Iowa Guard outshoots rest of country in national marksmanship competition

By Sgt. Garrett L. Dipuma, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – More than 300 U.S. Army and Air National Guard marksmen from 47 states and territories competed in the 46th annual Winston P. Wilson Small Arms Championship at the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center in North Little Rock, Arkansas, July 23-27.

“The WPW matches test the full range of shooting skills, from precise long range shots that demand discipline and patience to rapid reaction engagements at close range that demand quick, decisive action,” said Col. Dennis Humphrey, the officer in charge of NGMTC. “This is not a competition for specialists in a single event. The teams that compete and hope to win here must excel from one end of that spectrum to the other.”

Iowa’s A team, comprised of Sgt. 1st Class Paul Deugan, Staff Sgt. Karl John, Tech. Sgt. Matthew Waechter and Sgt. Brent Smith, took the all-state trophy with a total rank score of 50. Wisconsin’s A team followed in 2nd place with 69 points, and Illinois’ A team took third with 73 points

Although Iowa’s team came in 1st place among all of the states, two shooters distinguished themselves from all of the individual marksmen who competed.

Deugan, a veteran in these competitions, and Smith, who competed in the novice category, both made several trips to the stage during the awards ceremony to accept multiple first place trophies in individual events. Deugan has only missed four of these matches over the past 11 years, due to deployments.

“I’ve shot on the All Guard Combat Team for about a year and a half now,” said Deugan. “With the experience I’ve gained from going to England and Canada last year, I had a lot more time behind a gun practicing and training with the best marksmen in the National Guard.”

Smith said that he started his Army marksmanship career last year and that he was glad that he was able to progress to a national match so quickly. “The key to being successful is to watch the old guys,” he said. “I just watch them to pick up on any tips or tricks they can give me.”

Shots fired
South Carolina National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Eric Lawrence fires a pistol at the Winston P. Wilson Small Weapons Championship at Robinson Maneuver Training Center in North Little Rock, Arkansas, July 25, 2017. Elite Guardsmen from 47 states and territories are competing to be recognized as the Guard’s best marksmen July 23-28. (U.S. National Guard photo by Sgt. Garrett L. Dipuma, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

The WPW, usually held in April, was held in July this year. The three-month delay brought on much hotter weather than usual. Temperatures soared over 100 degrees at the peak of every day, but the competitors slogged through the hot, muggy weather to continue with the match.

The NGMTC holds four other national competitions every year, including the Armed Forces Skills at Arms Meeting (a multi-national competition), a sniper competition, the Chief National Guard Bureau Postal Match and a light machine gun match.

“Although highly competitive, the WPW matches are not games. They are an objective assessment of the top products of our marksmanship training throughout the force,” said Humphrey. “They validate what works and they identify what does not work. With that information, we can optimize the effectiveness and efficiency of our training throughout the total force.”

NGMTC WPW Championship
National Guard competitors sprint to the firing line at the Winston P. Wilson Small Weapons Competition at Robinson Maneuver Training Center in North Little Rock, Arkansas, July 27, 2017. Elite Guardsmen from 47 states and territories are competing to be recognized as the Guard’s best marksmen July 23-28. (U.S. National Guard photo by Sgt. Garrett L. Dipuma, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

In addition to holding competitions, the NGMTC also teaches several marksmanship courses to National Guardsmen from around the country. These courses include Squad Designated Marksman, Sniper School and the Small Arms Weapons Course.

Deugan, who is the state marksman coordinator for Iowa, and Humphrey both stressed the need for proper training to be a good marksman whether a Troop plans to compete or not.

“There’s always been a mystique, this myth of the American Soldier as this magical marksmen,” said Humphrey. “Natural talent for shooting only goes so far. It takes the education piece of it as well.”

For nearly half of a century, the WPW matches have shown that the National Guard is a formidable force when it comes to deadly accurate marksmanship. Most of the top competitors have attended at least one of the courses offered at NGMTC, and some of those marksmen are members of the prestigious President’s 100, which is made up of the top 100 shooters in the country and is open to military personnel and civilians.

“The key to success is focusing on the details and getting proper instruction, because you don’t know what you don’t know,” said Deugan. “Day one of SDM, the first thing I heard was to forget what I’ve been taught about about marksmanship.” He said that even though he was stubborn when it came to changing his technique when he began training as an Army marksman, the advice from the NGMTC instructors ultimately made him the decorated marksman he is today.

*In a previous release, we reported that Vermont won first place in the state championship. Due to computer errors, this was incorrect and has been rectified.

The award photos

The news video

The 46th WPW Small Arms Wrap up Video

46th WPW Results



AFSAM 2017 Results- cross-training & exposure

~ 26th AFSAM Small Arms Championship Results
 By Staff Sgt. Adrian Borunda, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. —Sixty-four soldiers and airmen from across the country and from allied nations took aim at being the top shot at the 26th annual Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting (AFSAM) here April 23-28.

Top marksmen from the United States, Canada, Italy, and the United Kingdom competed shoulder-to-shoulder on four-man teams testing their skills with multiple matches and different weapons systems to include pistols, rifles and shotguns.

The National Guard Marksmanship Training Center hosts the annual training competition to continue emphasis on basic and advanced marksmanship at all levels of the armed forces. The AFSAM, also, helps build working relationships with our allied nations.

“It’s not every day that we get to train with internationals in an International competition,” said Lieutenant Matthew Clancey a marksman from the Canadian Armed Forces shooting team. “So, it’s a great opportunity for us to come to a different environment, see different match conditions, and the way that you handle and use the weapons.”

The range of knowledge found at this high level of competition is as vast and teeming to be tapped into.

“It’s out here that the marksmanship training center pits those top-notch shooters from all the states, military branches and other countries,” said Col. Dennis Humphrey, Director of the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center.

“It’s a privilege,” Clancey said. “They get an an opportunity to train at a level that they otherwise wouldn’t otherwise get to train in their homelands.”

Opportunities to train with our allies is rare, however critical when in a combat situation.

“We operate in a joint environment when we are down range,” Humphrey said. “It’s important that these branches and partner nations get together to build relationships, so you can trust the soldier or airmen to the left and right of you.”

Competitors from other nations also appreciated this opportunity to train in a joint environment.

“Working together gives us exposure to them,” said Clancey. “Talking about the way we use our tactics, the way we use our firearms, and and the different ways that we operate in a combat environment. The cross training and working with other countries at such a professional level allows us to up our game.”

Competitors and coaches worked their way through a variety of matches that challenged every shooter from veteran to newcomer.

“When you see the level of competitors out here, the Americans and Canadian, they are taking it proper seriously, it does get a little nerve racking,” Daniel Jenkins, a marksman with the United Kingdom Royal Air Force Regiment shooting team, and first time competitor in the AFSAM.

Long days on the range and thousands of rounds expended, all the marksmen came together to find out who were the top shooters.

Overall Indvidual Champion- Senior Master Sgt. Edward Altmeyer, U.S. All Guard Team Alpha
Overall Individual
Champion: Senior Master Sgt. Edward Altmeyer, U.S. All Guard Team Alpha, combined score of 1375 17x’s
Overall 2nd place: Sgt. Justus Densmore, U.S. All Guard Team Alpha, combined score of 1371 13 x’s
Overall 3rd place: Sgt. Brandon Swanson, U.S. All Guard Team Bravo, combined score 1350 18 x’s
Individual Rifle Champion- Cpl. Michael Aube, Canadian Armed Forces
Individual Rifle
Champion: Corporal Michael Aube, Canadian Armed Forces, combined score of 837 with 8x’s
2nd  place: Corporal Jean Fancois Doucet, Canadian Armed Forces, combined score of 818 with 5 x’s
3rd place: Sgt. David Fenwick, British Army Reserve Operational Shooting Team, combined score of 815 5x’s
Individual Pistol Champion- Senior Master Sgt. Edward Altmeyer, U.S. All Guard Team Alpha
Individual Pistol
Champion: Senior Master Sgt. Edward Altmeyer, U.S. All Guard Team Alpha, combined score of 767 13 x’s
2nd place: Sgt. Justus Densmore, U.S. All Guard Team Alpha, combined score of 759 11 x’s
3rd place: Sgt. Brandon Swanson, U.S. All Guard Team Bravo, combined score of 739, 10 x’s
Overall Team Rifle
Overall Team Rifle Champions- Canadian Armed Forces Team Alpha
Champion: Canadian Armed Forces Team Alpha (Cpl. Michael Aube, Cpl. Jean-Francois Doucet, Cpl. Jonathan Palmer, Cpl. Matheu Valcour) combined score of 2444
2nd place: Canadian Armed Forces Team Bravo (Warrant Officer Luke Foster, Sgt. Jesse Hall, Cpl. John Herriot, Cpl. William Rayment) combined score of 2213
3rd place: U.K. British Army Reserve Operational Shooting Team Red (Maj. Michael Oliver, Sgt. David Fenwick, Cpl. James Deville, Cpl. Lisa Ingram) combined score of 2204
Overall Team Pistol
Overall Team Pistol Champions- U.S. All Guard Team Alpha
Champion: U.S. All Guard Team Alpha (Sr. Master Sgt. Edward Altmeyer, Pennsylvania. NG; Staff Sgt. Michael Richey, Missouri NG; Staff Sgt. Jacob Blount, Illinois NG; Sgt. Justus Densmore, Texas NG) combined score of 3031
2nd place: U.S. All Guard Team Bravo (1st Lt. Garrett Miller, Pennsylvania. NG; Sgt. 1st Class Paul Deugan, Iowa NG; Sgt. 1st Class David Keenom, Tennessee NG; Sgt. Brandon Swanson, Wisconsin NG) combined score of 2981
3rd place: U.S. Army Reserve Team Blue (Lt. Col. Scott Klawon, New York; Master Sgt. Lance Espinosa, Washington; Staff Sgt. Chris Kizanis, Idaho; Sgt. Benjamin Mercer, Arkansas) combined score of 2728

For the full results, and more information about AFSAM and the NGMTC visit

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

2017 AFSAM in Review Video






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

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