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Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.
The Army Reserve Marksmanship program held an invitational training, new event and equipment testing, and competition at Marine Corps Base Quantico March 18-23. Their emphasis was to prepare for upcoming competitions, such as the Army Forces Skill At Arms Meeting, an international Service Conditions event.
Several shooter-instructors with the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program conducted training for Army Reserve Soldiers based on different Service Conditions and Action shooting events. Among these trainers was Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Horner, currently assigned to Army Reserve Careers Division and a member of the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program whose civilian job is a professional shooter with Team SIG.
“Sgt. 1st Class Horner trained us during the event and it was great,” said Lt. Col. Scott Klawon of the 97th Training Brigade (100 Division), the officer in charge of the Service Conditions team and of the training event. “He is a professional shooter and coach and helped each person there. He was especially instrumental in close range speed shooting which our team has less expertise on.”
The event also featured testing new training events for the entire Army Reserve and equipment. “We had a chance to test a variety of equipment, both Army issue and other items of interest,” said Sgt. Maj. Raul Torres, the event noncommissioned officer in charge. “Getting feedback from skilled shooters on a marksmanship program rather than randomly-selected Soldiers is ideal.”
The results of this event will benefit all Army Reserve Soldiers. Information on the results of the training and testing will appear in future issues of Army Reserve Marksman, the quarterly newsletter on small arms training. The new courses are scheduled to be additions to the Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey Postal Match, a Chief, Army Reserve directed training event available to all Army Reserve units.
Having successful training requires a good place to train with helpful support. “Marine Corps Base Quantico was a very good place to train. Range control and S3 of the Marine Corps Weapons Training Battalion were very accommodating,” said Klawon.
As with most Marksmanship Program events, the training culminates with scored competitive events. Soldiers on the team have to produce good scores in order to demonstrate skills as superior small arms trainers and to be effective Team members. Sgt. 1st Class Sean Morris 83D MP Company under the 200th MP Command was the highest scoring Soldier at the event. He as also the first place Rifle shooter. Sgt. Devin Hughes of the 450th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) under the 352nd Civil Affairs Command was the first place Pistol shooter.