SFC Tung Nguyen Memorial Match


Members of the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) held a memorial Excellence In Competition match for SFC Tung Nguyen at Range 65, Fort Bragg on November 20.


3D SFG(A) invited members of the U.S. Army Reserve Competition Marksmanship Program to help conduct this event as they wanted an official EIC match to be part of their memorial for SFC Nguyen.

SFC Tung M. Nguyen, 38, a Special Forces communications sergeant assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, died Nov. 14, 2006, as a result of a gunshot wound during combat operations in Baghdad. Nguyen was born in Cantho, Vietnam, became a U.S. citizen, and was raised in Tracy, Calif. He enlisted as an infantryman in 1986.

In 1991, he reentered active duty, and served with 1st Bn., 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky., for one year before volunteering for Special Forces training. Nguyen began his journey to become a Special Forces Soldier in 1992 and earned the coveted Green Beret when he graduated from the course in 1993. He was assigned to 1st Special Forces Group, Fort Lewis, Wash., that year and served in all three combat battalions during his tenure there, first as a communications sergeant and then as an intelligence sergeant.

In 2003, Nguyen was chosen to become an instructor at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. He served in both instructor and operations positions, preparing Special Forces Soldiers for the rigors of combat, until February 2006 when he was assigned 3rd SFG where he served until his death.

Among his many awards and decorations, Nguyen was a Distinguished Pistol Shot, the winner of the 2006 Small Arms Championship Sniper Class competition, and the 2006 Joint Special Operations Command Small Arms Championship Pistol Class competition.

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USARCMP members were informed by 3D SFG(A) Soldiers that, “Most members of SOF (Special Operations Forces) use competitive shooting as a training tool. Our gear looks like that used in 3-Gun because that sort of practical competition is how we set up equipment.”

Excellence In Competition, Service Conditions, and 3-Gun are all formats used by USARCMP to validate and improve marksmanship programs throughout the Army Reserve. The USARCMP is honored to have been invited to this 3D SFG(A) memorial marksmanship event for SFC Tung Nguyen.

3D SFG(A) member winning the pistol EIC match. Obscured for OPSEC.

3D SFG(A) members competing at the SFC Tung Nguyen Memorial EIC Match.

SFC Arcularius highlights the history of Excellence In Competition events prior to announcing the match winners.

SSG Fuentes of the USARCMP demonstrating.

Most members of SOF use equipment similiar to that found in practical competition.

FORSCOM Small Arms Competition 2017

Fort Bragg, NC – Soldiers from various units compete in the FORSCOM Small Arms Competition hosted by the 82nd Airborne Division on Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Throughout the fourth week of October 2017, three groups of competitors test their abilities in using one of three small arms weapons, the M249 Saw, Pistol and M4 Carbine.

Members of the USAR CMP provided support and conducted the Excellence In Competition portion of the event.

MSG Burdette and MSG Moore conduct the Rifle EIC event.

WO2 Knote helps a competitor during the Pistol EIC.


Additional photos by Sgt. Christopher Gallagher, 82nd Airborne Division

FORSCOM Small Arms Championships 2017

The Forces Command (FORSCOM) Small Arms Championships is a comprehensive live-fire training event that tests Soldiers’ and leaders’ ability to employ individual, crew-served, sniper weapon systems, problem solve, and think critically under the stresses created by competition. While the elements and spirit of competition are important, all Soldiers are reminded that the Army’s critical intent of the competition in arms program is to develop marksmanship skills at the entry and intermediate level, recognize superior skill at the highest levels, while raising the standards of marksmanship and increasing lethality across the entire force.

23-27 October 2017.

82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum, Ardennes St., Bldg C-6841, Fort Bragg, NC 28307.


DVIDS: 416th TEC marksmanship team rises up, wins competition


FORT MCCOY, Wis. – Nearly 130 Soldiers competed at the Army Reserve Marksman Small Arms Championship August 27-30 during the 4-day event testing competitors and teams skill and endurance.

416th Theater Engineer Command achieved the high overall team score, high rifle and high pistol and included firing team members Sgt. 1st Class Martin Braden from Meridian, Idaho, who was the team leader, Sgt. John Halley from Winslow, Arkansas, who placed third overall, Sgt. Jared Henderson from Kuna, Idaho, and Sgt. Andrew Newlon from Springfield, Missouri, was first place (non-pro).

Soldiers competed individually with scores adding up for the four-person team score in pistol and rifle excellence competition matches.

Sgt. John Halley, a combat engineer with the 688th Engineer Company (Mobility Augmentation Company), Harrison, Arkansas, was selected to be a member of the team when a fellow team member saw he was interested to be part of the team.

“We have a wealth of knowledge on the team with shooters of ten years or more experience and wealth of knowledge. We each have a basic knowledge and are able to make on the spot corrections and improvement for the next stage of fire,” Halley added.

Expectations are high and everyone wants to win and see their team shoot solid across the board. Team building and knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses builds camaraderie.

Sgt. Jared Henderson, a combat engineer with the 391st Engineer Company, Boise, Idaho, and a former Marine, said, “Shooting is a perishable skill and if units can integrate this in their training it’s a big opener,” he said, “Army Reserve unfortunately only fires once a year and if units could support more practice and support this exercise would vastly improve skill.”

“As part of an Amalgamated team, I’m thankful for the experience of each member,” Henderson added.

The team consisting of Army engineers was offered experience and has various levels of competition experience with one competing in the All Army Championship. They faced distance challenges and required commitment to practice, often separately, and learn from all the experienced team members.

“We all bring something to the table and we obviously want to win. I’m about to get out so I’d love to win and our team has the capability,” said Sgt. Andrew Newlon, a combat engineer also from the 688th Engineer Company, “Secondly, we want take back what we learn from this competition to the unit to improve basic marksmanship.”

Newlon has competed in five marksmanship competitions to include All Army in 2016 and 2017. This year he has a little extra encouragement to do well during this competition since he’s getting out of the Army Reserve to focus on his career as a real estate investor.

The team exerts a lot of time and energy over the four-day competition and experience.

“It’s a little hard to train, but we train on our own, and I know that they are putting as much effort as I do. It helps to keep in touch to discuss efforts,’ said Halley, “All the team members keep in contact and prepare on their own.”

“I’m very proud of the members of our team for their performance this past year. Their hard work has paid off. We would also like to thank the 416 TEC for their continued support which has led to our success,” said, Sgt. 1st Class Martin Braden, 688th Engineer Company (MAC).

“We’ve been firing together since last March. We train separately and coordinate. Camaraderie is brought about by a common task. We’re all here to do the same thing…that is shoot well and love the sport,” he added.

The 416th will have one opening on next year’s team as one member departs and makes room for another team member.

Story by Sgt. 1st Class Darrin McDufford
416th Theater Engineer Command

USAR 2017 Small Arms Championships Wrap Up

Congratulations to the 416th TEC team for sweeping ARSAC 2017.

Firing members SFC Martin Braden, SGT John Halley, SGT Jared Henderson, and SGT Andrew Newlon won every Team match. In addition SGT Newlon was the High Overall (non Pro class) winner followed by SGT Halley in third.

Army Reserve Marksman 2017 Small Arms Championship
416th TEC was the high overall team, high rifle and high pistol.

The firing members of the team were:

SFC Martin Braden from Meridian, ID
SGT John Halley from Winslow, AR
SGT Jared Henderson from Kuna, ID
SGT Andrew Newlon from Springfield, MO

SGT Newlon was first place (non-pro) and SGT Halley was third overall.

Army Reserve Small Arms Championship Final Results:

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Army Reserve Marksman 2017 Small Arms Championship

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