All Army 2013

Nearly all marksmanship skill and knowledge was created via organized, competitive shooting. The US Army’s first marksmanship manual was developed and written by competitive shooters, people who learned their skills in competition shooting. Army Regulation 350-66 states that all organized, formal shooting events are classified as training and is an ideal vehicle for developing skilled and knowledgeable small arms instructors.

In 2004, the Army Marksmanship Unit revitalized The The All Army Small Arms Championships and have held it every year since. The event consists of matches with the M16/M4 series and M9/M11 pistol fired in a series of individual and team events. Matches consisted of precision and timed fire on known distance ranges on scored silhouette targets from 75 to 500 yards for rifle and 10 to 35 yards for pistol, along with Combined Arms matches utilizing both weapons in Close Quarters Battle rifle and pistol scenarios scored by elapsed time.

Army Reserve Careers Division Soldiers excelled in many of the matches conducted at the All Army Small Arms Championships. Notable individual performances included SFC John Buol winning second place in Pistol, second place in Combined Arms and a second place overall finish. SFC Leslie Lewis finished thirteenth place overall and SFC Charles Parker finished in the top bracket of the Excellence in Competition event, earning a full ten point leg towards his Distinguished Pistol Badge.

As a team, ARCD Soldiers took second place in Pistol, third place in the Combined Arms CQB events and fifth place overall.

Shooting events like All Army offer a great opportunity to take the training advantages that formalized shooting competition offers. All the courses shot offer near perfect feedback and allow the Soldier-shooter to see the exact placement of every shot fired. Courses on a KD range mark the location of groups and individually fired rounds, hit or miss, and the opportunity to record the results for later study. Zero settings and marksmanship error is readily observable and more easily diagnosed. Contrast this to the current Army norm of shooting on RETS “pop up” targets where this lack of critical feedback is simply not available and hinders the Soldier from improving skills. Merely participating in events such as All Army offers superior training compared to the norm of current Army qualification ranges.

The USAR Marksmanship Program is organizing events like this to be held regionally to encourage greater participation. Combining training, qualification and Excellence in Competition into one event eases the small arms training burden on units while offering a better state of readiness throughout the Reserves.

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Sgt. Audie Murphy Competition and Induction

Soldier from the Army Reserve Careers Division stand in line showing their Career Counselor badge and their newly acquired Sgt. Audie Murphy medallion around their neck

Six Soldiers from the Army Reserve Careers Division were inducted into the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club on February 6, 2013 at Lackland Air Force Base, TX.

Last September, the Army Reserve Careers Division chapter of the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club held their competition at Ft. Benning, GA. Twelve candidates competed in a variety of events to include an Army Physical Fitness Test, essay, written test, appearance board, land navigation, weapons qualification and drill & ceremony. Each candidate had to individually pass all events to continue competing. Failure to pass an even meant leaving the competition immediately. Prior to the national competition, candidates were nominated by their individual commands for showing exemplary behavior and Soldier skills at a local board.

The competition started with candidates being required to achieve at least a 270 on their Army Physical Fitness Test. In the dim light of early morning, candidates pushed, grunted and sweat their way to obtaining a score high enough to keep them in the running for selection.
Once the Army Physical Fitness test was complete, Soldiers did a quick uniform change to the Army Service Uniform for the appearance board, written test and essay. The written test consisted of 100 questions on various subjects including weapons, first aid, leadership and Audie Murphy knowledge. In addition to the written test, candidates were required to write an essay between 500-600 words on their leadership philosophy and how it relates to the club’s leadership philosophy. Candidates did an amazing job of displaying their leadership techniques and shared personal stories on how they became successful leaders.

The appearance board proved to be the most challenging of events and held the most weight for scoring. Candidates were judged not only on their knowledge of Army subjects but also on military bearing, uniform appearance and confidence. Sponsors entered the board room first to brief board members on the candidate. Encouraging words could be heard in the hallways as sponsors supported their candidates prior to entering the board room and instilled confidence in them. Each candidate spent a grueling 45 minutes in front of board members answering questions and reciting the Non-Commissioned Officer creed. Once everyone was boarded, candidates were released to prepare for the next day’s activities.
Land navigation was the first event in the final day of competition. To continue in the competition, candidates were required to find at least one out of three points in three hours. Once all points were plotted, candidates trudged through the woods in search of the bright orange signs displaying points.

From there, candidates were sent to the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST) 2000 to qualify weapons on the simulated range. Tensions were high in the qualification room as sponsors helped mentally prepare their candidates for the qualification. Once their weapons were zeroed, candidates had one chance to qualify after a practice round.

The next event, Drill & Ceremony, moved the candidates outside to test their marching skills. Each candidate marched a squad around, calling commands and cadence. Although drill and ceremony seemed to be a fairly passable event, this was the last item standing between the candidates and their official selection notification.

All 12 competitors did an outstanding job throughout the competition and each brought their own leadership style and skills. While not everyone made it through to the end of the week, they should all be commended on having the strength, discipline and courage to participate in such an intense competition. They are true signs of what it means to lead by example and epitomize the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club motto of “You Lead From the Front.”

The 6 Soldiers (and their sponsors) selected to the Army Reserve Careers Division Sgt. Audie Murphy Club are as follows:

5th BN – Sgt. 1st Class Troy Nuckles (Master Sgt. Kelli Harr)
8th BN – Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Gale (Sgt. 1st Class Sabrina Derhammer)
8th BN – Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Lundtvedt (Sgt. 1st Class Sabrina Derhammer)
11th BN – Sgt. 1st Class Ramirez (Master Sgt. Mario Marquez)
11th BN – Sgt. 1st Class Breslin (Master Sgt. Mario Marquez)
Army Reserve Careers Division HQ- Sgt. 1st Class Kyle Thorne (Master Sgt. Kelli Harr)

The above listed Soldiers were officially inducted into the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club at the Army Reserve Careers Division Annual Training on 6 February 2013.

The Snowball Express

The Military Family is such an integral part of what we do as Army Reserve Career Counselors and continues to be in the forefront of our minds as we “Never forget” our fallen comrades, or their families! The 2nd Battalion, Army Reserve Careers Division was able to participate in The Snowball Express event at the Pittsburgh Airport on 30 Nov, 2012 to show Army Support for these families!

Sponsored by American Airlines, The Snowball Express takes children of fallen servicemembers on a vacation to Dallas Texas.

This is the seventh annual event, held November 30 through December 4, 2012, marks the fourth time Snowball Express has visited North Texas. Activities for the families include:

  • An “American Candy Land” reception upon arrival at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Youngsters had the opportunity to create holiday-themed crafts, enjoy cotton candy, and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
  • A visit to the AT&T Performing Arts Center for the annual tree-lighting celebration
  • Participation in the Dallas Children’s Parade
  • A trip to Six Flags Over Texas
  • A private concert by Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band at Fort Worth’s Billy Bob’s, the renowned Texas honky-tonk.

More photo from the event are located at http://www.flickr.com/photos/pitairport/sets/72157632138368491/

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Army Reserve Marksmanship team assist Reservists with Soldier skills

Story and photos by Spc. Hector Corea, 366th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

HUTCHINSON, Kansas – No matter what job specialty, assignment or mission, each and every soldier in the Army Reserves may one day be placed in a position to fire a weapon in a combat zone.
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USAR Marksmanship Program and CSM Schultz

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael D. Schultz, the 11th Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Reserve, and Sgt. Maj. James Mauer, USAR Army Reserve Careers Division and Marksmanship Program.

 

The US Army Reserves has been a staunch supporter of organized marksmanship events throughout the force. Regulation supports competition shooting at all levels, starting at the unit level with the annual USAR Postal Match (http://armyreservemarksman.info/postal-match/) all the way up to Federally required marksmanship events (under Title 36, Section 40725 of the U.S. Code) represented by the US Army Reserve Marksmanship Program.

In light of this continued support, SGM James Mauer of the Army Reserve Careers Division and Marksmanship Program presents the official head gear worn by all USAR Marksmanship Program members to CSM Michael Schultz for continued support.

ARCD Running Team Finishes Army Strong

Members of the Army Reserve Careers Division competing at the Army Ten Miler in the team event finished in the award category and were officially recognized for success.

Team ARCD Mission Failure is not an Option competed among 37 Reserve Mixed teams and took third place. The Army Ten Miler defines Reserve Mixed teams as male and female team members with Reserve status from the same unit, duty station, or installation. At least one scoring member of the team must be of the opposite gender.

ARCD Mission Failure is not an Option team members included Erin Miller, John Dunlap, Eleanor Cunningham, Chris Westerholm, Angel Liberg, Steven Mckee, Nancy Cortes, and Romeo Santos.

 

ARCD Mission Failure is not an Option team members included Erin Miller, John Dunlap, Eleanor Cunningham, Chris Westerholm, Angel Liberg, Steven Mckee, Nancy Cortes, and Romeo Santos.

Army Marksmanship Unit Olympians at Army Ten Miler

The Army Ten Miler is the third largest road race in the world. Started in 1985, it attracts 30,000 runners, half of them currently serving in the US armed forces, and is supported by 1200 military personnel.

Leading off the 28th Annual Army Ten Miler at the Fitness Expo was CSM David Turnbull and COL James C. Markert, Regimental Commander of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard.) In attendance were members of the Army Marksmanship Unit, recently back from competing at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Shotgun shooter SSG Josh Richmond competed in the Double Trap event, SGT Vince Hancock successfully defended his 2008 Gold medal by taking Gold again in Skeet, and SFC Josh Olson competed in the mixed 50m Rifle Prone and mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone at the Paralympic Games.

 

CSM David Turnbull, COL James C. Markert, SSG Josh Richmond, SGT Vince Hancock and SFC Josh Olson.

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