Members of the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program competed at the 2015 U.S. Army Forces Command Weapons Marksmanship Competition through September 23 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
“Every trooper has to be able to engage the enemy in combat. First round strikes matter. If I get first round strikes, that’s less ammo that I have to carry,” said CSM Scott Schroeder, the Command Sergeant Major of U.S. Army Forces Command. “Congratulations to these fine Soldiers who prevailed and demonstrated their training proficiency and superior warrior skills during the 2015 FORSCOM Weapons Marksmanship Competition.”
While competition events recognize the best performances, their ultimate purpose is to function as program for teaching higher level skills to all personnel. According to CSM Schroeder, the goal of the competition was to “show the training possibilities that exist at their home station so they can integrate these things into their marksmanship training programs.”
The FORSCOM event represented all components of the U.S. Army. In the final tally US Army Reserve Competition Program members won two of the three events, with a USARCMP member placing second overall in the third event. In the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon category, Capt. Dustin Duncan, a Blackhawk helicopter trainer at the National Training Center was top overall. In M4 match, Capt. Kirk Freeman of the 518th Infantry Regiment and USARCMP member won. For M9 pistol, Master Sgt. Russell Moore, 416th Theater Engineer Command and USARCMP won.