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    National Guard Marksmanship Teams add six new President’s 100 Tab recipients to the ranks of elite marksmen


    Photo By Maj. Theresa Austin | The All Guard Service Rifle Team members who earned the President's 100 Rifle Tab...... read more read more



    Story by Maj. Theresa Austin 

    National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

    CAMP PERRY JOINT TRAINING CENTER, Ohio - Six members of the National Guard All Guard Team earned the rare President’s 100 Tab for the first time during the 2018 Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) National Matches held at Camp Perry, Ohio July 1-August 8, 2018.

    The Tab is awarded to the top scoring 100 rifle and 100 pistol shooters who compete in the President’s100 match each year at the CMP and when earned by military personnel, the President’s 100 Tab may be worn on the uniform of several branches of service. The National Guard had 15 recipients this year.

    “President’s 100 tab is one of those things that not very many people earn,” said Spc. Andrew Traciak, National Guard All Guard Service Rifle Team member from Washington Army National Guard. “It signifies that you are at the top of that category as the go to person for marksmanship in a profession where marksmanship is everything.”

    Spc. Traciak earned his President’s 100 Rifle tab for the first time this year during the CMP and there were, also, five others who earned the President’s 100 Tab for the first time.
    The President’s 100 Rifle Tab:
    - Staff Sgt. Joseph Berendzen, South Carolina Army National Guard
    - Master Sgt Donnie Hicks, Texas Air National Guard

    The President’s 100 Pistol Tab:
    - Cadet Lisa Emmert, Michigan Army National Guard
    - Sgt. Brian Bleuer, Iowa Army National Guard
    - Sgt. 1st Class Seth Innes, Florida Army National Guard

    Several team members continued to demonstrate outstanding performance as multiple recipients of the President’s 100 Tab.

    The President’s 100 Rifle Tab:
    - Master Sgt. Mike Hester, Arkansas Army National Guard
    - Staff Sgt. John Coggshall, Connecticut Army National Guard
    - Master Sgt. Greg Neiderhiser, Pennsylvania Army National Guard

    The President’s 100 Pistol Tab:
    - Master Sgt. Morgan Jenkins, Wyoming Army National Guard
    - Sgt. 1st Class Eric Lawerence, South Carolina Army National Guard
    - Sgt. Nestor Pena, Puerto Rico Army National Guard
    - Spc. Carl Trompeter, New York Army National Guard
    - Capt. Travis Whalmeir, Nebraska Army National Guard
    - Master Sgt. Travis Zwickle, Nebraka Army National Guard

    The President’s 100 wasn’t the only prestigious award won this year.

    Technical Sgt. Eric Rueth with the Wisconsin Air National Guard and Master Sgt. Hester earned their Distinguished Rifleman Badge and Cadet Emmert earned her Distinguished Pistol Badge.

    The President’s 100 Tab and the Distinguished Rifle and Pistol Badges are not often earned by military personnel and seen worn on the uniform, but when recognized, these awards identify them as being among the most elite marksmen in their service.”

    Traciak may only be a specialist in the National Guard, but he is now officially one of the nations elite marksmen, and he has altruistic goals for his new proclaimed status as well as a vision for his State’s marksmanship program to “change the culture back towards focusing on marksmanship as a core competency to increase the lethality across the force as a whole.”

    “My goal this year was making the President’s 100, and with that my primary goal was to be able to take this back to my State and talk to State leadership about helping other individuals get to this level.“

    The Washington Army National Guard is currently rebuilding its marksmanship program, and Spc. Traciak hopes to influence the program to make their Soldiers more lethal on the battlefield.

    “My state is trying to build a marksmanship program right now, and I’m trying to come in and assist the State with getting that program up and running,” he said. “I can take this back to my State, in a coaching position for a State training team or State marksmanship team and continue developing more coaches and shooters that could be utilized across the State to build force readiness amongst all of our other units.”

    Staff Sgt. John Coggshall, a President’s Rifle Tab repeat recipient from Connecticut Army National Guard, explained what it is like being at the highest level of competition on the All Guard Service Rifle Team.

    “When you get to our level, your gains in level of ability are minimal, but we still practice and gain more knowledge of troubleshooting and analyzing other peoples problems,” he said. “It’s not as much about my skills; it’s making me a better teacher and instructor of others faster and more efficiently.”

    Through the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center, the primary goal of the competitive events program and the All Guard Shooting Teams is to develop subject matter experts who take the advanced marksmanship training knowledge gained through competitions back to their regions and states to train, mentor and coach others to improve their marksmanship skills. Through this method the National Guard can more efficiently and effectively train the most Soldiers to increase force readiness.

    Spc. Traciak summed it up saying, “We’re not exactly the Peace Corps. Our job is to go out, put rounds on target, and increase the lethality of the force.”



    Date Taken: 08.08.2018
    Date Posted: 09.28.2018 10:33
    Story ID: 294715

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