Fort Lee Soldier to compete in skeet tourney
Maj. David Guida engages a target at the Fort Lee Skeet and Trap Range. Guida, a student at ALU, is competing in this year's Armed Forces Skeet Championship in San Antonio, Texas.

FORT LEE, Va. (May 6, 2010) -- Maj. David Guida, a student of the Theater Logistics Studies program and Florida Institute of Technology at Fort Lee's Army Logistics University, is participating in the 50th annual Armed Forces Skeet Championships.

This year's event, held at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, Texas, from May 10-14, will pit the best active duty and retired military members, from all branches of service, against one another in a competition with a rich tradition.

Guida developed an interest in skeet shooting as a lieutenant while attending the Quartermaster Basic Officer Course at Fort Lee. On his first visit to Fort Lee's skeet range, Guida met Bob Levy, the range manager, and Pat Knutson, the range's primary volunteer. The two helped him learn the game and signed Guida up for the National Skeet Shooting Association.

"From then on, I was hooked and started shooting skeet as often as I could," Guida said. "The guys at Fort Lee's skeet range are extremely helpful and friendly.

"After a deployment during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Guida's wife purchased him his first over-under shotgun and he began skeet shooting while stationed at Fort Stewart, Ga.

Guida's love of the sport and practice began to pay off after he returned.

"My scores were high enough to peak the interest of the Army Skeet Team captain and he wrote me an email inviting me to join the team," Guida said.

Since joining the Army Skeet Team, Guida has been able to compete in numerous sporting events including a Sporting Clays Invitational for the Boy Scouts of America, the Armed Forces Skeet Championships, and the World Skeet Shooting Championships.

Following his last 15-month deployment Guida found himself back at Fort Lee starting his Captain's Career Course.

"I started shooting again and happily, Bob Levy was still working at the range here at Fort Lee," Guida said.

Now with only one semester left at ALU and more than eight years under his belt subce he began shooting skeet at Fort Lee, Guida is back here "enjoying the sport that has brought [him] so much pleasure.

"Guida said finding the time to compete can be challenging. Between three deployments and making time for his Family, the major said he is excited to compete this year in Texas.

As Guida prepares himself for this year's competition, he said he is appreciative of his chain of command that have made it possible to compete while representing Fort Lee and the Army.

"I'm very happy that the Army Logistics University and the Office of the Quartermaster General are supporting me for this ev_ent," Guida said. "It is an awesome opportunity to interact with the other services and share some friendly competition."

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