Virginia National Guard pistol marksman excel at All-Army competition

Virginia National Guard Soldiers took first place in the U.S. Army Service Pistol Team Championship at the 2016 All-Army Small Arms Championship held March 15-18, 2016, at Fort Benning, Georgia. (Contributed photo)

Virginia National Guard Soldiers took first place in the U.S. Army Service Pistol Team Championship at the 2016 All-Army Small Arms Championship held March 15-18, 2016, at Fort Benning, Georgia. (Contributed photo)

SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers took first place in the U.S. Army Service Pistol Team Championship and excelled in numerous other team and individual categories at the 2016 All-Army Small Arms Championship held March 15-18, 2016, at Fort Benning, Georgia.

“Team Virginia fired shoulder to shoulder with the best of the United States Army and Air National Guard,” said Sgt. 1st Class Sammy Jones, Virginia National Guard state marksmanship coordinator. The team attended a four-day train up in Tennessee prior to the competition where they “exceeded all our expectations,” Jones said.

Sgt. Steven Fletcher also earned the Gold Distinguished Pistol Shot badge, making him the third Double Distinguished Shooter in Virginia Army National Guard history, Jones said. Sgt. Jeremy Steffel is the second double distinguished shooter in Virginia Army National Guard history, and the first was Maj. Michael Michie in 1993.

The event is open to active duty Army, Army Reserves, Army or Air National Guard, Military Academy, College ROTC Cadets and OCS candidates, Jones explained. Nearly 220 Soldiers and Airmen in 43 teams participated in this event.

The following Soldiers made up the Team Virginia All-Army marksmanship team:
– Staff Sgt. Tony Hancock assigned to 3rd Battalion, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute
– Sgt. Steven Fletcher assigned to Company A, 116th Special Troops Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Sgt. Jeremy Steffel assigned to Company A, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Sgt. John Lora assigned to 189th Engineer Company, 116th Special Troops Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team

Both Fletcher and Steffel are members of the All-National Guard marksmanship team.

View more photos on the Virginia National Guard Marksmanship Training Unit Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaMarksmanshipTrainingUnit

Below are the results for the Team & Individual matches:

U.S. Army Service Pistol Team Championship (All-Army)
-1st PLACE Team (Overall)

U.S. Army Small Arms Championship (All-Army)
-5th PLACE Team (Overall)

-Match 6T (Pistol Team Match)
-1st Place

-Infantry Team Match
-1st Place

-Match 4T (Paper Team Match of Match 3)
-2nd Place

-Match 10 (Paper Team Match)
-4th Place Overall

-U.S. Army Service Rifle Team Championship
-5th Place Overall

-Match 65 (US Army Small Arms Team Champion)
-3rd Place Team Overall

-U.S. Army Service Rifle Individual Championship
-Sgt. Steven Fletcher 3rd Place Overall

-U.S Army Small Arms Overall Individual Champion (Combined Pistol & Rifle)
-Sgt. Steven Fletcher 3rd Place Overall

-Rifle Excellence in Competition (EIC) Match
-Sgt. Steven Fletcher 3rd Place Overall

Full list of results:
https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&task=edit&match=13627