Sweeping victories for Missouri and South Dakota at the 2018 Winston P. Wilson Small Arms Championship

~Missouri National Guard sweeps the Winston P. Wilson overall team awards
by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. – The Missouri Army National Guard Team and Spc. Thomas Carpenter with the South Dakota Army National Guard swept during the 2018 Winston P. Wilson Small Arms Championship Award Ceremony hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center in Sherwood, Ark. May 3, 2018.

Missouri took home all three overall team awards and two overall individual awards, as well as a plethora of individual and team match awards. The overall team champion awards were for Overall Aggregate, Pistol and Rifle. The overall individual awards were Overall Aggregate and Pistol.

Missouri wasn’t the only one sweeping. There is a new competitive shooter working his way up, Spc. Thomas Carpenter with the South Dakota Army National Guard. He took all three Overall Individual Novice awards, the Overall Aggregate, Pistol and Rifle, as well as earned his Chief’s 50 Badge. There were 14 other new recipients of the Chief’s 50 Badge and the other 35 are multiple recipients of the Chief’s 50 Badge.

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Spc. Thomas Carpenter with the South Dakota Army National Guard was announced the Overall Individual Aggregate Novice Champion, Overall Individual Rifle Aggregate Novice Champion and Overall Individual Pistol Aggregate Novice Champion during the 47th Annual Winston P. Wilson Small Arms Championship May 3, 2018. Eighty-two National Guard teams from 42 states participated in the WPW at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Ark. The annual events, hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC), offer Servicemembers from the National Guard an opportunity to test marksmanship skills in a battle-focused environment.

 

The Chief’s 50 Badge far surpasses the Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badges, and is a difficult award to earn since previous recipients are included in top 50. It is awarded on behalf of the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, and is a permanent National Guard Marksmanship Badge that can be worn on the duty and dress service uniforms. The Chief’s 50 is modeled after the President’s 100 Marksmanship Tab award and the Governor’s Twenty is modeled after the Chief’s 50.

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The Chief of the National Guard Bureau Gen. Joseph Lengyel fired the first shot with the service pistol that belonged to Maj. Gen. Winston P. Wilson at the 47th Annual Winston P. Wilson Small Arms Championship, and declared the matches open on April 29, 2018 at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Ark.

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.

“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.”

20180429-Z-JY390-196.jpgThe 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.

For many soldiers, this one of the few times they get to fire their weapons each year. “This is the most range time we get all year,” said Sgt. Dustin Fox, a 214th MP with the Alabama National Guard.

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 on their own time. These Soldiers then take their skills learned through these competitions back to their units and pass it along to improve the overall lethality and effectiveness of the unit.


WPW Small Arms Championship Team Results

Overall State Team Champion
1 Missouri (Alpha) National Guard
2 Texas (Alpha) National Guard
3 Illinois (Alpha) National Guard

Overall Rifle Team Champion
1 Missouri (Alpha) National Guard, scoring 2455
2 Illinois (Alpha) National Guard, scoring 2363
3 Missouri (Bravo) National Guard, scoring 2269

Overall Pistol Team Champion
1 Missouri (Alpha) National Guard, scoring 3134
2 Texas (Alpha) National Guard, scoring 2775
3 South Carolina (Alpha) National Guard, scoring 2723

WPW Small Arms Championship Individual Results

Overall Individual Champion-Open
1 Staff Sgt. Michael Richey, Missouri Army National Guard, scoring 1761 with 20 Xs & 27 Vs
2 1st Sgt. James Phelps, Missouri Army National Guard, scoring 1753 with 22 Xs & 21 Vs
3 Sgt. Brandon Swanson, Wisconsin Army National Guard, scoring 1752 with 19 Xs & 19 Vs

Overall Individual Champion-Novice
1 Spc. Thomas Carpenter, South Dakota Army National Guard, scoring 1575 with 18 Xs & 18 Vs
2 Sgt. Dwight Bushong, Kentucky Army National Guard, scoring 1447 with 15 Xs & 9 Vs
3 Sgt. David Anderson, California Army National Guard, scoring 1440 with 16 Xs & 6 Vs

Overall Rifle Individual Champion-Open
1 Sgt. Brandon Swanson, Wisconsin Army National Guard, scoring 960 with 9 Xs & 19 Vs
2 Master Sgt. Nathan Watters, Arkansas Air National Guard, scoring 959 with 12 Xs & 21 Vs
3 1st Sgt. James Phelps, Missouri Army National Guard, scoring 955 with 12 Xs & 21 Vs

Overall Rifle Individual Champion-Novice
1 Spc. Thomas Carpenter, South Dakota Army National Guard, scoring 854 with 7 Xs & 18 Vs
2 Staff Sgt. Morgan Davidson, Utah Army National Guard, scoring 817 with 5 Xs & 12 Vs
3 Sgt. Zachary Walker, Missouri Army National Guard, scoring 803 with 10 Xs & 11 Vs

Overall Pistol Individual Champion-Open
1 Staff Sgt. Michael Richey, Missouri Army National Guard, scoring 810 with 12 Xs
2 Sgt. 1st Class Paul Deugan, Iowa Army National Guard, scoring 798 with 13 Xs
3 1st Sgt. James Phelps, Missouri Army National Guard, scoring 798 with 10 Xs

Overall Pistol Individual Champion-Rifle
1 Spc. Thomas Carpenter, South Dakota Army National Guard, scoring 721 with 11 Xs
2 Maj. Aaron Combs, Ohio Army National Guard, scoring 692 with 13 Xs
3 Spc. John Jordan, South Carolina Army National Guard, scoring 684 with 8 Xs

WPW Small Arms Championship Chief’s 50 Badge Recipients

Sgt. 1st Class John Paul Cholak, Texas Army National Guard, Badge # CR-325
Sgt. Alexandra Wilson, Virginia Army National Guard, Badge # CP-222
Staff Sgt. David Ball, Missouri Army National Guard, Badge # CP-223
Staff Sgt. Justin Oddy, Vermont Air National Guard, Badge # CP-224
Staff Sgt. Patrick Stuckey, South Carolina Army National Guard, Badge # CP-225
Master Sgt. Kirk Holmer, Utah Army National Guard, Badge # CP-226
Staff Sgt. Jerry Dement, Missouri Army National Guard, Badge # CP-227
Sgt. 1st Class David Paquette, Virginia Army National Guard, Badge # CP-228
Spc. Thomas Carpenter, South Dakota Army National Guard, Badge # CP-229

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

Winston P. Wilson Championship kicks off
Thirty-two National Guard members representing 11 states are participating in the 2018 Machine Gun Winston P. Wilson Championship. The match consists of 13 courses of fire and three weapons systems. The Winston P. Wilson Championship is a national level competitive marksmanship combat match conducted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center. It is an annual event to promote combat marksmanship and training. The Winston P. Wilson Championship consist of the small arms, sniper, and machine gun. In September 1971, the MTU established the first ever Winston P. Wilson matches at Camp Robinson, Arkansas as the National Guard’s premier competitive event.

Story by Army Sgt. Richard W. Hoppe, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

Sunday, April 22, 2018

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

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

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

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

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Michigan National Guard Soldiers Cpl. Nolan Davis, Sgt. David Dohnal, Sgt. Nicholas Peters, and Sgt. Jared Parham take home a combined total of 29 awards during the 2018 Winstone P. Wilson Machine Gun Championship at the 2018 Marksmanship Training Center, Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Ark. Thirty-two National Guard members representing 11 states participated in the matches that consist of 13 courses of fire on three weapons systems over five long days (Photo by Army Sgt. Richard W. Hoppe, released).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thirty-two National Guard soldiers representing 11 states competed in the 47th Annual Winston P. Wilson (WPW) Machine Gun Championship hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Ark. from April 15-21. The Machine Gun Championship is one of three events that make up the Winston P. Wilson Championship matches, a prestigious marksmanship competition that tests the skills of some of the finest military marksmen in the world. The machine gun competition lasts five days and soldiers must complete 13 courses of fire with three weapons systems while expending more than 600 rounds of ammunition (Photo by Army Sgt. Richard W. Hoppe, released).

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

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

For photographs visit: Day 1   Day 2   Day 3   Day 4   Ceremony

For Videos visit: Day 1   Day 2   Day 3   Day 4   Ceremony   News Story   Hooah Video

Results:

WPW Machine Gun Match Overall Team

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

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

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

WPW Machine Gun Match Top Machine Gunner

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

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

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

WPW Machine Gun Match Top Assistant Gunner

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

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

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

 

 

2018 WPW participant update

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

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

For more info on the matches click here.

 

WPW: You play, America wins

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

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

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

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

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