DTS issues affect voucher process

by Theresa Austin, Maj. National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

GUERNSEY, Wyoming- National Guard marksmanship competitors and support staff who participated in marksmanship events in June and July will have a huge delay receiving travel reimbursement if they submitted their vouchers with missing documents or errors.

Normally, the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) has been able to assist the service members with making necessary corrections, however the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) recently sent out a notice announcing that they launched a new version of the Defense Travel System (DTS) that has now eliminated the NGMTC’s DTS reviewers’ ability make edits and upload needed documents.

Fixing these two major issues now falls on the service members or their NDEAs (Non-Duty Entry Agent) to fix, and the NGMTC reviewing officials will have to review all vouchers and then return all affect vouchers back to the service members, which will take some time due to the high volume of vouchers required to process.

The NGMTC resolution for the issues below is that all affected DTS Vouchers will be returned to the individual service member with a remark on the digital signature page that will specify the required corrections needed. Service members or NDEAs will need to make the appropriate changes, upload all required supporting documents and then resubmit their vouchers back to the NGMTC Finance for processing.

The NGMTC finance team will attempt to contact service members or the units to inform them of the new changes and explain the new required steps to successfully resubmit their DTS Vouchers.

Here are more details about the issues from the DTMO notices received by the NGMTC finance team/ DTS reviewers:

Issue 1: The receipts that were attached to documents prior to July 29, 2017 may improperly appear as “Missing”. DTMO Operations is working to restore the receipts. Receipts that are “missing” in documents currently routing for approval should be re-attached to ensure that they are available to be viewed by the routing officials.

Issue 2: On Friday, August 11, 2017, a software release was implemented in DTS that consolidated the current expense screens and introduced new receipt functionalities. In doing so, DTS routing officials and reviewers no longer have the capability of uploading files into the Substantiating Documents tab. It is now the responsibility of the traveler / service member to upload or attach all documents into DTS.

The finance team points of contact are Finance Operations NCO Sgt. Taja Lewis at taja.l.lewis.mil@mail.mil; and Senior Financial Management Technician, Sgt. 1st Class Khuong Tieu at khuong.q.tieu.mil@mail.mil.

 

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MACs are back: Super-sized!

by Theresa Austin, Maj. National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Arkansas- Found some change in the seat cushions and the MACs are back: super-sized. We’re not talking “Golden Arches Value Menu Big Mac,” but rather the National Guard Marksmanship Advisory Counsel (MAC) regional marksmanship competitions for 2017.

Stretching the dollars, the NGMTC has combined the MAC regional competitions into three conference matches at three different locations, allowing for every state in each region to send two (four man teams).

  • 14-17 August 2017 – Camp Guernsey, WY (MAC VI and MAC VII)
  • 17-20 August 2017 – Tullahoma, TN (MAC III and MAC V)
  • 24-27 August 2017 – Fort Indiantown Gap, PA (MAC I and MAC II)

Official Match Programs (OMP) will soon follow.

Start submitting requests for orders (RFOs) to the NGMTC Mailbox. There is very little reaction time, so please submit the RFOs as soon as possible. Do not CC your RFOs to anyone at the NGMTC. Send them directly to the mailbox to eliminate confusion on our end.

ANG funding is not available. I suggest working with your wing commanders to support the ANG shooters. If any funds come available we will announce it. If a wing does fund shooters, please provide the NGMTC with an RFO noting that the wing is funding them, so we can track who is attending.  This will eliminate confusion.

Please forward any questions to your appointed MAC reps.

 

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.

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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

Win-Win for All Guard team and 39th Brigade Support Battalion

~ NGMTC conducts live rehearsals with 39th BSB, Ark. National Guard

by Theresa Austin, Capt. National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. – A random phone call about targets, led to the 39th Brigade Support Battalion (BSB) fulltime staff receiving first class training from the elite shooters of the National Guard’s All Guard Marksmanship Team prior to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau (CNGB) Phase Three Postal Matches hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Ark. May 18, 2017.

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The All Guard Team was scheduled to conduct range rehearsals prior to the CNGB, then Maj. Dwayne Page, NGMTC chief of competitions, received a phone call asking for assistance with targets. After a brief conversation, he offered that the 39th BSB of the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), let the All Guard team practice range rehearsing and training with their Soldiers, therefore allowing the 39th BSB to focus on conducting their annual fulltime arming qualification requirements.

“Working with the 39th BSB gave us the opportunity to work out kinks before we have several National Guard Soldiers on ground from across the nation,” said Page. “This was also a good opportunity for the Arkansas National Guard to see the capabilities of the All Guard Team members, and receive training on Soldier tasks they have never been taught before.”

The 39th BSB staff was very grateful for this opportunity to receive their training from the All Guard Team.

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“I wish we could have them come out and teach the whole unit,” said Staff Sgt. Christopher Slaughter, Charlie Company, 39th BSB supply NCO. Staff Sgt. Shandy Erisman, Bravo Company, 39th BSB training NCO, also, said, “The whole unit could benefit from this training.”

Sgt. Mandi York, Headquarters Company, 39th BSB personnel NCO could definitely testify to the quality training they are able to provide.

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“I have not qualified the last two years,” said York, “but with this instruction I finally qualified. The instructors were all attentive and patient; letting you try over and over until you got it right.”

 

Not only did the less experienced shooters gain confidence, but the experienced shooters also took away new techniques and skills.

“I shoot expert always,” said Erisman, “but the PMI they taught me on my M4 is the opposite of what I was taught in basic training, and used about half of what they taught me today. I have been taught for 18 years not to rest the magazine on the ground, but they taught us to do that and hold the magazine well, which made me more comfortable shooting and made me more relaxed, when I am normally stressed about it.”

Resting the magazine on the ground and gripping the magazine well, was recently added to the regulation after research conducted by a former member of the All Guard Team, Mark Richards, who proved this to be a beneficial technique.

Not only were the instructors knowledgeable, but were patient, working specifically with each person to address their individual needs.

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“One of my weaknesses was pistol grip, and they assisted with adapting my grip to fit my needs, since I have small hands,” said Staff Sgt. Athena Staples, Headquarters Company, 39th BSB operations NCO. “And with the M4,” she continued, “they moved my ACOG and taught me about the white and black shadows when looking through the optic, and how to adjust your cheek position based on the shadowing.”

This one on one coaching helped out the 39th BSB Soldiers, from their most skilled marksman to the Soldiers who had been struggling.

“This allowed the 39th BSB to increase their training time and receive premiere training from the All Guard Team,” said Page, “but, this was also, an opportunity for the All Guard Team, who needed to check their teaching methods, to see if they could do them more expeditiously and effectively, prior to moving into the CNGB. At the CNGB, they would be working with many more Soldiers and trying to get them on and off the range quickly.”

“Overall, this was a win-win situation,” said Page.

For more information about getting involved, contact Maj. Dwayne Page 501-212-4531 or visit us on the web at https://ngmtc.wordpress.com.

For more photos visit our Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHskW5exJX.