Va. Guard to host marksmanship matches

Virginia Guardsman Staff Sgt. Jason Young competes 42nd annual Winston P. Wilson Championship marksmanship competition, held Aug. 31 - Sept. 6 at Camp Robinson, Ark. (Courtesy Photo)

Virginia Guardsman Staff Sgt. Jason Young competes 42nd annual Winston P. Wilson Championship marksmanship competition, held Aug. 31 – Sept. 6, 2013, at Camp Robinson, Ark. (Courtesy Photo)

SANDSTON, Va. – The Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute will host two combat
marksmanship matches later this year at Fort Pickett, one for rifle May 16-18 and one for pistol June 27-29, as part of the Adjutant General’s small arms combat marksmanship match program. The matches are open to both the Army and Air National Guard, and each company or battalion-level unit may send one four person team to each match. Shooters must register with the state marksmanship coordinators using the individual registration/entry card for Virginia National Guard small arms matches.

“We have two separate goals at the TAG Match; one is to select competitors to represent the state at regional and national events, but the more important goal is to provide training to Soldiers,” said Sgt. 1st Class Joel Kliesen, assistant state marksmanship coordinator for the Virginia Army National Guard. “We view this as training disguised as competition,”

Shooters will experience a variety of matches including reflexive fire, long range zero, excellence in competition as well as an unknown distance match. No prior experience is required to participate in the matches, although safety will be of top importance at these events.

“As long as Soldier is safe, they are welcome,” said Kliesen. “Not being an exceptional shooter is not a problem. Come with an open mind and a desire to improve and you will be welcome.”

The top pistol and rifle shooters from these matches will be selected to represent the Virginia National Guard in the Marksmanship Advisory Council regional competition at Fort Indiantown Gap, Penn. Two pistol and two rifle teams will be selected based on score and availability to attend that competition.

“I don’t think I have ever met a Soldier at one of our matches that didn’t enjoy it,” said Kliesen.

Learn more about the State Marksmanship Program at their Facebook page: Virginia Marksmanship Training Unit

Virginia National Guard marksmanship matches announcement and entry form.

The 2014 Virginia TAG Match Program.