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    Florida Guardsmen participate in the annual Adjutant General’s Match

    Florida Guardsmen participate in the annual Adjutant General’s Match

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Leia Tascarini | Florida Army National Guard Soldiers from the 3-54th Security Forces Assistance...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Leia Tascarini 

    107th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

    CAMP BLANDING, Fla. - Florida National Guardsmen participate in the 2020 Adjutant General’s Match (TAG Match) at Camp Blanding, Sept. 17-20, 2020.

    The TAG match is open to those who want to demonstrate their proficiency in the M-9 pistol and M-4 rifle. The course is composed of rapid fire sequences, reflexive scenarios as well as engagements out to 400 yards using the M-4 rifle. The M-9 pistol course consisted of simulated stress conditions in the standing, kneeling and prone positions at distances of up to 35 yards.

    “At the end of the day we are Soldiers and we have to know how to shoot,” said 1st Sgt. Seth Innes, 13th Army Band. “The TAG match gives us an opportunity to shoot and earn badges which can give a sense of accomplishment.”

    The Distinguished Marksmanship Badge was instituted in 1884 by Gen. Phillip H. Sheridan and then was broken down into two other categories in 1903. Now Soldiers can earn the Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge and the Distinguished Rifleman’s Badge. These badges are the most prestigious marksmanship badges Soldiers can earn during their military career.

    “A lot of Soldiers have been on the COVID mission and have not had time to get on the range to keep up their skills, this allows them to do that,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Paul Landry, 53rd Brigade Support Battalion. “This is a competition but also a lot of training is involved and it’s important for the Army as a whole to keep up readiness.”

    The National Guard continues to train and remain a relevant fighting force. This year the Guard continues to support the COVID-19 mission, has deployed several units and remains vigilant during the current hurricane season.



    Date Taken: 09.20.2020
    Date Posted: 10.01.2020 12:45
    Story ID: 378258
    Location: CAMP BLANDING, FL, US 

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