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    National Guard members compete in combined regional training competition

    National Guard members compete in combined regional training competition

    Photo By Master Sgt. Robin Brown | Spc. Kris Field, a medic from the Arkansas National Guard, stands behind the shooting...... read more read more

    TULLAHOMA, TN, UNITED STATES

    08.19.2017

    Story by Master Sgt. Robin Brown 

    Tennessee National Guard Public Affairs Office

    National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from two different regions met at the Volunteer Training Site in Tullahoma, Tenn., August 18 and 19 for the annual regional marksmanship training match.

    The Marksmanship Advisory Council (MAC) region matches are designed to provide a combat focused marksmanship sustainment training event in seven different regions nationwide. The matches consist of battle focused marksmanship sustainment exercises, designed to validate and sustain perishable marksmanship skills essential to mobilization readiness and success.

    “This is taking that next step in individual quality,” said Maj. Gen. Max Haston, the adjutant general for Tennessee. “I love that this is a joint endeavor and appreciate all who have come out to train and take your knowledge back with you to teach others.”

    Normally, the two regions compete separately, but due to limited funding this year, regions three and five were combined for what has been deemed a “Super MAC.”

    “Bringing the states together was a win-win for the program,” said Maj. Dwayne Page, chief of competitions for National Guard Marksmanship Training Center in Arkansas. “Not only does it save money, it is also an opportunity to grow relationships and experience different shooting situations.”

    “It is neat to shoot with another region; it’s another group to learn from,” said Tech. Sgt. Chauncey Reed, 188th Wing, Arkansas National Guard. “It ran smoothly and was a more effective use of assets.”

    The “Super MAC” consisted of several courses of fire that incorporated pistol and rifle training. Although both regions participated together, they were still scored independently to maintain the integrity of the matches.
    Region three consists of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, and the Virgin Islands.

    Region five is comprised of Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

    Tennessee hosts region three’s competition every year. Arkansas is home to the national level Winston P. Wilson match held annually at the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center near Little Rock.
    Combining the regions this year made a positive impact overall.

    “We need to do more of this,” said Command Chief Master Sgt. Mark Harris, the Senior Enlisted Leader for the Tennessee National Guard. “This is a great opportunity to bring the states together and train together.”

    “Here, I’m surrounded by great mentors and instructors. It builds a sense of accomplishment and confidence,” said Page.

    That feeling was echoed by Reed, “They may know something I don’t; we make each other better.”

    Even those within the same region enjoy getting out to a different state to sharpen their skills.

    “I like that we have the ability to shoot farther distances in Tennessee,” said Sgt. Patrick Stuckey, B Company, 1/118th Infantry Regiment, South Carolina National Guard. This was his first time at the regional competition. He added, “It is a good range that offers different courses of fire. The range staff and cadre were very professional and pleasant.”

    “Marksmanship is a learned skill. It takes hard work and practice,” said Reed. “This level of training is to practice accuracy on such a level that is about more than just hitting a target, but hitting exactly where you are aiming.”

    MAC 3 SCORES

    Team Grand Aggregate Champions
    1. South Carolina
    2. Tennessee, Team A
    3. Kentucky, Team A

    Rifle Team Aggregate Champions
    1. Tennessee, Team A
    2. South Carolina
    3. Kentucky, Team A

    Pistol Team Aggregate Champions
    1. South Carolina
    2. Tennessee, Team A
    3. Tennessee, Team B

    Individual Pistol-Rifle NOVICE
    1. SGT Patrick Stuckey, South Carolina
    2. TSgt Jeffrey Stanley, Kentucky
    3. SGT David Drummer, Kentucky

    Individual Pistol-Rifle OPEN
    1. SFC David Keenom, Tennessee
    2. SGT Patrick Stuckey, South Carolina
    3. MSG Edwin Garcia, Kentucky

    Individual Rifle Champion NOVICE
    1. SGT Patrick Stuckey, South Carolina
    2. TSgt Jeffrey Stanley, Kentucky
    3. SSG Justyn Melendez, Kentucky

    Individual Rifle Champion OPEN
    1. SGT Patrick Stuckey, South Carolina
    2. MSG Edwin Garcia, Kentucky
    3. MAJ Glenn Jackson, Tennessee

    Individual Pistol Champion NOVICE
    1. SGT Patrick Stuckey, South Carolina
    2. SGT David Drummer, Kentucky
    3. SGT Dwight Bushong, Kentucky

    Individual Pistol Champion OPEN
    1. SFC David Keenom, Tennessee
    2. SSG Christopher Cudd, South Carolina
    3. MAJ Glenn Jackson, Tennessee

    MAC 5 SCORES

    Team Grand Aggregate Champions
    1. Missouri, Team A
    2. Arkansas, Team B
    3. Arkansas, Team A

    Rifle Team Aggregate Champions
    1. Arkansas, Team A
    2. Arkansas, Team B
    3. Missouri, Team A

    Pistol Team Aggregate Champions
    1. Missouri, Team A
    2. Arkansas, Team B
    3. Arkansas, Team A

    Individual Pistol-Rifle NOVICE
    1. SGT Andrew White, Nebraska
    2. SSG Naaman Tatroe, Texas
    3. SSG Jacom Benitz, Missouri

    Individual Pistol-Rifle OPEN
    1. 1SG James Phelps, Missouri
    2. SGT Brent Smith, Iowa
    3. SFC Joe Noe, Arkansas

    Individual Rifle Champion NOVICE
    1. SSG Naaman Tatroe, Texas
    2. SGT Andrew White, Nebraska
    3. SGT Jeffrey Roloff, Iowa

    Individual Rifle Champion OPEN
    1. SSG James Maynard, Arkansas
    2. SFC Joe Noe, Arkansas
    3. SSG Brandon Pedersen, Nebraska

    Individual Pistol Champion NOVICE
    1. SGT Andrew White, Nebraska
    2. SSG Naaman Tatroe, Texas
    3. SSG Jacom Benitz, Missouri

    Individual Pistol Champion OPEN
    1. SGT Brent Smith, Iowa
    2. 1SG James Phelps, Missouri
    3. CPT Travis Wahlmeier, Nebraska

    SUPER MAC SCORES

    Rifle Team Champion
    1. Arkansas, Team A, MAC 5
    2. Arkansas, Team B, MAC 5
    3. Missouri, Team A, MAC 5

    Pistol Team Champion
    1. Missouri, Team A, MAC 5
    2. South Carolina, MAC 3
    3. Arkansas, Team B, MAC 5

    Individual Pistol-Rifle Aggregate Champion
    1. 1SG James Phelps, Missouri, MAC 5
    2. SGT Brent Smith, Iowa, MAC 5
    3. SFC Joe Noe, Arkansas, MAC 5

    Team Pistol-Rifle Aggregate Champion
    1. Missouri, Team A, MAC 5
    2. Arkansas, Team B, MAC 5
    3. Arkansas, Team A, MAC 5

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    Date Taken: 08.19.2017
    Date Posted: 08.29.2017 14:00
    Story ID: 246431
    Location: TULLAHOMA, TN, US 

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