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FORT BENNING, Ga. — Close to 300 Soldiers from all elements of the Army descended on Fort Benning Feb. 20-27 to take part in the 2010 All-Army Small Arms Championships, the preeminent marksmanship training and
competition event the Army has to offer.

Army Reservist Sgt. 1st Class Russell Moore, 2nd Battalion, Small Arms Readiness Group, Camp Bullis, Texas, withstood strong competition and unpredictable weather to win the 2010 Overall Individual Championship, his second in a row. Moore and his teammates claimed the top team prize after a week full of pistol, rifle, long-range rifle and
combined arms matches.

“Everybody should come here. I feel it’s a Soldier’s duty to come here and test their capability, test their mettle against their peers,” said Moore, who works at Fort Sam Houston as a Department of the Army civilian working with combat medic trainees. “Hopefully everybody here takes the spirit of the event for what it truly is, which is a training
event, where somebody can come and learn depth and relevance to their trade of being a rifleman first.”

Soldiers were given hands-on marksmanship instruction by the hosts of the competition, the Soldiers from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, with the intent of using those lessons learned in instruction and in
competition to bring back to their units for dissemination. “At the USAMU, we use the phrase ‘Competition to combat’ to describe the phenomena of taking lessons learned through competition to enhance the capability and lethality of the Soldier in combat,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Hodne, commander, USAMU. “The All-Army is designed to be the ultimate
train-the-trainer event for marksmanship; the implications to raising the Army’s overall combat readiness after an event such as this one are enormous.”  

The overall individual winners of the main categories were awarded Secretary of the Army M1 Garand Trophy Rifles. A 1911 pistol built by the USAMU gunsmiths was awarded to the overall pistol champion. Teams were given plaques to display back at their units headquarters and numerous prizes were awarded to the second and third place awardees in
all categories.

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