Army dominates Interservice Rifle Championships
July 28, 2008
QUANTICO, Va. (Army News Service, July 28, 2008) -- The Service Rifle Team of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit of Fort Benning, Ga., won every team match at the 2008 Interservice Rifle Championships July 14 to 22.
More than 125 shooters from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Reserve and National Guard competed in the rifle championships at Quantico Marine Corps Base.
The Army Marksmanship Service Rifle Team won the prestigious Interservice Rifle 10-Man Team Match and brought home the trophy. Team coaches were Sgt. 1st Class Emil Praslick III and Sgt. Walter E. Craig Jr. and team captains were Staff Sgt. William T. Pace and Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Peters. Shooters were Sgts. 1st Class Lance D. Dement, Grant L. Singley and Kyle A. Ward, Staff Sgts. Joel S. Micholick and Tobie L. Tomlinson, Sgt. Brandon K. Green, Spcs. Tyrel L. Cooper, Calvin G. Roberts, Matthew T. Sigrist and Nathan J. Verbickas. Ward shot highest score of 495 points out of a possible 500.
The USAMU Team coached by Praslick with Peters as captain, beat 12 teams to win the Marine Corps Infantry Trophy Team Match. Soldiers on the team were Cooper, Dement, Green, Pace, Singley and Ward.
USAMU's team coached by Tomlinson with Pfc. Augustus K. Dunfey as captain took second place; shooters were Craig, Roberts, Sigrist, Verbickas, Pfc.
Evan M.T. Hess and Pvt. 2 Kevin C. Trickett.
The winner of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command Commanding General Team Match was the USAMU Team coached by Pace. Shooting the match were Cooper, Singley, Dement, Green, Roberts and Ward and Praslick was the captain.
In the 1,000-Yard Team Match, Praslick's team won in the "Any Rifle Any Sights" Division by 52 points. Peters was the captain of the team made up of Cooper, Green, Tomlinson, Dement, Roberts and Pfc.
Sherri Jo Hurd. In the long-range matches, USAMU Soldiers shoot modified
M-16A2 rifles and the 65 x 284 long range match rifles with scopes or iron sights to hit a 10-inch X-ring target from the prone position at 800, 900 and 1,000 yards.
The USAMU also took home some individual trophies as well. Green won the Interservice Long Range Championship in the Any Rifle Category and Sigrist took the Service Rifle Category. Green was the winner in the Interservice 1,000-Yard Match and Dement won the 600-Yard Match in the Any Sight Category; Craig won the 600-Yard Match Service Rifle Category.
Cooper was victorious in the Interservice Army Match, a slow fire match shot at 600 yards. Dunfey won the Interservice Navy Match, which is a slow fire match shot standing at 200 yards, and Peters took the Interservice Coast Guard Match, shot rapid fire at 200 yards while sitting.
When they're not competing, the Army Marksmanship Unit Service Rifle Team teaches the Army's Squad Designated Marksman Course at Fort Benning and conducts numerous basic rifle marksmanship train-the-trainers workshops across the country.
"The marksmanship training that we conduct reinforces for us the proper shooting techniques, which helps us at competitions," said Ward, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Service Rifle Team.
(Paula J. Randall serves as PAO for the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, Accessions Support Brigade.)