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

2018 WINSTON P. WILSON MACHINE GUN COMPETITION SHOOTS FOR NATIONAL GUARD EXPERTISE
National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

Story by Army Sgt. Richard W. Hoppe

Sunday, April 22, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For photographs from the  ceremony visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ngmtcpao/albums/72157668182554668

Results:

WPW Machine Gun Match Overall Team

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

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

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

WPW Machine Gun Match Top Machine Gunner

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

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

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

WPW Machine Gun Match Top Assistant Gunner

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

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

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

 

 

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2018 WPW participant update

20180412 WPW Participation 2018 #5

 

Currently there are only eight states that have not said they are attending this year out of the 54 States and Territories.

Periodically this map will be updated to reflect the current commitments to participate in this year’s 2018 Winston P. Wilson Small Arms Championships. So check back here.

For more info on the matches click here.

 

WPW: You play, America wins

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

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

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

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

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

2017 MAC 1 & 2 Marksmanship Championships

Vermont Guardsmen outshoot rest of regions 1 & 2 in marksman competition
~Over 100 Soldiers and Airmen compete in the MAC Regional Eastern Conference

By Sgt. Joshua Frick, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

Event Photos      Ceremony Photos     Results

FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pennsylvania – The National Guard held the Marksmanship Advisory Council region one and two small arms championship at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania near Hershey, Pennsylvania 24-27 August 2017.

National Guard Soldiers from Vermont Team Alpha took 1st Place in the overall competition, and Pennsylvania National Guard natives Team Alpha took home 2nd place overall. They competed against 112 fellow Guardsmen from 21 teams over 4 days for the honors.

The training offers shooters a chance to train in the operationalization of shooting, engaging targets from multiple positions, including the sitting, kneeling, standing, moving and running positions.

During the four-day competition, the competitors shot over 20,000 rounds of 5.56mm and 12,000 rounds of 9mm ammunition.

While the championship offered the teams a chance at a little friendly, inter-state rivalry, the training value and camaraderie gained during the matches is immeasurable.

For some of these Soldiers, it doesn’t end at being a prime marksman and just competing in shooting competitions. A select number of them are, also, mentors that teach advanced marksmanship skills to Soldiers and Airmen across the nation as experts in the small arms weapons field.

Most of these Soldiers spend their own time, money and fuel to go out and practice on their own for these competitions. Getting to see their improvement over the course of these matches and getting rewarded for placing in the top percentile for their efforts is a great thing. These improvements are often lessons learned from the past that they can then take back to their units and can be taught to improve unit operational readiness.

MAC 1 SCORES

Team Grand Aggregate Champions

  1. Vermont, Team A
  2. New Hampshire, Team A
  3. Vermont, Team B

Rifle Team Aggregate Champions

  1. Vermont, Team A
  2. Massachusetts, Team B
  3. New Hampshire, Team A

Pistol Team Aggregate Champions

  1. Vermont, Team A
  2. Vermont, Team B
  3. New Hampshire, Team A

Individual Pistol-Rifle NOVICE

  1. SPC John Walsh, Maine
  2. SPC Lucas Duncan, New Hampshire
  3. SSgt Patrick Glennon, Connecticut

Individual Pistol-Rifle OPEN

  1. SGT Maxim Nickerson, Vermont
  2. SGT Robert Tucker, Vermont
  3. SFC Peter Uliana, Massachusetts

Individual Rifle Champion NOVICE

  1. SPC John Walsh, Maine
  2. SSgt Patrick Glennon, Connecticut
  3. MSG James Kendall, New Hampshire

Individual Rifle Champion OPEN

  1. SGT Maxim Nickerson, Vermont
  2. SGT Robert Tucker, Vermont
  3. SFC Peter Uliana, Massachusetts

Individual Pistol Champion NOVICE

  1. SPC John Walsh, Maine
  2. SSgt Robert Marciniak, Vermont
  3. SFC Richard Saffo, Vermont

Individual Pistol Champion OPEN

  1. SGT Robert Tucker, Vermont
  2. SGT Maxim Nickerson, Vermont
  3. SSgt Justin Oddy, Vermont

MAC 2 SCORES

Team Grand Aggregate Champions

  1. Pennsylvania, Team A
  2. Virginia, Team A
  3. Delaware, Team B

Rifle Team Aggregate Champions

  1. Virginia, Team A
  2. Pennsylvania, Team A
  3. Delaware, Team B

Pistol Team Aggregate Champions

  1. Pennsylvania, Team A
  2. Virginia, Team A
  3. Delaware, Team A

Individual Pistol-Rifle NOVICE

  1. SGT Albert Whitlock, Delaware
  2. SSG Lawrence Smithson, Virginia
  3. SSG Sean Kelly, Pennsylvania

Individual Pistol-Rifle OPEN

  1. SMSgt Edward Altmeyer, Pennsylvania
  2. LTC Phillip Peters, Pennsylvania
  3. SGT Alexandra Wilson, Virginia

Individual Rifle Champion NOVICE

  1. SGT Albert Whitlock, Delaware
  2. SGT Lloyd Layfield, Delaware
  3. SSG Lawrence Smithson, Virginia

Individual Rifle Champion OPEN

  1. SMSgt Edward Altmeyer, Pennsylvania
  2. SGT John Miller, Virginia
  3. SSG Lee Beauchamp, Delaware

Individual Pistol Champion NOVICE

  1. SSG Lawrence Smithson, Virginia
  2. SGT Albert Whitlock, Delaware
  3. Sr Airman Robert Lydic, Pennsylvania

Individual Pistol Champion OPEN

  1. SMSgt Edward Altmeyer, Pennsylvania
  2. LTC Phillip Peters, Pennsylvania
  3. SGT Alexandra Wilson, Virginia

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE “SUPER MAC” SCORES

Rifle Team Champion

  1. Virginia, Team A, MAC 2
  2. Pennsylvania, Team A, MAC 2
  3. Vermont, Team A, MAC 1

Pistol Team Champion

  1. Pennsylvania, Team A, MAC 2
  2. Vermont, Team A, MAC 1
  3. Virginia, Team A, MAC 2

Individual Pistol-Rifle Aggregate Champion

  1. SMSgt Edward Altmeyer, Pennsylvania, MAC 2
  2. SGT Maxim Nickerson, Vermont, MAC 1
  3. SGT Robert Tucker, Vermont, MAC 1

Team Pistol-Rifle Aggregate Champion

  1. Pennsylvania, Team A, MAC 2
  2. Vermont, Team A, MAC 1
  3. Virginia, Team A, MAC 2

2017 MAC 3 & 5 Regional Competition

18 State National Guards compete in combined regional training competition
~ National Guard operationalized shooting     
by Master Sgt. Robin Brown, Tennessee National Guard

Event photos             Award ceremony photos            Results

National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from two different regions met at the Volunteer Training Site in Tullahoma, Tenn., August 18 and 19 for the annual regional marksmanship training match.

The Marksmanship Advisory Council (MAC) region matches are designed to provide a combat focused marksmanship sustainment training event in seven different regions nationwide. The matches consist of battle focused marksmanship sustainment exercises, designed to validate and sustain perishable marksmanship skills essential to mobilization readiness and success.

“This is taking that next step in individual quality,” said Maj. Gen. Max Haston, the adjutant general for Tennessee. “I love that this is a joint endeavor and appreciate all who have come out to train and take your knowledge back with you to teach others.”

Normally, the two regions compete separately, but due to limited funding this year, regions three and five were combined as the Central Conference, which has been deemed a “Super MAC.”

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

“It is neat to shoot with another region; it’s another group to learn from,” said Tech. Sgt. Chauncey Reed, 188th Wing, Arkansas National Guard. “It ran smoothly and was a more effective use of assets.”

The “Super MAC” consisted of several courses of fire that incorporated pistol and rifle training. Although both regions participated together, they were still scored independently to maintain the integrity of the matches by region.

Region three consists of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, and the Virgin Islands.

Region five is composed of Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

Tennessee hosts region three’s competition every year. Arkansas is home to the national level Winston P. Wilson match held annually at the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center near Little Rock.

Combining the regions this year made a positive impact overall.

“We need to do more of this,” said Command Chief Master Sgt. Mark Harris, the Senior Enlisted Leader for the Tennessee National Guard. “This is a great opportunity to bring the states together and train together.”

“Here, I’m surrounded by great mentors and instructors. It builds a sense of accomplishment and confidence,” said Page.

That feeling was echoed by Reed, “They may know something I don’t; we make each other better.”

Even those within the same region enjoy getting out to a different state to sharpen their skills.

“I like that we have the ability to shoot farther distances in Tennessee,” said Sgt. Patrick Stuckey, B Company, 1/118th Infantry Regiment, South Carolina National Guard. This was his first time at the regional competition. He added, “It is a good range that offers different courses of fire. The range staff and cadre were very professional and pleasant.”

“Marksmanship is a learned skill. It takes hard work and practice,” said Reed. “This level of training is to practice accuracy on such a level that is about more than just hitting a target, but hitting exactly where you are aiming.”

MAC 3 SCORES

Team Grand Aggregate Champions

  1. South Carolina
  2. Tennessee, Team A
  3. Kentucky, Team A

Rifle Team Aggregate Champions

  1. Tennessee, Team A
  2. South Carolina
  3. Kentucky, Team A

Pistol Team Aggregate Champions

  1. South Carolina
  2. Tennessee, Team A
  3. Tennessee, Team B

Individual Pistol-Rifle NOVICE

  1. SGT Patrick Stuckey, South Carolina
  2. TSgt Jeffrey Stanley, Kentucky
  3. SGT David Drummer, Kentucky

Individual Pistol-Rifle OPEN

  1. SFC David Keenom, Tennessee
  2. SGT Patrick Stuckey, South Carolina
  3. MSG Edwin Garcia, Kentucky

Individual Rifle Champion NOVICE

  1. SGT Patrick Stuckey, South Carolina
  2. TSgt Jeffrey Stanley, Kentucky
  3. SSG Justyn Melendez, Kentucky

Individual Rifle Champion OPEN

  1. SGT Patrick Stuckey, South Carolina
  2. MSG Edwin Garcia, Kentucky
  3. MAJ Glenn Jackson, Tennessee

Individual Pistol Champion NOVICE

  1. SGT Patrick Stuckey, South Carolina
  2. SGT David Drummer, Kentucky
  3. SGT Dwight Bushong, Kentucky

Individual Pistol Champion OPEN

  1. SFC David Keenom, Tennessee
  2. SSG Christopher Cudd, South Carolina
  3. MAJ Glenn Jackson, Tennessee

MAC 5 SCORES

Team Grand Aggregate Champions

  1. Missouri, Team A
  2. Arkansas, Team B
  3. Arkansas, Team A

Rifle Team Aggregate Champions

  1. Arkansas, Team A
  2. Arkansas, Team B
  3. Missouri, Team A

Pistol Team Aggregate Champions

  1. Missouri, Team A
  2. Arkansas, Team B
  3. Arkansas, Team A

Individual Pistol-Rifle NOVICE

  1. SGT Andrew White, Nebraska
  2. SSG Naaman Tatroe, Texas
  3. SSG Jacom Benitz, Missouri

Individual Pistol-Rifle OPEN

  1. 1SG James Phelps, Missouri
  2. SGT Brent Smith, Iowa
  3. SFC Joe Noe, Arkansas

Individual Rifle Champion NOVICE

  1. SSG Naaman Tatroe, Texas
  2. SGT Andrew White, Nebraska
  3. SGT Jeffrey Roloff, Iowa

Individual Rifle Champion OPEN

  1. SSG James Maynard, Arkansas
  2. SFC Joe Noe, Arkansas
  3. SSG Brandon Pedersen, Nebraska

Individual Pistol Champion NOVICE

  1. SGT Andrew White, Nebraska
  2. SSG Naaman Tatroe, Texas
  3. SSG Jacom Benitz, Missouri

Individual Pistol Champion OPEN

  1. SGT Brent Smith, Iowa
  2. 1SG James Phelps, Missouri
  3. CPT Travis Wahlmeier, Nebraska

 

CENTRAL CONFERENCE “SUPER MAC” SCORES

Rifle Team Champion

  1. Arkansas, Team A, MAC 5
  2. Arkansas, Team B, MAC 5
  3. Missouri, Team A, MAC 5

Pistol Team Champion

  1. Missouri, Team A, MAC 5
  2. South Carolina, MAC 3
  3. Arkansas, Team B, MAC 5

Individual Pistol-Rifle Aggregate Champion

  1. 1SG James Phelps, Missouri, MAC 5
  2. SGT Brent Smith, Iowa, MAC 5
  3. SFC Joe Noe, Arkansas, MAC 5

Team Pistol-Rifle Aggregate Champion

  1. Missouri, Team A, MAC 5
  2. Arkansas, Team B, MAC 5
  3. Arkansas, Team A, MAC 5

DTS issues affect voucher process

by Theresa Austin, Maj. National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

MACs are back: Super-sized!

by Theresa Austin, Maj. National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

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

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

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

Official Match Programs (OMP) will soon follow.

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

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

Please forward any questions to your appointed MAC reps.