98th Training Division Soldier Earns Spot on Team USA
U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Sandra Uptagrafft, motor transport operator, Bravo Company, 4/518th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), earned a spot on Team USA and will compete in Women’s 10m Air Pistol at the 2018 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championships later this summer, which is an event she earned a Bronze Medal in during the 2011 Pan American Games.
Uptagrafft, who is a 2012 Olypian, is also vying for a spot on Team USA to compete in the Women’s 25m Sport Pistol, an event she was the National Champion of in 2016 and earned Gold Medals in during the 2003 and 2007 Pan American Games, as well as Silver Medals in the same games in 2011 and 2015. The World Championships will take place in late August through early September in Changwon, South Korea. Before that, this U.S. Army Reserve Soldier, who is a native of Singapore, will be doing all she can to prepare for the competition and represent a country she loves dearly.
“It’s an honor to be able to serve [and represent] your country. Not having been born in the U.S., I feel like it means a lot more to me personally. We came to the U.S. for opportunity. You know, the land of the free and home of the brave. So we kind of had this idea in our minds of what it was going to be like here, and now, I’m actually living the American dream.”