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.

190412-Z-XC605-1169.JPG“For some of us is our first year with our new rifles,” said Maj. Rosie. “This competition gives us an opportunity to test our skills and have some fun while we do it.”

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

 

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

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

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

by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

“The National Guard leverages marksmanship competitions to help improve unit and individual readiness, especially through the use of the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center,” said Maj. David Stapp, administrative officer for the NGMTC.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019 WPW and AFSAM Sniper Championships

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

48th WPW and 28th AFSAM Sniper Championships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019 National Guard Sniper Competition Scores

WPW Sniper Team Champions

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

WPW Precision Engagement Team Champions:

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

WPW Silent Hunter Team Champions:

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

AFSAM Sniper Team Champions

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

AFSAM Precision Engagement Team Champions:

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

AFSAM Silent Hunter Team Champions:

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

National Guard Champions 1st Place Overall:

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

International Champions 1st Place Overall:

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

 

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

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

Adrenaline rush in Canada, overall individual winner from National Guard

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019 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.

National Guard Marksmanship Teams add six new President’s 100 Tab recipients to the ranks of elite marksmen

~Six new President’s 100 Tab and three new Distinguished Badge recipients
by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

Six members of the National Guard All Guard Team earned the rare President’s 100 Tab for the first time during the 2018 Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) National Matches held at Camp Perry, Ohio July 1-August 8, 2018.

The Tab is awarded to the top scoring 100 rifle and 100 pistol shooters who compete in the President’s 100 match each year at the CMP and when earned by military personnel, the President’s 100 Tab may be worn on the uniform of several branches of service. The National Guard had 16 recipients this year.

“President’s 100 tab is one of those things that not very many people earn. It signifies that you are at the top of that category as the go to person for marksmanship in a profession where marksmanship is everything,” said Spc. Andrew Traciak, National Guard All Guard Service Rifle Team member from Washington Army National Guard.

Spc. Traciak earned his President’s 100 Rifle tab for the first time this year during the CMP and there were, also, five others who earned the President’s 100 Tab for the first time.

The President’s 100 Rifle Tab:
– Staff Sgt. Joseph Berendzen, South Carolina Army National Guard
– Master Sgt Donnie Hicks, Texas Air National Guard

The President’s 100 Pistol Tab:
– Cadet Lisa Emmert, Michigan Army National Guard
– Sgt. Brian Bleuer, Iowa Army National Guard
– Sgt. 1st Class Seth Innes, Florida Army National Guard

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The All Guard Service Rifle Team members who earned the President’s 100 Rifle Tab during the Civilian Marksmanship Program National Matches July 23 – Aug. 5, 2018 at Camp Perry, Ohio. (Left to Right: 1st time recipient Staff Sgt. Joseph Berendzen, South Carolina Army National Guard; 1st time recipient Spc. Andrew Traciak, Washington Army National Guard; multiple recipient Staff Sgt. John Coggshall, Connecticut Army National Guard; 1st time recipient Master Sgt Donnie Hicks, Texas Air National Guard; multiple recipient Master Sgt. Greg Neiderhiser, Pennsylvania Army National Guard; multiple recipient Master Sgt. Mike Hester, Arkansas Army National Guard; not depicted 1st time recipient Sgt. John Paul Cholak, Texas Army National Guard) (photo by Maj. Theresa Austin/Released)

Several team members continued to demonstrate outstanding performance as multiple recipients of the President’s 100 Tab.

The President’s 100 Rifle Tab:
– Master Sgt. Mike Hester, Arkansas Army National Guard
– Sgt. 1st Class John Paul Cholak, Texas Army National Guard
– Staff Sgt. John Coggshall, Connecticut Army National Guard
– Master Sgt. Greg Neiderhiser, Pennsylvania Army National Guard

The President’s 100 Pistol Tab:
– Master Sgt. Morgan Jenkins, Wyoming Army National Guard
– Sgt. 1stClass Eric Lawerence, South Carolina Army National Guard
– Sgt. Nestor Pena, Puerto Rico Army National Guard
– Spc. Carl Trompeter, New York Army National Guard
– Capt. Travis Whalmeir, Nebraska Army National Guard
– Master Sgt. Travis Zwickle, Nebraka Army National Guard

The President’s 100 wasn’t the only prestigious award won this year.

Technical Sgt. Eric Rueth with the Wisconsin Air National Guard and Master Sgt. Hester earned their Distinguished Rifleman Badge and Cadet Emmert earned her Distinguished Pistol Badge.

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Cadet Lisa Emmert, All Guard Service Pistol Team member with the Michigan Army National Guard, earned her Distinguished Pistol Badge this year. (photo by Maj. Theresa Austin/Released)

The President’s 100 Tab and the Distinguished Rifle and Pistol Badges are not often earned by military personnel and seen worn on the uniform, but when recognized, these awards identify them as being among the most elite marksmen in their service.”

Traciak may only be a specialist in the National Guard, but he is now officially one of the nations elite marksmen, and he has altruistic goals for his new proclaimed status as well as a vision for his State’s marksmanship program to “change the culture back towards focusing on marksmanship as a core competency to increase the lethality across the force as a whole.”

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Spc. Andrew Traciak, All Guard Service Rifle Team member from Washington Army National Guard, is presented his President’s 100 by Col. J.R. Treharne at the Civilian Marksmanship Program National Matches held at Camp Perry, Ohio on Aug. 2, 2018. (photo by Maj. Theresa Austin/Released)

“My goal this year was making the President’s 100, and with that my primary goal was to be able to take this back to my State and talk to State leadership about helping other individuals get to this level,” said Traciak.

The Washington Army National Guard is currently rebuilding its marksmanship program, and Spc. Traciak hopes to influence the program to make their Soldiers more lethal on the battlefield.

“My state is trying to build a marksmanship program right now, and I’m trying to come in and assist the State with getting that program up and running,” he said. “I can take this back to my State, in a coaching position for a State training team or State marksmanship team and continue developing more coaches and shooters that could be utilized across the State to build force readiness amongst all of our other units.”

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Spc. Andrew Traciak, All Guard Service Rifle Team member from Washington Army National Guard, adjusts his windage knob after stage one of the National Infantry Team Match during the Civilian Marksmanship Program National Matches July 23-Aug. 5, 2018. (photo by Maj. Theresa Austin/Released) 

Staff Sgt. John Coggshall, a President’s Rifle Tab repeat recipient from Connecticut Army National Guard, explained what it is like being at the highest level of competition on the All Guard Service Rifle Team.

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Staff Sgt. John Coggshall, All Guard Service Rifle Team member from Connecticut Army National Guard, takes aim during the Civilian Marksmanship Program National Matches held at Camp Perry, Ohio July 23-Aug. 5, 2018. (photo by Maj. Theresa Austin/Released)

“When you get to our level, your gains in level of ability are minimal, but we still practice and gain more knowledge of troubleshooting and analyzing other peoples problems. It’s not as much about my skills; it’s making me a better teacher and instructor of others faster and more efficiently,” said Staff Sgt. Coggshall

Through the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center, the primary goal of the competitive events program and the All Guard Shooting Teams is to develop subject matter experts who take the advanced marksmanship training knowledge gained through competitions back to their regions and states to train, mentor and coach others to improve their marksmanship skills. Through this method the National Guard can more efficiently and effectively train the most Soldiers to increase force readiness.

Spc. Traciak summed it up saying, “We’re not exactly the Peace Corps. Our job is to go out, put rounds on target, and increase the lethality of the force.”

 

National Guard shooters battle it out at MAC RegionVI

~North Dakota National Guard team wins the MAC 6 Regionals
by Sgt. 1st Class James McGuire, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

CAMP GUERNSEY JOINT TRAINING CENTER, Wyo. – North Dakota’s Alpha team topped
the standings in the overall team events at the National Guard’s Marksmanship Advisory Council (MAC) Region VI Combat Marksmanship Training Sustainment Exercise, hosted by the Wyoming National Guard at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center Aug. 17-19.

The NoDak team, comprised of Senior Master Sgt. Wade Swenson, Senior Airman Gavin “Lil” Rook, Sgt. Tyler Goldade and Sgt. Brendan Dean scored 916 points to top South Dakota’s Alpha team of Staff Sgt. Nicholas Dooley, Maj. Justin Aylward, Sgt. 1st Class Clint Sandness and Sgt. Eric Grage who scored 892 points during the weekend for a second-place finish.

Wyoming finished third in the team standings. The Alpha team of Staff Sgt. Brody Staman, Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Edwards, Master Sgt. Glenn Worley and 1st Sgt. Timothy Smith earned 841 points.

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Wyoming’s Alpha team Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Edwards, Master Sgt. Glenn Worley, Staff Sgt. Brody Staman, and 1st Sgt. Timothy Smith earned 841 points to place third in the team standings at the Region VI Combat Marksmanship Training Sustainment Exercise, hosted by the Wyoming National Guard at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center Aug. 17-19. (Wyoming Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy McGuire) 

The three-day competition pitted National Guard soldiers and airmen from Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alaska and Idaho in shoulder-to-shoulder competition with service-issued rifles and pistols in a range of matches that involved a variety of physical challenges and varied distances.

Wyoming’s A team took first in the Covering Fire competition, topping second-place South Dakota A, and third-place North Dakota A.

Worley placed first in the 100-500 Zero Special match followed by Wyoming teammate Smith and South Dakota’s Staff Sgt. Jory Rogers.

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Master Sgt. Glenn Worley of Wyoming’s Alpha team gets in front of the pack during the Region VI Combat Marksmanship Training Sustainment Exercise, hosted by the Wyoming National Guard at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center, Aug. 17. Worley and A-team mates Staff Sgt. Brody Staman, Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Edwards, and 1st Sgt. Timothy Smith earned 841 points to place third in the team standings. (Wyoming Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy McGuire)

North Dakota’s Goldade took home the Combat Rifle Individual Aggregate Champion title with 714 points. He was followed by Worley in second and Idaho’s Staff Sgt. Adam Witte. Goldade also won the Close Quarter Battle, followed by Worley in second and Wyoming’s Spc. Bradley Holloway in third.

The Reflexive Fire crown went to Goldade, followed by Senior Airman Rook and Witte. “Lil” Rook topped the individual Combat Pistol standings over Alaska’s Master Sgt. Neal Waltman and Senior Master Sgt. Brian Rook, also of North Dakota.

Like airman Rook, another new shooter had a great Wyoming weekend-Alaska’s Pfc. Dalton Dorn won the Novice Individual Grand Aggregate championship, Individual Novice Combat Pistol, Novice Reflexive Fire, Novice 100-500 Zero Special and took third in the Excellence in Competition behind airman Rook and Idaho’s Master Sgt. Robert Earley, who placed second. Dorn was also named the top pistol shooter in the Novice EIC followed by Spc. Brandin Wendland of North Dakota and Master Sgt. James Seigneur of Alaska.

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North Dakota’s Senior Airman Gavin Rook runs to a firing position at the Region VI Combat Marksmanship Training Sustainment Exercise hosted by the Wyoming National Guard at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center Aug. 17-19. Senior Airman Rook was among the top shooters over the weekend. (Wyoming Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy McGuire)

Senior Airman Rook earned the Individual Open Grand Aggregate Championship followed by Goldade and Witte. Both Senior Airman Rook and Pfc. Dorn were on top-three teams in the Gen. George Patton Combat Pistol Exercise. Alaska’s Alpha team of Dorn, Master Sgt. James Seigneur, Master Sgt. Neal Waltman and Staff Sgt. Brian Felts took first place with 623 points, followed by North Dakota’s A team with 617 and South Dakota’s Alpha team with a score of 567.

Wyoming has hosted the Region VI competition all but one year since 1997 and did not get any takers when an invitation to host in 2019 was offered by Master Sgt. Morgan Jenkins, Wyoming state marksmanship coordinator and match director. So, it looks like Camp Guernsey will be the place to see some of the Guard’s best hard-charging shooters again next year.

For more photos visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wyoguard/albums/72157700339960215

 

Maine Guardsmen outshoot their regional competitors in marksmanship competition

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Maine Army National Guard took first place team overall, as well as overall individual first and second place during the Marksmanship Advisory Council Region 1 Championships held at Fort Devens, Mass. Aug. 17-19, 2018. (photo by Spc. Patrik Orcutt/Released)

~National Guard holds the MAC I Regionals
by Spc. Patrik Orcutt, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

FORT DEVENS, Massachusetts – The National Guard Marksmanship Training Center held the Marksmanship Advisory Council (MAC) region one small arms championship at Fort Devens, Massachusetts August 17-19, 2018.

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The training offers shooters a chance to exercise one of the most important Army skills, marksmanship. Competitors were required to engage targets from multiple positions, including sitting, standing, and prone while moving from multiple firing lines during courses of fire. Some drills required the competitors to shoot from great distances and run to their next firing line with no time to rest before targets presented themselves.

The championship also offered teams a chance to build camaraderie between themselves and opposing teams. Friendly inter-state rivalry helps the competitors get to know new and old faces while fighting for the first place slot.

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Honing marksmanship skills to this level doesn’t come easy and often requires hours of practice and patience. Most of theses Soldiers find time throughout the year to get together and practice their marksmanship skills in preparation for competitions like the MAC. These Soldiers then take their skills back to their units and pass it along to improve the overall lethality and effectiveness of the unit.

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MAC 1 SCORES

Overall Team Champion
1 Maine National Guard, scoring 2256 with 29 Xs
2 Vermont National Guard, scoring 2128 with 21 Xs
3 New Hampshire National Guard, scoring 1962 with 17 Xs

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Maine Team Alpha, Maine Army National Guard, took first place overall individual during the the Marksmanship Advisory Council Region 1 Championships held at Fort Devens, Mass. Aug. 17-19, 2018.

Overall Individual Champion
1 Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Holmes, Maine Army National Guard, scoring 1199 with 15 Xs
2 Sgt. 1st Class Kyle Bartman, Maine Army National Guard, scoring 1194 with 21 Xs
3 Sgt. Maxim Nickerson, Vermont Army National Guard, scoring 1186 with 10 Xs

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Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Holmes, Maine Army National Guard, took first place overall individual during the the Marksmanship Advisory Council Region 1 Championships held at Fort Devens, Mass. Aug. 17-19, 2018. (photo by Spc. Patrik Orcutt/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