Increasing readiness levels through use of the CNGB Postal Matches

~ 2017 CNGB Phase III Postal Match Championship Results
 By Maj. Theresa L. Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. —

Over 50 excited shooters gathered from across the nation to compete in the phase three portion of the Chief of the National Guard Bureau (CNGB) Postal Matches hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) held at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Ark. May 21-25, 2017.

Competitors were selected from state OML results from Phase I and II, which resulted in a variety of shooters ranging from state trainers, to those far outside the scope of their MOS.

Chief of the National Guard Bureau Phase III Postal Match Championships
3 Gun Match – Sr. Airman Nathan Smyly, 142nd Special Forces, Oregon National Guard, fires at long range paper targets from a helicopter platform during the Three Gun Match part of the Chief of the National Guard Bureau (CNGB) Phase III Postal Matches hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) held at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Ark. May 21-25, 2017.

Almost every Soldier and Airmen interviewed, said they were excited to be here, because they learn so many valuable skills and techniques that they are able to take back to their state and share with others.

Sr. Airman Nathan Smyly with the 142nd Special Forces, Oregon National Guard, said “I’m getting paid to shoot; can’t get any better than that!”

One tip he offers up to all service members is to be familiar with your gear, so you don’t have to look at it in combat.

“Being familiar with your gear is an important part, because you need to quickly access different pieces and some can get in the way of others,” said Smyly. “ In real life, where you could get injured, you don’t have time to take your eyes off of your target, so you have to learn your equipment to reload quicker.”

Chief of the National Guard Bureau Phase III Postal Match Championships
Music without mercy– Spc. Jennifer Trotnow with the 132nd Army Band, Wisconsin National Guard, loads a slug round into a shotgun during the 3 Gun Match, of the Chief of the National Guard Bureau (CNGB) Phase III Postal Matches hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) held at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Ark. May 21-25, 2017.

He continued, “If anyone has the opportunity to come out here, it’s a good test with your weapon and to keep up your weapon skills.”

To provide the best weapon skills training while in a competition setting is why the National Guard All Guard Team served as the range staff for the CNGB, according to Maj. Dwayne Page, NGMTC chief of competitions.

“The All Guard Team is important, because they are comprised of the best shooters in the world,” said Page. “Having them running the competition provides the opportunity for them to train others and make on the spot corrections to improve the competitors techniques.”

“Competitions are good to have, because we gain knowledge to take back to our state,” said Sgt. 1st Class Edward Cole, with the Small Arms Readiness Training Section (SARTS) in the Kentucky National Guard, who is a first time competitor at the CNGB. “All of our team, here, are SARTS trainers in Kentucky, and being here gives us good info to take back for training other new shooters.”

170523-Z-BF502-0996Here for the second year in a row is an all female team from the Wisconsin National Guard’s 132nd Army Band, and they said they attend training, here, because they are trying to improve in marksmanship.

Spc. Jennifer Trotnow with the 132nd said, “It is fun to keep learning and improving in something we don’t get to do all the time and is a lot different from our MOS.”

Trotnow is a middle school band instructor on the civilian side. She said, “the students know I’m in the National Guard, but were surprised that I shoot, and that we have an all girl team.”

Chief of the National Guard Bureau Phase III Postal Match Championships
The bullets sound off– Spc. Jennifer Trotnow with the 132nd Army Band, Wisconsin National Guard, sounds off sending bullets down range in the 3 Gun Match, during the Chief of the National Guard Bureau (CNGB) Phase III Postal Matches hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) held at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Ark. May 21-25, 2017.

“When shooting we are all held to the same standard,” says Trotnow.

Regardless of gender or military job, service members must be able to shoot to maintain readiness.

“Learning known and unknown distance training, how to properly hold the weapon and shoot from a stable platform and varying weight platforms, all help with first time go’s when qualifying with your weapon,” said Cole.

The bottom line, as Cole said, “Competitions help us with our readiness levels.”

At the end of a long week, all competitors, instructors, and staff gathered to see who are the top CNGB shooters.RESULTS:

Chief of the National Guard Bureau Phase III Postal Match Championships
CNGB Postal Match Overall Individual Champion: 2nd Lt. Jonathan Lintz, Nebraska National Guard, with a combined score of 2525-31X

CNGB Postal Match Overall Individual

Champion: 2nd Lt. Jonathan Lintz, Nebraska National Guard, combined score of 2525-31X

Overall 2nd place: Staff Sgt. Micah Fulmer, Colorado National Guard, combined score of 2474-28X

Overall 3rd place: Sgt. 1st Class Williams Thorpe, Illinois National Guard, combined score 2460 24X

Chief of the National Guard Bureau Phase III Postal Match Championships
CNGB Postal Match Individual Rifle
Champion: Capt. Andrew Hahn, Tennessee National Guard, with a combined score of 1538-9X

CNGB Individual Rifle

Champion: Capt. Andrew Hahn, Tennessee National Guard, combined score of 1538-9X

2nd  place: Staff Sgt. Micah Fulmer, Colorado National Guard, combined score of 1519-16X

3rd place: Spc. Austin Norcross, Colorado National Guard, combined score of 1513-19X

Chief of the National Guard Bureau Phase III Postal Match Championships
CNGB Postal Match Individual Pistol
Champion: 2nd Lt. Jonathan Lintz, Nebraska National Guard, combined score of 1650-12X

Individual Pistol

Champion: 2nd Lt. Jonathan Lintz, Nebraska National Guard, combined score of 1650-12X

2nd place: Spc. Thomas Carpenter, South Dakota National Guard, combined score of 1577-17X

3rd place: Sgt. 1st Class Edward Cole, Kentucky National Guard, combined score of 1523-12X

Take a look at the video link below to view some of the training conducted at this year’s CNGB Championships. Also, for more information about getting involved, contact Maj. Dwayne Page 501-212-4531 or visit us on the web at https://ngmtc.wordpress.com.

2017 CNGB in Review Video

Photos in Flickr

Results Bulletin

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2017AFSAM: INDV & TEAM AGG

Individual Pistol Agg

Individual Rifle Agg

Team Pistol Agg

Team Rifle Agg

Individual Overal Champion

 

Final Results Bulletin

 

 

2017 AFSAM-SA Day 3

Day 3

1. Bianchi Battle

2. Patton Match

3. Rifle EIC

4. Rifle EIC (Leg Points Only)

5. Falling Plates

6. National Guard Infantry Team Match

7. Covering Fire

8. Know Your Limits

2017 AFSAM SA-Results Day Two

Day 2

1. Rapid Pistol CQB

2. Rapid Pistol CBQ Team

3. Close Quarter Battle

4. Combined Arms Enemy Barricade

5. Movers

AFSAM SA-Results Day One

Day 1

1. Leg Points Only

2. Anti Body Armor – Individual

3. Anti Body Armor – Team

4. Combat Pistol Barricade

5. Pistol Barricade Team

6. Combat Pistol EIC

7. Reflexive Fire

8. Combat Rifleman (Forward Assault) – Individual

9. Combat Rifleman (Foward Assult) – Team

2017 National Guard Championships

~ 46th WPW Championship & 26th AFSAM

 By Master Sgt. Jonathan D. Brizendine, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. – Members of the Arkansas National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) prepare for the Guard’s national level marksmanship competitions scheduled to begin here in Arkansas April 22.

Events on the schedule include the 46th Winston P. Wilson (WPW) Sniper Championship (April 22 – April 27), the 46th WPW Championship (July 23 – 27), and the 46th WPW Machine Gun Championship (May 20– 26), as well as, a multinational and interservice competition, the 26th Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting (AFSAM) (April 23– 28). These matches are designed to promote marksmanship training through competition between service members that is battle-focused using a controlled stressful environment.

This year’s WPW and AFSAM matches will include service members from Active Duty, National Guard, Marine Corp, Air Force, and Foreign Allies engaging targets with the M4/M4A1 and M16A2/A4 Rifles, and M21/M14, M24, M110/SR 25, M40A and M2010 sniper weapon systems at Ft. Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ark. Each two-man sniper team will be evaluated on field firing, advanced marksmanship, field craft, shooter and spotter communication, and target engagement with a sidearm.

While the snipers compete for top honors at Ft. Chaffee, other contenders will be zeroing their weapons on ranges at Robinson Maneuver Training Center in preparation for the small arms WPW Championship and AFSAM. Subsequent courses of fire will test their expertise with the M9 Pistol, the M4/M16 Rifle, and the M500 Shotgun.

Each match will culminate with an awards banquet celebrating the winners of individual, team events and the overall best performers.

“Our soldiers and airmen have worked countless hours all year to ensure competitors have a safe and challenging experience,” said Col. Dennis J. Humphrey, NGMTC Commander. “As returning competitors can attest, all who attend are sure to come away with new contacts, new skills, and the pride of having represented their unit and region.”

This year’s matches are attracting more than 500 marksmen from around the globe. With national teams going head-to-head with one another and foreign allied teams from as far away as Italy, it promises to be a memorable experience for all who attend. Perhaps most importantly, competitors are certain to come away with more than just trophies.

“As competitive as they are, the matches aren’t solely about defining who is the best,” said Lt. Col. Todd C. Stuff, NGMTC Administrative Officer. “Ultimately, the focus is on training.”

“When the best marksmen from around the globe come together,” he continued “they bring with them valuable experience and insight which they enthusiastically share with their fellow warriors. The shooters then take what they learn back to their units and pass along their new skillsets to their soldiers and airmen.”

Training for accuracy is most important.

“The end goal is increased accuracy resulting in more troops coming home from deployments in one piece,” said Stuff. “When that happens, we’re all winners.”

For more information about getting involved, contact Maj. Dwayne Page 501-212-4531 or visit us on the web at https://ngmtc.wordpress.com.