Army Reserve Soldiers at AFSAM International Competition

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The Army Reserve Marksmanship Program sent a team of 14 Soldiers to compete in the Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting (AFSAM) held 31 March-13 April at Camp Robinson. AFSAM is an International Combat/Service Conditions small arms event that included teams from the British Army Reserve, Royal Air Force, Canadian Armed Forces, Royal Netherlands Army, U.S. National Guard, and U.S. Marine Corps.

“Our goal at AFSAM 2019 was to win or place in the top three while learning and testing world-class shooting techniques to be the premier marksmanship trainers in the Army Reserve,” said Lt. Col. Scott Klawon, the Team officer in charge. “We brought five new shooters to AFSAM and sharpened our small arms skills on the M9, M16A4, and M4A1 using Elcan and ACOG optics from close quarters distances out to 500 yards.”

The Army Reserve Team consisted of 14 shooter-instructors. In addition to being members of the Army Reserve and serving in their assigned units, each of these team members also assists with Mobile Training Team missions as an additional duty to train other Army Reserve Soldiers as the Army Reserve does not currently have a permanently-assigned organization and staff dedicated to small arms training.

At this year’s AFSAM, the Army Reserve Team took first place in four team matches, two individual matches, and an additional top three finishes in 22 other team and individual matches at the event.

“The team improved from last year increasing the number of top three place finishes greatly,” Klawon said. “Our top performance among some of the best Combat/Service Conditions shooters in the world validates our training techniques and we’re better prepared to conduct MTTs (Mobile Training Teams missions) to help other Army Reserve Soldiers as the Army Reserve’s premier marksmanship instructors.”

Individual wins for the Army Reserve team included a first place in RI 3060, Special Zero (Sgt. 1st Class Cheryl Morris, ARCD) and RT3600, International Team Match High Individual (Staff Sgt. Sean Morris, 200th MP Command). First place team wins included RT 3350, Combat Rifleman Team Match; PT 2340, Rapid Pistol CQB Team; PT 2330, Pistol Barricade Team Match; and RT 3195, Know Your Limits Barricade. In addition to these first places finishes, the Army Reserve team placed in the top three of 22 other team and individual matches.

“We have great new talent and the scores are reflecting that,” Klawon said. “One of our experienced shooters confessed this may be his last year competing with our team because he sees the high level of new talent we now have. This will motivate people to train harder and further increase competition scores.”

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Army Reserve Soldiers Conduct Advanced Weapons Training

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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.

EIC at BWC

FORT BRAGG, N.C. —


Master Sgt. Russell Moore, combat heavy engineer, 416th Theater Engineer Command of Darien, Illinois, NCOIC USARCMP Service Conditions/Combat Team conducts a safety briefing before the Combat Pistol Excellence in Competition event at the 2018 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, June 10, 2018. This year’s Best Warrior Competition will determine the top noncommissioned officer and junior enlisted Soldier who will represent the U.S. Army Reserve in the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition later this year at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Anshu Pandeya) (Released) (Photo by Sgt. Anshu Pandeya)


Sgt. 1st Class Chris Volmer, Fox Company, 3rd Battalion, 415th Infantry Regiment, 95th Training Division of Boise, Idaho and USARCMP member demonstrates weapon handling during a safety briefing before the Combat Pistol Excellence in Competition event at the 2018 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, June 10, 2018. This year’s Best Warrior Competition will determine the top noncommissioned officer and junior enlisted Soldier who will represent the U.S. Army Reserve in the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition later this year at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Anshu Pandeya) (Released) (Photo by Sgt. Anshu Pandeya)

Noncommissioned officers and junior enlisted Soldiers competing in this year’s U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition will not only have the opportunity to be the Best Warrior, but also to accrue points to earn a rare distinction in the Excellence in Competition Program.

Gen. Phillip H. Sheridan implemented the EIC program in 1884 to cultivate the Army’s tactical proficiency and lethality of force.

“It was started to improve marksmanship training techniques, improve weapon and ammunition capabilities, raise proficiency of service rifle and service pistol throughout the Army, provide an opportunity to excel through competition, and establish a basis for quality marksmanship instructions. And that’s pretty much the way it is now,” explained Roscoe Castle, EIC custodian at the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Civilians and service members alike are eligible to compete, though the two populations earn separate badges. Soldiers can only earn the Distinguished Marksmanship Badge by competing in Excellence in Competition matches for rifle or pistol. Competitors must accumulate 30 points throughout three competition tiers to earn a Distinguished Badge. Soldiers earn their first 10 points in Tier 1 to receive the Bronze EIC Badge. The top 10 percent of Best Warrior competitors at the combat pistol EIC event will earn this badge.

Soldiers must earn their next 10 points in Tier 2 to receive the Silver EIC Badge, and Soldiers who earn the final 10 in Tier 3, totaling 30 points, receive the Distinguished Badge. Soldiers can also compete in intercontinental events for an international badge. To date, the Army has only awarded badges to 1,856 pistol shooters and 3,389 rifle shooters. Only 438 marksman have earned both honors, and there are just 16 awardees in the history of the competition who have all three.

“It’s a permanent-wear badge issued by the Department of Army with a set of orders that permanently replaces your marksmanship badge, in this case, for pistol,” said Master Sgt. Russell Moore, a combat-heavy engineer for the 416th Theater Engineer Command based in Darien, Illinois, and noncommissioned officer in charge of the Best Warrior pistol match.

“You don’t see them (EIC badges) very much. Everyone says, ‘You can’t be wearing that foreign device.’” Moore explained to the competitors. As one of the few Soldiers who has earned distinguished badges in both categories, Moore told the competitors to respond, “Hey, sergeant major. It’s one of the oldest devices in the United States Army.”

This year’s Army Reserve BWC will determine the top noncommissioned officer and junior enlisted Soldier who will represent the U.S. Army Reserve in the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition later this year at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. But even if Reserve competitors don’t advance to the Army-wide competition, they still have the special opportunity to receive the EIC Bronze Badge and the points toward earning the rare Distinguished Marksmanship Badge.

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AFSAM 2018

LTC Klawon (OIC) and MSG Burdette (NCOIC) led two teams to the 2018 Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting at Camp Robinson.

USAR Gold Team was SGT Mercer, SSG Godel, SGT Hall, and SGT Halley. USAR Blue Team was WO2 Knote, SGT Walsh, SFC Braden, and MSG Burdette.

Team Results

Bianchi Battle, USAR Gold took 1st place.
Combined Arm Barricade, USAR Gold took 3rd place.
Infantry Trophy, USAR Gold took 2nd place.
Anti-Body Armor, USAR Gold took 3rd place.
Falling Plates, USAR Gold took 3rd place.

RT3195 Know your limits, USAR Blue team was 4th place

USAR Service Conditions Team

USAR Service Conditions Team at awards ceremony

Individual Results

SGT Hall was 1st place RI 3350 Combat Rifleman.

SGT Hall HOA rifle

SGT Mercer earned 10 EIC points pistol and 10 EIC points rifle and went Double Distinguished. WO2 Knote earned six more pistol EIC points.

Army Reserve Soldiers advance skills through competition

EIC matches are not something most Soldiers have heard of, let alone competed in. In fact, “a lot of Soldiers, especially Army Reserve Soldiers, don’t know the world of competitive shooting even exists,” said U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Bradford Griffith, who is a noncommissioned officer on the 108th Training Command (IET) drill sergeant recruiting team out of Charlotte, North Carolina.

As a competitive shooter for the U.S. Army Reserve Service Pistol Team, Griffith is passionate about marksmanship and urged some fellow Soldiers to come to the 2018 All Army with him. “I consider pistol marksmanship to be one of my favorite things in life, so I feel like that’s a big thing I can contribute to my unit and make them more lethal in marksmanship.”

His personal passion for marksmanship is in step with U.S. Army Reserve top leadership, and something he said he takes personal responsibility in. “LTG [Charles D.] Luckey, the chief of the Army Reserve, has been very clear on his guidance and that is to make the force more lethal, and that’s kind of been my personal charge,” said the Soldier who once served as an Army Reserve drill sergeant.

So with the goal of teaching others through experience, Griffith put together a team of former drill sergeants and a drill sergeant candidate to compete and get the full All Army experience.


U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Bradford Griffith, who is assigned to the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) out of Charlotte, North Carolina, checks his teammates hits at the bullseye match during the 2018 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships at Fort Benning, Georgia March 11-18, 2018.
Griff

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2018 USAR Midwestern: Wrap Up

Thanks to CSM Ted L. Copeland, Command Sergeant Major of the Army Reserve, for attending the 2018 USAR Midwestern Small Arms Championships. And thank you to all the Soldiers that competed and supported this event.

Event info and results:
https://armyreservemarksman.info/2018-usar-midwestern/

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The 2018 USAR Midwestern Small Arms Championships was designed to enhance combat marksmanship skills, recognize individual and team achievement, and to develop marksmanship trainers. Service Conditions matches enable Warriors to concentrate solely on marksmanship training under competitive conditions.

Individual Rifle

Rifle Match 1
3rd Place: SFC Mohamad Affandy
2nd Place: SFC John Furgiuele
1st Place: SFC Cheryl Morris

Rifle Match 2
3rd Place: SFC Timothy Mcdonald
2nd Place: CW3 Joseph Hayes
1st Place: SFC John Furgiuele

Rifle Match 321
3rd Place: CW3 Joseph Hayes
2nd Place: SSG Timothy Miller
1st Place: SFC John Furgiuele

Rifle Individual Championship Match
3rd Place: SFC Mohamad Affandy
2nd Place: CW3 Joseph Hayes
1st Place: SFC John Furgiuele


Individual Pistol

Pistol Match 1
3rd Place: CW4 Jerry Mannes
2nd Place: SSG Robert Thompson
1st Place: MAJ Tyler Waterhouse

Pistol Match 2
3rd Place: PFC Maxwell Schumer
2nd Place: SSG Robert Thompson
1st Place: MAJ Tyler Waterhouse

Pistol Match 221:
3rd Place: SSG Christopher Waite
2nd Place: MAJ Tyler Waterhouse
1st Place: SFC Bradford Griffith

Pistol Individual Championship
3rd Place: SSG Christopher Waite
2nd Place: SSG Robert Thompson
1st Place: MAJ Tyler Waterhouse

Other Individual Awards
Top Career Counselor
2nd place: SFC Cheryl Morris
1st place: SFC John Furgiuele

Top Drill Sergeant
2nd place SFC Craig Butler
1st place SFC Timothy Mcdonald

Combined Arms Individual Champion
Aggregate score of all the matches fired with the rifle and the pistol.
3rd Place: SFC Cheryl Morris
2nd Place: SFC John Furgiuele
1st Place: MAJ Tyler Waterhouse

Team Matches

Pistol Team Champion
Aggregate score of all Shooting Team Members for the individual pistol matches and the Team Pistol Match. All Team members stand and be recognized.

3rd place team
2-338 TSBN
SSG Waite (Team Captain)
SSG Wasson
SSG Gangler
SGT Richardson

2nd Place Team
2nd BN Knights
SFC Frazier (Team Captain)
SFC Henning
SFC Vardalis
SFC Rodriquez, Samuel

1st place team
Slayer
MAJ Rodriquez (Team Captain)
MAJ Waterhouse
CW3 Hayes
MSG Phoenix

Rifle Team Champion
Aggregate score of all Shooting Team Members for the individual rifle matches and the Rifle Team match.

3rd place team
Wolverines 1
MSG Dickey
SFC Tennant (Team Captain)
SFC McDonald
SFC David

2nd Place Team
643rd Bravo
SFC Affandy
SSG Turull
SPC Cayten
SPC Ellis

1st place team
Slayer
MAJ Rodriquez (Team Captain)
MAJ Waterhouse
CW3 Hayes
MSG Phoenix

Overall Team Champions
Aggregate score of all Shooting Team Members for all matches fired.

3rd place team
2nd BN Knights
SFC Frazier (Team Captain)
SFC Henning
SFC Vardalis
SFC Rodriquez

2nd Place Team:
643rd Bravo
SFC Affandy
SSG Turull
SPC Cayten
SPC Ellis

1st place team
Slayer
MAJ Rodriquez, Daniel (Team Captain)
MAJ Waterhouse
CW3 Hayes
MSG Phoenix