DVIDS – News – US Army Dominates 61st Interservice Rifle Championships Again

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The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Service Rifle Team won all team matches and nine of thirteen individual matches at the 61st Interservice Rifle Championships in Quantico, Va., Aug. 20-27. June.

The annual week-long rifle championships, hosted by the Marine Corps Weapons Training Battalion, are open to all active duty, National Guard and Reserve members of the U.S. Army, Corps marines, air force, coast guard and navy. This year, more than 80 service members from across the country competed for top honors.

In the 1,000-yard tag team match, USAMU teams won the service rifle and match rifle categories, a feat the Army’s single unit has accomplished consecutively since 2010. This course of fire consisted of 20 slow-fire shots from the 1,000-yard line. by six team members, totaling 120 shots per team. Each team fired in groups of two from a firing post, with their two shooters shooting alternately at the same target.

Team USAMU Deal took home the victory in the Service Rifle category over Teams Army National Guard Jones and Army Reserve Arcularius with the score of 1159-40x. This team included Sgt. 1st Class Alexander Deal (coach), Sgt. Shane Butler (Captain), Master Sgt. David Bahten, Staff Sgt. Logan Frost, sergeant. 1st Class Daniel Crody, Master Sgt. Jarrod McGaffic and Master Sgt. Jacob Blackburn.

Team USAMU Greenwood was victorious in the Match Rifle category over Army National Guard Coggshall and Marine Corps Scarlett teams with a score of 1194-63x. This team included Sgt Forrest Greenwood (coach), Lt. Col. Erik Andreasen (captain), Staff Sgt. Ben Cleland, Staff Sgt. Verne Conant, Private 1st Class Zevin Linse, Spc. Adam Fitzpatrick, Sgt. 1st Class Erin O’Neill, and Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Green.

In the Commanding General’s Rifle Team Match, the USAMU won first and second place in the active duty category over the other four Navy and Marine Corps teams.

This course of fire consisted of each shooter in the six-man team firing 10 slow-fire standing shots at 200 yards, 10 rapid-fire shots from standing shots at 300 yards, and 10 slow-fire shots at 600 yards . This included two shooters from each team shooting alternately at the same shooting point during the slow fire stages, which were allocated 66 minutes in total for the team. Rapid fire time was 70 seconds per string.

Team USAMU Greenwood took the win with a score of 1778-69x, making it the eighth straight year the unit has won this tag team match and the 16th victory in the last 17 years. The winning team included Greenwood (coach), Cleland (captain), McGaffic, Linse, Bahten, Conant and Green. Second-place team USAMU Deal scored 1736-45x, making it the eighth time in 17 years that the unit has won both first and second place in this game. This team included Deal (coach), Andreasen (captain), O’Neill, Blackburn, Crody, Butler, Private 1st Class Dustin Carr, and Staff Sgt. Nathan Lockwood.

In the Interservice Rifle Team, or 10-Man Team Match, Team USAMU Andreasen won the coveted Tag Team Championship title over the other four active duty Navy and Marine Corps teams with their score of 4,931- 193x.

The course of fire for this match had four stages. The first stage, which had a total team time of 66 minutes, consisted of 10 slow-fire standing shots at 200 yards, with two shooters occupying a firing point and shooting alternately at the same target. The second stage consisted of 10 rapid shots seated from standing shots 200 yards in 60 seconds, for each member of the team. The third stage cost 10 quick shots from standing shots at 300 yards in 70 seconds, for each team member. And the fourth stage, which had a total team time of 126 minutes, consisted of 20 slow-fire shots from 600 yards, with two shooters occupying a firing point and shooting alternately at the same target.

Team Andreasen included Greenwood (coach), Andreasen (captain), Cleland, Green, Bahten, Carr, Blackburn, Linse, Butler, O’Neill, Conant and McGaffic. The unit has won this game consecutively since 2017 and 15 times in the past 17 years.

In the prestigious Marine Corps Infantry Trophy team match, USAMU again earned the top two spots over five other teams from the Marine Corps, Navy, Army National Guard and of the Army Reserve. This historic match is made up of six shooters, a coach and a captain. With a total of 384 shots, the teams fired 50-second relays at eight targets in stages of 600, 500, 300 and 200 meters. The hits were scored four runs from 600, three runs from 500, two runs from 300 and one run from 200.

USAMU Greenwood took the win with their score of 1437 while USAMU Deal followed with a 1369. The unit has won this game 10 times in the past 14 years. The winning team included Greenwood (coach), Staff Sgt. Matthew Nelson (captain), Bahten, Butler, Cleland, Conant, Crody and Green. The second-place team, USAMU Deal, included Deal (coach), Andreasen (captain), Blackburn, Carr, Frost, Linse, Lockwood and McGaffic.

In individual matches, Fitzpatrick not only took the win, but set a new record in the Marine Corps match with his score of 200-17x. This soldier’s score broke the 2019 record of 200-15x set by Staff Sgt. Rhodes of the Marine Corps. This course of fire included 20 quick shots from standing shots at 300 yards, with a time limit of 70 seconds for each chain of 10 shots. Cleland took second place in that match with a 200-15x.

In the next game, the Air Force Match, USAMU soldiers swept the podium, beating 81 other servicemen. Cleland took the win with her 200-16x, just one X off her own record from 2017 in that game. O’Neill and Blackburn followed with their 200-15x and 200-12x respectively. This course of fire consisted of 20 slow-fire prone shots at 600 yards in 20 minutes.

Cleland took the next game victory by shooting 200-13x in the army game, a course of fire that consisted of another 20 slow fire shots from 600 yards in 20 minutes.

After a strong performance in the first five games, Cleland claimed the 61st Individual Interservice Championship title with their overall score of 996-63x. Cleland’s placement in each of the five matches, over 83 other servicemen, was: Navy Match-7th, Coast Guard Match-5th, Marine Corps Match-2nd, Air Force Match-1st, and Army Match-1st). USAMU teammate Bahten followed closely behind with his 994-50x. Cleland also won this coveted title in 2020, 2019 and 2018. O’Neill and Green won the championship title in 2021 and 2017/2013/2010/2006. In fact, over the past 17 years, a USAMU soldier has won this title 12 times.

In the 600-yard match, USAMU soldiers won the service rifle and match rifle categories. McGaffic beat 50 other snipers in the service rifle category with his 200-11x while USAMU teammate Crody followed in third with his 200-8x. Cleland picked up another victory in the Match Rifle category with her tiebreaker score of 200-15x over her teammate, O’Neill, and her 200-15x. Staff Sgt. Amanda Elsenboss, a USAMU alumnus who now shoots with the Army National Guard, won third place in a tiebreak against Green, who both shot 200-14x. (Elsenboss also had wins in Navy and Coast Guard matches in the Individual Championship Series.)

In the 1,000 yard match, USAMU soldiers swept the podium in the service rifle category. Blackburn won first with their 199-12x and were followed by Butler and McGaffic who shot 199-5x and 198-9x respectively.

Cleland’s 200-13x placed second in the 1,000 yard match shotgun category behind National Guard Sgt. John Coggshall’s 200-18x. USAMU’s Fitzpatrick took third with a 200-12x.

In the long range match, which is an aggregate of the 600 and 1,000 yard matches, USAMU soldiers swept the podium in the service rifle category. McGaffic’s 398-20x earned him first place with Butler and Crody behind with their 398-18x and 396-17x.

In the long range, Match Rifle category, USAMU’s Cleland (400-28x) and Fitzpatrick (400-24x) followed in second and third place behind Coggshall of the National Guard (400-29x).

In the final individual match, Green took the overall victory in the Excellence in Competition Rifle match with his score of 499-22x, beating 62 other servicemen.

USAMU’s dominating performance in this annual interservice rivalry continued to create a legacy for the unit to carry on into the future.









Date taken: 07.01.2022
Date posted: 17.08.2022 13:59
Story ID: 427433
Location: QUANTICO, Virginia, USA
Hometown: BOGALUSA, LA, UNITED STATES
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