By Paula J. RandallJanuary 23, 2008
FORT BENNING, Ga. - A Soldier of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit has been named as the Military Marksmanship Association Soldier of the Year.
Sgt. 1st Class Grant L. Singley, a service rifle shooter with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, has been selected as the Military Marksmanship Association Soldier of the Year for 2007.
MMA president retired Col. Robert I. Hoidahl Jr. made the announcement at the MMA Annual Membership Meeting Jan. 18 at the Pool International Shooting Complex. Hoidahl presented the Soldier of the Year Award to Singley - a .45-caliber pistol donated by the Smith and Wesson Corporation.
A Henry, Ill., native, Singley graduated from Henry Senachwine High School in 1989 before enlisting in the Army later that year. After completing Basic Training and Infantry Training at Fort Benning, he was assigned to the Army Marksmanship Unit in December 1989.
Singley has been awarded three Meritorious Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, five Good Conduct Medals, Army Superior Unit Award, Distinguished Rifleman Badge and President's Hundred Tab.
"Singley takes great pride supporting the warfighter," said Donald Heuman, head coach of the USAMU Service Rifle Team. "He knows that supporting the warriors on the battlefield is paramount and has mounted many arduous hours in support of our warriors. He has demonstrated time and time again his ability to teach advanced marksmanship to those leaders who are in need of better marksmanship skills and knowledge. His untiring devotion and his efforts supporting the Army's war on terror is a tribute to his dedication to the Army Marksmanship Unit and the Army."
Singley expressed gratitude to the MMA for the award and thanked his teammates and coaches from the USAMU Service Rifle Team and the gunsmiths of the USAMU Custom Firearms Shop for their contributions.
In 2007, Singley was a member of the Winning Interservice Championship 10-Man Team, the winning National Infantry Trophy Team and the winning National Trophy Team. At the National Rifle Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio, in August, he was the individual winner of the Mountain Man, Forces Command, Association of the U.S. Army, 25th Infantry Division, Rattlesnake and Porter Trophies.
(Formed in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to raise the standards of marksmanship throughout the U.S. Army, the Army Marksmanship Unit is assigned to the Accessions Support Brigade of the U.S. Army Accessions Command. The Marksmanship Unit trains its Soldiers to win competitions and enhances combat readiness through train-the-trainer clinics, research and development. For more information on the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, contact the Public Affairs Office at (706) 545-5436, Paula.Randall@usaac.army.mil or www.USAMU.com. For more information on the Military Marksmanship Association, see www.militarymarksmanship.org.)