Cleto Rodríguez

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Medal of Honor citation
Cleto Rodríguez
Rank and organization: U.S. Army, Company B, 148th Infantry, 37th Infantry Division
Place and date: Paco Railroad Station, Manila, Philippines, February 9, 1945
Entered service at: San Antonio, TX
Born:San Marcos, TX

Citation:

He was an automatic rifleman when his unit attacked the strongly defended Paco Railroad Station during the battle for Manila, Philippines. While making a frontal assault across an open field; his platoon was halted 100 yards from the station by intense enemy fire.

On his own initiative, he left the platoon, accompanied by a comrade, and continued forward to a house 60 yards from the objective. Although under constant enemy observation, the 2 men remained in this position for an hour; firing at targets of opportunity, killing more than 35 hostile soldiers and wounding many more.

Moving closer to the station and discovering a group of Japanese replacements attempting to reach pillboxes, they opened heavy fire, killed more than 40 and stopped all subsequent attempts to man the emplacements. Enemy fire became more intense as they advanced to within 20 yards of the station.

Then, covered by his companion, Pvt. Rodríguez boldly moved up to the building and threw 5 grenades through a doorway killing 7 Japanese, destroying a 20-mm. gun and wrecking a heavy machinegun. With their ammunition running low, the 2 men started to return to the American lines, alternately providing covering fire for each other’s withdrawal.. In 2 l/2 hours of fierce fighting the intrepid team killed more than 82 Japanese, completely disorganized their defense, and paved the way for the subsequent overwhelming defeat of the enemy at this strongpoint.

Two days later, Pvt. Rodríguez again enabled his comrades to advance, when he single-handedly killed 6 Japanese and destroyed a well-placed 20-mm. gun by his outstanding skill with his weapons, gallant determination to destroy the enemy, and heroic courage in the face of tremendous odds. Pvt. Rodriguez, on 2 occasions, materially aided the advance of our troops in Manila.

A rifle firing range at Ohio National Guard Training Site, Camp Perry, Ohio has been named in honor of Pvt Rodriguez. Camp Perry is the home of the National Rifle and Pistol Championships.

Sharpened Steel Improves Leadership, Training

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Fort Knox, Ky.

Events held by the Hatchet Battalion leads to multiple Soldier training successes, Excellence In Competition, and the Army Reserve’s national-level marksmanship program.

Soldiers of the 2-397th (104th Training Division) conducted a Leader Training event called Sharpened Steel at Fort Knox to hone skills necessary to Soldiers and leaders. The Hatchet Battalion successfully completed two Excellence In Competition events with several Soldiers earning permanent awards for their superior performance.

Holding both pistol and rifle versions of Service Conditions (Combat) Excellence In Competition events at Fort Knox, the pistol event resulted in one Soldier being awarded the EIC Bronze Pistol badge and the rifle event had two Soldiers achieving the distinction. This was the first time the Hatchet Battalion held either event and their command reports a heightened Soldier interest growing as a result.

Their training began with each Soldier establishing Data On Previous Engagements at each yard line and cadre like Sgt. 1st Class Frasier noticed the advantage of using these types of targets. “For many, it was their first time seeing how their shot groups opened up as they moved further from the target.”

The training culminated in an Excellence In Competition Rifle event consisting of timed stages from 400, 300, 200, and 100 yards, and then a Close Quarter Battle stage shot at 75, 50, and 25 yards. The Pistol event was a mix of precision and speed from multiple positions and distances at 30 yards and in. This training is a holistic test of Soldier lethality because it incorporates short and medium range engagements, different shooting positions, speed reloads, and – in the Rifle event – a 25 yard rush to each firing line.

Even Soldiers finishing lower in the rankings found value in the event. Supply NCO Sgt. Vanderpool explained, “I’ve never been taught a lot of the marksmanship techniques that were shown. I learned a better way to hold the M16 and gained confidence in my marksmanship skills.”

In addition to the event being a tremendous training opportunity, Sgts. 1st Class Daugherty and Combs received their EIC Bronze Badge, which supersedes the expert badge on the Army Service Uniform, for scoring in the top 10% of the match.

Also during training year 2019, the Hatchet Battalion had two Soldiers compete as members of USAR Competitive Marksmanship Program, with Sgt. 1st Class Combs participating on the Service Pistol team and Command Sgt. Major Michael Ball participating with the Service Conditions/Combat team at the Armed Forces Skill At Arms Meeting. Their participation on the teams has improved the Battalion’s marksmanship training as they bring what they’ve learned back to the unit. As an Army Reserve Drill Sergeant unit, the Hatchet Battalion’s Drill Sergeants will take what they’ve learned and teach it to new Soldiers in Initial Entry Training, which will immediately impact marksmanship skills across the entire force.

https://www.usar.army.mil/News/News-Display/Article/1965677/sharpened-steel-improves-leadership-training/

2019 Army Reserve Small Arms Championship Results

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Congratulations
High Overall
High Overall
Presented by SFC Daniel Horner
3rd place SPC Roland Sink, 2nd place and top overall Army Reserve Soldier receiving a certificate from Sig Sauer SFC Tor Peterson, Overall Rifle Champion US Army National Guardsman SSG Steve Ophoff

1st Place overall Team

303rd PSYOP Company
1st Place overall Team

SGT Phillip HOCHEVAR
SPC Michael Mitchell
SPC Sean Murphy
SPC Roland Sink

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Overview:
Camp Atterbury, Ind. —
The Army Reserve Marksmanship Program hosted a retention and training event at Camp Atterbury. Open to all Army Reserve Soldiers, the Army Reserve Small Arms Championship is an Army Regulation directed event consisting of a mix of precision and timed action shooting events using issue service equipment shot on paper, pop-up, and steel targets from 25 to 400 meters. The event also included a formal qualification with a 100% go rate among all attending Soldiers.

“Events like the Army Reserve Small Arms Championship provide solid training and are great for Soldier retention,” said Command Sgt. Major Larry May, 84th Training Command. “This is an opportunity that many Soldiers (including me, before I attended) don’t realize exists. I consider this to have the same value as the pending ACFT and deserving of the same amount of attention.”

The precision events provided the benefits of shooting at full distance (25 to 400 meters) from multiple positions with full feedback of each shot. The precision requirements were more stringent than those commonly found in sniper training as the silhouette targets featured a number of concentric scoring rings inside the target’s center area.

The action events combined a fitness add-in based on the pending Army Combat Fitness Test with timed shooting on reactive steel and pop-up targets in various scenarios. Shooting positions were based on the new Army qualification with an emphasis on using barricades for kneeling and standing positions to engage targets while being timed.

In addition to the training, the Army Reserve Small Arms Championship also served as a retention event. “Events like these Small Arms Championship are what the Army needs to do. In addition to training, events like this have a high retention value. Retention ultimately saves money because Soldiers decide to stay in the Army, instead of leaving,” said Lt. Col. Charles Hensley, 310th ESC (377th Theater Sustainment Command). “This event has provided good quality team building. For instance, my team has Soldiers from different units within our Major Command. Being part of a team keeps Soldiers in, especially when they can attend events like this.”

Members of the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program also provided coaching to the Soldiers. “Too few Soldiers experience true marksmanship instead of mere qualification,” said Cpt. Amnouayphonh Thammarath, 310th ESC (377th TSC). “Events like this are great for building confidence by providing full feedback to maximize training on a variety of scenarios, especially shooting at long distance. Looking at trends for the past 20 years, we need true subject matter experts capable of teaching at a higher level.”

“I’ve been passionate about shooting for 30 years and have been in the Army for 16. Members of the Competitive Marksmanship Program have instructors that help Soldiers absorb quality information easier versus the forced approach more common in the Army,” said Spc. Nakia Petersen, 390th Regiment (108th Training Command). “Soldiers are often hampered from the ineffective drill sergeant approach, which is too one way. The skilled competitive shooter-instructors in the Marksmanship Program use teaching methods more conducive to learning. They want you to learn and know the best way to teach you.”

Directed by Army regulation, the Army Reserve Small Arms Championship are held as often as Soldier interest and funding allows. In addition, all Army Reserve Soldiers are eligible to host and participate in Postal Matches during their any unit qualification as a means to get started on these retention and training events. This event featured Soldiers from the 84th, 108th, and 80th Training Commands, USACAPOC, ARCD, 83rd ARRTC/RTA, 100th TD, MIRC, First Army, and the National Guard, and the USARCMP would have liked to host more.

NEWS:

https://www.usar.army.mil/News/News-Display/Article/1952388/retention-event-creates-100-qualification-rate/

https://www.usar.army.mil/News/News-Display/Article/1851983/2019-army-reserve-small-arms-championships/

Registration Info
https://armyreservemarksman.info/2019-usar-champs/

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Army Reserve at Pistol National Matches

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Army Reserve Soldiers competed at the Pistol Nationals, winning a number of team and individual events and teaching at the Small Arms Firing School.

Army Reserve Soldiers competed at the Pistol Nationals held at Camp Perry July 7-14. These National Matches are required under U.S. federal law (Public Law Title 36, U.S. Code § 40727) and our Marksmanship Program represents the Army Reserve by coaching people during the Small Arms Firing School and competing in the National Matches.

As a team, USAR Black won the .45 Team Match in their class. The team consisted of Lt. Col. Patrick Sleem (85th Training Command, Team OIC), Sgt. Maj. George Greene (58th Trans BN, Team NCOIC), Maj. Thomas Bourne (80th TASS), Master Sgt. Kris Beerman (85th Training Command), Staff Sgt. Sandra Uptagrafft (108th Training Command), and Staff Sgt. Rich Willis (84th Training Command).

Staff Sgt. John Rosene (HRC-IRR) and Sgt. Nick Mower (200th MP Command) competed together for the Two Man Team matches, taking first place in the overall aggregate, first place in the .45 and Center Fire, and second place .22 for this event. Both Rosene and Mowrer represented our country by being selected for the U.S. Mayleigh Challenge Team. The Mayleigh Challenge is an international Postal Match open to all English-speaking countries around the world, held since 1947, and shot in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Jamaica, South Africa, and the United States of America, with the winning country awarded the Mayleigh Challenge Cup.

The Army Reserve team also had a number of individual wins. In the overall, Staff Sgt. John Rosene won the High Reserve among all service branches and Staff Sgt. Sandra Uptagrafft won Match 114 to become the .22 Only 2700 National Champion. This also made her the first place female and first place Metallic Sight. In the President’s Match, Staff Sgt. Rosene finished in the top ten while Sgt. Chris Liming earned the tab for the first time. In the NRA matches both Sgt. Liming and Maj. Bourne won the Service category for their respective skill Classifications.

“The Army Reserve Team had a great year at Perry and did an awesome job at the Pistol National Matches,” said Maj. Bourne. “Oh, and we are rocking the old school team black hats again, just as directed by Army Regulation!”

https://www.usar.army.mil/News/News-Display/Article/1912082/army-reserve-at-pistol-national-matches/

Army Reserve Soldiers at Interservice Pistol Championship 2019

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Army Reserve Soldiers compete with the best shooters in all branches and components of our military at the 60th Annual Interservice Pistol Championship.

Soldiers represented the Army Reserve competed at the 60th Annual Interservice Pistol Championship. Hosted and conducted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) June 16-21 on Phillips Range, Fort Benning, the Interservice Pistol Championship is a Precision Pistol open to all United States military personnel with teams representing the Active and Reserve components of all the services.

Precision Pistol is a conventional competition discipline requiring shooters to engage targets at 50 yards with individual shots and at 25 yards in Timed and Rapid fire engagements. At 50 yards, the black circular aim point (bullseye) is about the size of the head area on an E-type silhouette with several interior scoring rings, the ten-ring spanning about six minutes of angle which is the same width as a 300-meter silhouette target engaged during qualification. All shooting in Precision Pistol is unsupported and with one hand.

The U.S. Army Reserve Competitive Marksmanship Program had two teams at the event. USAR Black was led by Team OIC Lt. Col. Patrick Sleem (85th Training Command) and Team NCOIC Sgt. Maj. George Greene (58th Trans BN) with Maj. Thomas Bourne (80th TASS), Staff Sgt. John Rosene (HRC-IRR), Staff Sgt. Rich Willis (84th Training Command, and Sgt. Nick Mower (200th MP Command). The USAR Gold Team consisted of Master Sgt. MSG Kris Beerman (85th Training Command), Sgt. 1st Class Brenn Combs (108th Training Command), Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Rosendorn (ARCD), Staff Sgt. Sandra Uptagrafft (108th Training Command), and Sgt. Chris Liming (85th Training Command).

As a team, USAR Black was first place among the Reserve component teams and second place overall behind the AMU. USAR Black took second place in the .22 and Service Pistol team matches and third in the .45.

Individually, Staff Sgt. Rosene was the top team performer, winning the National Match Course .22 stage, numerous top three finishes, and finishing fifth place overall. Sgt. Mowrer also posted a number of top three finishes and Sgt. Liming took third in the Excellence In Competition event, securing “leg” points toward a Distinguished rating.

Maj. Michelle Lunato, AMU Public Affairs, has a photo album of the event:

Interservice Pistol Championships

https://www.usar.army.mil/News/News-Display/Article/1884452/army-reserve-soldiers-at-interservice-pistol-championship/

Army Reserve Soldiers Selected for World Cup, Pan American Games

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https://www.usar.army.mil/News/Article/1802734/army-reserve-soldiers-selected-for-world-cup-pan-american-games/

Army Reserve Soldiers competed among America’s best international shooters and earned several World Cup and Pan American Games slots. The USA Shooting Rifle/Pistol Spring Selection Match held at Fort Benning through March 30 tested a number of International Shooting Sport Federation competitive disciplines to determine which American shooters qualified to represent the United States at the World Cups in Beijing, China and Munich, Germany as well as the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

USA Shooting is the National Governing Body for ISSF competition in the United States and is chartered by the United States Olympic Committee. At the recent Selection Match, two current Army Reserve Marksmanship Program team members were selected for upcoming international competition.

Sgt. Nick Mowrer (308th MP Company) is a member of the Army World Class Athlete Program at Fort Carson in Colorado. Sgt. Mowrer took first place in Men’s Air Pistol for selection to the Pan Am games, second place in Air Pistol for World Cup selection, and third place in Three-Position Smallbore for World Cup selection.

“I’m not yet a World Cup medalist but I have made the finals in both rifle and pistol in World Cup competition and have won a medal in Prone Rifle,” said Sgt. Mowrer. “I’m also Triple Distinguished and compete in Precision Pistol and High Power competition.”

Staff Sgt. Sandra Uptagrafft (98th Training Division) is a medical logistic specialist with the 4/518th Infantry Regiment and also a member of the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program. She took first place in Women’s Sport Pistol for World Cup selection and second for Pan Am games selection. Staff Sgt. Uptagrafft also recently won Silver medals in both the 25m Sport Pistol and 10m Air Pistol events during both the December Winter Airgun and Selection matches in Colorado.

Former Army Reserve Marksmanship Program member, Sgt. 1st Class (ret.) Keith Sanderson took first place in Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol for both the Pan Am and World Cup selection.

All-Around Champion At National Matches?

From 1935 to 1939, an All-Around Championship was held to determine the best Smallbore, High Power, and Precision Pistol marksman.

The DuPont Trophy, a bronze statue of a medieval archer poised with his longbow at full draw, was bestowed on the winner of the All-Around Championship. This aggregate match comprised a centerfire pistol National Match Course; preliminary Smallbore Dewar Match Course; and four High Power matches that included slow fire; standing and prone, and rapid fire; sitting and prone, at ranges form 200 to 1000 yards for an aggregate of 1100 points. In 1935 and 1936, a service pistol aggregate was also fired, along with a 200-yard Smallbore rifle prone slow fire match and a 50-yard and 100-yard, 40-shot Smallbore prone match instead of the preliminary Dewar for an aggregate of 19000 points.

Winners of the All-Around Championship
1939: 1st Lt. Walter R. Walsh, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (1058/1100)
1938: Petty Officer 1st Class Melvon O. Wilson, U.S. Coast Guard (1054/2200)
1937: 2nd Lt. William Hancock, Infantry, U.S. Army (1051/1100)
1936: Capt. Sidney R. Hinds, Infantry, U.S. Army (1797/1900)
1935: Deputy Henry J. Adams, Jr., San Diego County, California, Sheriff’s Department (1848/1900)

Competitors firing in the All-Around Championship not only had to hustle between ranges, but also needed the mental ability to adapt from one shooting discipline to another. After the demise of the All-Around Championship at Camp Perry, the DuPont Trophy was awarded to the NRA Service Rifle Champion, beginning in 1951.

https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2018/8/16/all-around-champion-at-national-matches/

https://competitions.nra.org/documents/pdf/compete/nat-trophy/tro-070.pdf

https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2017/8/3/hallmarks-of-heritage-the-nra-trophy-collection