• Spc. Christopher Hine, a Cavalry Scout for Troop A, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), engages targets during the M9 portion of the 3-gun Stress Shoot on Range 9 at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug.14, 2012. The competition was designed to test the competitors' ability to shoot after intense tactical operations.

    Engaging the target

    Spc. Christopher Hine, a Cavalry Scout for Troop A, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), engages targets during the M9 portion of the 3-gun Stress Shoot on Range 9 at Fort Campbell, Ky...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Ted Maust, the operations senior enlisted for 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), leads his team through the Squad Battle Position competition at Range 17 on Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 14, 2012. The squad's objective was to defend a perimeter against hostile fire and advance as the enemy withdrew from its position. Maust and his team took first place in the competition.

    Advance and engage

    Sgt. 1st Class Ted Maust, the operations senior enlisted for 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), leads his team through the Squad Battle Position competition at Range 17 on Fort...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo Smith, command sergeant major of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, Ky., presents the First Place Marksmanship Competition Trophy to Sgt. 1st Class Ted Maust of 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, who was representing the Strike team. The Strike Brigade was the over all winner of the 2012 Week of the Eagles Marksmanship Competition and won the Long Range Stress Shoot event as well as the Squad Battle Position event.

    The best Marksman

    Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo Smith, command sergeant major of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, Ky., presents the First Place Marksmanship Competition Trophy to Sgt. 1st Class Ted Maust of 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment...

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (Aug. 16, 2012) -- Knowing how to shoot and engage a target is a must for an effective Soldier and accomplishing such must be done under stressful conditions. Enter Fort Campbell's Week of the Eagles 2012 Marksmanship Competition; held at the Market Garden Rd. ranges, Aug. 14.

The competition was made up of four events. The first being the 3-Gun Stress Shoot consisting of an M9 pistol range, an M4 rifle range and an M249 machine gun range. The competition required shooters to carrying a 185-pound "Rescue Randy Training Dummy" on a medical litter from range to range, for a total distance of about a mile.

The second event placed teams at the Long Range Stress Shoot, which required sniper teams to move to positions from over a mile away and engage targets up to 700-meters away.

The third event was a Squad Battle Position, which had Soldiers defend a perimeter that was under simulated attack.

The final event being the M240B Combat Stress Shoot, which forced Soldiers to negotiate obstacles and establish a support-by-fire position to suppress enemy fire within the range. Finishing on top of the brackets was the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), with winning both the Long Range Stress Shoot and the Squad Battle Position, who found the competition to be an important part of the week.

"The importance of this exercise is that it brings some realism to the training," said Spc. Arturo Hernandez, a member of the winning Squad Battle Position team and a team leader from Strike's Troop A, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment. "It helps get you ready for future deployments."

To be successful in this competition, Soldiers worked together as a team, understanding how each person operated was essential to functioning together as one unit. Strike had teams in each of the four events and some of the teams worked together for weeks prior to the competition to ensure peak performance. Soldiers and Leader promote such team building exercises.

"Competitions like this allow Soldiers to test their skills in competition," said Maj. Diogo Tavares, the deputy squadron commander for 1st Squadron 75th Cavalry Regiment. "It shows other Soldiers what they can do in combat."

Awarded for their accomplishments, the Soldiers received Week of Eagles medals, presented by Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith, the division and Fort Campbell command sergeant major.

"Everybody is a winner, because everybody worked hard to get here," said Smith. "I am proud to be here and hand out medals for an event that shows the importance of putting bullets down range."

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