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    Marksmanship Advisory Council Region 6 match kicks off in Wyoming

    Region 6 marksmanship competition kicks off in Wyoming

    Photo By Capt. David Bedard | Pfc. Colton Evers, Oregon Army National Guard competitor, participates in a pistol...... read more read more



    Story by Capt. David Bedard 

    National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

    The 2019 Marksmanship Advisory Council Region 6 championship began competition July 25 at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center, Wyoming.

    Army and Air Guardsmen representing Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming compete July 25 to 28.

    MAC matches are battle-focused marksmanship sustainment exercises, designed to validate and sustain perishable marksmanship skills essential to mobilization readiness and success.

    Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Haugen, North Dakota Army National Guard, said skills learned during MAC competitions prove valuable for the entire unit.

    “I’m interested in competing here to become a better marksman, so I can pass that on to my Soldiers,” he said.

    Participants compete in a broad range of marksmanship courses of fire using M16 rifles, M4 carbines and M9 pistols. Timed engagements occur at distances ranging from close quarters to long range.

    Haugen said the diverse courses of fire test a broad range of skills, and the marksman admits he struggles with pistol courses of fire.

    “I have far more experience shooting rifle,” he said. “So it’s important to gain experience shooting the pistol – using proper form, using proper technique, learning the tricks of the trade and becoming more consistent.”

    Master Sgt. Derrick Burkhart, South Dakota Air National Guard, said he has been competing for four years. His team qualified and honed their skills at The Adjutant General’s Match at the state level before they traveled to Camp Guernsey.

    Burkhart echoed Haugen’s assessment that shooting with regional competitors and sharing techniques proves valuable for training other Soldiers and Airmen throughout the marksman’s unit.

    The Air Guardsman said he is looking forward to the rest of the match.

    “We hope to shoot well, but the expectation is to have fun, learn and grow,” Burkhart said.

    About Us:
    Established in 1968, the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) is the National Guard Bureau’s (NGB) center for managing marksmanship training courses and competitive marksmanship programs. It serves all 54 states and territories and is located on Robinson Maneuver Training Center in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The NGMTC is headquarters for the “All Guard” service rifle, service pistol, multi-gun, and international combat teams. The NGMTC is also home to the annual Winston P. Wilson National Championships, where guardsmen may earn the NGB Chief’s 50 Marksmanship Badge. For more information call 501-212-4531/4549, visit us at or



    Date Taken: 07.26.2019
    Date Posted: 07.26.2019 19:48
    Story ID: 333306

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