Illinois and South Dakota National Guardsmen win 2019 CNGB Postal Matches Phase III

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Army and Air National Guardsmen receive training from members of the All Guard International Marksmanship Team during the 2019 Chief of the National Guard Bureau Postal Matches Phase III hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center in North Little Rock, Arkansas May 6-10, 2019. Individuals that complete Phase I, the Postal Phase, and Phase II, the Regional Paper Match Phase, will receive invitations to compete at Phase III, which is multi-day individual and team live fire competition. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Spc. Stephen M. Wright; caption by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

~2019 Chief of the National Guard Bureau Postal Matches Phase III Complete, Results

by Spc. Stephen M. Wright, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas –Fifty-three National Guardsmen, both Army and Air, from across the nation, met at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center near North Little Rock, Arkansas, to compete in the 2019 Chief of the National Guard Bureau Postal Matches, May 6 through 10, 2019.

Phase III of CNGB is a multi-day individual and team live fire competition, conducted shoulder-to-shoulder at RMTC in accordance with the annual OMP (Official Match Program). Individuals that complete Phase I, the Postal Phase, and Phase II, the Regional Paper Match Phase, will receive invitations to compete at Phase III where they will not only compete but receive additional training from members of the All Guard national and international competition team.

During Phase III, four Air National Guardsmen and forty-nine Army National Guardsmen competed in fourteen separate matches that compile into the overall individual grand aggregate, which ultimately is a title within itself, and the most coveted of all, as it is the overall champion.

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The Chief of the National Guard Bureau overall aggregate champions pose for a photo after receiving their miniature black iron maiden steel shooting target awards from Maj. Samuel Freeman (left), chief of competitions for the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center,  during the awards ceremony May 10, 2019 at the Professional Education Center, North Little Rock, Arkansas. The 2019 CNGB Postal Matches Phase III is hosted annually by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center, at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Arkansas.  (left to right: Maj. Samuel Freeman, Staff Sgt. Colton L. Love (Illinois National Guard), Sgt. Austin D. Norcross (Colorado National Guard), Sgt. Peter H. Riddle (Utah National Guard)) (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Spc. Stephen M. Wright; caption by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

The CNGB Postal Matches are designed specifically to test shooters physically, mentally, tactically and strategically. They must be proficient in their marksmanship knowledge, skills and abilities to place high in the matches.

The shooters acquire critical skills and valuable information from shooting competitions like the CNGB that increase their battlefield survivability, also enhancing their individual and unit readiness.

“Fighting America’s wars is our primary mission, and as the principal combat reserve of the Army and Air Force, the National Guard needs to train to the same standards as the active components. The National Guard’s world-class marksmanship program serves as a beacon to all that. Hard work and focus increases lethality and produces combat-ready Soldiers and Airmen,” said Air Force General, Joseph L. Lengyel, Chief, National Guard Bureau.


48th Winston P. Wilson Results

Overall Grand Aggregate Champion
First Place: Staff Sgt. Colton L. Love, Illinois National Guard
Second Place- Sgt. Austin D. Norcross, Colorado National Guard
Third Place- Sgt. Peter H. Riddle, Utah National Guard

Overall Rifle Aggregate Champion
First Place: Staff Sgt. Colton L. Love, Illinois National Guard
Second Place- Sgt. Austin D. Norcross, Colorado National Guard
Third Place- Sgt. Peter H. Riddle, Utah National Guard

Overall Pistol Aggregate Champion 
First Place: Cpl. Thomas J. Carpenter, South Dakota National Guard
Second Place- Staff Sgt. Colton L. Love, Illinois National Guard
Third Place- Sgt. Austin D. Norcross, Colorado National Guard

For photos: Day 1   Day 2   Day 3   Day 4   Awards Ceremony

For videos: Day 1   Day 2   Day 3   Day 4   Day 5 

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Arkansas and Nebraska National Guardsmen win 48th WPW Machine Gun Championship

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The Arkansas Army National Guard team, the 48th Winston P. Wilson Championship Overall Light Machine Gun Team Champions, receive a plaque from Maj. Rodney Lay (left) during the awards ceremony May 10, 2019 at the Professional Education Center, North Little Rock, Arkansas. Staff Sgt. Joseph Noe (center) and Spc. Heriberto Tapia (right) earned the Chief’s 50 Marksmanship Badge, and Noe also claimed the prestigious title of “Overall Aggregate Machine Gunner Champion. The 48th Winston P. Wilson Championship is hosted annually by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center, at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Arkansas.  (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Spc. Stephen M. Wright; caption by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

~2019 WPW Machine Gun Championship Complete, Results

by Spc. Stephen M. Wright, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – Twenty-two National Guardsmen, eleven different teams, from across the nation gathered at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center near North Little Rock, Arkansas, to compete in the 2019 Winston P. Wilson Machine Gun Competition May 6 through 10, 2019.

Some of the most notable awards given at the ceremony, hosted annually by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center, were the Chief’s 50 badge, Overall Light Machine Gun Team Champions, Overall Aggregate Machine Gunner Champion and the Overall Aggregate Assistant Gunner Champion.

The Overall Light Machine Gun Team Champions are Staff Sgt. Joseph Noe and Spc. Heriberto Tapia, Arkansas National Guard. Both earned the Chief’s 50 and Noe also claimed the prestigious title of “Overall Aggregate Machine Gunner Champion.”

The title “Overall Aggregate Assistant Gunner Champion” was awarded to Sgt. Levi Loomis of the Nebraska National Guard.

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Sgt. Levi Loomis (right) of the Nebraska National Guard, the 48th Winston P. Wilson Championship Top Assistant Gunner, receives a plaque from Maj. Rodney Lay (left) during the awards ceremony May 10, 2019 at the Professional Education Center, North Little Rock, Arkansas. The 48th Winston P. Wilson Championship is hosted annually by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center, at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Arkansas.  (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Spc. Stephen M. Wright; caption by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

The overall match aggregate for top machine gunner and top assistant gunner consisted of seven different matches completed over the five days of competition.

All Winston P. Wilson Championship matches promote friendly competition, increase battlefield survivability and enhance unit readiness for both Army and Air National Guard units.

“Combat readiness begins with effective and lethal marksmanship at the individual Soldier level. There are three basic principles of effectively engaging and defeating the enemy: shoot, move and communicate. WPW is designed to challenge each participate and team in these principles. Those who can do it best are generally the winners.” Col. Marty Curtright, National Guard Training Center commander.

These competitions test shooters physically, mentally, tactically and strategically. They must be proficient in their marksmanship knowledge, skills and abilities to place high in the matches.

“Alexander the great said that it was not the brilliance of generalship and it was not his expertise in logistics that made his army so successful he said it was the individual warriorship,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Kepner, senior enlisted advisor to the Chief, National Guard Bureau. “Back then that meant expertise with sword, spear, and shield. Today that means expertise with weapons, and this competition highlights our expertise with weapons which will win the next war for us.”

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The Alabama Army National Guard team, Staff Sgt. Normand Stiegler (front) and Staff Sgt. Ryan Yates (middle), run down range during the The 48th Winston P. Wilson (WPW) Championship machine gun matches May 10, 2019 at the at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center, North Little Rock, Arkansas. WPW is hosted annually by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center.  (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Spc. Stephen M. Wright; caption by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

48th Winston P. Wilson Results

Overall Machine Gun Champions
Recipient of the Overall Light Machinegun team Aggregate Champions Trophy: Arkansas-Alpha: Staff Sgt. Joseph Noe and Spc. Heriberto Tapia
Second Place- Michigan Bravo – Sgt. David Dohnal and Spc. Lucas Elliott
Third Place- Michigan Alpha – Staff Sgt. Cameron Higgs and Spc. Calvin Halfacre

Top Overall Aggregate Machine Gunner
First Place: Staff Sgt. Joseph T Noe (Arkansas)
Second Place- Sgt. David Dohnal (Michigan)
Third Place- Staff Sgt. Freeman Sandquist (Nebraska)

Top Overall Aggregate Assistant Gunner
First Place: Sgt. Levi Loomis (Nebraska )
Second Place- Maj. Samuel Freeman (Arkansas )
Third Place- Sgt. 1st Class Luke Katz (Nebraska)

Chief’s 50 Marksmanship Badge Recipients

  • Staff Sgt. Joseph Noe, Arkansas
  • Spc. Heriberto Tapia, Arkansas (new recipient)
  • Sgt. David Dohnal, Michigan
  • Spc. Lucas Elliott, Michigan (new recipient)

For photos: Day 1   Day 2   Day 3   Day 4   Awards Ceremony

For videos: Day 1   Day 2   Day 3   Day 4   Day 5 

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California and Arkansas National Guardsmen win 48th WPW Championship

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The California Army National Guard team, the 48th Winston P. Wilson Championship Overall Aggregate Team Champions, receive a plaque from Gen. Joseph Lengyel during the awards ceremony April 11, 2019 at the Professional Education Center, Arkansas. The 48th Winston P. Wilson Championship is hosted annually by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center, at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Arkansas. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Pfc. Emma Anderson; caption by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

~2019 Winston P. Wilson Rifle and Pistol Championship Results

by Pfc. Emma Anderson, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Arkansas. – Approximately 350 National Guardsmen, representing 46 states and U.S. Territories, participated in the 48th annual Winston P. Wilson Championship hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Arkansas. from April 7-12, 2019. Eighty teams competed in 17 rifle and pistol matches.

The California Army National Guard team finished strong as the 48th WPW All States Team Champions, Overall Rifle Team Champions and third place Overall Pistol Team Champions. Arkansas Army National Guard Soldier, Staff Sgt. Joseph Noe, took the tile of 48th WPW Individual Overall Champion, Overall Pistol Champion and third place Overall Rifle Champion.

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Staff Sgt. Joseph Noe with the Arkansas Army National Guard is the 48th Winston P. Wilson Championship Overall Aggregate Individual Champion. He receives a plaque from Gen. Joseph Lengyel during the awards ceremony April 11, 2019 at the Professional Education Center, Arkansas. The 48th Winston P. Wilson Championship is hosted annually by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center, at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Arkansas. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Pfc. Emma Anderson; caption by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

The Chief’s 50 Badge is the highest National Guard marksmanship badge that may be earned. This year, Senior Airman Gavin Rook with North Dakota Air National Guard Airman is a first time recipient of the Chief’s 50 Badge, and was the only new recipient to earned it this year in both pistol and rifle.

Winston Peabody Wilson, for whom the championship is named, was a United States Air Force major general who served as chief of the National Guard Bureau. In 1950, Wilson was deputy to the Air National Guard where he emphasized the importance of readiness and training for units deploying during the Korean War. The Winston P. Wilson Championship was established in 1971 to promote growth and development of state level marksmanship. WPW increases readiness, overall lethality and battlefield survivability by having competitors challenge each other in the skill of marksmanship, and learn from each other’s expertise.

“Combat readiness begins with effective and lethal marksmanship at the individual Soldier level. There are three basic principles of effectively engaging and defeating the enemy: shoot, move and communicate. WPW is designed to challenge each participate and team in these principles. Those who can do it best are generally the winners.” Col. Marty Curtright, National Guard Training Center commander.

The competitions are conducted under the directive of General Joseph L. Lengyel, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, to improve overall readiness of the National Guard. Events included Anti-Body Armor, Falling Plates, Bianchi Battle and the Patton Match, just to name a few. During the WPW final ceremony on April 11, 2019, competitors had an opportunity to hear Lengyel speak on the importance of readiness and the value of lethality.

“Our experience as warriors is that it’s not just being a good marksman that keeps you alive. It’s knowing that person to your left and right is a good marksman, it’s the fact that you as a Soldier, you as an Airman, you as a warrior, uphold responsibility in your combat role. Said General Lengyel. “That’s why we, you, are the best at what you do, basic warfighting skills is what this is; it’s about being able to kill the enemy.”

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General Joseph L. Lengyel addresses the Soldiers and Airmen during the 48th Winston P. Wilson Rifle and Pistol Championships awards ceremony April 11, 2019 at the Professional Education Center, North Little Rock, Arkansas. “Our experience as warriors is that it’s not just being a good marksman that keeps you alive. It’s knowing that person to your left and right is a good marksman, it’s the fact that you as a Soldier, you as an Airman, you as a warrior, uphold responsibility in your combat role,” said General Lengyel. “That’s why we, you, are the best at what you do, basic warfighting skills is what this is; it’s about being able to kill the enemy.”

General Lengyel has been the chief of the National Guard Bureau since 2016 and has been reinforcing the secretary of defense’s, General James Mattis, focus on the lethality of the United States military.

“Competitions like this are important because as we train for our war fighting skills, there are some things it takes to be prepared to win a war.” said General Lengyel. “That is our Soldiers, our Airmen, need to be good at basics and fundamentals of what we do. For Soldiers, for Airmen, for contact with the enemy, weapons and marksmanship are key and essential because it’s a basic war fighting skill.”

This year marked General Lengyel’s second appearance at the Winston. P Wilson Championship and it was clear that he approved of the competition.

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Smoke leaves the barrel of Sgt. 1st Class David Hastings rifle, after firing in a match during the 48th Winston P. Wilson Rifle and Pistol Championships April 9, 2019 at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, North Little Rock, Arkansas.  Hastings was one of eight Wyoming Army National Guard Soldiers among more than 350 shooters from 46 states and U.S. territories competing in this event which is hosted annually by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center, Arkansas. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy McGuire; caption by Maj. Theresa Austin, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

48th Winston P. Wilson Results

Overall State Champions
Recipient of the Overall State Champions Trophy: California: Sgt. First Class Jonathan D Garcia, Staff Sgt. Henry J Miller, Staff Sgt. Staff Sgt. Erik J Vargas, Sgt. Demetrios H Iannios
Second Place- Colorado: Sgt. First Class Christopher J Catlin, Staff Sgt. Micah N Fulmer, Spc. Joshua J Bandstra, Spc. Cole B Whittaker
Third Place- Georgia: Sgt. First Class Phillip L Keeter, Staff Sgt. Ryan S Machan, Staff Sgt. Troy J Mayfield, Sgt. Zach M Johnson

Individual Grand Aggregate Champion
Recipient of the Lloyd Nelson Trophy: Staff Sgt. Joseph T Noe (Arkansas)
Second Place- Staff Sgt. Justus Densmore (Texas)
Third Place- Staff Sgt. Brandon T Hornung (Illinois)

Combat Rifle Team Aggregate Champions
Recipients of the Combat Rifle Team Aggregate Trophy: California: Sgt. First Class Jonathan D Garcia, Staff Sgt. Henry J Miller, Staff Sgt. Staff Sgt. Erik J Vargas, Sgt. Demetrios H Iannios
Second Place- Arkansas: Master Sgt. Robbie W Brock, Master Sgt. Mitchell W Holland, Master Sgt. Matthew B Smith, Sgt. First Class Russell A Teague
Third Place- Missouri: First Sgt. Charles T Patterson, Sgt. Ross V Groenke, Sgt. Taylor J Bryan, Staff Sgt. Zachary A Walker

Combat Rifle Individual Aggregate Champion
Recipient of the Combat rifle Individual Aggregate Trophy: Staff Sgt. Brandon T Hornung (Illinois)
Second Place- Staff Sgt. Justus Densmore (Texas)
Third Place- Joseph T Noe (Arkansas)

Combat Pistol Team Aggregate Champions
Recipients of the Combat Pistol Team Aggregate Trophy: North Dakota: Senior Master Sgt. Wade T Swenson, Sgt. Tyler R Goldade, Sgt. Brendan L Dean, Senior Airman Gavin W Rook,
Second Place- South Carolina: Staff Sgt. Matt H David, Staff Sgt. Randall C Gardner, Staff Sgt. Patrick W Stuckey, Spc. Mack A Williams
Third Place- California: Sgt. First Class Jonathan D Garcia, Staff Sgt. Henry J Miller, Staff Sgt. Erik J Vargas, Sgt. Demetrios H Iannios

Combat Pistol Individual Aggregate Champion
Recipient of the Combat Pistol Individual Aggregate Trophy: Staff Sgt. Joseph T Noe (Arkansas)
Second Place- Staff Sgt. Justus Densmore (Texas)
Third Place- Staff Sgt. Patrick W Stuckey (South Carolina)

New Chief’s 50 Recipients

Rifle and Pistol

  • Senior Airman Gavin W Rook, North Dakota

Rifle

  • Sgt. Scotty W Daniel, Arkansas
  • Master Sgt. Matthew B Smith, Arkansas
  • Staff Sgt. Brandon A Pederson, Nebraska
  • Jameson W Nelms, Wisconsin
  • Levi S Loomis, Nebraska
  • Staff Sgt. Ryan S Machan, Georgia

 Pistol

  • Zach M Johnson, Georgia
  • Taylor J Bryan, Missouri
  • Dalton R Dorn, Alaska

For photos: Day 1   Day 2   Day 3   Day 4   Day 5   Awards Ceremony    Team Pics

For videos: Day 1   Day 2   Day 3   Day 4   Hooah Video 

For results

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

National Guard Marksmanship Training Center host sniper event

2019 Sniper Competition

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Sgt. Robert Boyf from the United States Army National Guard adjusts weapon to take a shot during marksmanship 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 photos by Specialist Jeremiah N. Smith, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

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

FORT SMITH, Arkansas – The National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) is hosting the 48th Winston P. Wilson (WPW) Sniper Championship (National Guard) competition and 28th Annual Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting (AFSAM) — (International & Inter-service), at the Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center (FCJMTC) near Barling, Arkansas, from March 29 – April 3, 2019. This competition is designed to provide a battle-focused event, as well as validate and sustain key marksmanship skills essential to mobilization, readiness and success.

The competition is full of battle focused exercises intended to bring together some of the best marksman in the nation in order to test their skill, share their expertise and promote marksmanship training within their units.

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Sgt. Daniel Rilett a Soldier in the United States National Guard listens during a brief before zeroing his weapon in preparation for the marksmanship 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 photos by Specialist Jeremiah N. Smith, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

“Although the WPW is considered a competition, the true value of the matches is the cross learning between teams,” said Col. Marty Curtright, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center Commander. “WPW is the largest weapons competition/training event in the Army. The only ones who loose after this competition are those who refused to learn from their fellow competitors.”

Events like this are established as a means of heightening the level of marksmanship proficiency throughout the military and increasing our battlefield lethality. Marksmanship is a perishable skill. The National Guard has moved from being a strategic reserve into an operational force, so our need for continually increased readiness has never been stronger. We have to remain ready, and marksmanship is at the forefront of our combat readiness.

“Out here we get to shoot in different ways that we have never shot before,” said Spc. Kevin Meyer, from the Wisconsin National Guard. “We use ranges that are different and with longer range than we use at our home stations.”

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Sgt. Trent Devos, a competitor from the United States Army National Guard, prepares his equipment in preparation for the marksmanship 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 photos by Specialist Jeremiah N. Smith, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

The National Guard Marksmanship Training provides soldiers with the capability of becoming lethal with their marksmanship and taking it back to their unit. With the way battles are fought now it is very important to the army as whole to become uncomfortable in situations that they must use their marksmanship skills and this competition and training center provides soldiers with that exposure.

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.

2019 48th WPW: Over half way to goal

LOI Tracker Map (5MAR2019)by Theresa Austin, Maj. National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Arkansas – Last year, 42 states and territories participated in the 47th Annual Winston P. Wilson (WPW) National Rifle and Pistol Championships, and this year we are only 14 states away to reaching our goal of all states and territories sending a team to participate this year.

The NGMTC The National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) will provide the funding for your team if you want to participate. As of March 4, 2018, the National Guard is over half way towards the goal with 40 states and territories confirmed participation out of all the 54. Not only do we host the national matches, but concurrently host a multi-national competition drawing in competitors from across the globe.

The Army’s modernization strategy sole focus is to make Soldiers and units more lethal to win our Nations’s wars, and then come home safely. The National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) plays a big role in meeting that intent for the National Guard and the Army as a whole. They offer marksmanship training courses and advanced level training competitions that focus on speed and accuracy under pressure with the intent to train U.S. troops to win our Nation’s wars.

WPW is one of these advanced training opportunities, hosted by the NGMTC each year, which is held concurrently with NGB’s multi-national competition the Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting (AFSAM). AFSAM focuses on advanced marksmanship and promotes interoperability with our allies and partners to strengthen alliances and deliver more effective coalition operations. AFSAM currently has Canadian Armed Forces, the British Army Reserve, the British Army, Royal Netherlands Army and the United Kingdom Royal Air Force competing as well as other military components such as the U.S. Marine Corp. Reserve, U.S. Army Reserve, U.S. Air National Guard, U.S. Army National Guard.

Change your state from red to green by contacting us. All you need is a four-man team, which NGMTC will pay to attend.

The intent behind these competitions is learning to be a better marksmen, and with the additional focus of WPW being that these competitors take this knowledge and share it with others in their home units. Every competition is a training opportunity, with the ultimate goal of increasing weapons familiarization and skill for increased battlefield survivability and combat readiness.

2019 WPW: You play, America wins

LOI Tracker Map (19FEB2019)
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.

Fallen sniper always remembered; The Specialist Horton Memorial Trophy

~Spouse of fallen sniper unveils memorial award during competition
by Army Sgt. Richard W. Hoppe, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

FORT CHAFFEE JOINT MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. – Standing on the stage of an empty theater as the last few ceremony members clear out, Jane Horton gazes down at a glowing, holographic award that softly lights up her face in the dim room. As an advocate for service members and their families, Jane has made it her life goal to give back to all who serve her and her country – a goal she feels she will never fully achieve.

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Mrs. Jane Horton, face softly lit by the glowing, holographic award, poses for a photo with the cadre from the National Guard Sniper Competition April 26, 2018 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. (Left to right: Sgt. Isaac Holley, Spc. Herbierto Tapia, Staff Sgt. Joseph Noe, Staff Sgt. Aaron Pierce, Sgt. Robert Ward, Mrs. Jane Horton, Master Sgt. Randy Schnell, Sgt. Jason Baethke, Sgt. 1st Class Jon Plummer, Sgt. 1st Class Justin Hitchcock) (photo by Army Sgt. Richard W. Hoppe and cutline by Army Maj. Reese Austin / Released)

“One of the last things my husband asked me to do; I was an intern in congress for Senator Inhofe from Oklahoma, and [my husband] asked me to get sniper tabs authorized. And I was like ‘honey, I’m an intern,’” said Jane, Survivor Advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Army. “When he was killed, Gen. Odierno, the Chief of the Army, came to his funeral in Arlington and asked me ‘What can I do for you?’ and I said, ‘You can authorize sniper tabs.’ And so that’s kind of where it started.”

Jane’s husband, Spc. Christopher Horton died in Afghanistan while defending his country on September 9, 2011 shortly after completing sniper school. Since his death, Jane has been pushing to make her husband’s last request a reality.

‘I’ve been working with the Army and I’ve been working with Gen. Milley and Sgt. Maj. Dailey to get sniper tabs authorized, but also to make sure that we take care of our snipers,” said Jane. ‘My husband wanted nothing more than to serve his country and he chose to be a sniper because he was such a good shot, and that was the best way that he could use his God-given-skills to serve and to take out the enemy, and ultimately, its why he gave his life.”

Jane began re-counting Chris’ steps in the military shortly after he died, which eventually led her to Fort Chaffee where he attended Sniper School in 2009. She called the school and spoke with one of Chris’ former instructors.

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Mrs. Jane Horton and Sgt. 1st Class Jon Plummer marvel at the Trophy after the National Guard Sniper Championship award ceremony April 26, 2018 at Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center, Arkansas. (photo by Army Sgt. Richard W. Hoppe and cutline by Army Maj. Reese Austin / Released)

“After Chris’ death, [Jane and I] spoke on the phone, and she wanted to come visit and retrace his steps through the military,” said Sgt. First Class Jon Plummer, Marksmanship Training Battalion NCOIC for the Marksmanship Training Center. “Since then, she’s been in contact with us three or four times a year to see if were doing okay or see if we need anything and she’ll visit probably once a year.”

 

Over the years, Jane and the school instructors have developed a relationship that has helped her connect with her husband due to his passion for shooting and his long-time goal of going through the sniper program.

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Sgt. 1st Class Justin Hitchcock, one of the sniper instructors, gazes at the trophy after the National Guard Sniper Championship award ceremony April 26, 2018 at Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center, Arkansas. (photo by Army Sgt. Richard W. Hoppe and cutline by Army Maj. Reese Austin / Released)

“The sniper school has been incredibly welcoming to me and incredibly kind to me and they’ve let me come up a couple times and shoot some of the rifles, get to know some of the snipers, and just create a relationship with them,” said Jane. “It’s been one of the most meaningful relationships of my life because snipers were so important to my husband, and it was such an important part of his identity. In fact, when I buried my husband at Arlington, they gave me two lines, thirteen characters each, to describe him and I put valiant warrior, fearless sniper.”

 

This year however, the members of the Marksmanship Training Center are giving something back to Chris and Jane. A memorial award was commissioned by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Ark. to honor Chris Horton, a loving husband, Army Sniper, and American patriot.

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The Specialist Christopher Horton Memorial, donated and made by 3D Innovations staff, was unveiled April 26, 2018 during the National Guard Sniper Competition award ceremony at Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center, Arkansas. (photo by Army Sgt. Richard W. Hoppe and cutline by Army Maj. Reese Austin / Released)

“[The award] is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. It’s a dream come true for me,” said Jane. “My husband was 26-years old when he gave his life and it’s been almost six and a half years, which is mind boggling for me, but there’s never been enough, and there is never enough, that I could do in this life to thank him for giving his life for me, or those that have given their lives.”

 

Jane was invited to be a guest speaker at the Winston P. Wilson and Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting National Guard Sniper Competiton matches this year, but that was all she knew before walking up on stage to help present the award to the Wisconsin National Guard Sniper Team.

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The Wisconsin Army National Guard Sniper Team members are the first recipients of the Spc. Christopher Horton Memorial Trophy. Mrs. Jane Horton presented her husband’s memorial trophy to them at the National Guard Sniper Championship award ceremony held April 26, 2018 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. (photo by Army Sgt. Richard W. Hoppe and cutline by Army Maj. Reese Austin / Released)

“She knows nothing about the award. We got a picture from her. I asked her what picture is her favorite of Chris. She said ‘easy’ and she sent me a picture,” said Plummer. “It had passed through several email chains and the quality wasn’t that great. So I contacted Kellogg, one of the guys in his sniper section who made it out, and I asked him if he knew where the original was. He sent it to me within about five minutes…”

After arriving on stage, the award was unveiled to Jane, the awardees, and the audience for the first time. To Jane’s surprise the competitors, cadre, and official party all rose to their feet with a round of applause.

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After arriving on stage, the Spc. Christopher Horton Memorial Trophy was unveiled to Mrs. Jane Horton, the awardees, and the audience for the first time. To Jane’s surprise the competitors, cadre, and official party all rose to their feet with a round of applause. (photo by Army Sgt. Richard W. Hoppe / Released)

“There’s never enough that I could do for any of you guys who have chosen to serve your country, fight and defend me. I’m truly grateful for them, and I’m here to help any service member with whatever I can and grateful today to know that my husband will always be remembered here at Fort Chaffee Sniper School, so I’m blown away.”

 

The memorial award will be kept at the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center at Robinson Maneuver Training Center and designated to the top precision engagement team, which is the team with the highest aggregate score in the precision engagement matches, each year during the WPW and AFSAM Sniper Championship matches in honor of Spc. Christopher Horton.

The WPW match included 13 National Guard teams from across the country. The Guard members trained through competition for three awards, including precision engagement, field craft, and overall sniper team, during the competition. The AFSAM teams, including teams from Canada, Denmark, Italy, Poland, U.S. interservice and the National Guard All Guard Sniper Team, competed for the same awards in the international category. The WPW and AFSAM matches were held April 21-26, 2018 at Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center, Arkansas.

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Mrs. Jane Horton speaks to the competitors at the National Guard Sniper Championship banquet April 26, 2018 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. (photo by Army Sgt. Richard W. Hoppe and cutline by Army Maj. Reese Austin / Released)

 

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.”