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 

For results

28th AFSAM Unites Marksmen from the United States and Allied Nations

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190412-Z-XC605-1010 – All Guard Team Bravo (left to right-Sgt. Maxim Nickerson with the Vermont National Guard, Staff Sgt. Brandon Swanson with the Wisconsin Army National Guard, Sgt. First Class Christopher Catlin with the Colorado Army National Guard and not pictured Master Sgt. Kirk Holmer with Utah Army National Guard) poses for a photo with the Commander In Chief’s Service Pistol Team Trophy (awarded to the Overall International Pistol Team Champions), the Commander In Chief’s Service Rifle Team Trophy (awarded for the winner of the International Rifle Team Match), and the Lexington Green Trophy (awarded to the Overall International Team Champions), after the 28th Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting Rifle and Pistol Matches awards banquet April 12, 2019. The 28th AFSAM takes place at the National Guard Marksmanship Training center April 6-12, 2019, at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Arkansas. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Cpl. Nathan Metz)

~ 2019 AFSAM Rifle and Pistol Championship Results

By Cpl. Nathan D. Metz, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Arkansas – Eighteen teams from the National Guard, Army Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, and teams from Canada, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom compete in the 28th Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting Rifle and Pistol Matches April 7 through 12, 2019, at the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center near North Little Rock, Arkansas.

The AFSAM consisted of 19 marksmanship matches completed over the six days of competition.

“We have shooters here from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Netherlands and you all represent the best shooters from each of these countries,” said the Director of the Arkansas National Guard Joint Staff, Brig. Gen. Kevin Vines, “All our nations strive to increase lethality in order to ensure our nations’ security and this event advances that effort.”

The AFSAM promotes friendly competition and the exchange of information and skills amongst shooters in order to improve the overall skills of the marksmen involved.

“These meetings provide competitors the chance to familiarize themselves with a host of nation’s weapons, techniques, tactics, and procedures,” said Brig. Gen. Kevin Vines “It allows shooters to hone their skills. I challenge you use your unique skills and expertise to improve the readiness, effectiveness, and lethality.”

Major Lance Rosie, a member of the British Army Reserve Operations Shooting Team from the United Kingdom says that he enjoyed the chance to come to this competition to shoot.

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Competitors bring their service issued carbines and pistols to the AFSAM and showcase their respective skills.

The Armed Forces Skills at Arms Meeting was established in 1991 to promote marksmanship training and competition between United States military forces and allied nations. The events of the AFSAM are run at the same time as the Winston P. Wilson Championship and the two competitions incorporate many of the same courses of fire.

 

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190412-Z-XC605-1010- Staff Sgt. Joseph Noe, with the Arkansas National Guard, accepts the Individual Overall Champion award at the 28th Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting Rifle and Pistol Matches awards banquet April 12, 2019. The 28th AFSAM takes place at the National Guard Marksmanship Training center April 6 through 13, 2019, at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Arkansas. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Cpl. Nathan Metz)

28th AFSAM RESULTS:

Overall International Team Champions
Recipient of the Lexington Green Trophy: All Guard Bravo Team: Master Sgt. Kirk Holmer, Utah Army National Guard; Sgt. First Class Christopher Catlin, Colorado Army National Guard; Staff Sgt. Brandon Swanson Wisconsin Army National Guard; Sgt. Maxim Nickerson, Vermont Army National Guard 

Individual Grand Aggregate Champion
Recipient of the SFC Brent Joseph Lantagne Trophy: Staff Sgt. Joseph Noe, Arkansas Army National Guard
Second Place: Staff Sgt. Sean Morris, US Army Reserve
Third Place: Staff Sgt. Justus Densmore, Texas Army National Guard

International Rifle Team Champions
Recipient of the Australian Marksmanship Trophy: British Army Reserve Operational Shooting Team-Red Team: Warrant Officer 2 James Douglas, Sgt. James Deville, Sgt. David Fenwick, Cpl. Brian Rowan
Second Place: All Guard Alpha Team: Capt. Robert Lee, Texas Army National Guard; Staff Sgt. Justus Densmore,Texas Army National Guard; Staff Sgt. Brandon Hornung, Illinois Army National Guard; Sgt. Tyler Goldade, North Dakota Army National Guard
Third Place: British Army Reserve Operations Shooting Team Blue Team: Maj. Lance Rosie, Sgt. John Colgan, Sgt. Johnathan Hazelton, Cpl. David Butlin

Combat Rifle Individual Aggregate Champion
Recipient of the German Defense Forces Service Rifle Trophy: Staff Sgt. Brandon Hornung, Illinois Army National Guard
Second Place: Sgt. Tyler Goldade, North Dakota Army National Guard
Third Place: Capt. Robert Lee, Texas Army National Guard

International Pistol Team Champions
Recipient of the Commander In Chief’s Service Pistol Team Trophy: All Guard Bravo Team: Master Sgt. Kirk Holmer, Utah Army National Guard; Sgt. First Class Christopher Catlin, Colorado Army National Guard; Staff Sgt. Brandon Swanson, Wisconsin Army National Guard; Sgt. Maxim Nickerson, Vermont Army National Guard
Second Place: All Guard Alpha Team: Capt. Robert Lee, Texas Army National Guard; Staff Sgt. Justus Densmore,Texas Army National Guard; Staff Sgt. Brandon Hornung, Illinois Army National Guard; Sgt. Tyler Goldade, North Dakota Army National Guard
Third Place: US Army Reserve Gold Team: Maj. Thomas Conners, Staff Sgt. Sean Morris, Sgt. Devin Hughes, Sgt. Joseph Hall

Combat Pistol Individual Aggregate Champion
Recipient of the LTC John A. Berheim Trophy Staff Sgt. Joseph Noe, Arkansas Army National Guard
Second Place: Staff Sgt. Sean Morris, US Army Reserve
Third Place: Staff Sgt. Justus Densmore, Texas Army National Guard

 

Take a look at the links below to view some of the training conducted at this year’s AFSAM Championships. Also, for more information about getting involved, contact 501-212-4520 or visit us on the web at https://ngmtc.wordpress.com.

For photos: Day 1   Day 2   Day 3   Day 4   Day 5   Day 6   Awards Ceremony    Team Pics

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

For results

 

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 Marksmanship Training Center host sniper event

2019 Sniper Competition

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Sgt. Robert Boyf from the United States Army National Guard adjusts weapon to take a shot during marksmanship 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 photos by Specialist Jeremiah N. Smith, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

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

FORT SMITH, Arkansas – The National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) is hosting the 48th Winston P. Wilson (WPW) Sniper Championship (National Guard) competition and 28th Annual Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting (AFSAM) — (International & Inter-service), at the Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center (FCJMTC) near Barling, Arkansas, from March 29 – April 3, 2019. This competition is designed to provide a battle-focused event, as well as validate and sustain key marksmanship skills essential to mobilization, readiness and success.

The competition is full of battle focused exercises intended to bring together some of the best marksman in the nation in order to test their skill, share their expertise and promote marksmanship training within their units.

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Sgt. Daniel Rilett a Soldier in the United States National Guard listens during a brief before zeroing his weapon in preparation for the marksmanship 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 photos by Specialist Jeremiah N. Smith, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

“Although the WPW is considered a competition, the true value of the matches is the cross learning between teams,” said Col. Marty Curtright, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center Commander. “WPW is the largest weapons competition/training event in the Army. The only ones who loose after this competition are those who refused to learn from their fellow competitors.”

Events like this are established as a means of heightening the level of marksmanship proficiency throughout the military and increasing our battlefield lethality. Marksmanship is a perishable skill. The National Guard has moved from being a strategic reserve into an operational force, so our need for continually increased readiness has never been stronger. We have to remain ready, and marksmanship is at the forefront of our combat readiness.

“Out here we get to shoot in different ways that we have never shot before,” said Spc. Kevin Meyer, from the Wisconsin National Guard. “We use ranges that are different and with longer range than we use at our home stations.”

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Sgt. Trent Devos, a competitor from the United States Army National Guard, prepares his equipment in preparation for the marksmanship 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 photos by Specialist Jeremiah N. Smith, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

The National Guard Marksmanship Training provides soldiers with the capability of becoming lethal with their marksmanship and taking it back to their unit. With the way battles are fought now it is very important to the army as whole to become uncomfortable in situations that they must use their marksmanship skills and this competition and training center provides soldiers with that exposure.

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.

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, AFSAM, & CNGB

LOI Tracker Map (1FEB2019)by Major Theresa Austin, public affairs officer National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Arkansas -This year’s National Guard marksmanship championships information has been released for service members to begin signing up to attend theses events here in Arkansas.

WPW & AFSAM Sniper Championship: March 29-April 3, 2019 (Fort Chaffee, Ark.)
Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting: April 1-12, 2019 (RMTC, N. Little Rock, Ark.)
WPW Small Arms Championship: April 6-11, 2019 (RMTC, N. Little Rock, Ark.)
WPW Machine Gun ChampionshipMay 5-11, 2019 (RMTC, N. Little Rock, Ark.)
CNGB Postal Phase III: May 5-11, 2019 (RMTC, N. Little Rock, Ark.)

The Official Match Programs are released. (Machine Gun and CNGB are pending publish).  RFO (request for orders) has been updated; see link below. Click each competition above for the OMP.

We are now accepting Letters of Intent (LOI) for team participation; the dead-lines are below:

WPW Sniper & AFSAM – LOI due 15 February 2019    Team-registration 1 March 2019
WPW & AFSAM Small Arms – LOI due 1 February 2019    Team-registration 1 March 2019
WPW Machine Gun – LOI due 15 March 2019    Team-registration 1 April 2019
CNGB – match scores and targets may be submitted until 15 April 2019

Contact your State Marksmanship Coordinator for more information on attending these premier National Guard marksmanship competitions.

RFO (request for orders) as of Jan. 2019

MAC 3 Regional competition develops combat effective marksmen through competition

2018 Marksmanship Advisory Council Region Three Championship
The South Carolina National Guard Team was announced the Overall Team Champions during the 2018 Marksmanship Advisory Council Region Three Championship award ceremony honoring the regions best Soldiers and Airmen was held at The Volunteer Training Site, Tullahoma, Tenn. July 28, 2018. MAC III is comprised of Army and Air National Guard members from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virgin Islands. This is an annual event to promote combat marksmanship and training, and there were 48 competitors representing six of the ten states this year. (Photo by Maj. Theresa Austin/Released)

~South Carolina National Guard wins the MAC III Regionals
by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. – National Guard Soldiers from six states gathered at the Volunteer Training Site in Tullahoma, Tenn. July 27-28, 2018 to compete in the Marksmanship Advisory Council (MAC) Region Three-Small Arms Championship.

South Carolina took first place overall, while the Kentucky team placed in second and Tennessee placed in third. Kentucky, also, claims the individual open class champion, Sgt. Dwight Bushong, and Georgia claims the individual novice class champion, Sgt. Ryan Machan, and Rifle Excellence in Combat (EIC) Champion, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Caleb Ralston.

2018 Marksmanship Advisory Council Region Three Championship
During the 2018 Marksmanship Advisory Council Region Three Championship award ceremony, the Overall Individual Open Caegory Champions were Sgt. Bushong (1st Place), Spc. Jordan (2ng Place), and Master Sgt. Garcia (3rd Place), which was held at The Volunteer Training Site, Tullahoma, Tenn. July 28, 2018.  (Photo by Maj. Theresa Austin/Released)

The first place team consists of Tech. Sgt. Kenvyn Lewis, Air National Guard; Staff Sgt. Patrick Stuckey, Army National Guard; Staff Sgt. Matt David, Army National Guard; and Spc. John Jordan, Army National Guard; all of the South Carolina National Guard. Jordan was, also, the Pistol EIC Champion.

2018 Marksmanship Advisory Council Region Three Championship
During the 2018 Marksmanship Advisory Council Region Three Championship award ceremony, the Overall Individual Open Caegory Champions were Sgt. Machan (1st Place), Chief Warrant Officer two Wadham (2ng Place), and Capt. Peterson (3rd Place), which was held at The Volunteer Training Site, Tullahoma, Tenn. July 28, 2018. (Photo by Maj. Theresa Austin/Released)

Each MAC Regional Competition and TAG Match holds an EIC event, for pistol and rifle that have their own Gold, Silver and Bronze Badges.

“Many people don’t realize that there are many more prestigious marksmanship badges than the three marksmanship qualification badges, and some of those are the Excellence in Combat (EIC) Badge and Distinguished Shooter,” said Air Force Master Sgt. Mike Brumer, the new Tennessee State Marksmanship Coordinator.

The top three marksmanship badges an individual can earn are Distinguished (International Shooter, Rifleman, and Pistol) according to the Guide to the Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia DA PAM 670–1 chapter 20 paragraph 15.

2018 Marksmanship Advisory Council Region Three Championship
Sgt. Dwight Bushong, with the Kentucky Army National Guard, was declared the Overall Champion-Open Classification at the 2018 Marksmanship Advisory Council Region Three Championship held at the VTS located in Tullahoma, Tenn. July 28, 2018. (Photo by Maj. Theresa Austin/Released)

“The heritage behind it gives it its level of importance and meaning, and being Distinguished is the pinnacle for a shooter,” Brumer continued.

Distinguished refers to the marksmanship skill level of a shooter, which is determined by an individuals performance over years of competition in the EIC event.

“The EIC program encourages others to become more combat effective and share their knowledge base with others back in their home units who don’t participate,” stated Brumer.

2018 Marksmanship Advisory Council Region Three Championship
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Daniel Wadham, with the Tennessee Army National Guard, participated in the 2018 Marksmanship Advisory Council Region Three Championship held at the VTS located in Tullahoma, Tenn. July 28, 2018. (Photo by Maj. Theresa Austin/Released)

“It’s not a shooting club, like many think,” continued Brumer referring to marksmanship competitions like the MAC regional. “It’s a developmental program to improve combat effectiveness.”

“A marksmanship event,” he expanded, “is not just a competition it’s a training event. It’s, also, a place where we find new shooters and where we kind of identify those that we seek to go back to their units to become trainers there, but also developmental shooters that we want to spend time and energy on to maybe become State representatives at the Wilson Matches or maybe Camp Perry.”

The National Guard Winston P. Wilson Matches held at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Ark. and the Civilian Marksmanship Matches held at Camp Perry, Ohio are national level matches that are advanced competitive training events.

“Sgt. Amanda Gentry is a fulltime Army National Guard supply sergeant for the Volunteer Training Site (VTS) in Smyrna, Tenn. and is one of our newest developmental shooters,” said Brumer.

2018 Marksmanship Advisory Council Region Three Championship
Sgt. Amanda Gentry, supply sgt. with the Volunteer Training Site (VTS) of the Tennessee Army National Guard, participated in the 2018 Marksmanship Advisory Council Region Three Championship held at the VTS located in Tullahoma, Tenn. July 28, 2018. Sgt. Gentry is an up and comer in the Tenn. marksmanship community, who recently became involved in order to help improve the marksmanship skills of the Soldiers who go through the VTS when they are preparing to deploy. (Photo by Maj. Theresa Austin/Released)

Not only is she the supply sergeant, but she helps on the many ranges they conduct throughout the year as well.

Soldiers go to the VTS before they go to their pre-mobilization stations, said Gentry. “We have a lot of Soldiers that are deploying that come through there, so I work the range a lot.”

Gentry, being a developmental shooter for Tenn. puts her advanced knowledge to good use in her home unit that not just helps them out, but, also, a multitude of Tenn. Soldiers who go through that training site before they deploy.

“I can bring this back to other Soldiers when I am working the range over there and help them out when they aren’t shooting very well. You learn a lot out here,” she said referring to participating in marksmanship events like the MAC, “that you can bring back to other Soldiers that are about to put it to use.”

2018 Marksmanship Advisory Council Region Three Championship
Staff Sgt. Chris Langston, with the Georgia Army National Guard, and Tech. Sgt. Kenvyn Lewis, with the South Carolina Air National Guard, participated in the 2018 Marksmanship Advisory Council Region Three Championship held at Tullahoma, Tenn. July 28, 2018. (Photo by Maj. Theresa Austin/Released)

Not only is this practical for Gentry, but, also, enjoyable as a stress reliever.

“Shooting for me is a stress reliever and it’s so out of the ordinary as a supply sergeant,” she shared. “There is a lot of stress behind that and coming here, out of the office, is relaxing, because I can focus on just one thing, instead of a million things at once, learning something new.”

This stress reliever teaches self-control under pressure and helps Soldiers become more combat effective.

Brumer shared a quote about self-control and said, as the new State marksmanship coordinator, he hopes to make it the motto of the Tenn. National Guard Marksmanship Program, because this is what they aspire to.

“A good shot must necessarily be a good man since the essence of good marksmanship is self-control and self-control is the essential quality of a good man.” – President Theodore Roosevelt

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To find out more about how to participate contact the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center at 501-212-4420/4517/4520 and ng.ar.ararng.mbx.ngmtc@mail.mil or visit us on Facebook.

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

National Guard displays lethal skills during United Kingdom Marksmanship Competition

The 2018 Army Reserve Operational Shooting Competition prize giving ceremony
The All Guard International Combat Team pose for a photo with the Fortuna Trophy at the end of the Army Reserve Operational Shooting Competition Prize Giving Ceremony. The team achieved their goal winning this trophy, which is a collective high score of four events and is a long standing competition between the British Reserve and the U.S. National Guard. (LEFT to RIGHT: FRONT- Maj. David Stapp, Sgt. Maxium Nickerson, Sgt. Tyler Goldade, Staff Sgt. Michael Richey. BACK- Col. Marty Curtright, Spc. Jeremy McCombs, Master Sgt. Greg Neiderhiser, Staff Sgt. Brandon Hornung, Sgt. 1st Class Paul Deugan, Capt. Robert Lee, 1st Lt. Garrett Miller.)

Click here for photos from the Matches and Ceremony.

~ 2018 United Kingdom Defence Operational Shooting Competition
by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

NATIONAL SHOOTING CENTRE, BISLEY CAMP, England –The sun beats down on two machine gunners, from Delta and Charlie Team, as they lay prone on the grass providing suppressive fire at enemy targets 600 meters away, while their riflemen sprint forward on line with them completing their eight-man section.

As Charlie team sees the enemy appear, they leap forward into a sprint, moving up and down hills and jumping over trenches to take a prone firing position just 100 meters forward. As soon as they open fire on the enemy, Delta team takes off in a dead sprint maneuvering these same obstacles to move online with them.

Sweat pours as each team member, wearing at least 22 pounds of gear and body armor not including their helmet, weapon and ammunition, continues this explosive bounding forward maneuvering these earthen obstacles until they are 300 meters from the enemy, and within the range of the average Soldier’s marksmanship ability. They continue forward 200 meters, riflemen taking a kneeling firing position and machine gunners prone, as they take out the remainder of the enemy targets with a fierce lethality.

Reminiscent of combat environments, this was just one of over 24 different operational “combat style” shooting matches conducted at the 2018 United Kingdom Defence Operational Shooting Competitions (DefOSC) held June 17-26, 2018 at Bisley Camp and the Army Training Centre Pirbright, Woking, England.

The 2018 UK Defence Operational Shooting Competition
1st Lt. Garrett Miller, All Guard International Combat Team member from Pennsylvania Army National Guard, engages his final targets 100 meters away after having just ran five 100 meter sprints  while engaging targets every 100-200 meters along the way. This was one of several events in the 2018 UK Defence Operational Shooting Competition that was held jointly at Bisley Camp and the Army Reserve Training Centre Pirbright, England during June 12-26, 2018.

During the Army Reserve Operational Shooting Competition portion of DefOSC, the National Guard All Guard International Combat Team displayed their lethal skills winning first place in five matches and placing top three in 11 of the 13 matches.

“This competition was challenging and more realistic in regards to combat type shooting than other matches we shoot,” said All Guard Team Member Staff Sgt. Michael Richey, with the Missouri National Guard Joint Forces Headquarters.

“All the events were like combat,” said All Guard Team Member 1st Lt. Garrett Miller, with the 2nd Squadron, 104th Cavalry Regiment Penn. Army National Guard. “Each event was custom tailored to apply competitive pressure to the participants in different ways.”

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Capt. Robert Lee (center) and Sgt. Brandon Hornung (right), All Guard International Combat Team members, compete in the 2018 UK Defence Operational Shooting Competition that was held jointly at Bisley Camp and the Army Reserve Training Centre Pirbright, England during June 12-26, 2018. During this event, the camaraderie that is fostered between the Soldiers of United Kingdom and United States is clearly evident from Capt. Lee’s display of the United Kingdom Flag on his helmet during these matches. Patch swapping is a common practice among competitors.

Being lethal in combat is not an easy task. One of most challenging parts to this competition, similar to combat, was the speed required to move into position and engage the targets.

“The competitors are challenged to sprint 100 meters forward, charge their rifle, obtain a steady position and fire as many rounds as possible at a 100 meter target in just 25 seconds, then remain in position and fire the rest of the remaining rounds of a 20 round magazine in 35 seconds at a 200 meter and 300 meter target. Then from there the match moves right into three more phases without any reprieve,” said Miller as he described the Attack and Reorganize Assessment.

Describing the Urban Contact Assessment event, Richey said “100-300 meter targets would expose themselves for only three or four seconds, during which time we had to go from the standing position to the kneeling position and engage the target.”

As if the speed of movement and target engagement was not enough of a challenge, and ease of movement was further impacted by the pounds of gear and body armor they were required to wear, which is a similar requirement for combat.

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Spc. Jeremy McCombs, All Guard International Combat Team member from Colorado Army National Guard, takes cover behind a “hasty firing position” and engages rapidly moving targets 100 meters down range during the 2018 UK Defence Operational Shooting Competition that was held jointly at Bisley Camp and the Army Reserve Training Centre Pirbright, England during June 12-26, 2018.

“It was difficult to balance the thrill of charging forward and diving into position, with the need to calmly place shots center mass in each target before the time expired,” said Miller, “oh, and all while wearing body armor, plates, and ten kilograms (22 pounds) of kit.”

“The requirement to wear body armor and gear during the match, greatly increased fatigue throughout the competition and also heart rate during the course of fire,” added Richey.

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Staff Sgt. Michael Richey, All Guard International Combat Team member from Missouri Army National Guard, fires his M16 Rifle after running 100 meters to his firing point during the 2018 UK Defence Operational Shooting Competition that was held jointly at Bisley Camp and the Army Reserve Training Centre Pirbright, England during June 12-26, 2018. Richey was the winner of the Urban Contact Assessment Match, which tests the Soldiers ability to effectively engage targets with the complication of speed and accuracy using the pistol and rifle.

While the individual aspects of the competition were challenging and combat oriented, the team matches seemed to be most like combat.

“The team matches were most like combat situations,” said Michael Richey, Missouri National Guard. “You had to shoot, move and communicate as a team, which is what you’ll be doing in combat.”

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Staff Sgt. Brandon Hornung, All Guard International Combat Team member from Illinois Army National Guard, quickly moves from engaging targets in the kneeling position to establish a good firing position in the foxhole during a match in the 2018 UK Defence Operational Shooting Competition that was held jointly at Bisley Camp and the Army Reserve Training Centre Pirbright, England during June 12-26, 2018.

Representing the U.S. National Guard All Guard International Combat Team were 10 members and two team managers who included:

  • Maj. David Stapp, team OIC, Arkansas National Guard
  • Master Sgt. Greg Neiderhiser, team NCOIC, Pennsylvania National Guard
  • Capt. Robert Lee, team member, Texas National Guard
  • 1st Lt. Garrett Miller, team member, Pennsylvania National Guard
  • Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Catlin, team member, Colorado National Guard
  • Sgt. 1st Class Paul Deugan, team member, Iowa National Guard
  • Sgt. 1st Class David Keenom, team member, Tennessee National Guard
  • Staff Sgt. Brandon Hornung, team member, Illinois National Guard
  • Staff Sgt. Michael Richey, team member, Missouri National Guard
  • Sgt. Tyler Goldade, team member, North Dakota National Guard
  • Sgt. Maxium Nickerson, team member, Vermont National Guard
  • Spc. Jeremy McCombs, team member, Colorado National Guard
The 2018 UK Defence Operational Shooting Competiton
Left to Right: FRONT- Master Sgt. Greg Neiderhiser, Staff Sgt. Michael Richey, Spc. Jeremy McCombs, Capt. Robert Lee, Sgt. Maxium Nickerson, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Catlin. BACK: Maj. David Stapp, Sgt. 1st Class David Keenom, Staff Sgt. Brandon Hornung, Sgt. Tyler Goldade, 1st Lt. Garrett Miller, Sgt. 1st Class Paul Deugan, Col. Marty Curtright, Staff Sgt. James Carr.

All Guard Team came here with the main goal of winning the Fortuna Trophy, and pushing themselves to their limits, they did that and more.

“The competition for the Fortuna is between the United States National Guard and the British Army Reserve,” said Neiderhiser. “It consists of four matches: the Advance to Contact, Defence Assessment, Pistol Close Quarter Battle, and Urban Contact Assessment-Rifle.”

In addition to the Fortuna Trophy, several other awards were won by the team and individual members:

  • Fire Team Combat Snap Shooting Assessment – Team
  • Fortuna Cup (highest individual aggregate on the Fortuna winning team) – Miller
  • Advance to Contact (Contributes to Fortuna Trophy)- Miller
  • Pistol Close Quarter Combat (Contributes to Fortuna Trophy) – Deugan
  • Urban Contact Assessment (Contributes to Fortuna Trophy) – Richey
  • Fleeting Encounter – McCombs
The 2018 Army Reserve Operational Shooting Competition prize giving ceremony
The National Guard All Guard International Combat Team won the Best International Team Fortuna Trophy as well as five individual trophies during the 2018 Army Reserve Operational Shooting Competition at Bisley Ranges, Pirbright, England June 24, 2018. Awards from LEFT to RIGHT and winner name: Fortuna Cup (highest individual aggregate on the Fortuna winning team) – 1st Lt. Miller, Pistol Close Quarter Combat (Contributes to Fortuna Trophy) – Sgt. 1st Class Deugan, Fire Team Combat Snap Shooting Assessment – Team award, Advance to Contact (Contributes to Fortuna Trophy)- 1st Lt. Miller, Urban Contact Assessment (Contributes to Fortuna Trophy) – Staff Sgt. Richey (Not shown: Fleeting Encounter – Spc. McCombs)

“Winning matches that utilize rifle and pistol show how well-rounded of a shooter you are,” said Richey. “It felt good to win a combined rifle and pistol match.”

“Winning the Fortuna Cup,” said Miller, “is what I consider the highest honor I could possibly achieve at any operational shooting competition, because of the other names that are inscribed on it.”

He continued, “Every year, the trophy is engraved with the winner’s name. There are two names in particular that have great relevance to me, 1st Sgt. Greg Neiderhiser, and Capt. J.R. Treharne. Now Master Sgt. Greg Neiderhiser and Col. J.R. Treharne, have both served as influential coaches and professional mentors to me since I was a young Cadet. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today as a competitor and a Soldier if it wasn’t for their mentorship. Knowing that my name will be forever displayed next to theirs on that trophy pays special tribute not just to my achievement, but their skill and passion as coaches and professionals.”

The All Guard Team not only accomplished their goal, winning the Fortuna and many other honors, but the most important thing they gained was better combat oriented marksmanship skills and knowledge to bring back to the U.S.

The 2018 UK Defence Operational Shooting Competition
Capt. Robert Lee, All Guard International Combat Team member from Texas Army National Guard, engages targets from various shooting positions seen here: the log, the metal arch, the rock pit and the broken wall during on one of the matches in the 2018 UK Defence Operational Shooting Competition that was held jointly at Bisley Camp and the Army Reserve Training Centre Pirbright, England during June 12-26, 2018.

“This competition helps us validate our training methods and strategies,” said Miller.

“Soldiers from all ranks, MOS’s, status and levels, attend and try their best. This multi-echelon exposure allows everyone to progress much faster than they normally would with just isolated training back at their home unit. Here they can pick and choose tactics and techniques they observe from Soldiers standing right next to them on the firing line and bring those back to their home unit. “

“This competition was challenging and more realistic in regards to combat type shooting than other matches we shoot,” said Richey. “Our team participating in this competition enables us to bring that challenging and realistic style of shooing back to our respective states.”

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Sgt. Maxium Nickerson, All Guard International Combat Team member from Vermont Army National Guard, reviews his targets and scorecard with the United Kingdom Soldier after the Urban Contact Assessment Matchin the 2018 UK Defence Operational Shooting Competition that was held jointly at Bisley Camp and the Army Reserve Training Centre Pirbright, England during June 12-26, 2018. This specific match required the Soldier to fire with rifle while advancing and shooting from the standing and squatting positions and then switch to the pistol while continuing to advance towards the target.

These competitions are training multipliers that need more attention and participation.

“This is a powerful tool that goes under-appreciated because some units and naive commanders call these small competitions “shooting clubs” and restrict attendance, because they don’t see the real training and exposure they provide,” said Miller. “Sharing these ideas through open competitions creates positive trends in developing marksmanship that spreads ten fold faster than it would just trickling down through a traditional training progression.”

To find out more about how to participate contact the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center at 501-212-4420/4517/4520 and ng.ar.ararng.mbx.ngmtc@mail.mil or visit us on Facebook.