Oregon National Guard soldiers and airmen compete in marksmanship competition

115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Story by Spc. Erin J. Quirke

Date: 06.02.2013
Posted: 06.03.2013 16:11
News ID: 107996
Soldiers and airmen compete in statewide marksmanship contest

WARRENTON, Ore. - Oregon National Guard soldiers and airmen gathered at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore., for The Adjutant General marksmanship competition, known as “TAG Match,” June 1-2.

The annual competition consisted of 19 teams, four service members per team, for a total of 76 competitors.

Sgt. 1st Class Marcus L. Merrick, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1249 Engineer Battalion, has been the Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of the TAG Match for the past two years after competing in the competition himself since 1998.

“It’s a great opportunity to shoot shoulder to shoulder with some of the best shooters in the state,” said Merrick. “They are very dedicated to what they do and this competition gives them the opportunity to come out here and have some fun.”

This year’s winning team was from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, based in Springfield, Ore. The team members included Pfc. Matthew Allen, Spc. Douglas Seablom, Spc. Brandon Donovan and Spc. George Wierichs.

Staff Sgt. Barry Prescott with Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, based in Gresham, Ore., was the overall individual winner of the competition and walked away with three different achievement plaques.