FY2014 Summary

2014 All Army

With the championship comprising 213 competitors from all walks of the Active, National Guard and Reserve components, ARMP team shooters dominated every aggregate of the entire competition.

Starting with the combat rifle event, a NATO-style combat match fired on silhouetted targets from 25 to 500 yards, ARMP Service Rifle shooter Cpt. Samuel K. Freeman won the individual Rifle Championship aggregate. Freeman, a champion Across The Course and Long Range competitor with a string of legendary wins commented, “I’m just here to shoot X’s and deliver the news.” All Army was Cpt. Freeman’s first big combat-type match.

Sgt. 1st Class John Buol, assigned to the ARMP Service Pistol and Combat rosters and former Service Pistol NCOIC, took both the Pistol and Combined Arms Championship aggregates. Buol, a USPSA competitor recruited to the ARMP, found that his new experience with Service Pistol greatly enhanced his accuracy and helped secure his wins.

The overall Championship, a grand aggregate of the three individual aggregates, was won by ARMP Combat Team shooter Master Sgt. Russell Moore. Master Sgt. Moore has displayed an uncanny level of consistent skill that championship-level shooting requires. At the 2014 All Army, Moore was in the top three of individual aggregates. Even in those events he didn’t win, he was very close to the top.

Master Sgt. Moore received a Secretary of the Army Trophy Rifle, a picture plaque of the US Army Small Army Championship Trophy, which will be displayed at the USMAU Headquarters and a Secretary of the Army coin.

ARMP Team shooter Sgt. Major James Mauer, 3rd Battalion Army Reserve Careers Division, earned his last needed “leg” points and was awarded the Distinguished Rifleman Badge through Excellence in Competition (EIC). The Excellence In Competition program was created in 1894 and a total of 3,304 Soldiers have received the Distinguished Rifleman badge since. “Going Distinguished” is a rite of passage for all ARMP Team shooters and Sgt. Major Mauer is warmly welcomed to the club.

2014 World Cup

Members of the Army Reserve Competitive Marksmanship Program took medals at the 2014 International Shooting Sport Federation Rifle and Pistol World Cup in Fort Benning, Ga. March 26 through April 3.

Of the three shooters from Team USA who took medals at the ISSF event, hosted at the Army Marksmanship Team home range, two of them are Reservists.

Sgt. 1st Class Keith Sanderson, of Honolulu, Hawaii and assigned to the 4960th Multi-Functional Training Brigade, took Gold in the International Rapid Fire match. To take first, Sanderson had to beat Christian Reitz of Germany, who holds the World Record and is currently ranked number one in the event. Sanderson said, “Before my injury in 2009, I was trading places with him. He always makes the final and is very good.”

Rapid Fire consists of strings of five shots fired at 25 meters in decreasing time limits on electronically-scored targets. “I’ve been busy training and qualifying Marines in Hawaii and haven’t had time to train the way I like. I focused on the four second stage. It seemed to work out,” Sanderson said. “Entering into the final, it was mathematically impossible for me to lose at that point but that last string was still difficult. The pressure was still high, just to prove I truly earned the win. I ended up with a 50 out of 50 on that last string.”

Pfc. Nick Mowrer, of Fort Carson, Colo. and assigned to the 420th Engineer Brigade, competed in Free Pistol and Prone Rifle, taking Bronze in the rifle event. In addition to the medal, Mowrer’s performance earned an International Distinguished badge, making him the 38th American in United States history to go Triple Distinguished, having already earned Distinguished Rifleman and Distinguished Pistol Shot ratings. Sanderson and Mowrer are the only two currently-serving servicemen in the entire United States Department of Defense to hold the Triple Distinguished rating.

Mowrer overcame a recent ISSF rule change scoring the entire Prone Rifle event, including qualification, by decimals and not just integers. “In the past, qualifications were scored as whole integers and only the finals were by decimals,” the shooter explained. “Now, every shot for record in Prone and Air Rifle events are scored to a tenth of a point. It basically takes the target from ten scoring rings to one hundred.”

With their wins at this World Cup, Sanderson and Mowrer have advanced and are on track for the 2016 Olympics.

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USAR Service Rifle Palma Team

Congratulations to our team members MSG Norman Anderson (coach), MSG Rob Mango (reserve), SFC Russel Theurer (shooter), and SGT Eric Smith (shooter) for being named to the 2015 U.S. Palma Team. They will compete against the world’s best long range shooters at the World Palma Championships in Camp Perry, OH in August.

Shoot Like a Legend!

United States Long Range Rifle Team

Congratulations to the chosen 2015 US Palma Team for the World Championship to be held at Camp Perry next August.

Captain: D. Flaharty
Adjutant: B. Mead
Armorer: B. Gamboa
Coaches:
E. Praslick III HC
N. Anderson, R. Gross, S. Hardin, J. O’Connell, G. Rasmensen
Shooters:
K. Bachand, S. Barnhart, L. Buxton, T. Cooper
M. Delcotto, A. Elsenboss, T. Fay, M. Gallagher, B. Green
N. Houle, B. Litz, K. Nevius, K. Reeve, J. Skaret
E. Smith, R. Theurer, N. Tompkins, J. Whidden
2nd Reserves:
M. Altendorf, W. Budbill, M. Dietrich, N. Guernsey, R. Mango, A. Wachter

2015 US Veterans Team
Captain: Tom Whitaker
Adjutant: Leo Cebula
Coaches:
J. O’Connell, G. Rasmussen, S. Hardin, B. Mead
Shooters:
P. Church, D. Crandall, N. Crawford, M. Dunia, W. Forshee, C. Kemp,
M. Mayo, N. Mayo, B. Steketee, B. Solis, S. Tamulinas, J. Young
2nd Reserves:
J. Decosta, Steve McGee, R. Gregory, R. Sekellick

SPC Nick Mowrer is Awesome

Certainly a highlight of 2014 was 2012 Pistol Olympian Nick Mowrer earning a spot on the Prone Rifle for World Cup USA and then going out and capturing the bronze medal on top of it. No athlete ever has competed in two different disciplines in Olympic shooting until Mowrer did so in 2014.

Army Reserve Shooters Helping Outside The Team

From SFC Russel Theurer

This report is from the from the 395th and is because SGT Eric Smith of the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program volunteered to help these Soldiers. Members of our program do a lot more than what is seen by the USARC staff. Here is an example.

Event: 7 December, The 395th Financial Management Support Unit (FMSU) Shooting Team prepared to compete in the All Army Shooting Competition.

Communications Objective: To increase the proficiency and confidence of the Soldiers to accurately engage the target and strike the target at the intended impact site.

Activities: The 395th FMSU coordinated with Mr. Will Smith, a Board Member of the Utah State Rifle and Pistol Association, to open the Centerville Small Arms Range, provide his professional instruction and allow the Soldiers to practice their marksmanship skills. With assistance from his son, SGT Eric Smith of the 872nd Maintenance Company, both Presidents Hundred recipients, coached and mentored the Soldiers to effectively manipulate their sights and engage targets at ranges from 100 to 500 yards. The training consisted of in-depth marksmanship instruction to successfully compensate for trajectory and wind. Soldiers were able to accurately engage their targets because of the training event.

Event Output: The Soldier now understand and know their weapons sight adjustments to intentionally place a ¼ inch round 500 yards down range at the intended point of impact. The Soldiers are one step closer to presenting a competitive advantage at the All Army Shooting Competition and uphold the “Deadeye” heritage.