Army Reserve Soldiers at Interservice Pistol Championship

08/13/2019  |  By Sgt. 1st Class John Buol ARMU
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Members of the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program took first place among the reserve components and second place overall at the 2019 Interservice Pistol Championships. From left, Sgt. Nick Mower (200th MP Command, 2nd place in the .22 aggregate, 7th overall individual), Sgt. 1st Class Brenn Combs (108th Training Command), Maj. Thomas Bourne (80th TASS), Sgt. Maj. George Greene (58th Trans BN), Master Sgt. Kris Beerman (85th Training Command), Staff Sgt. John Rosene (HRC-IRR, 4th place .22 aggregate, 5th overall individual), Sgt. Chris Liming (85th Training Command), and Staff Sgt. Sandra Uptagrafft (108th Training Command). Photo by Maj. Michelle Lunato

Soldiers represented the Army Reserve competed at the 60th Annual Interservice Pistol Championship. Hosted and conducted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) June 16-21 on Phillips Range, Fort Benning, the Interservice Pistol Championship is a Precision Pistol open to all United States military personnel with teams representing the Active and Reserve components of all the services.

Precision Pistol is a conventional competition discipline requiring shooters to engage targets at 50 yards with individual shots and at 25 yards in Timed and Rapid fire engagements. At 50 yards, the black circular aim point (bullseye) is about the size of the head area on an E-type silhouette with several interior scoring rings, the ten-ring spanning about six minutes of angle which is the same width as a 300-meter silhouette target engaged during qualification. All shooting in Precision Pistol is unsupported and with one hand.

The U.S. Army Reserve Competitive Marksmanship Program had two teams at the event. USAR Black was led by Team OIC Lt. Col. Patrick Sleem (85th Training Command) and Team NCOIC Sgt. Maj. George Greene (58th Trans BN) with Maj. Thomas Bourne (80th TASS), Staff Sgt. John Rosene (HRC-IRR), Staff Sgt. Rich Willis (84th Training Command, and Sgt. Nick Mower (200th MP Command). The USAR Gold Team consisted of Master Sgt. MSG Kris Beerman (85th Training Command), Sgt. 1st Class Brenn Combs (108th Training Command), Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Rosendorn (ARCD), Staff Sgt. Sandra Uptagrafft (108th Training Command), and Sgt. Chris Liming (85th Training Command).

Staff Sgt. Sandra Uptagrafft (108th Training Command) firing at the 60th Annual Interservice Pistol Championship hosted and conducted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) at Fort Benning. Photo by Maj. Michelle Lunato

As a team, USAR Black was first place among the Reserve component teams and second place overall behind the AMU. USAR Black took second place in the .22 and Service Pistol team matches and third in the .45.

Individually, Staff Sgt. Rosene was the top team performer, winning the National Match Course .22 stage, numerous top three finishes, and finishing fifth place overall. Sgt. Mowrer also posted a number of top-three finishes and Sgt. Liming took third in the Excellence In Competition event, securing “leg” points toward a Distinguished rating.​

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