QUANTICO, Va. – Members of the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program hosted the 2014 United States Army Reserve Eastern Small Arms Competition at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia on April 28-30. The event was a test of rifle and pistol marksmanship using as-issued combat gear.
Master Sgt. John McFarland, of Fort Story, Va. and a career counselor with 3rd Battalion Army Reserve Careers Division was the Combat Match Overall Individual Champion. ARCD Area 1 was the high overall team, lead by Master Sgt. McFarland and team mates Sgt. 1st Class Maxie Fannin, Sgt. 1st Class Jeffery Clay and Sgt. 1st Class Rick Edwards. This Eastern Small Arms Competition featured 106 individual competitors and seven teams.
“Marksmanship is the most important Soldier task, yet it often receives the least attention,” said rifle match director Master Sgt. Norman Anderson. “It is the Army’s only Skill Level 1 task that can simultaneously defeat the enemy and save you and your buddy’s life.”
“This is awesome. Events like this are ideal Army training. Shooting a scored match is just a bonus,” said Sgt. 1st Class John Frazier, a career counselor from 3rd Batt. ARCD from Red Horse, West Va. “The Championship is much better than qualification.
“This is my first match ever and I’m learning a lot,” said Sgt. Briana Hawkes, a Soldier from Twinsburg, Ohio serving with the 2nd Psychological Operations Group. “This kind of shooting offers more feedback than qualification.”