• Under the supervision of a 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command (JMTC) instructor, a soldier fires an M-240B machine gun on the Grafenwoehr Training Area in May.  The Grafenwoehr Training Area is the only place in Europe where soldiers can practice their skills with the full suite of individual and crew-served weapons systems in one location.  (Photo by Spc. Michelle Waters, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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    Under the supervision of a 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command (JMTC) instructor, a soldier fires an M-240B machine gun on the Grafenwoehr Training Area in May. The Grafenwoehr Training Area is the only place in Europe where soldiers can...

  • A solider peers around on obstacle to locate his target on the Grafenwoehr Training Area during the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's (JMTC) Small Arms Master Marksmanship Course on May 12, 2009 in Grafenwoehr, Germany.  The two-week course includes a week of classroom familiarization with the weapons, followed by a week of firing on the ranges in Grafenwoehr.  (Photo by Spc. Michelle Waters, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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    A solider peers around on obstacle to locate his target on the Grafenwoehr Training Area during the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's (JMTC) Small Arms Master Marksmanship Course on May 12, 2009 in Grafenwoehr, Germany. The two-week...

  • A soldier takes part in the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's (JMTC) Small Arms Master Marksmanship Course on the Grafenwoehr Training Area on May 12, 2009.

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    A soldier takes part in the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's (JMTC) Small Arms Master Marksmanship Course on the Grafenwoehr Training Area on May 12, 2009.

  • A soldier fires a machine gun as instructors look on at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's (JMTC) Small Arms Master Marksmanship Course on the Grafenwoehr Training Area, May 12, 2009.

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    A soldier fires a machine gun as instructors look on at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's (JMTC) Small Arms Master Marksmanship Course on the Grafenwoehr Training Area, May 12, 2009.

  • A soldier fires an M-249 at a range on the Grafenwoehr Training Area, May 12, 2009.  The soldier was attending the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's (JMTC) Small Arms Master Marksmanship Course.

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    A soldier fires an M-249 at a range on the Grafenwoehr Training Area, May 12, 2009. The soldier was attending the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's (JMTC) Small Arms Master Marksmanship Course.

  • A student in the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command\'s (JMTC) Small Arms Master Marksmanship Course takes aim with an M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) on the Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany, May 12, 2009. The course -- taught by the JMTC's Combined Arms Training Center (CATC) - helps non-combat soldiers become familiar with a variety of the Army's small arms weapons systems.

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    A student in the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command\'s (JMTC) Small Arms Master Marksmanship Course takes aim with an M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) on the Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany, May 12, 2009. The course -- taught by the...

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany- Soldiers stationed across Europe recently trained on several weapons at the Small Arms Master Marksmanship Course located at the Joint Multinational Training Command.

The Small Arms Master Marksmanship Course, or SAMMC, is a two-week course offered by the Combined Arms Training Center (CATC) that trains Soldiers on the use of the M-249 machine gun, Mark-19 grenade launcher, M-240B machine gun, M-4 carbine, the M-9 pistol and the M-2 50-caliber machine gun.

"The SAMMC is designed more towards non-combat arms soldiers" said Sgt. 1st Class Allen McGillivray, an instructor for the CATC. "We are here to get soldiers familiarized with the different weapon systems that the Army has to offer."

This course also teaches soldiers how to run a range, as well as how to set up a range for each weapon. After completing the course, Soldiers are able to teach their own troops the standards when they get back to their home unit.

"Most soldiers who attend this course are selected by their unit commander. They must be a sergeant or above, or a specialist in a leadership position capable of teaching soldiers," said McGillivray.

During the course, the first week is spent conducting hands on training in which soldiers learn to perform function checks, the functions of each weapons system and proper weapon safety. The second week allows them to put all they have learned to use on the live fire ranges. The training is geared to reach a wide array of Army specialists, independent of their military occupation.

"That's what is great about JMTC. This is one of the few training grounds that have multiple live ranges with so many different weapons systems - from the Mark 19 to the 9mm," said Staff Sgt. Benjamin Hadley, an instructor for the Close Quarter Battle Course and SAMMC.

The JMTC allows soldiers to train on all aspects of possible battlefield scenarios, thus enabling Soldiers to better prepare themselves for situations they find, while in support of Contingency Operations, Hadley said.

"The most important thing we've learned here is proficiency," said Sgt. Daniel Messner, an aviation operations specialist with the 2nd Battalion 159th Aviation Regiment, and student at the SAMMC. "You have to know how to assemble and disassemble your weapons to make sure they are operational."

Hadley said lessons learned on the battlefield are utilized daily in the training conducted at the SAMMC, and credits other NCOs with making the training a success.

"We, as NCO's, have a lot to learn and a lot to share," he said. "Those that are just coming back from war can share their knowledge with the non-combat arms. Every year since we began the war, from 2001 to 2009, the enemy continues to change and get better, but so will we."

By utilizing the numerous training facilities and courses offered by the JMTC, these instructors and students help ensure that future warriors will not only complete their mission, but arrive home safe.

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