Increasing Lethality – U.S. Army Reserve Small Arms Trainer Course Developed at Fort McCoy

Kudos to Master Sgt. Howard Griffith for the success of this initial course and thanks to Lt. Christopher Hanson for the write-up!

“This course is a true train-the-trainers program,” said course manager Master Sgt. Howard Griffith. A native of Milwaukee, Griffith is also the Operations/Standardization Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Task Force. “We take select Soldiers from around the entire Army Reserve and provide them with the knowledge and skills to return to their units and educate their fellow Soldiers.”

Instructors are hoping to have the course permanently located at Fort McCoy. With state-of-the-art ranges, the installation is centrally located within the country, easily accessed by vehicle, rail or air and offers a full four-season training environment.

“The Army Reserve Competitive Marksmanship Program is looking to create a unit identification code for the team to be stationed together, hopefully here at McCoy,” Griffith said. “This would allow us to become more cohesive as a team and, through this course, be able to teach individual and collective gunnery and range operations.”

https://www.usar.army.mil/News/News-Display/Article/1897840/increasing-lethality-us-army-reserve-small-arms-trainer-course-developed-at-for/

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Small Arms Trainer Course Proof of Principle

The Small Arms Training Academy (SATA) at Fort McCoy is conducting a Proof of Principle class for small arms training coursework on 16 to 29 June. The class still has slots available and any Army Reserve unit with one or two Soldiers that would fit the role of a small arms trainer has time to apply.

A Unit Weapons Subject Matter Expert is proficient in all current small arms, optics, and accessories and can conduct Preliminary Marksmanship Instruction and Evaluation on all weapons systems, has a thorough understanding of maintenance, can conduct training, ranges, and qualifications in accordance with the current, prescribed Training Circulars, and assists the Commander with developing a solid year-round training calendar.

“Gunnery is an on-demand skill, there is no time for practice in combat,” said Master Sgt. Howard W. Griffith. “In addition to being the Course Manager for SATA, I am the Task Force Cold Steel Standardization NCOIC. Our mission is to train Unit Subject Matter Experts on weapons and optics.”

For information, download the following files:

Registration Form
SATC Welcome Letter and Packing List

Contact the Task Force Cold Steel S3 at 608-388-4645 or email usarmy.usarc.84-tng-cmd.list.ocs-fy18-s3@mail.mil for additional information.

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

https://www.dvidshub.net/news/248721/416th-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:
ARSAC-2017-final-results

USAR.mil news:
http://www.usar.army.mil/News/Article/1318059/416th-tec-marksmanship-team-rises-up-wins-competition/

DVIDS News:
https://www.dvidshub.net/news/248721/416th-tec-marksmanship-team-rises-up-wins-competition

Match Photo Album:

Army Reserve Marksman 2017 Small Arms Championship

USARCMP Instructor/Coach Photo Album:

DSC_5803

https://armyreservemarksman.info/usar-2017-small-arms-championships/