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

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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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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

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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 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: You play, America wins

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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.

Fallen sniper always remembered; The Specialist Horton Memorial Trophy

~Spouse of fallen sniper unveils memorial award during competition
by Army Sgt. Richard W. Hoppe, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

FORT CHAFFEE JOINT MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. – Standing on the stage of an empty theater as the last few ceremony members clear out, Jane Horton gazes down at a glowing, holographic award that softly lights up her face in the dim room. As an advocate for service members and their families, Jane has made it her life goal to give back to all who serve her and her country – a goal she feels she will never fully achieve.

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Mrs. Jane Horton, face softly lit by the glowing, holographic award, poses for a photo with the cadre from the National Guard Sniper Competition April 26, 2018 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. (Left to right: Sgt. Isaac Holley, Spc. Herbierto Tapia, Staff Sgt. Joseph Noe, Staff Sgt. Aaron Pierce, Sgt. Robert Ward, Mrs. Jane Horton, Master Sgt. Randy Schnell, Sgt. Jason Baethke, Sgt. 1st Class Jon Plummer, Sgt. 1st Class Justin Hitchcock) (photo by Army Sgt. Richard W. Hoppe and cutline by Army Maj. Reese Austin / Released)

“One of the last things my husband asked me to do; I was an intern in congress for Senator Inhofe from Oklahoma, and [my husband] asked me to get sniper tabs authorized. And I was like ‘honey, I’m an intern,’” said Jane, Survivor Advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Army. “When he was killed, Gen. Odierno, the Chief of the Army, came to his funeral in Arlington and asked me ‘What can I do for you?’ and I said, ‘You can authorize sniper tabs.’ And so that’s kind of where it started.”

Jane’s husband, Spc. Christopher Horton died in Afghanistan while defending his country on September 9, 2011 shortly after completing sniper school. Since his death, Jane has been pushing to make her husband’s last request a reality.

‘I’ve been working with the Army and I’ve been working with Gen. Milley and Sgt. Maj. Dailey to get sniper tabs authorized, but also to make sure that we take care of our snipers,” said Jane. ‘My husband wanted nothing more than to serve his country and he chose to be a sniper because he was such a good shot, and that was the best way that he could use his God-given-skills to serve and to take out the enemy, and ultimately, its why he gave his life.”

Jane began re-counting Chris’ steps in the military shortly after he died, which eventually led her to Fort Chaffee where he attended Sniper School in 2009. She called the school and spoke with one of Chris’ former instructors.

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Mrs. Jane Horton and Sgt. 1st Class Jon Plummer marvel at the Trophy after the National Guard Sniper Championship award ceremony April 26, 2018 at Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center, Arkansas. (photo by Army Sgt. Richard W. Hoppe and cutline by Army Maj. Reese Austin / Released)

“After Chris’ death, [Jane and I] spoke on the phone, and she wanted to come visit and retrace his steps through the military,” said Sgt. First Class Jon Plummer, Marksmanship Training Battalion NCOIC for the Marksmanship Training Center. “Since then, she’s been in contact with us three or four times a year to see if were doing okay or see if we need anything and she’ll visit probably once a year.”

 

Over the years, Jane and the school instructors have developed a relationship that has helped her connect with her husband due to his passion for shooting and his long-time goal of going through the sniper program.

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Sgt. 1st Class Justin Hitchcock, one of the sniper instructors, gazes at the trophy after the National Guard Sniper Championship award ceremony April 26, 2018 at Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center, Arkansas. (photo by Army Sgt. Richard W. Hoppe and cutline by Army Maj. Reese Austin / Released)

“The sniper school has been incredibly welcoming to me and incredibly kind to me and they’ve let me come up a couple times and shoot some of the rifles, get to know some of the snipers, and just create a relationship with them,” said Jane. “It’s been one of the most meaningful relationships of my life because snipers were so important to my husband, and it was such an important part of his identity. In fact, when I buried my husband at Arlington, they gave me two lines, thirteen characters each, to describe him and I put valiant warrior, fearless sniper.”

 

This year however, the members of the Marksmanship Training Center are giving something back to Chris and Jane. A memorial award was commissioned by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Ark. to honor Chris Horton, a loving husband, Army Sniper, and American patriot.

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The Specialist Christopher Horton Memorial, donated and made by 3D Innovations staff, was unveiled April 26, 2018 during the National Guard Sniper Competition award ceremony at Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center, Arkansas. (photo by Army Sgt. Richard W. Hoppe and cutline by Army Maj. Reese Austin / Released)

“[The award] is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. It’s a dream come true for me,” said Jane. “My husband was 26-years old when he gave his life and it’s been almost six and a half years, which is mind boggling for me, but there’s never been enough, and there is never enough, that I could do in this life to thank him for giving his life for me, or those that have given their lives.”

 

Jane was invited to be a guest speaker at the Winston P. Wilson and Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting National Guard Sniper Competiton matches this year, but that was all she knew before walking up on stage to help present the award to the Wisconsin National Guard Sniper Team.

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The Wisconsin Army National Guard Sniper Team members are the first recipients of the Spc. Christopher Horton Memorial Trophy. Mrs. Jane Horton presented her husband’s memorial trophy to them at the National Guard Sniper Championship award ceremony held April 26, 2018 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. (photo by Army Sgt. Richard W. Hoppe and cutline by Army Maj. Reese Austin / Released)

“She knows nothing about the award. We got a picture from her. I asked her what picture is her favorite of Chris. She said ‘easy’ and she sent me a picture,” said Plummer. “It had passed through several email chains and the quality wasn’t that great. So I contacted Kellogg, one of the guys in his sniper section who made it out, and I asked him if he knew where the original was. He sent it to me within about five minutes…”

After arriving on stage, the award was unveiled to Jane, the awardees, and the audience for the first time. To Jane’s surprise the competitors, cadre, and official party all rose to their feet with a round of applause.

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After arriving on stage, the Spc. Christopher Horton Memorial Trophy was unveiled to Mrs. Jane Horton, the awardees, and the audience for the first time. To Jane’s surprise the competitors, cadre, and official party all rose to their feet with a round of applause. (photo by Army Sgt. Richard W. Hoppe / Released)

“There’s never enough that I could do for any of you guys who have chosen to serve your country, fight and defend me. I’m truly grateful for them, and I’m here to help any service member with whatever I can and grateful today to know that my husband will always be remembered here at Fort Chaffee Sniper School, so I’m blown away.”

 

The memorial award will be kept at the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center at Robinson Maneuver Training Center and designated to the top precision engagement team, which is the team with the highest aggregate score in the precision engagement matches, each year during the WPW and AFSAM Sniper Championship matches in honor of Spc. Christopher Horton.

The WPW match included 13 National Guard teams from across the country. The Guard members trained through competition for three awards, including precision engagement, field craft, and overall sniper team, during the competition. The AFSAM teams, including teams from Canada, Denmark, Italy, Poland, U.S. interservice and the National Guard All Guard Sniper Team, competed for the same awards in the international category. The WPW and AFSAM matches were held April 21-26, 2018 at Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center, Arkansas.

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Mrs. Jane Horton speaks to the competitors at the National Guard Sniper Championship banquet April 26, 2018 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. (photo by Army Sgt. Richard W. Hoppe and cutline by Army Maj. Reese Austin / Released)

 

MAC 3 Regional competition develops combat effective marksmen through competition

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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

For more photos from this event visit us on Flickr.

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