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.

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2019 WPW, AFSAM, & CNGB

LOI Tracker Map (1FEB2019)by Major Theresa Austin, public affairs officer National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Arkansas -This year’s National Guard marksmanship championships information has been released for service members to begin signing up to attend theses events here in Arkansas.

WPW & AFSAM Sniper Championship: March 29-April 3, 2019 (Fort Chaffee, Ark.)
Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting: April 1-12, 2019 (RMTC, N. Little Rock, Ark.)
WPW Small Arms Championship: April 6-11, 2019 (RMTC, N. Little Rock, Ark.)
WPW Machine Gun ChampionshipMay 5-11, 2019 (RMTC, N. Little Rock, Ark.)
CNGB Postal Phase III: May 5-11, 2019 (RMTC, N. Little Rock, Ark.)

The Official Match Programs are released. (Machine Gun and CNGB are pending publish).  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 15 February 2019    Team-registration 1 March 2019
WPW & AFSAM Small Arms – LOI due 1 February 2019    Team-registration 1 March 2019
WPW Machine Gun – LOI due 15 March 2019    Team-registration 1 April 2019
CNGB – match scores and targets may be submitted until 15 April 2019

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

RFO (request for orders) as of Jan. 2019

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)

 

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

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.

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

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.

 

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