HON Dr. Westphal visits Fort Benning and the Maneuver Center of Excellence
October 31, 2011
Under Secretary of the Army, HON Dr. Joseph W. Westphal visits the United States Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) and thanks the civilian workforce that oversees the unit's one of a kind custom firearms shop. The United States Army Marksmanship Unit was established in 1956 at the direction of President Dwight D. Eisenhower to raise the standards of marksmanship throughout the U.S. Army. Since 1956, members of the USAMU have gained worldwide respect by winning hundreds of individual and team national titles, more than 40 World Championships, and 23 Olympic medals. The USAMU enhances combat readiness through the unit's provision of technical and advisory assistance in the development of military match-type small arms, equipment and ammunition. USAMU conducts rifle and pistol marksmanship train-the-trainer clinics for U.S. military units throughout the world. Under Secretary of the Army Westphal visited Fort Benning to gain situational awareness and ensure the Army is correctly prioritizing, balancing and integrating resources to support the mission of this vital installation. HON Dr. Westphal received updates from the Infantry and Armor School Commandants and visited various tenant units/organizations.