By Paula J. RandallJune 13, 2008
FORT BENNING, Ga. (Army News Service, June 13, 2008) - A Soldier of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit beat 72 of the military's best shooters to win the coveted Interservice Pistol Champion title June 12.
Out of 73 military shooters competing in the 49th annual Interservice Pistol Championship Matches, Staff Sgt. James M. Henderson won the overall Interservice Pistol Championship June 12. Staff Sgt.
Robert S. Park II of the Army Marksmanship Unit was second overall and USAMU's Staff Sgt. Adam E. Sokolowski, who was forced to shoot the entire match with his left hand due to a right wrist injury, took third place.
The USAMU Service Pistol Gray Team won the overall Interservice Pistol Team Championship; shooters were Sokolowski, Staff Sgt. Lyman P. Grover, Staff Sgt. Jason R. Sargent and Sgt. Sean P. Watson. The USAMU Blue Team of Henderson, Park, Sgt. 1st Class Eric G. Daniels and Sgt.
Michael S. Gasser took second place in the Interservice Team Championship. The U.S. Marine Corps Scarlet Team finished in third place; shooters were Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Fraley, Staff Sgt.
Jordan Kramp, Sgt. Curtis Powelson and Cpl. Ben Footer.
The Interservice Championship is an aggregate of the .22-Caliber, Center Fire, .45-Caliber and Service Pistol Championships, which were fired June 9 to 12.
Park finished second only to Henderson in the Service Pistol Championship June 12 while Sgt. Timothy M. Barber of the USAMU took third place. The USAMU Service Pistol Blue Team of Henderson, Park, Barber and Gasser won the Service Pistol Team Championship. The USAMU Gray Team took second place and the U.S. Marine Corps Team was third.
Henderson won the 2700 Interservice Championship June 11 with a
total score of 2,669 points out of a possible 2,700 points. Park took
second place with a score of 2,653 points and Daniels finished third with 2,644.
The 2700 Aggregate Championships is an aggregate of the .22-Caliber, Center Fire and .45-Caliber championships, which were shot June 9 to 11.
Henderson won the .45-Caliber Championship June 11; Park was second and Staff Sgt. William Walker of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve was third. The USAMU Gray Team of Sokolowski, Grover, Sargent and Watson won the .45-Caliber Team Championship. The U.S. Marine Corps Scarlet Team was second and the U.S. Navy Reserve Team got third.
Powelson won the Excellence in Competition Match June 11 followed by Marine Sgt. Thomas Kozic in second place and Army National Guard Sgt. Christopher Price in third.
Henderson won the Center Fire Pistol Interservice Championship June 10 by eight points over Sokolowski and by 12 points over Park who finished third. The USAMU Blue Team of Henderson, Park, Daniels and Gasser won the Center Fire Team Championship. The USAMU Gray Team took second place and the U.S. Navy Reserve Team finished third.
Daniels won the .22-Caliber Individual Interservice Championship June 9. Park and Henderson were tied just one point behind Daniels. The USAMU Blue Team of Daniels, Park, Henderson and Gasser won the .22-Caliber Team Interservice Championship. The USAMU Gray Team was second and the South Carolina Team got third.
Henderson won the National Rifle Association Warm-up Aggregate by winning the Center Fire, .45-Caliber and Service Pistol matches and taking second place in the .22-Caliber match June 7 and 8. Park, who was second overall, won the .22-Caliber match, took second place in the Service Pistol match and finished third in the Center Fire competition.
Daniels was third in the overall aggregate and finished third in the Service Pistol match.
Sokolowski took second place in the Center Fire competition, Grover and Sgt. 1st Class Gregory S. Wilson were second and third in the .45-Caliber match and Gasser placed third in the .22-Caliber competition. The NRA Warm-Up matches were open to military and civilian competitors.
There are 73 military personnel and 13 teams competing in the Interservice Pistol Championships this year. The USAMU and the U.S. Army Reserve have two teams each and the U.S. Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve have five teams; other teams competing are the U.S. Navy, U.S. Navy Reserve, U.S. Air Force and the South Carolina Army National Guard.
The USAMU is hosting the 49th annual Interservice Pistol Championship Matches, which started June 6 at Phillips Range and concludes June 13, at Phillips and Parks ranges. Awards will be presented to winners and second- and third-place finishers in all individual and team matches.
(Paula J. Randall serves at public affairs officer for the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, Accessions Support Brigade.)