIC Matches during the event. The prestigious EIC Badge takes precedence over standard qualification badges.

WPW & AFSAM Teams include two firing members. Competition events require running and other physical activities. Unit leaders should ensure that military service members selected for participation in the WPW and AFSAM are physically fit. 

The team captain or coach must submit a letter of intent (LOI) listing all “A” team competitors and team support members via e-mail and must be received by October 15, 2020. After this date remaining vacancies will be open to “B” teams.

The team captain or coach must submit a registration form and proof of eligibility for each team member by November 1, 2020 via email. Documents must be sent to the competitions program manager Captain Garrett Miller at garrett.e.miller.mil@mail.mil. The entry requirements and documents are listed in the Official Match Program (OMP) and will be available on the NGMTC website www.ngmtc.wordpress.com.

MEDIA ATTENDANCE: Media who wish to attend, please call the NGMTC PAO at 501-212-4565 or 501-425-0969 or email Theresa.L.Austin7.mil@mail.mil and ngmtcpao@gmail.com to arrange for coordination/escort onto RMTC.

DIRECTIONS FOR MEDIA: Google Maps search for Fort Chaffee Gate 1. Waze search for Fort Chaffee Main Gate. Apple Maps search for First Ave. Barling, AR. 1st Ave will lead you directly to the Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center Access Gate where you will park and be met by an NGMTC representative and escorted to the event. 

About Us:  Established in 1968, the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) is the National Guard Home of Marksmanship. NGMTC is the National Guard Bureau’s center for managing marksmanship training courses and competitive marksmanship programs with the intent to advance small arms lethality, demonstrate National Guard marksmanship capability, and enhance marksmanship effectiveness in combat.NGMTC serves all 54 states and territories and is located on Robinson Maneuver Training Center in North Little Rock, Arkansas. NGMTC is headquarters for the “All Guard” competitive shooting teams: service rifle, service pistol, multi-gun, and international combat teams. The NGMTC is also home of the annual Winston P. Wilson National Championships, where guardsmen may earn the NGB Chief’s 50 Marksmanship Badge. For more information call 501-212-4531/4549, visit our website https://ngmtc.wordpress.com or find us on http://www.facebook.com/NGMTC.

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