DTS issues affect voucher process

by Theresa Austin, Maj. National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

GUERNSEY, Wyoming- National Guard marksmanship competitors and support staff who participated in marksmanship events in June and July will have a huge delay receiving travel reimbursement if they submitted their vouchers with missing documents or errors.

Normally, the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) has been able to assist the service members with making necessary corrections, however the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) recently sent out a notice announcing that they launched a new version of the Defense Travel System (DTS) that has now eliminated the NGMTC’s DTS reviewers’ ability make edits and upload needed documents.

Fixing these two major issues now falls on the service members or their NDEAs (Non-Duty Entry Agent) to fix, and the NGMTC reviewing officials will have to review all vouchers and then return all affect vouchers back to the service members, which will take some time due to the high volume of vouchers required to process.

The NGMTC resolution for the issues below is that all affected DTS Vouchers will be returned to the individual service member with a remark on the digital signature page that will specify the required corrections needed. Service members or NDEAs will need to make the appropriate changes, upload all required supporting documents and then resubmit their vouchers back to the NGMTC Finance for processing.

The NGMTC finance team will attempt to contact service members or the units to inform them of the new changes and explain the new required steps to successfully resubmit their DTS Vouchers.

Here are more details about the issues from the DTMO notices received by the NGMTC finance team/ DTS reviewers:

Issue 1: The receipts that were attached to documents prior to July 29, 2017 may improperly appear as “Missing”. DTMO Operations is working to restore the receipts. Receipts that are “missing” in documents currently routing for approval should be re-attached to ensure that they are available to be viewed by the routing officials.

Issue 2: On Friday, August 11, 2017, a software release was implemented in DTS that consolidated the current expense screens and introduced new receipt functionalities. In doing so, DTS routing officials and reviewers no longer have the capability of uploading files into the Substantiating Documents tab. It is now the responsibility of the traveler / service member to upload or attach all documents into DTS.

The finance team points of contact are Finance Operations NCO Sgt. Taja Lewis at taja.l.lewis.mil@mail.mil; and Senior Financial Management Technician, Sgt. 1st Class Khuong Tieu at khuong.q.tieu.mil@mail.mil.

 

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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

 

2017 Sniper WPW & AFSAM Results

 

Winston P. Wilson Sniper Championship

Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting Championship

National Guard Sniper Championships

— 46th WPW & 26th AFSAM Sniper Championships

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

FORT CHAFFEE JOINT MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. – The 46th Winston P. Wilson Sniper Championship & 26th Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting kicks off at the Ft. Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ark. on April 22, 2017.

The United States Army National Guard Sniper School hosts the annual events as well as the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) attracted 21 teams from around the United States as well as 4 international teams from Canada, Denmark, Italy, and Poland. Each two-man team will spend the next week testing and enhancing their sniper skills while competing for top honors.

“It already looks like we are going to have a really great match this year,” said Sgt. 1st Class Joseph T. Noe, senior sniper instructor with the NGMTC at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, Ark. “You can tell, these guys are professionals at what they do. Every one of them brought their A-game.”

Within hours of their arrival, competitors hit the range to zero their weapons despite less than ideal weather conditions. Moral is high and the professional shooters refuse to let this affect their demeanor.

“It’s a little colder and windier than we expected,” said Spc. Dan H. Rilett, a sniper from Team Michigan, “but we’ve definitely endured worse conditions than these.”

While competition is fierce, the spirit of comradery is palpable. Each team brings with them a wealth of knowledge and unique experiences that they eagerly share with their opponents to ensure all teams come away from the competition with new skills and knowledge. They can then take back these new skills and knowledge to their respective units and use these skills to improve the overall marksmanship of their fellow service members.

“It’s really interesting to come here and see everyone else’s different equipment, to see what they’re running with,” said Staff Sgt. Jaime I. Jiminez, an infantry from the Warrior Training Center at Ft. Benning, Ga. “We talk about different setups, different experiences, and trade knowledge. The real goal is for everyone to leave here a better marksman than when we arrived.”

“It’s really interesting to come here and see everyone else’s different equipment, to see what they’re running with,” said Staff Sgt. Jaime I. Jiminez, an  infantry from the Warrior Training Center at Ft. Benning, Ga. “We talk about different setups, different experiences, and trade knowledge. The real goal is for everyone to leave here a better marksman than when we arrived.”

 

Click here: Day 2 Sniper footage

Click here: Day 2 Sniper Photos

2017 Sniper Championships start on target

~ 46th WPW & 26th AFSAM Sniper Championship 

 By Pvt. 1st Class Kelsey Sutter, 39th Brigade Support Battalion reporting for National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

The Annual Sniper Championship starts off on target. This morning, 25 two-man teams rushed onto the zero range to begin preparing for the matches they’ve been training for all year. The roster includes 4 teams from foreign countries including Canada, Denmark, Italy and Poland. All 50 participants will be competing for the coveted spots as National Guard Sniper Team Champion and Armed Forces Sniper Team Champion.

The Winston P. Wilson Sniper Championship determine the National Guard sniper team champions, while the Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting determines the international or interservice sniper team champions.

Although this is a competition, it is also a cleverly disguised training event. Soldiers learn how to maneuver and shoot in a carefully orchestrated chaos that mimics a battle like environment.  This allows participating teams to become honed in on their current skills and develop new skills in the process.

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

 

Click here: Day 1 Sniper footage

Click here: Day 1 Sniper Photos

2017 National Guard Championships

~ 46th WPW Championship & 26th AFSAM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Training for accuracy is most important.

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

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

WPW 53 of 54 – CR Lifts & Shifts

WPW 4:6:2017.pngby Theresa Walker, Capt. National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. – Fifty-three states and territories out of the 54, as of noon April 6, 2017, had confirmed to participate in the 46th Annual Winston P. Wilson (WPW) National Championships this year, nearing the goal of all 54 participating at the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) in April and May 2017.

However, as of yesterday afternoon, April 6, 2017, a final decision was made to lift and shift all championships except Sniper and Machine Gun, due to the possibility of a government shutdown if Congress does not pass a continuing resolution (CR) on April 28th, which would be the midway point in the competitions.

The new competition dates are April 24-28 for the Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting (AFSAM), and July 23-27 for the WPW Small Arms Championships. The WPW Sniper Championships keep the same dates April 21-27, as well as Machine Gun dates staying May 21-25. Travel days will be the day prior and after each competition.

The goal is still all 54 states and territories participating in this year’s WPW training opportunity, despite this set back.

The NGMTC will still track WPW participation, however now we will be tracking changes based on those states that confirm for the new dates. Contact our Chief of Competitions, MAJ Page with your states commitment to participate in July at this year’s 46th Annual WPW National Marksmanship Championship.