MAJ Gale H Boehnke

Gale Henry Boehnke, age 86, of Hebron, IN, passed away Friday, January 26, 2018. Gale was an Illinois Bell, Electronic Engineer retiree. He married the love of his life Krystyna on June 26, 1987 in Illinois. He proudly served his country in the United States Army Reserves. Gale will be remembered as a loving husband, father and friend.

MAJ Gale Boehnke

Gale is survived by his wife, Krystyna Boehnke; son, Doug Boehnke; daughter, Lisa Boehnke; and many other loving family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Boehnke.

MAJ Gale H Boehnke (ret.) was a member of the USAR Pistol Team from 1970 to 1989. Gale was a true friend to many USAR Shooters, working behind the scenes to ensure that they received orders, supplies and pay. He encouraged us in our Shooting and Training performance and to hang in there while we waited on the Army pay system to work. He made visits to St Louis, to speed up pay when team members had reached the end of their rope. Gale will be missed.

A memorial service for Gale will take place Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Rees Funeral Home, Winfield Chapel, 10909 Randolph Winfield/Crown Point, IN 46307, with Pastor Bob Burton officiating. He will be laid to rest at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois at a later date. Memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 12-3 pm at Rees Funeral Home, Winfield Chapel. For more information, please call 219-661-2600.

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143d ESC

United States Army Reserve Competitive Marksmanship Program (USARCMP), Marksmanship Training Team (MTT) provided marksmanship training and Weapons Qualification to the 143rd ESC from 19 to 24 January 2018 at Camp Blanding, FL ISO incoming mobilization.

USARCMP, MTT will provide intensive marksmanship training ISO 143rd ESC’s weapons qualification, before incoming mobilization. They main objective was to qualify 100% of their mobilizing personnel.

USARCMP conducted training over a 3 day period with the 143rd ESC. The training classes covered during this period was: Rifle PMI, Pistol PMI, Heavy Weapon familiarization with the .50 Cal, M249 and 240B, and familiarization of the new rifle qualification as outlined in the regulation. After the 143rd ESC was properly training in the above listed subjects they were put on the rifle and pistol range over a 2 day period and qualified with the M4 rifle and the M9 pistol with the following results: 50 Soldiers completed their qualification with the M9 pistol at a 100% qualification rate, this rate was an improvement from the 20% qualification rate the year before. 217 143rd Soldiers completed their qualification with the M4 rifle at a 100% qualification rate and this was an improvement from the year before which was 28%. During the event there was overwhelming thanks from the Soldiers being trained and the Command that they wish they would have received that type of training all along. Also during the event we were approached by two separate Commanders from the 143rd inquiring about us completing this type of training for their units, information was passed along for them to contact us in the future.

MAJ Freeman from USARCMP, MTT provides PMI during first day of training.

SFC Staffer provides training during PMI.

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Info Sheet

2018 USAR Midwestern


PAO Wrap Up:

This page will host all event information for the 2018 U.S. Army Reserve Midwestern match, including registration, additional information, match results, etc.

The permalink is:

All participants need to fill out and submit the following Registration form (.xlsx spreadsheet).
Registration Army Midwest Regional

Send the completed form to the Event Registration Officer:
usarmy.usarc.arcd.list.bn10-ops -at-

Note: This form will contain Personally Identifiable Information. Send it from a email address.

Event Program and Flyer

2018 USAR Midwestern Small Arms Championship Event Program FINAL

2018 USAR Midwestern Small Arms Championship Event Flyer

New Rifle Qualification Position Walkthrough

The new rifle qualification “Modified Record Fire (Barricade)” will require moving between tables of fire and changing positions while reloading under a time limit. Conducted on a RETS (“pop up”) range, the target exposures will begin whether the shooter is ready or not.

To be ready, here’s instruction and video from the 82nd Airborne Division Small Arms Master Gunner

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Classifications Explained

The National Rifle Association and Civilian Marksmanship Program uses a Classification system to keep competitors in similar-skilled groups. I’ve detailed this in the past:

What follows is a more succinct breakdown.

NRA Classifications Explained
by John M. Buol Jr.

A Marksman Classification is “earned” by merely showing up to a match and failing to be disqualified due to flagrant safety violations. You can’t shoot worse than this. Scratch that. Given only 2% of the NRA membership will bother to ever show up, 98% of the herd are less involved and probably worse than your terrible level of non-skill.

The worst you can shoot while meeting a minimally-low cut off. One step up from the bottom. Good job!

You’re actually invested and have practiced to become this bad. A complete lay person (which describes nearly every gun owner that has never attended a match) might be fooled into believing an “Expert” Classification denotes actual skill. You’re shooting just well enough to eventually stumble into enough “leg points” to earn a Distinguished Rifleman/Pistol Shot badge if you keep at it, the marksmanship equivalent of the infinite monkey theorem.

Possibly good enough to be a contender for a win at local, or small state/regional match. You consider a trip to a drained swamp on the southwest-side of Lake Erie to stay in a hutment that deployed Marines would complain about to be a vacation while spending enough money in travel, lodging, match fees, and ammunition to have instead gone to Europe.

High Master
You’ve reached the Classification pinnacle of a century-old sport sponsored by a political organization that not even the directors and card-carrying members know or care anything about. And it only took an investment in time and money that could have paid for an early retirement. After giving your paycheck to Chump’s Choice, avoid considering this fact by enjoying beer and pizza at Bell Mell or an ice cream at Andy’s because ya can’t go to Nick’s anymore…