By 2nd Lt. David Walker, 208th Regional Support GroupApril 21, 2011
FORT BENNING, Ga. - Five Soldiers with the 208th Regional Support Group (RSG), Military Intelligence Readiness Command, Fort Jackson, S.C., competed in the U.S. Army Small Arms Championship, also known as All Army. The seven-day competition is an advanced combat live-fire training event and is open to all Army personnel and members of sister services assigned to Army units.
The 208th RSG team was made up of the following Soldiers: Sgt. Eric Nystrom, Staff Sgt. Joseph Weston, and Capt. Kevin Halleran with Charlie Company, 377th Military Intelligence Battalion, Staff Sgt. Jesse Frigo with the 325th Military Intelligence Battalion, and 2nd Lt. David Walker, 208th RSG.
Soldiers from as far away as Fort Greely, Alaska, and Guam attended the event. Competitors were given training and skill exercises applicable to all military small arms firing disciplines. While the elements and spirit of competition are important, all Soldiers are reminded the Army's critical intent is to develop combat firing skills at the entry and intermediate level. The training is also used to raise the standard of marksmanship across the entire force and recognizing superior skill at the highest levels.
Soldiers were given the opportunity to earn Excellence in Competition (EIC) credit points by competing. They also had a chance to earn EIC points toward the appropriate badge, such as the President's One Hundred, which are awarded to the top scoring 10% of eligible non-distinguished competitors.
"This presented the opportunity to reward select Soldiers of the command that excel in both rifle and pistol marksmanship and physical fitness," said Lt. Col. John Mohor, S-3 with the 208th RSG.
"While participation was not mandatory, we wanted to encourage subordinate commanders to recognize exceptional Soldiers that have excelled within their units. We hoped to can get enough interest to field two teams with necessary support for this training opportunity," he said.
The command is hoping to again send Soldiers to this event next year and perhaps even send a team to the National Championships held at Camp Perry, Ohio during the summer.
All Army is also used to showcase the latest technology in weapon development and marksmanship.