Illinois and South Dakota National Guardsmen win 2019 CNGB Postal Matches Phase III

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Army and Air National Guardsmen receive training from members of the All Guard International Marksmanship Team during the 2019 Chief of the National Guard Bureau Postal Matches Phase III hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center in North Little Rock, Arkansas May 6-10, 2019. Individuals that complete Phase I, the Postal Phase, and Phase II, the Regional Paper Match Phase, will receive invitations to compete at Phase III, which is multi-day individual and team live fire competition. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Spc. Stephen M. Wright; caption by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

~2019 Chief of the National Guard Bureau Postal Matches Phase III Complete, Results

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

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas –Fifty-three National Guardsmen, both Army and Air, from across the nation, met at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center near North Little Rock, Arkansas, to compete in the 2019 Chief of the National Guard Bureau Postal Matches, May 6 through 10, 2019.

Phase III of CNGB is a multi-day individual and team live fire competition, conducted shoulder-to-shoulder at RMTC in accordance with the annual OMP (Official Match Program). Individuals that complete Phase I, the Postal Phase, and Phase II, the Regional Paper Match Phase, will receive invitations to compete at Phase III where they will not only compete but receive additional training from members of the All Guard national and international competition team.

During Phase III, four Air National Guardsmen and forty-nine Army National Guardsmen competed in fourteen separate matches that compile into the overall individual grand aggregate, which ultimately is a title within itself, and the most coveted of all, as it is the overall champion.

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The Chief of the National Guard Bureau overall aggregate champions pose for a photo after receiving their miniature black iron maiden steel shooting target awards from Maj. Samuel Freeman (left), chief of competitions for the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center,  during the awards ceremony May 10, 2019 at the Professional Education Center, North Little Rock, Arkansas. The 2019 CNGB Postal Matches Phase III is hosted annually by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center, at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Arkansas.  (left to right: Maj. Samuel Freeman, Staff Sgt. Colton L. Love (Illinois National Guard), Sgt. Austin D. Norcross (Colorado National Guard), Sgt. Peter H. Riddle (Utah National Guard)) (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Spc. Stephen M. Wright; caption by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

The CNGB Postal Matches are designed specifically to test shooters physically, mentally, tactically and strategically. They must be proficient in their marksmanship knowledge, skills and abilities to place high in the matches.

The shooters acquire critical skills and valuable information from shooting competitions like the CNGB that increase their battlefield survivability, also enhancing their individual and unit readiness.

“Fighting America’s wars is our primary mission, and as the principal combat reserve of the Army and Air Force, the National Guard needs to train to the same standards as the active components. The National Guard’s world-class marksmanship program serves as a beacon to all that. Hard work and focus increases lethality and produces combat-ready Soldiers and Airmen,” said Air Force General, Joseph L. Lengyel, Chief, National Guard Bureau.


48th Winston P. Wilson Results

Overall Grand Aggregate Champion
First Place: Staff Sgt. Colton L. Love, Illinois National Guard
Second Place- Sgt. Austin D. Norcross, Colorado National Guard
Third Place- Sgt. Peter H. Riddle, Utah National Guard

Overall Rifle Aggregate Champion
First Place: Staff Sgt. Colton L. Love, Illinois National Guard
Second Place- Sgt. Austin D. Norcross, Colorado National Guard
Third Place- Sgt. Peter H. Riddle, Utah National Guard

Overall Pistol Aggregate Champion 
First Place: Cpl. Thomas J. Carpenter, South Dakota National Guard
Second Place- Staff Sgt. Colton L. Love, Illinois National Guard
Third Place- Sgt. Austin D. Norcross, Colorado National Guard

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

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

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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 

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California and Arkansas National Guardsmen win 48th WPW Championship

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The California Army National Guard team, the 48th Winston P. Wilson Championship Overall Aggregate Team Champions, receive a plaque from Gen. Joseph Lengyel during the awards ceremony April 11, 2019 at the Professional Education Center, 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 Pfc. Emma Anderson; caption by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

~2019 Winston P. Wilson Rifle and Pistol Championship Results

by Pfc. Emma Anderson, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Arkansas. – Approximately 350 National Guardsmen, representing 46 states and U.S. Territories, participated in the 48th annual Winston P. Wilson Championship hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Arkansas. from April 7-12, 2019. Eighty teams competed in 17 rifle and pistol matches.

The California Army National Guard team finished strong as the 48th WPW All States Team Champions, Overall Rifle Team Champions and third place Overall Pistol Team Champions. Arkansas Army National Guard Soldier, Staff Sgt. Joseph Noe, took the tile of 48th WPW Individual Overall Champion, Overall Pistol Champion and third place Overall Rifle Champion.

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Staff Sgt. Joseph Noe with the Arkansas Army National Guard is the 48th Winston P. Wilson Championship Overall Aggregate Individual Champion. He receives a plaque from Gen. Joseph Lengyel during the awards ceremony April 11, 2019 at the Professional Education Center, 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 Pfc. Emma Anderson; caption by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

The Chief’s 50 Badge is the highest National Guard marksmanship badge that may be earned. This year, Senior Airman Gavin Rook with North Dakota Air National Guard Airman is a first time recipient of the Chief’s 50 Badge, and was the only new recipient to earned it this year in both pistol and rifle.

Winston Peabody Wilson, for whom the championship is named, was a United States Air Force major general who served as chief of the National Guard Bureau. In 1950, Wilson was deputy to the Air National Guard where he emphasized the importance of readiness and training for units deploying during the Korean War. The Winston P. Wilson Championship was established in 1971 to promote growth and development of state level marksmanship. WPW increases readiness, overall lethality and battlefield survivability by having competitors challenge each other in the skill of marksmanship, and learn from each other’s expertise.

“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.

The competitions are conducted under the directive of General Joseph L. Lengyel, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, to improve overall readiness of the National Guard. Events included Anti-Body Armor, Falling Plates, Bianchi Battle and the Patton Match, just to name a few. During the WPW final ceremony on April 11, 2019, competitors had an opportunity to hear Lengyel speak on the importance of readiness and the value of lethality.

“Our experience as warriors is that it’s not just being a good marksman that keeps you alive. It’s knowing that person to your left and right is a good marksman, it’s the fact that you as a Soldier, you as an Airman, you as a warrior, uphold responsibility in your combat role. Said General Lengyel. “That’s why we, you, are the best at what you do, basic warfighting skills is what this is; it’s about being able to kill the enemy.”

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General Joseph L. Lengyel addresses the Soldiers and Airmen during the 48th Winston P. Wilson Rifle and Pistol Championships awards ceremony April 11, 2019 at the Professional Education Center, North Little Rock, Arkansas. “Our experience as warriors is that it’s not just being a good marksman that keeps you alive. It’s knowing that person to your left and right is a good marksman, it’s the fact that you as a Soldier, you as an Airman, you as a warrior, uphold responsibility in your combat role,” said General Lengyel. “That’s why we, you, are the best at what you do, basic warfighting skills is what this is; it’s about being able to kill the enemy.”

General Lengyel has been the chief of the National Guard Bureau since 2016 and has been reinforcing the secretary of defense’s, General James Mattis, focus on the lethality of the United States military.

“Competitions like this are important because as we train for our war fighting skills, there are some things it takes to be prepared to win a war.” said General Lengyel. “That is our Soldiers, our Airmen, need to be good at basics and fundamentals of what we do. For Soldiers, for Airmen, for contact with the enemy, weapons and marksmanship are key and essential because it’s a basic war fighting skill.”

This year marked General Lengyel’s second appearance at the Winston. P Wilson Championship and it was clear that he approved of the competition.

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Smoke leaves the barrel of Sgt. 1st Class David Hastings rifle, after firing in a match during the 48th Winston P. Wilson Rifle and Pistol Championships April 9, 2019 at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, North Little Rock, Arkansas.  Hastings was one of eight Wyoming Army National Guard Soldiers among more than 350 shooters from 46 states and U.S. territories competing in this event which is hosted annually by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center, Arkansas. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy McGuire; caption by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

48th Winston P. Wilson Results

Overall State Champions
Recipient of the Overall State Champions Trophy: California: Sgt. First Class Jonathan D Garcia, Staff Sgt. Henry J Miller, Staff Sgt. Staff Sgt. Erik J Vargas, Sgt. Demetrios H Iannios
Second Place- Colorado: Sgt. First Class Christopher J Catlin, Staff Sgt. Micah N Fulmer, Spc. Joshua J Bandstra, Spc. Cole B Whittaker
Third Place- Georgia: Sgt. First Class Phillip L Keeter, Staff Sgt. Ryan S Machan, Staff Sgt. Troy J Mayfield, Sgt. Zach M Johnson

Individual Grand Aggregate Champion
Recipient of the Lloyd Nelson Trophy: Staff Sgt. Joseph T Noe (Arkansas)
Second Place- Staff Sgt. Justus Densmore (Texas)
Third Place- Staff Sgt. Brandon T Hornung (Illinois)

Combat Rifle Team Aggregate Champions
Recipients of the Combat Rifle Team Aggregate Trophy: California: Sgt. First Class Jonathan D Garcia, Staff Sgt. Henry J Miller, Staff Sgt. Staff Sgt. Erik J Vargas, Sgt. Demetrios H Iannios
Second Place- Arkansas: Master Sgt. Robbie W Brock, Master Sgt. Mitchell W Holland, Master Sgt. Matthew B Smith, Sgt. First Class Russell A Teague
Third Place- Missouri: First Sgt. Charles T Patterson, Sgt. Ross V Groenke, Sgt. Taylor J Bryan, Staff Sgt. Zachary A Walker

Combat Rifle Individual Aggregate Champion
Recipient of the Combat rifle Individual Aggregate Trophy: Staff Sgt. Brandon T Hornung (Illinois)
Second Place- Staff Sgt. Justus Densmore (Texas)
Third Place- Joseph T Noe (Arkansas)

Combat Pistol Team Aggregate Champions
Recipients of the Combat Pistol Team Aggregate Trophy: North Dakota: Senior Master Sgt. Wade T Swenson, Sgt. Tyler R Goldade, Sgt. Brendan L Dean, Senior Airman Gavin W Rook,
Second Place- South Carolina: Staff Sgt. Matt H David, Staff Sgt. Randall C Gardner, Staff Sgt. Patrick W Stuckey, Spc. Mack A Williams
Third Place- California: Sgt. First Class Jonathan D Garcia, Staff Sgt. Henry J Miller, Staff Sgt. Erik J Vargas, Sgt. Demetrios H Iannios

Combat Pistol Individual Aggregate Champion
Recipient of the Combat Pistol Individual Aggregate Trophy: Staff Sgt. Joseph T Noe (Arkansas)
Second Place- Staff Sgt. Justus Densmore (Texas)
Third Place- Staff Sgt. Patrick W Stuckey (South Carolina)

New Chief’s 50 Recipients

Rifle and Pistol

  • Senior Airman Gavin W Rook, North Dakota

Rifle

  • Sgt. Scotty W Daniel, Arkansas
  • Master Sgt. Matthew B Smith, Arkansas
  • Staff Sgt. Brandon A Pederson, Nebraska
  • Jameson W Nelms, Wisconsin
  • Levi S Loomis, Nebraska
  • Staff Sgt. Ryan S Machan, Georgia

 Pistol

  • Zach M Johnson, Georgia
  • Taylor J Bryan, Missouri
  • Dalton R Dorn, Alaska

For photos: Day 1   Day 2   Day 3   Day 4   Day 5   Awards Ceremony    Team Pics

For videos: Day 1   Day 2   Day 3   Day 4   Hooah Video 

For results

National Guard wins over half overall-team and individual awards at “All Army”

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Colorado Army National Guard Alpha Team poses with their U.S. Army Small Arms Championship Second Place Overall Team Champions plaques. The team members include (left to right): Sgt. Shane Davis, Sgt. Michael Kienbusch, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Catlin, Staff Sgt. Micah Fulmer, and Staff Sgt. John Grunthaner. (photo by Spc. Stephen Wright and caption by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center/ RELEASED)

~ National Guardplaces top three in all categories at 2019 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships

by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. – The National Guard took seven overall team places out of 12 possible and six overall individual places out of 12 possible during this years’ 2019 U.S. Army Small Arms (“All Army”) Championship at Ft. Benning, Georgia Mar. 10-16, 2019.

The National Guard sent 16 teams, whom all placed in the top 21 out of 44 teams, with Colorado Army National Guard as the overall second place team champions. Sgt. Justus Densmore with the Texas National Guard took second place overall individual small arms champion, and Sgt. Maxim Nickerson with the Vermont Army National Guard took third place overall individual small arms champion.

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Staff Sgt. Justus Densmore (left) with the Texas Army National Guard and Sgt. Maxim Nickerson (second from right) with Vermont Army National Guard pose for a photo with their plaques.  Staff Sgt. Densmore earned the U.S. Army Small Arms Championship Second Place Overall Individual Champion plaque, and Sgt. Nickerson earned the U.S. Army Small Arms Championship Third Place Overall Individual Champion plaque. (photo by Spc. Stephen Wright and caption by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center/ RELEASED)

“These matches expose Soldiers to conditions far beyond what they receive at annual weapons qualification,” said Maj. Samuel Freeman, All Guard Team member and chief of competitions for the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC). “The current U.S. Military rifle/carbine has a much greater maximum effective range than 300 meters, but if the Soldier is not trained on how to employ their weapon system at its maximum effective range then the Soldier is not nearly as effective as they could be.”

Maj. Freeman definitely knows how to be effective, as demonstrated by his placement during these matches. He is the 2019 U.S. Army Overall Rifle Champion, and came in fourth overall for the individual combined championship and eighth individual in overall pistol.

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Maj. Samuel Freeman looks through his scope to verify hit bullet hits on his target down range. Maj. Freeman was the U.S. Army Small Arms Championship Overall Individual Rifle Champion, and fourth overall for the individual combined championship. (photo by Spc. Stephen Wright and caption by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center/ RELEASED)

“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 Maj. David Stapp, administrative officer for the NGMTC.

For more information about getting involved, contact the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center at 501-212-4531 or visit us on Facebook.

The National Guard 2019 U.S. Army Small Arms Scores:

Overall Team
Second place team:  Colorado Army National Guard Alpha Team
Team members are:  Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Catlin, Staff Sgt. Micah Fulmer, Sgt. Shane Davis, and Sgt. Michael Kienbusch

Overall Individual
Second place (Pro Category):  Staff Sgt. Justus Densmore, Texas Army National Guard
Third place (Pro Category):  Sgt. Maxim Nickerson, Vermont Army National Guard
First place (Open category):  Sr. Airman Gavin Rook, North Dakota Air National Guard
Second place (Novice category):  Staff Sgt. Henry Miller, California Army National Guard

Overall Rifle Team
Team champions:  California Army National Guard Bravo Team
Team members are:  Master Sgt. Philip Brock, Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Garcia, Staff Sgt. Wayne Gray, and Sgt. Obed Gutierrez
Third place team:  Colorado Army National Guard Alpha Team
Team members are: Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Catlin, Staff Sgt. Micah Fulmer, Sgt. Michael Kienbusch and Sgt. Shane Davis

Overall Rifle Individual
Individual Champion:  Maj. Samuel Freeman, Arkansas Army National Guard
Second place:  Capt. Robert Lee, Texas Army National Guard

Overall Pistol Team 
Team champions:  Texas Army National Guard Team
Team members:  Capt. Robert Lee, Staff Sgt. Justus Densmore, Sgt. Tyler Greene, and Sgt. Jaymes Sendo Coach:  Staff Sgt. Michael Richey
Third place team:  Pennsylvania Army National Guard Alpha Team
Team members are: Lt. Col. Phillip Peters, Capt. James Kistler, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Denver Gillham, and Staff Sgt. Robert Lydic

Overall Pistol Individual
Second place: Master Sgt. Matthew Smith, Arkansas Air National Guard

Overall Multi-Gun Team 
Second place team:  Colorado Army National Guard Alpha Team
Team members are: Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Catlin, Staff Sgt. Micah Fulmer, Sgt. Shane Davis, and Sgt. Michael Kienbusch
Third place team:  California Army National Guard Alpha Team
Team members are: Col. Louis Millikan, Staff Sgt. Henry Miller, Staff Sgt. Erik Vargas, and Sgt. David Anderson

Overall Multi-Gun Individual
Third place:  Col. Louis Millikan, California Army National Guard

 All Army Combined Rifle and Pistol EIC Top Shooter
Novice:  Sgt. Jaymes Sendo, Texas Army National Guard

2019 WPW and AFSAM Sniper Championships

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Soldiers from both the United States and abroad participate in live fire sniper missions as part of a sniper competition. The National Guard Marksmanship Training Center is hosting the 48th Winston P. Wilson Sniper Championship and the 28th Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting at Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center near Barling, Arkansas, March 29 through April 3. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Scott D. Longstreet, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

48th WPW and 28th AFSAM Sniper Championships

BY SPC. JEREMIAH N. SMITH, PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST, NATIONAL GUARD MARKSMANSHIP TRAINING CENTER

FORT SMITH, Arkansas – Twenty-three, two-person teams of military snipers from around the nation and world competed in the 48th Winston P. Wilson (WPW) Sniper Championship (National Guard) and the 28th Annual Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting (International and Inter-Service) March 29 through April 3, 2019, at Fort Chaffee in Barling, Arkansas. The event was hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center. These championships offered service members an opportunity to test sniper skills and weapon systems in a battle-focused environment.

Sgt. Allen Smith and Staff Sgt. Benjamin Cotton, members of the Louisiana National Guard and winners of the 2019 WPW Sniper Championship and the 1st place Precision Engagement Team pose for a picture with BG Kirk Van Pelt and their awards, the CWO David R. Logan Sniper Team Trophy, Chief’s 50 Badges, and gold medallions.  The National Guard Marksmanship Training Center hosted the 48th Winston P. Wilson Sniper Championship and the 28th Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting at Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center near Barling, Arkansas, March 29 through April 3. (U.S. Army National Guard photos by Specialist Jeremiah N. Smith, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

Beginning in 1971, the WPW sniper competition has been held annually to determine the best shooters in the United States National Guard. This year’s winner was from the Louisiana National Guard, represented by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Cotton and Sgt. Allen Smith. The winners are recipients of the prestigious Chiefs 50 Marksmanship Badge. The Chief’s 50 Marksmanship Badge was established to provide evidence and public recognition of outstanding marksmanship abilities as demonstrated at the National Guard Championships.

In addition to earning the Chief’s 50 Badge, they took home the Overall Championship Team Trophy, CWO David R. Logan Sniper Team Trophy. They, also, took home the SPC Christopher Horton Memorial Trophy for 1st place in Precision Engagement.

Sgt. Trent Devos and Sgt. Daniel Rilett, members of the Michigan National Guard and winners of the 2019 AFSAM Sniper Championship and the 1st Place Silent Hunter Team, pose for a picture with BG Kirk Van Pelt and their AFSAM McMillian Sniper Team Championship award. The National Guard Marksmanship Training Center hosted the 48th Winston P. Wilson Sniper Championship and the 28th Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting at Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center near Barling, Arkansas, March 29 through April 3. (U.S. Army National Guard photos by Specialist Jeremiah N. Smith, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

Established in 1991, the Armed Forces Skills at Arms Meeting (AFSAM) is a multi-national competition that was created to promote marksmanship training and competition between United States military forces and allied nations. This year’s winner for the AFSAM sniper championship was the team from the Michigan National Guard, represented by Sgt. Trent Devos and Sgt. Daniel Rillett. This team also placed second overall in points for the combined competitions. The AFSAM event ran concurrently with the Winston P. Wilson Championship and incorporates the same courses of fire.

2019 National Guard Sniper Competition Scores

WPW Sniper Team Champions

  1. Louisiana Team, Staff Sgt. Benjamin Cotton and Sgt. Allen Smith
  2. California Team, Staff Sgt. Erik Vargas and Spc. Austin Smith
  3. Minnesota Team, Sgt. Micheal Graff and Sgt. Christopher Jackson

WPW Precision Engagement Team Champions:

Louisiana Team, Staff Sgt. Benjamin Cotton and Sgt. Allen Smith

WPW Silent Hunter Team Champions:

New York Team, Sgt. Andres Diaz and Sgt. Jonathan Patton

AFSAM Sniper Team Champions

  1. Michigan All Guard Team, Sgt. Trent Devos and Sgt. Daniel Rilett
  2. Colorado All Guard Team, Staff Sgt. Micah Fulmer and Sgt. Tristan Ivkov
  3. Wisconsin All Guard Team, Sgt. Max Henrickson and Sgt. Joseph Prokop

AFSAM Precision Engagement Team Champions:

Denmark 1st BN Royal Guards, Pfc. Jesper Persson and Pfc. Thomas Svensson

AFSAM Silent Hunter Team Champions:

Michigan All Guard Team, Sgt. Trent Devos and Sgt. Daniel Rilett

National Guard Champions 1st Place Overall:

Louisiana Team, Staff Sgt. Benjamin Cotton and Sgt. Allen Smith

International Champions 1st Place Overall:

Denmark 1st BN Royal Guard, Pfc. Jesper Persson and Pfc. Thomas Svensson

 

For photos click here: Day 1  Day 2   Day 3   Day 4   Day 5   Teams   Ceremony and Banquet

For videos click here: Day 1 & 2   Day 3   Day 4   Hooah Video

Adrenaline rush in Canada, overall individual winner from National Guard

 

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Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Holmes with the Maine Army National Guard jumps down the obstacle before entering a corridor to take out enemy targets during the 2018 Canadian Armed Forces Skill at Arms Concentration (CAFSAC) held at the Connaught Ranges, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada September 2018. (Photo by Army Maj. Theresa Austin/Released)

~ Missouri Army National Guard Soldier wins at 2018 Canadian Armed Forces Skill at Arms Concentration

 

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, North Little Rock, Arkansas – Adrenaline pumping, a Soldier stands behind a black wall, anxiously waiting to begin an assault into the unknown while trying not to be killed. Once inside there is no turning back.

The Soldier goes numb, shutting off all feelings, becoming highly aware, intensely focused on the mission ahead; kill all the enemy, save all the hostages, and find the code to defuse the bomb inside. Hoping that all the training up to this point has been good enough, thoughts fill the Soldier’s mind. “How many enemy targets are in there? how many hostages? where is the code? can I make it in time?”

The Soldier is ready and focused on the mission. Rushing in, pistol drawn and cocked, the Soldier sees someone. “Shoot!” thought the Soldier, “two in the chest; one in the head.” And the enemy is down. “Where is the code?”

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Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Catlin with the Colorado Army National Guard kicks in a door before taking out enemy targets that are on the other side during the 2018 Canadian Armed Forces Skill at Arms Concentration (CAFSAC) held at the Connaught Ranges, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada September 2018. (Photo by Army Maj. Theresa Austin/Released)

The Soldier swiftly moves down the hall and sees another. “Two in the chest; one in the head. Got him. There’s a door,” thought the Soldier.

 

A rush of adrenaline surges, as the Soldier sees a door. Quickly approaching, the Soldier kicks it in. “Shoot or don’t shoot?” the Soldier instantly thought. The enemy falls. “Where is the code?”

The Soldier continues on, moving swiftly, through the labyrinth of doors, corridors and corners facing the same dilemma time and again thinking, “Enemy, hostage, shoot; don’t shoot; where is the code?”

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Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Catlin with the Colorado Army National Guard runs around a corner as he looks for enemy targets and the code to a “bomb” that he must disable along the way, which is all part of a scenario to test his skills of accuracy and speed under pressure during one of the matches at the 2018 Canadian Armed Forces Skill at Arms Concentration (CAFSAC) held at the Connaught Ranges, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada September 2018. (Photo by Army Maj. Theresa Austin/Released)

Turning the corner there are two. “Two in the chest; one in the head.” and

 

Hostage saved, enemy dead, but “where is the code?

A look of panic crosses the Soldier’s face. Second-guessing, “Oh no, did I miss something?” The Soldier turns to survey the area, thinking, “is there an enemy target I may have missed through that window?” Thankfully no, and the Soldier quickly refocuses back on the mission and moves forward and takes out a few more enemy targets.

Kicking in yet another door the Soldier pauses slightly. This time is different. There’s blood. Written in blood on the hostage’s head is the code 731, and in a split-second:  “POW-POW…POW.”

The enemy captor is dead and the hostage was saved. “731.”

Now that the code was found the Soldier pressed forward even faster running down the corridor, taking out enemy targets through windows and around corners, saving more hostages, and then dives under a fallen wall. “What if the enemy is through there? I hope I don’t get shot. 731.”

Moving through the tunnel, on the other side appears a door and someone in a nearby window. “Two in the chest; one in the head. 731.” Another enemy down. The Soldier kicks open the door.

“Shoo,” the Soldier let out a sigh of relief. There is the bomb; “Just in time.”

Reminiscent of combat environments, this was just one of over 20 different operational “combat style” shooting matches conducted at the 2018 Canadian Armed Forces Skill at Arms Concentration (CAFSAC) held September 2018 at the Connaught Ranges in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

During CAFSAC, the National Guard All Guard International Combat Team displayed the expert marksmanship skills of the National Guard by winning several awards, but most notably was Staff Sgt. David Ball, who won the Combined Arms Overall Individual Category.

180921-z-bf582-1201-1Representing the U.S. National Guard All Guard International Combat Team were 12 members and two team managers who included:

Capt. Adam Moore, team OIC, Arkansas National Guard
Master Sgt. Greg Neiderhiser, team NCOIC, Pennsylvania National Guard
Maj. Kirk Freeman, team member, Arkansas National Guard
Maj. Glen Jackson, team member, Tennessee National Guard
1stLt. Garrett Miller, team member, Pennsylvania National Guard
Sgt. 1stClass Christopher Catlin, team member, Colorado National Guard
Sgt. 1stClass Paul Deugan, team member, Iowa National Guard
Sgt. 1stClass David Keenom, team member, Tennessee National Guard
Sgt. 1stClass Justin Holmes, team member, Maine National Guard
Sgt. David Ball, team member, Missouri National Guard
Sgt. Maxim Nickerson, team member, Maine National Guard
Spc. Jeremy McCombs, team member, Colorado National Guard

In addition to Sgt. Ball winning Combined Arms Overall Individual, there were several other wins by the team and individual members:

Top four in Service Pistol (Colt Canada Trophy) – Ball and McCombs
Top four in Service Rifle (Colt Canada Trophy) – Freeman and Miller
Pursuit to Mons – Freeman
Military Biathlon – Team (Ball, Freeman, McCombs and Nickerson)
Falaise Pocket – Jackson
Ortona – Freeman
Top four member Service Pistol Team (The Allard Trophy) – Team (Ball, Catlin, Freeman and Miller)
Top Falling Plates Team (The Fire Team Trophy) – Holmes, Jackson, McCombs and Nickerson

To find out more about how to participate contact the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center at 501-212-4420/4517/4520 or visit us on Facebook.

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Brass is flying as Maj. Kirk Freeman with the Arkansas Army National Gaurd clears the building as part of a scenario to test his skills of accuracy and speed under pressure during one of the matches at the 2018 Canadian Armed Forces Skill at Arms Concentration (CAFSAC) held at the Connaught Ranges, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada September 2018. (Photo by Army Maj. Theresa Austin/Released)

2019 48th WPW: Over half way to goal

LOI Tracker Map (5MAR2019)by Theresa Austin, Maj. National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Arkansas – Last year, 42 states and territories participated in the 47th Annual Winston P. Wilson (WPW) National Rifle and Pistol Championships, and this year we are only 14 states away to reaching our goal of all states and territories sending a team to participate this year.

The NGMTC The National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) will provide the funding for your team if you want to participate. As of March 4, 2018, the National Guard is over half way towards the goal with 40 states and territories confirmed participation out of all the 54. Not only do we host the national matches, but concurrently host a multi-national competition drawing in competitors from across the globe.

The Army’s modernization strategy sole focus is to make Soldiers and units more lethal to win our Nations’s wars, and then come home safely. The National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) plays a big role in meeting that intent for the National Guard and the Army as a whole. They offer marksmanship training courses and advanced level training competitions that focus on speed and accuracy under pressure with the intent to train U.S. troops to win our Nation’s wars.

WPW is one of these advanced training opportunities, hosted by the NGMTC each year, which is held concurrently with NGB’s multi-national competition the Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting (AFSAM). AFSAM focuses on advanced marksmanship and promotes interoperability with our allies and partners to strengthen alliances and deliver more effective coalition operations. AFSAM currently has Canadian Armed Forces, the British Army Reserve, the British Army, Royal Netherlands Army and the United Kingdom Royal Air Force competing as well as other military components such as the U.S. Marine Corp. Reserve, U.S. Army Reserve, U.S. Air National Guard, U.S. Army National Guard.

Change your state from red to green by contacting us. All you need is a four-man team, which NGMTC will pay to attend.

The intent behind these 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.

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.

2018 WINSTON P. WILSON MACHINE GUN COMPETITION SHOOTS FOR NATIONAL GUARD EXPERTISE

Winston P. Wilson Championship kicks off
Thirty-two National Guard members representing 11 states are participating in the 2018 Machine Gun Winston P. Wilson Championship. The match consists of 13 courses of fire and three weapons systems. The Winston P. Wilson Championship is a national level competitive marksmanship combat match conducted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center. It is an annual event to promote combat marksmanship and training. The Winston P. Wilson Championship consist of the small arms, sniper, and machine gun. In September 1971, the MTU established the first ever Winston P. Wilson matches at Camp Robinson, Arkansas as the National Guard’s premier competitive event.

Story by Army Sgt. Richard W. Hoppe, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

Sunday, April 22, 2018

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. – Thirty-two National Guard soldiers representing 11 states competed in the 47th Annual Winston P. Wilson (WPW) Machine Gun Championship hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Ark. from April 15-21.

The Machine Gun Championship is one of several events included in the Winston P. Wilson Championship, a prestigious marksmanship competition that tests the skills of some of the finest military marksmen in the world.

Michigan National Guard won the title of overall team champions and Chiefs 50, taking home a combined 29 awards between two, two-man teams and proving their mettle for the second year in a row. Michigan takes marksmanship seriously and provides their teams training prior to the matches, but when facing the top marksmen from around the nation, nothing is to be expected.

“This is my second time winning this. We came down last year and had absolutely no idea what we were doing or what we were in for,” said Sgt. David Dohnal with Company D, 3rd Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment and winner of the Top Machine Gunner award. “We came down here and we did a whole lot better than I thought we were going to do. I actually had no idea that I was going to win until the awards ceremony.”

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Michigan National Guard Soldiers Cpl. Nolan Davis, Sgt. David Dohnal, Sgt. Nicholas Peters, and Sgt. Jared Parham take home a combined total of 29 awards during the 2018 Winstone P. Wilson Machine Gun Championship at the 2018 Marksmanship Training Center, Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Ark. Thirty-two National Guard members representing 11 states participated in the matches that consist of 13 courses of fire on three weapons systems over five long days (Photo by Army Sgt. Richard W. Hoppe, released).

The competitions are conducted under the directive of the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to help improve the effectiveness of National Guard Soldiers. Competitions like these help inspire Soldiers to advance their skills in an experience-rich environment that is both challenging and enjoyable.

“What we’re trying to accomplish with the match is to develop an improved standard of marksmanship amongst National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, and to allow them to compete with each other and learn from each other,” said Air Force Capt. Barry Owens, Air National Guard Program Manager for the Marksmanship Training Center. “Because everybody has experience that they can share when they come here and everyone picks up some new ideas and training value.”

The collection of skills available at the competition ensures that everyone gains important weapons skills to take back to their units, whether they’re new or experienced. Every year the Marksmanship Training Center works to improve their matches and the advanced training that they can offer Soldiers and Airmen.

“I think they stepped it up this year … it was a little bit more competitive this year than it was last year,” said Dohnal. “I’ve really enjoyed myself. There was no hesitation to come back.”

Newcomers and younger Soldiers are encouraged to attend the matches in order to help build knowledge and expertise that can be disseminated throughout the National Guard. The Marksmanship Training Center offers a free-flow of professional knowledge comprised of years of experience between leadership and cadre alike.

“The vast majority of [cadre] are SAW-E qualified. They went to Small Arms Weapons Expert course, so they know quite a bit and they can teach you a lot,” said Spc. Aaron Newton, a Combat Engineer with Company A, 239th Brigade Engineer Battalion. “Especially 1st Sgt. Marchand, Master Sgt. Lindsey, and Maj. Stapp. All of them are very knowledgeable and can teach you a lot as long as you’re willing to listen.”

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Thirty-two National Guard soldiers representing 11 states competed in the 47th Annual Winston P. Wilson (WPW) Machine Gun Championship hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Ark. from April 15-21. The Machine Gun Championship is one of three events that make up the Winston P. Wilson Championship matches, a prestigious marksmanship competition that tests the skills of some of the finest military marksmen in the world. The machine gun competition lasts five days and soldiers must complete 13 courses of fire with three weapons systems while expending more than 600 rounds of ammunition (Photo by Army Sgt. Richard W. Hoppe, released).

Many of the competitors and cadre look forward to next year’s Machine Gun Championship and add to the wealth of knowledge that the National Guard has to offer – and perhaps send a few more rounds down range.

“Come out here. Have fun,” said Dohnal. “You’re getting paid to shoot machine guns. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

For photographs visit: Day 1   Day 2   Day 3   Day 4   Ceremony

For Videos visit: Day 1   Day 2   Day 3   Day 4   Ceremony   News Story   Hooah Video

Results:

WPW Machine Gun Match Overall Team

Champions: Sgt. David Dohnal and Cpl. Nolan Davis, Michigan National Guard, Team Alpha

Overall 2nd place: Staff Sgt. Noah Matthews and Sgt. Nathan Forrest, Alabama National Guard, Team Alpha

Overall 3rd place: Staff Sgt. Thomas Davis and Cpl. Michael Parris, Colorado National Guard, Team Alpha

WPW Machine Gun Match Top Machine Gunner

Champion: Sgt. David Dohnal, Michigan National Guard Team Alpha

2nd place: Sgt. Nicholas Peters, Michigan National Guard, Team Bravo

3rd place: Sgt. Maximil Archambault, Vermont National Guard, Team Alpha

WPW Machine Gun Match Top Assistant Gunner

Champion: Sgt. Jared Parahm, Michigan National Guard, Team Bravo

2nd place: Cpl. Nolan Davis, Michigan National Guard, Team Alpha

3rd place: Staff Sgt. Kyle McRae, Vermont National Guard, Team Bravo

 

 

2017 MAC 6 & 7 Regional Marksmanship Competition

North Dakota and Colorado National Guard Soldiers win the MAC VI and VII Regionals
~ National Guard operationalized shooting

by Major Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

 Event Photos           Ceremony Photos          Results

CAMP GUERNSEY, Wyoming – National Guard soldiers from western half of the United States gathered at Camp Guernsey, Wyoming to compete in regional operational marksmanship training championships 14-17 August, 2017.

This year due to budget constraints Marksmanship Advisory Council (MAC) Regions six and seven were combined as the Western Conference, which has been referred to as a “Super MAC.”

“Bringing the states together was a win-win for the program,” said Maj. Dwayne Page, chief of competitions for National Guard Marksmanship Training Center in Arkansas. “Not only does it save money, it is also an opportunity to grow relationships and experience different shooting situations.”

North Dakota took first place overall in MAC VI as well as the overall Western Conference winner, while the Colorado team first place overall in MAC VII. North Dakota competitors, also, claimed champion in every category, as well as the Western Conference Overall Aggregate Team and Individual Champions.

MAC 6 SCORES

Team Grand Aggregate Champions

  1. North Dakota, Team A
  2. North Dakota, Team A
  3. Wyoming, Team A

Individual Aggregate Champion OPEN

  1. SPC Tyrel Hoppe, North Dakota
  2. SGT Andrew Maley, North Dakota
  3. SSgt Adam Witte, South Dakota

Individual Aggregate Champion NOVICE

  1. A1C Gaven Rook, North Dakota
  2. SPC Kurt Needham, Wyoming
  3. SPC Drew Topp, North Dakota

Combat Rifle Champion NOVICE

  1. A1C Gaven Rook, North Dakota
  2. SPC Kurt Needham, Wyoming
  3. SPC Drew Topp, North Dakota

Combat Rifle Champion OPEN

  1. SPC Tyrel Hoppe, North Dakota
  2. SGT Andrew Maley, North Dakota
  3. MSG Timothy Smith, Wyoming

Combat Pistol Champion NOVICE

  1. A1C Gaven Rook, North Dakota
  2. SPC Drew Topp, North Dakota
  3. SPC Kurt Needham, Wyoming

Combat Pistol Champion OPEN

  1. SPC Tyrel Hoppe, North Dakota
  2. SMSgt Peter Sheperd, Oregon
  3. SPC Thomas Carpenter, South Dakota

MAC 7 SCORES

Team Grand Aggregate Champions

  1. Colorado, Team A
  2. New Mexico, Team A
  3. Utah, Team A

Individual Aggregate Champion OPEN

  1. SPC Michael Goulet, California
  2. SFC Christopher Catlin, Colorado
  3. SPC Jeremy McCombs, Colorado

Combat Rifle Champion NOVICE

  1. SGT Cameron Carpenter, New Mexico
  2. SFC Rick Hone, Utah
  3. SFC Benjamin Jacobson

Combat Rifle Champion OPEN

  1. SFC Christopher Catlin, Colorado
  2. SPC Jeremy McCombs, Colorado
  3. SFC Jeremy Jackson, New Mexico

Combat Pistol Champion NOVICE

  1. SFC Rick Hone, Utah
  2. SGT Cameron Carpenter, New Mexico
  3. SSG Michael Galvin, Colorado

Combat Pistol Champion OPEN

  1. SPC Michael Goulet, California
  2. MSG Kirk Holmer, Utah
  3. SGT Ivan Varela, New Mexico

WESTERN CONFERENCE SCORES

Team Pistol-Rifle Champions

  1. North Dakota, Team A, MAC 6
  2. South Dakota, Team A, MAC 6
  3. Wyoming, Team A, MAC 6

Individual Pistol-Rifle Aggregate Champion

  1. SPC Tyrel Hoppe, North Dakota, MAC 6
  2. SGT Andrew Maley, North Dakota, MAC 6
  3. SSG Adam Witte, South Dakota, MAC 6