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    USAMU Soldiers Claim Several Wins at Highpower Rifle Championships in NC

    Fort Benning Soldier Sets New Highpower Rifle Record

    Photo By Lt. Col. Michelle Lunato | Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Green wins the Match Rifle Division of the 2400 Aggregate...... read more read more

    FORT BENNING, GA, UNITED STATES

    06.10.2022

    Story by Maj. Michelle Lunato 

    U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit

    Soldiers from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Service Rifle Team swept the podium in several matches at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s 2022 Eastern Highpower Rifle Championships at Camp Butner, North Carolina April 27 through May 1.

    Team USAMU Greenwood won the Service Rifle Division of the Four-Man Team Match with their score of 1970-81x. (Total possible score is 2000-200x.) The team included Sgt. Forest Greenwood (coach), Sgt. 1st Class Erin O’Neill, Staff Sgt. Verne Conant (team captain), Sgt. Shane Butler, and Private 1st Class Zevin Linse. O’Neill, Fort Wayne, Indiana native, led the team with her total score of 497-21x through the four series shot in the standing, sitting, prone (slow) and prone (rapid) positions.

    Team USAMU Deal seized second place in the Service Rifle Division of the Four-Man Team Match with their score of 1949-69x. This team included Sgt. 1st Class Alexander Deal (captain), Staff Sgt. Nathan Lockwood, Staff Sgt. Jacob Blackburn (coach) and Staff Sgt. Logan Frost. Lockwood, a Dade City, Florida native, led this team with his four-series total score of 493-24x.

    In the Match Rifle Division of the Four-Man Team Match, Team USAMU Green won with their combined score of 1981-97x. This winning score broke the 2019 record of 1980-76x that was set by X-Philes. Team USAMU Green included Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Green (captain), Staff Sgt. Ben Cleland, Staff Sgt. Jarrod McGaffic and Staff Sgt. David Bahten. Cleland, a Swanton, Ohio native, led this team with his personal score of 497-27x.

    USAMU Soldiers claimed eight of the top ten positions in the individual ranking of scores in this match as well. Cleland’s 497-27x seized first place while O’Neill’s 497-21x followed closely behind in second. Green and McGaffic followed them in third and fourth with scores of 495-25x and 495-21x. Bahten, Linse, Conant and Lockwood respectively placed sixth, seventh, eighth and tenth out of a total of 88 competitors.

    In the 2400 Aggregate Overall Match, Green won the Match Rifle Division with his record-setting score of 2390-115x. The Bogalusa, Louisiana native's score beat out his very own 2018 record score of 2388-158x. Bahten, Cleland and McGaffic took up second through fourth place.

    O’Neill seized the Service Rifle Division of the 2400 Aggregate Overall Match with her score of 2379-104x with Conant and Blackburn completing out the podium spots.

    The 2400 Aggregate Overall Match consisted of three 800-point matches, or three days of 80-shot matches. Each competitor shot standing (slow) from 200 yards, seated (rapid) from 200 yards, prone (rapid) form 300 yards and prone (slow) from 600 yards. Each day, USAMU Soldiers led the top positions to win the overall titles.

    The final match of the CMP Eastern Highpower Rifle Championships was the Excellence in Competition Match. In the Distinguished Division, Cleland set a new record with his impressive score of 499-25x. This beat out the 2018 record of 495-24x set by Staff Sgt. Amanda Elsenboss, who was then a member of the USAMU Service Rifle Team as well. With the possible score being 500-50x, that means Cleland only dropped one point, in the prone series, during the entire match.

    Bahten and O’Neill took the remaining podium spots while Blackburn, Conant, Green and McGaffic took fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth in match, meaning USAMU Soldiers filled seven of the top ten spots.

    In the Non-Distinguished Division of the Excellence in Competition Match, Deal, a Columbus, Georgia native, claimed the win with a score of 487-13x.

    To see all the details from the match, go to https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&task=edit&tab=results&match=22142.

    Prior to all the matches, Green and Linse served as instructors for the CMP Marksmanship 101 Course to more than 70 competitors. They reviewed techniques for the various shooting positions and basic fundamentals.

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    Date Taken: 06.10.2022
    Date Posted: 06.10.2022 13:07
    Story ID: 422672
    Location: FORT BENNING, GA, US 
    Hometown: BOGALUSA, LA, US
    Hometown: COLUMBUS, GA, US
    Hometown: DADE CITY, FL, US
    Hometown: FORT WAYNE, IN, US
    Hometown: SWANTON, OH, US

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