EST, Postal Match Enforces Retention, Training

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Army Regulation directs all Soldiers to benefit from formal marksmanship events. Soldiers of the 3-335th Training Support Battalion “Blackhawks” (85th Reserve Support Command) used this training tool to enhance retention and boost training.

Fort Sheridan, Ill.

Soldiers from the 3-335th Training Support Battalion (85th Reserve Support Command) used a local Engagement Skills Trainer to conduct a Postal Match as a part of their unit Marksmanship Team tryouts. In an effort to improve Unit marksmanship skills, esprit de corp, and retention, the 3-335th “Blackhawks” have committed to fielding a team of six Soldiers to compete in the 2020 All Army Small Arms Championship.

During the Unit’s OCT Battle Assembly, Lt. Col. Keith Cowan and Command Sgt. Maj. Matthew Fall directed leadership to put together a list of Soldiers interested in representing their Battalion at All Army. The intent to conduct a form of selection was expressed. Information about the event and overall goal was put out, and after schedules were taken into consideration, 14 3-335th Soldiers signed on for the upcoming tryouts to take place as a part of their November Battle Assembly.

1st Sgt. James Salm and Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Rosendorn helped conduct the training. “I was very impressed with the chain of command’s enthusiasm and support with regards to working towards sending a team to the All Army match.” Sgt. 1st Class Rosendorn said. “I was equally impressed with the level of interest among Soldiers within the Unit.”

As scheduled, the “Blackhawks” Soldiers utilized a local EST facility to conduct their Postal Match and All Army tryouts. Simulators are directed as a part of Table II in the Army’s Individual Weapon Training Strategy (TC 3-20.0) and any of them can be used to host an Informal Postal Match. Staff Sgt. David Kukla, Training NCO from 85th RSC, was on hand for support and assistance during the entire process. Four separate courses of fire were put together, with a maximum aggregate possible score of 150 points. These included a scored zero and rifle qualification, pistol qualification, and a modified Precision Pistol (Bullseye) course.

Staff Sgt. David Kukla confirmed the effectiveness of this approach, saying, “Having a unit come prepared to train at my site, in this manner was appreciated. The EST seems to be an afterthought to many, and as a result, tends to be underutilized.”

Using a Postal Match or other organized shooting format is a way to enhance EST use. The Soldiers participating also found this beneficial. Capt. Jeremy Crochiere said, “The EST tryout was a great way to evaluate potential team members, utilizing a variety of shooting skills, rapidly and efficiently.” Staff Sgt. Paul Prado added, “I liked the tryout because it is a good competition for all, a fair competition. All Soldiers fired the same number of rounds, with the same targets and environment (conditions).”

https://www.usar.army.mil/News/Article/2010184/est-postal-match-enforces-retention-training/



NamePistol QualPistol, BullseyePistol AggRifle QualPistol/Rifle Agg
SFC Rosendorn, Joshua30(15, 15, 15, 15) 609020110
MAJ Zizkovsky, David30(15, 14, 15, 15) 598920109
MSG Brunet, Cody30(15, 14, 15, 15) 598919108
1SG Salm, James29(12, 13, 15, 14) 548320103
CPT Crochiere, Jeremy29(12, 14, 15, 14) 558419103
SSG Prado, Paul27(15, 15, 12, 13) 558218100
SFC Nissen, Devin25(14, 13, 14, 15) 56811798
SFC Wright, Jeffrey26(13, 12, 15, 14) 54801898
SSG Dawson, Dwight23(11, 13, 7, 11) 42651883
SSG Neal, Roger25(13, 13, 13, 14) 53781492
SSG Salinas, Jose17(13, 12, 12, 14) 51681785
SFC Jorgensen, Christopher21(11, 6, 15, 6) 38591271
SFC Latterell, Robert23(12, 13, 12, 14) 51741387
MSG Stine, Bridgette14(8, 8, 8, 12) 36501666

Soldier Supports Charitable Sports Event

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Maj. Jesse Campbell, Current Operations Integrating Cell (412th Theater Engineer Command), participated in a charitable sporting event that benefited The Boy Scouts of America. The Mississippi Steel Challenge Championship served as a fundraiser for the BSA’s Pine Burr Area Council and Camp Tiak.

“My competition goal at this Steel Challenge was to win as many divisions as possible. I competed in six different divisions: Carry Optics, PCC (Pistol Caliber Carbine) Irons, PCC Optics, Rimfire Pistol Irons, Rimfire Rifle Irons, Rimfire Rifle Open,” said Maj. Campbell. “This provided good training to improve speed and efficiency with optics and iron sights in a time-constrained, reactive paced event.”

In addition to supporting a charity, events like this offer training advancement and retention opportunities for all Soldiers, something that Maj. Campbell has been pushing up his chain of command. “In our area, we have CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) events, multiple civilian and military shooting ranges, and great shooting weather. I’d like to see better support from the 412th TEC to take advantage of these opportunities,” said Maj. Campbell. “In addition to unit training, I have two TPU Soldiers that I have helped advance to competing in multiple types of action shooting competitions on our own time and expense.”

In addition to supporting a local charity and competing with skilled shooters in his area, Maj. Campbell won first place in his skill Class in the Carry Optics Division. “This event has better prepared me as an individual competitor and Soldier,” said Maj. Campbell. “For future Steel Challenge matches, it provided me with more experience on the standardized stages if I choose to continue competing in any of the divisions.”

Participation in these types of events is directed by Army Regulation (AR 350-66 and AR 140-1 Chapter 7) for the betterment of all Soldiers.

https://www.usar.army.mil/News/Article/1993245/soldier-supports-charitable-sports-event/