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CAMP SIMBA, Kenya – US service members of the US Army National Guard and US Air Force, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), compete in a marksmanship competition combined arms from July 20 to 25, 2022, at Camp Simba, Kenya.
The event hosted 52 participants with individual and team competitions using multiple weapon systems.
Matches simulated combat scenarios with competitors engaging targets from multiple distances and positions, with target transition, weapon handling, while combining all of these skills under the constraint of time and precision.
“The event was modeled after the TAG (Adjutant General’s) game as well as the Winston P. Wilson National Game which is held annually at the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center,” said Staff Sgt. US Army National Guard staff. Chandler Potts, event organizer and platoon sergeant with 1st Platoon, Company B, 1-116th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Red Dragon. “I was able to participate in regional and national matches in 2021. I wanted to take my experiences from those events and recreate them in a deployed environment.”
The Winstone P. Wilson (WPW) Championship is a national level shooting competition held annually at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center, North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Potts’ goal was for Soldiers and Airmen to gain shooting experience in large-scale matches like the WPW and have a unique training opportunity while serving in a
joint deployment environment.
The match consisted of three days of filming with seven separate events, and the 52 participants were split into 13 four-person teams.
Day one consisted of Rifle Reflexive Fire, which simulates engaging an enemy target wearing body armor. From there, participants moved on to the General George S. Patton Pistol Match. It was a team event that required members to run 300 yards in less than two minutes. After the two minutes were up, the team engaged six targets per team at 30 yards, 25 yards, and 20 yards.
Day two included the Close Combat Rifle Match, The Odds Are Against You Rifle Match, and the Anti-Armor Pistol Match.
The Rifle Close Quarter Combat match tested the shooter’s ability to identify and engage targets from 100 yards, working out to 25 yards and faster engagements. The 100 and 75 meter shots were from the kneeling position, and the 50 and 25 meter were from the standing, low ready position on a head-only target with exposure times decreasing as the shooters got closer to their target.
The odds are against you Rifle Match focused on weapon handling, magazine changes and round counting. Participants engaged multiple targets while remembering their number of rounds per target, which does not coincide with the number of rounds in their magazine. Rounds per targets are odd numbers, hence the name of the match.
The Anti Body Armor Pistol Match was the same course of fire as the Rifle Reflexive Fire match, but at closer range and with the service pistol.
Day three was the Pistol Excellence in Competition (EIC), a federal match in which competitors can earn the Competitive Excellence Badge, which is part of the process for earning the Distinguished Marksmanship Badge in this discipline. . The EIC match itself tests the shooter’s shooting ability with a service pistol from 30 yards to 15 yards. The 30-yard portion was a slow, precision-focused engagement. The 25 meter portion comes from the kneeling and prone position, and the 20 and 15 meter portions focus on quick engagements with target transitions and magazine changes.
The last day: it was the Battle of Bianchi. This tag team match is a multi-gun shooter with a course of fire created by Potts.
Teams started at the start line 300 yards from the targets. They did five burpees then ran to the 200-yard line where they engaged targets with rifles from a prone position. Then they ran to the 100 yard line engaging targets with rifles in any position other than prone.
The teams then moved to a shotgun preparation table where they engaged 10 water bottle targets at varying ranges.
Finally the team moved to the pistol range where they engage targets with pistols and made the choice to either end the match or continue to a bonus stage where they engaged targets with 240 machine guns Cheers for receiving time reductions to help their score.
U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Alexandra Griffeth, a member of the All-Guard International Combat Team in 2018, and a team leader with a company, 1-116th Regiment, Task Force Red Dragon, competed in the match and finished 1st in the combined arms individual category and 1st in pistol.
“The game in Kenya was a fantastic event to introduce new soldiers and airmen to some of the events typically seen in state, regional and national games,” Griffeth said. “It gave those shooters the opportunity to see how accurately they can shoot under pressure and gave them feedback to learn how they can improve. They can now take back to their units what they learned from the game. against Kenya.
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jamie Shawley, commander of CJTF-HOA, presented awards to the winners at Camp Simba.
“I appreciate everyone taking time off from their normal duties,” Shawley said. “It builds camaraderie, team spirit and solidarity during this deployment experience. This event would never have happened without the vision, drive and drive of our own Staff Sergeant. Potts.
Here are the top three finishers who received awards in the Pistol, Rifle, Combined Pistol & Rifle, and Team events:
1st place: U.S. Army Sgt. Alexandra Griffeth with 299 points
2nd place: Senior Air Force Airman James Bell with 291 points
3rd place: U.S. Army Sgt. Jameson Kelly with 271 points
1st place: U.S. Army Sgt. First class Matthew Sukovich with 393 points
2nd place: US Army Spc. Jacob Friedman with 380 points
3rd place: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. John Fulton with 375 points
Rifle and pistol combo
1st place: U.S. Army Sgt. Alexandra Griffeth with 669 points
2nd place: Senior Air Force Airman James Bell with 663 points
3rd place: U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Matthew Sukovich 646 points
1st place: Raptor A – US Army Staff Sgt. John Fulton, Sergeant. Matthew Dawson, Spc. Jacob Friedman, Spc. jonathan farrar
2nd place: Ace Tomato Co.- U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Dino Vidal, sergeant. Luke Miller, sergeant. First Class Matthew Sukovich, Master Sgt. Colin Oppegard
3rd place: STS – US Air Force Cpt. Jesse Stafford, technician. sergeant. Cody Muchow, Senior Airman James Bell, Tech. sergeant. lex sierra
|Date posted:||08.05.2022 09:53|
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