Outstanding performance by National Guard

~1st place in overall team and individual at All Army

by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. – The National Guard took first overall individual and team during this years’ 2018 U.S. Army Small Arms (“All Army”) Championship at Ft. Benning, Ga. Mar. 11-17, 2018.

The National Guard sent 11 teams to challenge 26 Active Army and Reserve teams with Missouri National Guard as the overall team small arms champions and Sgt. Justus Densmore with the Texas National Guard taking home the M-1 Grand as the overall individual small arms champion.

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Sgt. Alexandra Wilson, Virginia Army National Guard, engages steel targets with her M9 pistol during the Multi-gun Match at the 2018 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships Mar. 11-17, 2018 at Ft. Benning, Ga. Wilson placed fourth overall in Service Pistol, was first in the Pistol EIC National Match Championship, and was awarded the Distinguished Pistol EIC Badge.

“Performances like this show how military competitions directly enhance Soldier lethality and combat effectiveness,” said Maj. David Stapp, operations chief for the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC).

National Guard Soldiers and Airmen really show their value during a performance like this..

“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 Stapp. “The NGMTC conducts marksmanship competitions that give Soldiers the experience and knowledge to be good subject matter experts who then go back and train their units.”

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Senior Airman Gavin Rook, North Dakota National Guard, maintains muzzle awareness while sprinting to his first firing point during the Multi-gun Match, which requires the competitor to fire with the rifle and then switch to the pistol, at the 2018 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships Mar. 11-17, 2018 at Ft. Benning, Ga. Rook placed third in the Pistol EIC National Match Championship, and was awarded the Distinguished Pistol EIC Badge.

National Guard members who attend these competitions, whom have received this experience and knowledge, must practice often not only with their team, but also on their own time.

“We practice, on our team, quite a bit in our personal life,” said Sgt. Adam Michael Mathis, Illinois National Guard team member; and we perform well here at the competition, take it back to our units, and increase our overall unit qualification scores on the ranges.

When it comes to competing in marksmanship events at this level, you get what you give. Many put in their own time and money.

“My guys put in a lot of work on their own time before the match,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Richey, Missouri National Guard team captain, and “they got out of it what they put in.”

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Sgt. David Ball, Missouri Army National Guard, practices service pistol engaging paper targets with his M9 pistol during a train up at Tullahoma, TN Mar. 9, 2018 in preparation for the U.S. Army Small Arms Championships “All Army.” The National Guard Marksmanship Training Center hosted the train up for the 11 National Guard teams that attended All Army.

Sharing knowledge is essential in the National Guard, which is evident from six of the 11 states placing in the top three of each category. The top National Guard teams who took home first, second, or third included: Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Vermont, North Dakota, and Illinois. Each of these teams consist of a four-man squad competing with primary and secondary weapon systems.

Missouri is really bringing the heat this year. They placed within the top three overall teams for every team category during this competition.

“All Army was just our warm up,” said Richey, the team captain. “We’re bringing the same team to the Winston P. Wilson Matches.”

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Staff Sgt. Michael Richey, Missouri Army National Guard, engages targets with his M16 rifle during the Multi-gun Match at the 2018 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships Mar. 11-17, 2018 at Ft. Benning, Ga. Richey was the captain for the Missouri team, whom placed in the top three in every category, and took home the coveted title of Small Arms Team Champions.

The Winston P. Wilson (WPW) National Championship is hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center and is like the “All Army,” but is solely between the Army and Air National Guards in the 54 states and territories.

The WPW will be held April 28th– May 3rd at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, North Little Rock, Ark. For more information about getting involved, contact the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center at 501-212-4531 or visit us on Facebook.

Overall Category Scores:

U.S. Army Small Arms Overall Individual Champion

1 Densmore, Justus, SGT, Texas ARNG 2,011 – 46
2 Mccombs, Jeremy, SPC, Colorado ARNG 1,972 – 49
3 Tucker, Robert, SGT, Vermont ARNG 1,949 – 47

U.S. Army Small Arms Team Champions

1 Missouri National Guard 3791 – 125
2 Iowa National Guard 3761 – 111
3 Wisconsin National Guard 3633 – 81

U.S. Army Service Pistol Individual Champion

1 Tucker, Robert, SGT, Vermont ARNG 788 – 32
2 Mccombs, Jeremy, SPC, Colorado ARNG 764 -35
3 Larsen, Nicholas, 1LT, USA 758 – 28

U.S. Army Service Pistol Team Champions

1 Missouri National Guard 1533 – 92
2 Vermont National Guard 1471 – 68
3 North Dakota National Guard 1448 – 52

U.S. Army Service Rifle Individual Champion

1 Densmore, Justus, SGT, Texas ARNG 939 – 19
2 Mccombs, Jeremy, SPC, Colorado ARNG 930 – 14
3 Goldade, Tyler, SGT, North Dakota ARNG 929 – 16

U.S. Army Service Rifle Team Champions

1 Iowa National Guard 1325 – 41
2 Missouri National Guard 1216 – 33
3 Wisconsin National Guard 1195 – 16

U.S. Army Multi-Gun Match Individual Champion

1 Fuentes, Rafael, SSG, USAR 362
2 Brotherston, Curtis, 2LT, USAR 352
3 Balsley, Brad, SSG ,   USA 322

U.S. Army Multi-Gun Match Team Champions

1 Artic Warrior A-Team, USA 1049
2 Missouri National Guard 1042
3 Illinois National Guard 1036

The six top National Guard Teams:

Missouri Team: Staff Sgt. Michael Richey (ARNG), Sgt. David Ball (ARNG), 1st Sgt. James Phelps (ARNG), Staff Sgt. Jerry Dement (ARNG)

Iowa Team: Tech. Sgt. Micah Larson (ANG), Sgt. 1st Class Paul Deugan (ARNG), Sgt. Karl Johnk (ARNG), Staff Sgt. Tyson Fisher (ARNG)

Wisconsin Team: Sgt. Brandon Swanson, ARNG, Sgt. 1st Class Jordan Cegler (ARNG), Staff Sgt. Jameson Nelms (ARNG), Staff Sgt. Robert Marciniak (ANG)

Vermont Team: Sgt. Robert Tucker (ARNG), Senior Airman Justin Oddy (ANG), Sgt. Maxim Nickerson (ARNG), Staff Sgt. Robert Marciniak (ANG)

Illinois Team: Staff Sgt. Jacob Blount (ARNG), Sgt. 1st Class Tracy Mix (ARNG), Sgt. Adam Mathis (ARNG), Sgt. Nolan Murray (ARNG)

North Dakota Team: Senior Airman Gavin Rook (ANG), Sgt. Andrew Maley (ARNG), Staff Sgt. Matthew Jasper (ANG), Sgt. Tyler Goldade (ARNG)

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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.

2018 WPW, AFSAM, & CNGB

by Major Theresa Austin, public affairs officer National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. -This year’s marksmanship championships information has been released for service members to begin signing up to attend.

WPW & AFSAM Sniper Championship: 20-26 April 2018 (Fort Chaffee, AR)
Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting: 24 April-04 May 2018 (RMTC, N. Little Rock, AR)
WPW Small Arms Championship: 28 April-03 May 2018 (RMTC, N. Little Rock, AR)
WPW Machine Gun Championship: 15-21 April 2018 (RMTC, N. Little Rock, AR)
CNGB Postal Phase III: 20-25 May 2018 (RMTC, N. Little Rock, AR)

The Official Match Programs are linked above for release (Machine Gun posted 2/26/18).  RFO (request for orders) has been updated; see link below. Click each competition above for the OMP.

We are now accepting Letters of Intent (LOI) for team participation; the dead-lines are below:

WPW Sniper & AFSAM – LOI due 1 March 2018    Pre-registration 20 March 2018
WPW & AFSAM Small Arms – LOI due 1 March 2018    Pre-registration 1 April 2018
WPW Machine Gun – LOI due 20 March 2018    Pre-registration 1 April 2018
CNGB – match scores and targets be submitted until 1 April 2018

Contact your State Marksmanship Coordinator for more information on attending these National Guard premier marksmanship competitions.

RFO (request for orders) as of Jan. 2018

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

2017 MAC 6 & 7 Regional Marksmanship Competition

North Dakota and Colorado National Guard Soldiers win the MAC VI and VII Regionals
~ National Guard operationalized shooting

by Major Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

 Event Photos           Ceremony Photos          Results

CAMP GUERNSEY, Wyoming – National Guard soldiers from western half of the United States gathered at Camp Guernsey, Wyoming to compete in regional operational marksmanship training championships 14-17 August, 2017.

This year due to budget constraints Marksmanship Advisory Council (MAC) Regions six and seven were combined as the Western Conference, which has been referred to as 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.”

North Dakota took first place overall in MAC VI as well as the overall Western Conference winner, while the Colorado team first place overall in MAC VII. North Dakota competitors, also, claimed champion in every category, as well as the Western Conference Overall Aggregate Team and Individual Champions.

MAC 6 SCORES

Team Grand Aggregate Champions

  1. North Dakota, Team A
  2. North Dakota, Team A
  3. Wyoming, Team A

Individual Aggregate Champion OPEN

  1. SPC Tyrel Hoppe, North Dakota
  2. SGT Andrew Maley, North Dakota
  3. SSgt Adam Witte, South Dakota

Individual Aggregate Champion NOVICE

  1. A1C Gaven Rook, North Dakota
  2. SPC Kurt Needham, Wyoming
  3. SPC Drew Topp, North Dakota

Combat Rifle Champion NOVICE

  1. A1C Gaven Rook, North Dakota
  2. SPC Kurt Needham, Wyoming
  3. SPC Drew Topp, North Dakota

Combat Rifle Champion OPEN

  1. SPC Tyrel Hoppe, North Dakota
  2. SGT Andrew Maley, North Dakota
  3. MSG Timothy Smith, Wyoming

Combat Pistol Champion NOVICE

  1. A1C Gaven Rook, North Dakota
  2. SPC Drew Topp, North Dakota
  3. SPC Kurt Needham, Wyoming

Combat Pistol Champion OPEN

  1. SPC Tyrel Hoppe, North Dakota
  2. SMSgt Peter Sheperd, Oregon
  3. SPC Thomas Carpenter, South Dakota

MAC 7 SCORES

Team Grand Aggregate Champions

  1. Colorado, Team A
  2. New Mexico, Team A
  3. Utah, Team A

Individual Aggregate Champion OPEN

  1. SPC Michael Goulet, California
  2. SFC Christopher Catlin, Colorado
  3. SPC Jeremy McCombs, Colorado

Combat Rifle Champion NOVICE

  1. SGT Cameron Carpenter, New Mexico
  2. SFC Rick Hone, Utah
  3. SFC Benjamin Jacobson

Combat Rifle Champion OPEN

  1. SFC Christopher Catlin, Colorado
  2. SPC Jeremy McCombs, Colorado
  3. SFC Jeremy Jackson, New Mexico

Combat Pistol Champion NOVICE

  1. SFC Rick Hone, Utah
  2. SGT Cameron Carpenter, New Mexico
  3. SSG Michael Galvin, Colorado

Combat Pistol Champion OPEN

  1. SPC Michael Goulet, California
  2. MSG Kirk Holmer, Utah
  3. SGT Ivan Varela, New Mexico

WESTERN CONFERENCE SCORES

Team Pistol-Rifle Champions

  1. North Dakota, Team A, MAC 6
  2. South Dakota, Team A, MAC 6
  3. Wyoming, Team A, MAC 6

Individual Pistol-Rifle Aggregate Champion

  1. SPC Tyrel Hoppe, North Dakota, MAC 6
  2. SGT Andrew Maley, North Dakota, MAC 6
  3. SSG Adam Witte, South Dakota, MAC 6

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