2019 WPW: You play, America wins

LOI Tracker Map (19FEB2019)
by Theresa Austin, Maj. public affairs officer, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Arkansas – The Winston P. Wilson National Rifle and Pistol Championship at the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center is set to begin in April 2019. 17 more states have already submitted their letters of intent (LOI), as of February 19, 2019, bringing the total to 24, but the goal is to have all 50 states and territories participate.

This competition is fun, but ultimately it is about training America’s military to become better marksmen. When America’s military are better marksmen, this increases lethality, and that is how we are going to win America’s wars. Every marksmanship competition is an opportunity to hone in on accuracy and effectiveness which increases lethality. The added bonus is that during this event competitors will always learn from other participants, who are performing on various levels from novice to professional and who have different experiences. The knowledge that is shared between the competitors will return to their home states and fellow service members.

The NGMTC is tracking confirmations to attend on this map. Be proactive with your marksmanship program and help NGMTC achieve the goal of 100% participation across all 50 states and territories. Contact your state marksmanship training coordinator (SMC) or marksmanship regional coordinator (MAC) to get involved.

Click here for more information on 2019 WPW Sniper, Machine gun, and Rifle & Pistol, as well as AFSAM and CNGB.

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National Guard Marksmen focus on the front sight in Pennsylvania

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180826-Z-BF582-1052 – With a long history of performing very well in competition, the Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guards took home the titles of first and second place combined arms team aggregate champions, as well as, the first, second and third place combat pistol individual aggregate champions with Capt. James Kistler, Army National Guard, in first place. (Photo by Maj. Theresa Austin/Released)

~Pennsylvania Army National Guard wins 2018 Marksmanship Advisory Council Region 2 Championship recipients
by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, North Little Rock, Arkansas – Fifty competitors from Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia Army and Air National Guards came together for a time of learning, camaraderie and competition during the 2018 Marksmanship Advisory Council Region Two (MAC 2) Marksmanship Championships held at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania August 23-26, 2018.

Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guards took home the title of first and second place combined arms team aggregate champions, and they, also, claim the first, second and third place combat pistol individual aggregate champions with Capt. James Kistler, Army National Guard, in first place.

Delaware and Virginia Army National Guards also took home top honors. Spc. Zachary Wilson with Virginia Army National Guard is the combined arms individual aggregate champion and Staff Sgt. Basil Woodall with the Delaware Army National Guard is the combat rifle individual aggregate champion.

It’s not surprising that Pennsylvania performed so well, with their long history of performing very well in competition. Out of all 54 states and territories, Pennsylvania holds the record, 54 recipients, for the highest number of Chief’s 50 Badge recipients dating back to the programs inception in 1971, according to the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center Chief’s 50 program-manager.

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180825-Z-BF582-0536 – Lt. Col. Charles Reinhold with the Virginia Army National Guard takes off ahead of the pack in the Patton Match during the Marksmanship Advisory Council Region Two Championships at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania August 23-26, 2018. (Photo by Maj. Theresa Austin/Released)

A Chief’s 50 recipient hailing from Pennsylvania was this year’s MAC 2 Regional Championship Director. 1st Lt. Garrett Miller is, also, a member of the U.S. National Guard All Guard Combat Team. He said, “In these [MAC] competitions we have a unique ability to give some units what they usually wouldn’t get any exposure to.”

Capt. Kistler expounded on that saying, “The MAC is the same as last year except we are using M14’s instead of shotguns. There’s a lot of people who aren’t experienced on that rifle, so it’s a level playing field.”

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180826-Z-BF582-0470 – A U.S. Army National Guard Soldier competes in the Marksmanship Advisory Council Region Two Championships at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania August 23-26, 2018. Leveling out the playing field for this year’s MAC 2 Matches was the use of the M14 service rifle that is usually only used by specially trained squad designated marksmen. Instead of a shotgun, the M14 was used during the Bianchi Battle (3-gun match), which many Soldiers enjoyed. (photo by Maj. Theresa Austin/Released)

The M14 is a rifle that fires 7.62 mm rounds. In 1959, the M1 Grand was replaced by the M14 as the standard issue rifle for military troops. However, today in the Army this rifle is usually only used by specially trained Soldiers called squad designated marksmen (SDM).

“We have some national match M14’s in our inventory,” said Miller. “We took M14s and M118 ammo to give them additional familiarization with a weapon system that they may not get the chance to shoot. Many units don’t get any real exposure shooting real 7.62 platforms like the M14 that SDM’s get assigned to shoot when they are overseas.”

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180825-Z-BF582-0551 – Master Sgt. Eric Moskel with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard fires the pistol for a team match during Marksmanship Advisory Council Region Two Championships at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania August 23-26, 2018. (photo by Maj. Theresa Austin/Released)

Master Sgt. Eric Moskel is extremely knowledgeable on the use of small arms weapon systems. He is a state policeman and a member of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard security forces. Notably this summer, using only iron-sights, he made the President’s 100, placing him among the elite shooters in the nation, which is quite a feat in an of its self, but especially because most competitors today are using scopes on their rifles.

Soldiers and Airmen who have deployed overseas in a force-on-force duty position can tell you that it is stressful and there is a lot of pressure. Master Sgt. Moskel explains how competition helps with training for that type of situation.

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180825-Z-BF582-0578 – U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers use binoculars to inspect the accuracy of their round impacts on the targets in between stages of a pistol match during the Marksmanship Advisory Council Region Two Championships at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania August 23-26, 2018. (Photo by Maj. Theresa Austin/Released)

“Competition adds a level of stress,” said Moskel. “Other than force on force, the best way to add stress to shooting is competition, because if you’re just out there shooting by yourself you don’t have the level of stress that you do when you’re competing against your peers.”

Not many Soldiers or Airmen have the opportunity to use the M14 Service Rifle, and the use of that weapon during this year’s MAC 2 Championship was a unique learning opportunity for all.

~~Results~~

Combined Arms Team Aggregate Champions:

  1. Pennsylvania- Alpha from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard score 2722-47X (Team members: Chief Warrant Officer 4 Richard Jones; Chief Warrant Officer 3 Denver Gillham; Capt. James Kistler; Sgt. 1st Class Scott Sheroky)
  1. Pennsylvania- Bravo from the Pennsylvania Air National Guard score 2568-30X (Team members: Master Sgt. Eric Moskel; Senior Airman Robert Lydic; Staff Sgt. Cory Walker; Tech. Sgt. Shawn McCreary)
  1. Delaware- Alpha from the Delaware Army National Guard score 2562-21X (Team members: Chief Warrant Officer 3 Robert Stike; Staff Sgt. Timothy Gantzhorn; Staff Sgt. Basil Woodall; Sgt. Albert Whitlock)

Combined Arms Individual Aggregate Champion:

  1. Zachary Wilson, Virginia Army National Guard; score 563-10X
  2. Staff Sgt. Basil Woodall, Delaware Army National Guard; score 554-9X
  3. Albert Whitlock, Delaware Army National Guard; score 538-4X

Combat Rifle individual Aggregate Champion:

  1. Staff Sgt. Basil Woodall, Delaware Army National Guard; score 406-6X
  2. Zachary Wilson, Virginia Army National Guard; score 402-4X
  3. 1st Class Justin Clymer, Delaware Army National Guard; score 396-7X

Combat Pistol individual Aggregate Champion:

  1. James Kistler, Pennsylvania Army National Guard; score 175-11X
  2. 1st Class Scott Sheroky, Pennsylvania Army National Guard; score 174-9X
  3. Senior Airman Robert Lydic, Pennsylvania Air National Guard; score 163-4X

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)

WPW: You play, America wins

NGMTC WPW Participation 2018
by Kathrine Grandori, Sgt. National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. – The Winston P. Wilson National Championships at the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center will begin in April 2018. Several states have already submitted their letters of intent (LOI), as of March 3, 2018, and the goal is to have all 50 states and territories participate.

Many may think that this competition is only valuable as a “play to win,” but when it comes to marksmanship in the National Guard, we must “train to win.” Every competition is an opportunity to increase readiness and learn new skills. Marksmen always learn from other participants and improve their skills. That knowledge will return to their home states and fellow service members.

The NGMTC will be tracking confirmations to attend on this map. Be proactive with your marksmanship program and help NGMTC achieve the goal of participation across all 50 states and territories in 2018. Contact your state marksmanship training coordinator (SMC) or marksmanship regional coordinator (MAC) to get involved.

Click here for more information on 2018 WPW Sniper, Machine gun, and small arms, as well as AFSAM and CNGB.

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.