Army Reserve Marksmanship Program Soldiers compete at Interservice Pistol Competition

Members of the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program competed at the 56th Annual Interservice Pistol Championships hosted by the Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, Georgia June 7-12 2015. The team was led by Lt. Col. David Schultz and Command Sgt. Maj. Steven Slee with firing members Maj. Luis Garcia, Maj. Patrick Sleem, Capt. Thomas Bourne, 1st Lt. Davy Simanjaya, Master Sgt. Robert Mango, Sgt. 1st Class Kristopher Beerman, Sgt. 1st Class John Buol, Staff Sgt. Jonathan Rosene, Staff Sgt. Richard Willis, and Sgt. Zachariah Smith.

USAR Blue made up of of firing members Sleem, Bourne, Mango, Beerman, Buol, and Rosene managed consistent top five finishes in every team match including a third overall in Service Pistol. Top individual shooters were Mango – with top five finishes in the .22 Overall Aggregate, Service Pistol Overall Aggregate, and Grand Overall Aggregate – and Rosene who took second in the .22 Overall Aggregate.

“Competition is important to developing marksmanship,” said team officer-in-charge Schultz. “I personally find it so beneficial to weapons skill that I don’t usually like discussing serious marksmanship training with those that don’t compete because they haven’t tapped into their full potential.” Team coach and perennial shooting champion Mango said, “Precision events such as bulls eye [NRA Outdoor Pistol] teach a much higher degree of skill. You have to learn to ‘grind it out’ to get better.”

Army Reservist Soldiers competing in the 56th Annual Interservice Pistol Championships. Front row: Staff Sgt. Jonathan Rosene, Capt. Thomas Bourne, Maj. Patrick Sleem, Sgt. 1st Class John Buol. Back row: Staff Sgt. Richard Willis, Maj. Luis Garcia, Lt. Col. David Schultz, Command. Sgt. Maj. Steven Slee, Master Sgt. Robert Mango, Sgt. 1st Class Kristopher Beerman, 1st Lt. Davy Simanjaya, Sgt. Zachariah Smith.

Army Reservist Soldiers competing in the 56th Annual Interservice Pistol Championships. Front row: Staff Sgt. Jonathan Rosene, Capt. Thomas Bourne, Maj. Patrick Sleem, Sgt. 1st Class John Buol. Back row: Staff Sgt. Richard Willis, Maj. Luis Garcia, Lt. Col. David Schultz, Command. Sgt. Maj. Steven Slee, Master Sgt. Robert Mango, Sgt. 1st Class Kristopher Beerman, 1st Lt. Davy Simanjaya, Sgt. Zachariah Smith.

Army Reserve Marksmanship Program takes awards at Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting

Members of the Army Reserve Marksmanship Team represented the Army Reserve at the Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting, an International shooting competition, held 22 April-2 May at Camp Robinson, Arkansas.

The Army Reserve had two teams: USAR Blue, consisting of Command Sgt. Major Steven Slee, First Sgt. John Robertson, Master Sgt. Russell Moore and Master Sgt. Lance Espinosa; and USAR Black with Cpt. Samuel Freeman, Sgt. 1st Class Jerry Mullen, Staff Sgt. Jason Godel, and Sgt. Benjamin Mercer.

Master Sgt. Russell Moore is a multiple All Army Champion and top-level International Combat shooter. “AFSAM is a great combat match,” Moore said. “We typically have at least a half dozen NATO countries represented each year.”

USAR Blue won the Combined Arms Enemy Barricade Match, Bianchi Battle, Gen. George Patton Match, Steel Challenge, Anti-Body Armor Match, and the Commander In Chief’s Pistol Team Match. USAR Black took second in the Bianchi Battle and Steel Challenge.

Individually, team shooter Cpt. Samuel Freeman won the Anti-Body Armor Match, Master Sgt. Russell Moore was second overall in the pistol aggregate and third overall in the combined aggregate.

The Army Reserve Marksmanship Team took home a number of awards at the Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting 2 May at Camp Robinson, Arkansas.

The Army Reserve Marksmanship Team took home a number of awards at the Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting 2 May at Camp Robinson, Arkansas.

US Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) (USACAPOC (A)) conducted their inaugural Small Arms Championships on 21-22 March 2015 at Ft Bragg. A total of 157 Soldiers participated overall, with 136 shooting rifle and 112 shooting pistol for record and the event was trained and led by the Army Reserve Marksmanship Team.

AR 350-66 authorizes the conducting of Small Arms Competition at the Company Level and above. “This type of training has proven to be the best way to increase skills,” said Team Coach Master Sgt. Norman Anderson. “Marksmanship is the only Soldier skill that can save you and your team mate’s life and simultaneously help accomplish the mission.”

USACAPOC (A) obtained 100% qualification on the M16A2. “Everyone qualified because, of course,” said Team Shooter Cpt. Samuel Freeman. “Given the better skills of the Soldiers on the competitive team we routinely train 100% qualification rates at these events.” The training also included Excellence in Competition rifle and pistol events. These events award “leg” points toward earning bronze and silver EIC badges and culminating with a Distinguished rating.

“These marksmanship badges were first instituted in 1884 by Gen. Phillip H. Sheridan for rifle shooting with pistols added in 1903,” said Sgt. Major James Mauer of the Reserve Shooting Team. “These badges, along with the Distinguished International Shooter badge, are the most prestigious marksmanship badges Soldiers can earn in their military career. Soldiers earn points toward these coveted badges by performing well at Excellence in Competition matches held throughout the country.”

Cpt. Freeman of the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program (left) coaches a Soldier at the USACAPOC Small Arms Championships March 22 at Fort Bragg.

Cpt. Freeman of the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program (left) coaches a Soldier at the USACAPOC Small Arms Championships March 22 at Fort Bragg.

Soldiers of the 416th TEC attended the 2015 US Army Small Arms Championships (All Army) February 1-7 at Fort Benning and won a number of awards. The Championships are an advanced combat live-fire training event with skill exercises applicable to all military small arms firing disciplines. Capt. Samuel Freeman, Staff Sgt. Zachary Raskie, Sgt. Ben Mercer, and Sgt. Mathis Halley represented the TEC and was the first place team in the rifle events and second place overall.

“All Army is a unique competition that requires discipline in different styles of shooting, weapons, and physical conditioning,” said Sgt. Mercer. “Everyone using rack grade weapons really improves the training side of things and puts a lot of competitors on an equal playing field that might otherwise not afford the match grade weapons required to compete in the civilian equivalent of these matches. Many soldiers who start here have never shot over 300 meters. Learning how to read wind, manipulate their sights and seeing exactly where they are hitting after adjustments makes a huge difference in the overall understanding of marksmanship fundamentals.”

The Championships are broken down into rifle, pistol, and an action-based combined arms events. “I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and challenge of competing against Soldiers with such a broad range of marksmanship experience, both in garrison and in theatre.” said SSG Raskie. “I can’t wait until next years All Army!”

As a team, the 416th TEC took first place Rifle Team and second place in the Infantry team match and the overall aggregate. Individually, the 416th TEC shooters were first, second, and third place in the Audie Murphy Match. Cpt. Freeman won first place rifle, third place pistol, and second place in the individual aggregate. Sgt. Mercer was third, place rifle in the Open class and Sgt. Halley was third place rifle in the Novice class.

“The All Army Shooting Competition was an outstanding training and learning experience,” said Sgt. Halley. “I was able to implement proper shooting techniques given by experienced shooters. By getting quality training and having some of the best shooters in the Army give instruction soldiers are also increasing their confidence and knowledge of what to do in various shooting conditions. Shooting in these competitions not only encourages you to shoot your best but actually put time into learning your weapon, practice correct firing steps, and pushes you to better yourself, for both yourself and your team.”

The 416th TEC Team of (from left) Cpt. Freeman, Sgt. Halley, Staff Sgt. Raskie, and Sgt. Mercer complete a team run during a match at All Army at Fort Benning. The team won a number of awards for the TEC.

The 416th TEC Team of (from left) Cpt. Freeman, Sgt. Halley, Staff Sgt. Raskie, and Sgt. Mercer complete a team run during a match at All Army at Fort Benning. The team won a number of awards for the TEC.

95th Division Soldiers Bring Home All Army Trophies

Soldiers of the 330th Infantry Regiment attended the All Army Small Arms Championships held by the Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, Georgia on February 1-9. The team consisted of Team Captain and firing member Lt. Col. David F. Schultz (Commander, 3/330th IN REGT, 4th BDE), Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Steven J. Slee (3/330th IN REGT, 4th BDE), Staff Sgt. Richard Willis (1/330th IN REGT, 4th BDE), and Staff Sgt. Jonathan Duthler (D Co., 3/330th IN REGT, 4th BDE).

Team Captain and firing member Lt. Col. David F. Schultz (Commander, 3/330th IN REGT, 4th BDE) said, “From the beginning of time Soldiers have been inextricably linked to their weapons system. So the bottom line is: Better marksmen make better Soldiers. And here at Fort Benning is where we put that philosophy to the test.”

The 95th Division Team successfully tested that philosophy with a number of notable finishes. Staff Sgts. Willis and Duthler won the first and second place High Drill Sergeant awards, respectively. SSG Willis was recruited to the 95th DIV by CSM Slee when he shot at All Army in 2013. SSG Willis is an August graduate of Drill Sergeant School and a member of the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program. “Shooting competitively for the USAR Marksmanship Program was the most important factor that improved my shooting knowledge and skill,” he said. “Now that I’m a Drill Sergeant I hope to spread this knowledge throughout the force.”

SSG Duthler’s second place finish among Drill Sergeants is worth mentioning as this event was his first marksmanship competition. “This is my first crack at competitive shooting. It’s very different when the stakes are high and you are competing against the best shooters in the Army,” he said.

CSM Slee, a successful, long-time competitive shooter was second in the overall Individual Army Service Pistol Competition and noted, “Leaders that send Soldiers to rifle matches understand the value of marksmanship and can likely hit a target themselves.”

As a team, the 95th Division was first place in the Infantry Team Match and Excellence In Competition Rifle Team Match, and finished third place overall in the All Army Service Rifle Team Champions.

In addition to leading this team for the 95th Division, Lt. Col. Schultz and Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Slee are also the OIC and NCOIC of the US Army Reserve Service Pistol Team.

The 330th Infantry Regiment, 95th Division Team. From left, SSG Jonathan Duthler, SSG Richard Willis, LTC David F. Schultz, and CSM Steven J. Slee at the All Army Small Arms Competition, Fort Benning, February 1-9.

The 330th Infantry Regiment, 95th Division Team. From left, SSG Jonathan Duthler, SSG Richard Willis, LTC David F. Schultz, and CSM Steven J. Slee at the All Army Small Arms Competition, Fort Benning, February 1-9.