More than 350 active-duty Soldiers, Reservists, Guardsmen and Cadets are registered to attend and compete in the 2012 U.S. Army Small Arms Championship March 3-10 on Fort Benning, the highest number of competitors in 19 years.
The ―All-Army,‖ hosted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, is the largest marksmanship training event in the military. Soldiers stationed in Germany, Alaska, Hawaii, and all across the country have signed up. It is a testament to the quality of the event and the emphasis that Soldiers and units across the Army formation place on marksmanship.
―Marksmanship is the paramount Soldier skill,‖ said Lt. Col. Dan Hodne, commander, USAMU. ―It is the key component to Soldiers, units and Army combat readiness.
The championships begin with a full day of small arms firing schools conducted by USAMU experts before Soldiers toe the firing line.
Competitors compete in rifle and pistol matches before challenging combined arms matches, when they will utilize a rifle, pistol and shotgun to engage targets throughout a given course of fire. Within those disciplines are Excellence-in-Competition Matches, demanding two-mile-run-and-shoot matches, team matches and the opportunity to learn marksmanship techniques and skills from peers and USAMU Soldiers.
Command Sgt. Maj. Dan Dailey, TRADOC, will be the guest speaker at the awards ceremony March 10.
Schedule: March 3 – Small Arms Firing Schools March 4-5 – Rifle matches 7:30 a.m.-until complete at McAndrews Range March 6-7 – Pistol Matches 7:30 a.m.-until complete at Parks Range March 8-9 – Combined Arms Matches 7:30 a.m.-until complete at Krilling Range March 10 – Awards Ceremony 2 p.m. at McGinnis-Wickham Hall in Marshall Auditorium Media who would like to cover any portion of the U.S. Army Small Arms Championship should contact the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Public Affairs Office at 706-545-5436.
More than 350 active-duty Soldiers, Reservists, Guardsmen and Cadets are registered to attend and compete…
by Dennis Adler / Feb 29, 2012