Soldiers from U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit return home with multiple titles.

Soldiers from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit completed one of…

Soldiers from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit completed one of the unit’s most successful runs in recent years at the 2010 National Rifle and Pistol Championship, winning multiple individual and team championships, setting national records, and upholding the unit’s reputation as the “Home of Champions.”

Accomplishing the unit’s mission to enhance the Army’s recruiting effort and raise the Army’s combat readiness takes up a lot of the Soldiers time, so the USAMU Soldiers’ intense desire to train to win enabled them to prevail at Camp Perry.

Team ChampsCAMP PERRY, Ohio – Soldiers from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit’s Service Pistol team won the National Pistol Championship overall team championship. Team members were: (front) Staff Sgt. Lyman Grover; Staff Sgt. Robert Park; and Staff Sgt. Patrick Franks. (back) Sgt. 1st Class James Henderson; Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Wilson; and staff Sgt. John Ennis.

“Our expansive mission of supporting the war-fighter limits the amount of time available to prepare for the National Championship,” said Sgt. 1st Class Kyle Ward, noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the service rifle team “When the team is able to come together and train, everyone is extremely focused on the task at hand.”

The crowning achievement for the unit was finishing first in all of the major team competitions at the championships. The USAMU Service Pistol’s Blue team started things off by winning the “Coming Through the Rye” trophy as the top four-man pistol team, winning the title for the second time in the unit’s history.

Soldiers from the International Rifle team followed that up by winning the prone any sight team championship during the smallbore matches, defending their crown from a year ago. Soldiers from the Service Rifle team completed the sweep, winning the “Dogs of War” trophy and the coveted National Trophy Infantry Team match.

Much of the team’s success is credited to teamwork, Ward said. Soldiers helped each other out during training sessions, communicated well during the matches, and, as is always the case at the USAMU, the Custom Firearms Shop provided the direct support that enables the USAMU to stand tall above the rest.

natinfriflematchCAMP PERRY, Ohio – Soldiers from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit fire on their targets from 600 yards away during the National Infantry Trophy Rifle team match Aug. 6. The USAMU won the match, soundly defeating 41 other six-man teams. (Photo by Michael Molinaro, USAMU PAO)

“I attribute much of our success to the professionals in the Custom Firearms Shop and loading facility who went the extra mile in ensuring that we had the best equipment possible,” said Ward.

Individually, USAMU Soldiers stood out amongst the huge field of more than 6,000 competitors throughout the six-week period in July and August.

Sgt. Sherri Jo Gallagher persevered against one of the toughest field of competitors in the history of rifle competitions to win the national high-powered rifle championship. Gallagher set a new national record in the process with a score of 2396-161x, beating out a ten-time champion, a four-time champion, and the defending champion.

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  • Congratulations to the men and women at the AMU for outstanding performance. Looking forward to seeing these outstanding soldiers at the upcoming International Sniper Competition.

    Well done!