The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit continued its full-fledging support of America’s youth when it hosted the 2013 U.S. Army National Junior Air Rifle Championship Feb. 25-27 at the unit’s world-class Pool Indoor Range.
Hosting the championship fosters junior participation in prestigious state and national rifle competitions, promotes firearms safety, and connects the youngsters with the expertise and professionalism of the USAMU.
“It’s appropriate for the unit to host this type of event because like the traits that make a good shooter– discipline, focus, and commitment-these are the same traits that make a good Soldier and translate directly to success in life,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jason Parker, a four-time Olympian. “We want these kids to take something positive away from this match and continue building for success later in life, whether if it’s in shooting or anything else that they choose to do.”
USAMU Soldiers teach, coach, and mentor junior shooters on a weekly basis through the Fort Benning Junior Rifle Club, clinics around the country and at matches such as these. Hosting this match is an ideal fit for the unit’s Olympic, world and national champions.
“These kids come here looking for a quality-run competition, which I hope we provided for them, and they are looking for a good time as well so if we can share some of the marksmanship tips we have learned over the years, pass them off to the kids, then we succeeded,” Parker said. “Hopefully they came here and learned something and had some fun.”