U.S. Army Reserve Military Police to host Midwest Small Arms Championship

By Master Sgt. Michel SauretJuly 15, 2017

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CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - An Indiana-based military police battalion will host the 2017 Army Reserve Midwestern Small Arms Championship at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, April 21-26, which will be open to all U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers to compete.

"This is a great opportunity for Soldiers to be trained by some of the best marksmen in the world," said Sgt. 1st Class Robert Szkutnik who has been coordinating the event on behalf of the 384th Military Police Battalion.

The championship is a competitive training event that requires Soldier to rapidly and accurately engage targets under stressful situations. The targets will range from 25 to 500 yards with the M16 or M4 rifle and 10 to 50 yards with the M9 pistol. It's a combat-oriented training event training Soldiers to shoot near-peer threats.

"Soldiers will be put in stressful situations where they are required to critically think, defeat obstacles and endure increased stress levels," said Szkutnik.

The championship will incorporate 40 hours of marksmanship training taught by the U.S. Army Reserve Competitive Marksmanship Team, which has shooters who have won at multiple national, international and Olympic matches.

"The experience these Soldiers will receive will be taken back to their units to assist in the development of effective and more efficient marksmanship programs that will improve both individual and crew served weapon proficiency, therefore increasing the command's combat readiness," said Szkutnik.

Soldiers are asked to sign up as 5-member teams, as competition events and awards will be given to teams and individuals. Soldiers from across the Army Reserve, regardless of geographic location, are invited to compete.

Registration ends April 12. Soldiers can receive more information and registration forms by contacting Sgt. 1st Class Robert Szkutnik at Robert.m.szkutnik.mil@mail.mil or call 586-871-8100