US Army Reserve Team wins National Hearst Doubles Team Match

Congratulations to SGT Kristoffer Friend and CPT Kirk Freeman on their win at the 2014 National Hearst Doubles 2 Man Team Match.

The Hearst Doubles Rifle Team Match is a two-person team match where both team members fire the 30-shot President’s Rifle course of fire (a modified National Match Course) with service rifles. The match winners receive the William Randolph Hearst Trophy, donated by William Randolph Hearst to the National Matches in 1940. The Hearst Rifle Trophy is a 17th century Spanish flintlock carbine in blunderbuss style, inlaid with ivory and mother-of-pearl and having a chased lock.


Friend and Freeman fired scores of 294-13x and 293-8x, respectively, to narrowly beat out their fellow competitors with a team score of 587-21x


Army Reserve Shooting Team at Vintage Sniper Match

The Civilian Marksmanship Program Vintage Sniper Rifle Team Match is a two-person team match fired at 300 and 600 yards on SR-3 and MR-1 targets respectively with 10 rounds per person per distance in the prone position using military sniper rifles issued prior to 1953 or replicas of those rifles. For each record shot, the target is exposed for twenty seconds while the shooter engages and the spotter observes and calls wind. The competition target has scoring rings much smaller than hit-or-miss targets typically used in sniper training even today, increasing the challenge in precision shooting, especially with vintage equipment.

US Army Reserve Marksmanship Program members Sgt. First Class Dwayne Lewis and Staff Sgt. John Arcularius, both with extensive sniping and long range precision shooting experience, competed in the event wearing complete camouflage, including ghillie suits and face paint as a demonstration and to represent the Army Reserve at this national event.



Best Warrior Competition 2014

“I chose to compete in the Best Warrior Competition because it is a great way to not only test, but develop my warrior skills. I believe that the experience I will gain from training for and competing in the Best Warrior Competition will subsequently enhance my ability to be an excellent NCO.”

  Staff Sgt. Nathan D. Partridge

Army Reserve Soldiers from the 11th Aviation Command and the Army Reserve Careers Division compete at Fort Knox, Ky. to win their respective command title as “Best Warrior”.

Army Reserve Soldiers from the 11th Aviation Command and the Army Reserve Careers Division equipment is inspected as part of their in processing  for the Best Warrior Competition at Fort Knox, Ky.

Army Reserve Soldiers from the 11th Aviation Command and the Army Reserve Careers Division equipment is inspected as part of their inprocessing for the Best Warrior Competition at Fort Knox, Ky.

Challenged physically and mentally, competitors are pushed to the limit, the competition requires strength, endurance, and perseverance, as well as being technical efficient in your warrior task.

The first day consisted of the Army Physical Fitness Test, Weapons Qualification with the M9 and day and night Qualifications on the M4, an obstacle course and several mystery events. Before the competition is over the competitors may complete challenges such as a 10K Road March with a 35 pound rucksack, urban orienteering, combatives, urban operation challenge, land navigation, mystery events, written exams and board appearances.

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ARCD All Army 2014

ARCD All Army Experience

Army Reserve Careers Division Career Counselors maintain our Reserve force by retaining good Soldiers. They also need to maintain and build their personal military skills. Participation in organized training is the best way to do so. ARCD sent a contingent of ARCCs to compete in the All Army Small Arms Championships, an advanced combat live-fire training event. Training and skill exercises held are applicable to all military small arms firing disciplines and the event had 213 competitors this year.

“This is my first All-Army but won’t be my last,” said Sgt. 1st Class Annette Habel, an ARCC from Clairmont, Fla. “I volunteered to come compete and am really glad I did. I foresee that we’re going to have more females come out next year and give the guys more competition.” The pistol events were Habel’s favorites, which included a team event with run requiring all team members to cross the finish line and then shoot together.“This is my first All Army. I’m learning a lot and enjoying this for sure,” said Army Reserve Career Counselor Sgt. 1st Class Ismael Reyna. All Army includes rifle shooting on Known Distance ranges out to 500 yards with all shots marked and scored. For Reyna and many other Soldiers, events like this are their first opportunity to shoot extended distances with full feedback.

In addition to bringing out new shooters, ARCD also boasts a number of experienced, high-level competition shooters, including several assigned to the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program as additional duty. Army Reserve Careers Division Small Arms Team “A”, comprised of team members Staff Sgt. John Arcularius Jr., Sgt. 1st Class John Buol, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Parker and Master Sgt. John McFarland, placed in the top three of all team events for the entire competition. Ultimately, the ARCD team came in second overall. With over 4,000 aggregate match points available at the event, the team match was decided by 0.17 points.

Individually, Army Reserve Careers Division’s own Sgt. Major James Mauer, 3rd Battalion earned his last needed “leg” points and was awarded the Distinguished Rifleman Badge. The Excellence In Competition program was created in 1894 and a total of 3,304 Soldiers have received the Distinguished Rifleman badge since.

In addition to helping the ARCD team, Sgt. 1st Class John Buol won two overall individual aggregates at the event – Combat Pistol and Combined Arms – and was second overall.

ARCD needs ARCCs that retain good personal individual Soldier skills so they may better relate to the Soldier’s they seek to retain. Small arms skills are the top of Soldier-relevant skills. As the results at All Army prove, ARCD Soldiers can shoot!

Results and photos of the event:

ARMP Soldiers Dominate All Army 2014

The training value extracted from marksmanship competitions is invaluable to the missions required of Soldiers and the experience gained through competitions is invaluable to increasing readiness. The teams of shooter-instructors in the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program represent the best skilled Soldiers in the Reserve and their participation at the 2014 All Army Small Arms Championships proves that.

“At the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, we use the phrase ‘competition to combat’ to describe the experience of taking lessons learned through competition to enhance the capability and lethality of the soldier in combat,” said Lt. Col. Don King Jr., commander of the USAMU and host of the event. All Army is an advanced combat live-fire training event. Training and skill exercises are applicable to all military small arms firing disciplines.

With the championship comprising 213 competitors from all walks of the Active, National Guard and Reserve components, ARMP team shooters dominated every aggregate of the entire competition.

Starting with the combat rifle event, a NATO-style combat match fired on silhouetted targets from 25 to 500 yards, ARMP Service Rifle shooter Cpt. Samuel K. Freeman won the individual Rifle Championship aggregate. Freeman, a champion Across The Course and Long Range competitor with a string of legendary wins commented, “I’m just here to shoot X’s and deliver the news.” All Army was Cpt. Freeman’s first big combat-type match.

Sgt. 1st Class John Buol, assigned to the ARMP Service Pistol and Combat rosters and former Service Pistol NCOIC, took both the Pistol and Combined Arms Championship aggregates. Buol, a USPSA competitor recruited to the ARMP, found that his new experience with Service Pistol greatly enhanced his accuracy and helped secure his wins.

The overall Championship, a grand aggregate of the three individual aggregates, was won by ARMP Combat Team shooter Master Sgt. Russell Moore. Master Sgt. Moore has displayed an uncanny level of consistent skill that championship-level shooting requires. At the 2014 All Army, Moore was in the top three of individual aggregates. Even in those events he didn’t win, he was very close to the top.

Master Sgt. Moore received a Secretary of the Army Trophy Rifle, a picture plaque of the US Army Small Army Championship Trophy, which will be displayed at the USMAU Headquarters and a Secretary of the Army coin.

ARMP Team shooter Sgt. Major James Mauer, 3rd Battalion Army Reserve Careers Division, earned his last needed “leg” points and was awarded the Distinguished Rifleman Badge through Excellence in Competition (EIC). The Excellence In Competition program was created in 1894 and a total of 3,304 Soldiers have received the Distinguished Rifleman badge since. “Going Distinguished” is a rite of passage for all ARMP Team shooters and Sgt. Major Mauer is warmly welcomed to the club.

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Best Warrior Excellence In Competition

Best Warrior Competitions (BWC) are becoming popular among Soldiers and for good reason. The event tests a wide range of Army skills and pits Soldiers in friendly competition. Competitive events have been long recognized as a positive motivating force for improving ability. The 11th Aviation Command recently held a Best Warrior Competition.

Staff Sgt. Matthew Anderson served as the Non Commissioned Officer In Charge of the 11th Aviation’s BWC marksmanship events and the assistance NCOIC of the overall event. “While I shot a lot while serving in the Marine Corps, I recently had a chance to compete in an Excellence In Competition event hosted by Army Reserve Careers Division. I liked the pace of the ARCD EIC event as it challenged marksmanship in detail versus merely training to hit somewhere as done in routine qualification.”

With that background, Staff Sgt Anderson had members of the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program (ARMP) conduct a formal Excellence In Competition event as a scored component of the 11th AVN BWC.

Master Sgt. Norman Anderson, a top shooter and rifle coach with the ARMP, ran the line at the event. “Marksmanship is the only Skill Level One task that can simultaneously save your life, your buddy’s life, and accomplish the mission. It is important for Soldiers to learn how to shoot better than routine qualification allows.”

EIC events are designed as both a competition and a training event, serving to train and support the war fighter. To earn awards, a Soldier must participate in a recognized EIC event and finish in the top ten percent. Unlike routine qualification, where everyone is expected qualify, Excellence In Competition pits skills against the rest of the field and the bottom 90 percent receive nothing. Events that have a restricted roster, such as to a specific unit or command, may only award four leg points to the finishers and only if the shooter does not yet have any points. Such events are said to be “baby legs” and a way to get a Soldier started in higher-level shooting. Only events that are open to all comers may award more Leg points and to those personnel having already earned points. Among those in the top ten percent, points are awarded based on order of finish. The first place finisher receives ten points, the top third receive eight points and the remainder will earn six points. Again, those finishing below the top ten percent of all shooter earn nothing. The goal is to not merely pass, but to surpass. Everyone seems to think they shoot expert. Only an event that recognizes the top ten percent can show who the real experts are.

The EIC program awards a Bronze medal after earning any number of points, Silver after accumulating 20 points and the Distinguished Rifleman and Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge after earning 30 points. These points can be accumulated any time in a person’s life and are a part of your permanent records. This program began in the 1870’s and Army Marksmanship records show that since then only 3,395 Soldiers have earned the Distinguished Rifleman, 1,689 members have earned the Distinguished Pistol Shot badge and 499 have earned both.

BWC Rifle offhand

BWC EIC rifle kneeling

BWC Rifle kneeling

BWC EIC Pistol


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