Fort A.P. Hill Celebrates 75 years of Army Strength.

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Fort A.P. Hill’s 75th Anniversary will be held on Saturday, June 11th 2016. The Post will be open to the public. Events such as the 241st Army birthday 5K/10K, Fort A.P. Hill and Caroline County historical exhibits, the US Army Drill Team and walking tours of Delos (Rare event!)  will be conducted throughout the day. See flyers for specific time and place.

Please take a few hours to spend our 75th Anniversary with us. If you have questions about the 241st Army Birthday Run, please call (804) 633-8219. If you have questions about the exhibits, Army Drill Team or walking tours, please contact (804) 633-8255 with questions.

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New Fort A.P. Hill F&MWR bulletin

This is our new monthly Family & MWR news bulletin for May 2016. Make sure you Keep up with what we are doing here at Fort A.P. Hill Family & MWR.

A.P. HILL MAY 2016 Family and MWR Bulletin

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D.C. National Guard Soldiers get ready for National Marksmanship Competition

Story by Sgt. Jennifer Amo, 715th Public Affairs Detachment
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Spc. Arsham Orami fills his magazine clip during marksmanship competition training at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., from April 8-10, 2016. District of Columbia National Guard Soldiers completed strenuous training to prepare for the 45th Annual Winston P. Wilson Marksmanship Competition later this month in Arkansas. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Jennifer Amo/Released)
Spc. Arsham Orami fills his magazine clip during marksmanship competition training at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., from April 8-10, 2016. District of Columbia National Guard Soldiers completed strenuous training to prepare for the 45th Annual Winston P. Wilson Marksmanship Competition later this month in Arkansas. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Jennifer Amo/Released)

FORT A.P. HILL, Va. (April 8-10, 2016) – Steady position, proper aim, breathing, and trigger squeeze describe the four fundamentals of marksmanship. However, it takes a lot more to be competitive in a national tournament. It takes dedication and camaraderie to persevere through the trials of training and competition.

The District of Columbia National Guard Marksmanship team battled blustering winds and snow showers during the last series of training at Fort A.P. Hill before they compete in the Winston P. Wilson Rifle and Pistol Championship in North Little Rock, Arkansas, in late April.

“This year, the team has been training since January for the National competition and I am really surprised at the progress that the team has made since our first firing order and the state competition,” said Sgt. 1st Class Robert Bandy, state marksmanship coordinator.

“I have seen a lot of good things especially in terms of rifle marksmanship, tight shot groups, shooting the advance combat optical gunsight and everyone hitting targets from 100-800 meters,” said Bandy. “I expect everyone to do really well at nationals.”

Sgt. Francois Alfred,  said this rigorous training is necessary because it shows the physical and mental demands placed on the shooters during the national competition.

D.C. National Guard Soldiers get ready for National Marksmanship Competition
2nd Lt. Malik Jenkins-Bey (right) instructs Sgt. Francois Alfred (left) on the usage of advance combat optical gunsight during marksmanship competition training at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., from April 8-10, 2016. District of Columbia National Guard Soldiers completed strenuous training to prepare for the 45th Annual Winston P. Wilson Marksmanship Competition later this month in Arkansas. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Jennifer Amo/Released)

Soldiers dealt with three days of shooting with rifles and pistols, to running towers and acting as range safety officers while doing ammunition duty at the wee hours of night.

Sgt. Eugenia Hughes and Spc. Simeon Brown, veterans of the marksmanship team, help to train Soldiers for the upcoming rigors of the national competition and gain invaluable experience running different aspects of their training.

“You get this huge training value and when you go, you get to shoot alongside subject matter experts and make lifelong connections,” Brown said.

D.C. National Guard Soldiers get ready for National Marksmanship Competition
Sgt. Derrick Carter, a veteran of the District of Columbia National Guard Marksmanship team, fires a rifle during a small arms marksmanship training held April 8-10 at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. District of Columbia National Guard Soldiers completed strenuous training to prepare for the 45th Annual Winston P. Wilson Marksmanship Competition later this month in Arkansas. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Jennifer Amo/Released)

Advance marksmanship training not only helps individual Soldiers but these skills can be transferable to unit training with learning how to conduct ranges and helping Soldiers with basic qualifications on rifles, Bandy said.

2nd Lt. Malik Jenkins-Bey said, competitions such as these help to develop the next set of leaders because its builds camaraderie and teamwork with the different aspects involved in the difficult nature of planning, conducting and participating in a national competition.

“See a need, fill need” is the motto of the program with every Soldier helping to foster a better environment for future Soldiers of the program.

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310th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) 2016 Best Warrior Competition

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Photo Credit: Capt. Sean Delpech U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers competing in this year’s 310TH ESC Best Warrior Competition, held at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., Feb. 26 through March 2. The winning noncommissioned officer and junior enlisted competitors will move on to the 377th TSC’s Best Warrior Competition, which is a feeder to the U.S. Army Reserve Command Best Warrior Competition in May. The annual six-day competition tests enlisted and non-commissioned officer competitors on their ability to perform Army Warrior tasks in a variety of events.

By Capt. Sean Delpech

FORT A.P. HILL, Va. – Army Reserve Soldiers from around the 310th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and the 3rd Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary) entered the ultimate test during the 310th ESC 2016 Best Warrior Competition, held from Feb. 26 through 2 March, 2016 here.

This year’s Best Warrior Competition encountered freezing weather conditions, adding to the challenge for the Army Reserve Soldiers competing in the event. The Soldiers and non-commissioned officers competed in events starting with the Army Physical Fitness Test, Army Warrior Task testing, a written essay and a written exam on day one of the Best Warrior.

Day two of the competition began with the 9mm weapons range and the M16 weapons range, followed with combined day and night land navigation.

Day three continued with the combatives competition, a react to ambush simulator test, and an 8-mile ruck march that began with a ride in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.

The event culminated on day four with participating Soldiers appearing before the command sergeant major board as the final event.

But the 2016 event is also remarkable because of the extensive cooperation and partnership between the 310th ESC and the 3rd TBX in planning and conducting the competition. The two units combined efforts this year to hold the joint best warrior competition.

“We knew that the planning needed some work, so the 310th ESC and 3rd TBX came together to co-host the Best Warrior Competition,” Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph L. Legra, senior enlisted adviser for the 3rd TBX said.

“We were able to do this together and get more training for both units’ Soldiers with less budget by combining efforts,” continued Legra.

The 310th ESC and the 3rd TBX sent their top Soldiers and non-commissioned officer’s to compete at the competition, but only two will go on to represent the units in the 377th Theater Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competition in May, 2016, where they will compete with other Soldiers from every major subordinate command.

“The Best Warrior Competition is the gateway for these Soldiers to move forward and compete in the next higher level event,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Levi G. Maynard. “If they succeed at this level, they have shown that the rigorous training they went through has prepared them to be the best, not just at the Best Warrior Competition, but as NCO’s and future leaders,” continued Maynard.

Preparation for the 310th ESC 2016 Best Warrior Competition began months before the actual event. The Soldiers competing for the best warrior cannot use time during their full time occupations to train, for the most part. Most of the Soldiers sacrificed countless hours of personal time to physical fitness, Warrior Task proficiency training, and weapons training.

“Preparing for the competition takes a lot of dedication,” said Sgt. Monique D. Smalls from HHC, 359th Transportation Battalion, 3rd TBX, “It’s not easy; you have to combine your daily life and preparing for the competition.”

“There’s a lot of balance necessary to train up for BWC,” said Smalls. “It challenges you with a lot of stress; a lot of us have school, work full time and want to do well with our military obligation too, so it’s good stress because it makes you push yourself to your full potential.

The Soldiers who compete in this year’s best warrior competition also bring the knowledge and experience they gain in preparation and competition back with them.

“The trainers and cadre bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the competitors, because while they are running the ranges and land navigation courses; they sharpen their skills and bring that back to the unit,” said Legra.

“The Soldiers participating in the competition benefit from the condensed 6 day event and have the knowledge and opportunity to mentor the Soldiers at their unit,” continued Legra.

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Do pilots have lucky charms?

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Freeman/ 82nd CAB PAO)

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Freeman/ 82nd CAB PAO)

Cheif Warrant Officer 2 Harold Johnson, a pilot with 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, holds up “Fluffy,” a doll given to him by his daughter for good luck, ‪Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, Feb. 18. Johnson has the doll on him every time he flies, to include when flew in Afghanistan during a recent deployment. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Freeman/ 82nd CAB PAO)

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Capital Guardians put marksmanship skills to the test

District of Columbia State Marksmanship Competition participants.

District of Columbia State Marksmanship Competition participants. First row (left to right): Spc. Simeon Brown; Spc. Jeffrey Balough; Sgt. 1st Class Catalina Blackman; Sgt. Francois Alfred and Cpl. Duane Smith. Second Row (left to right): Spc. Arsham Orami; Spc. Hilary Kiundi; Spc. Marquise Darnell; Sgt. Derek Carter and Spc. Ibrahim Kallon.

Story by Gigail Cureton
DC Public Affairs Detachment

FORT A.P. HILL, Va. – District of Columbia National Guard Soldiers spent three days testing their marksmanship skills here Feb. 26-28 to pick top marksmen to represent the state in national competitions.

According to Sgt. 1st Class Robert Bandy, State Marksmanship Coordinator, the D.C. National Guard competitive marksmanship program continues to grow.

Army Spc. Simeon Brown walks back to the control tower with his target after competing

Army Spc. Simeon Brown walks back to the control tower with his target after competing in one of the shooting matches during District of Columbia National Guard State Marksmanship competition, Feb. 26-28 at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. Soldiers competed for an opportunity to represent the District of Columbia National Guard in marksmanship competitions to include the 45th Annual Winston P. Wilson Marksmanship Competition later this year in Arkansas.

“We have a great group of Soldiers here over the past few days,” he said. “I am encouraged by what I saw in terms of the skills and willingness to help one another.”

Spc. Jeffrey Balough and Spc. Simeon Brown are veterans on the team having participated in events at the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center, Camp Joseph Robinson, North Little Rock, Arkansas.

“This isn’t just a competition; it’s a great training opportunity too,” said Brown, who was among the top five competitors in the 2015 special zero competition at the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center.

Army Spc. Hilary Kiundi and Army Spc. Arsham Orami familiarize themselves with the M4 rifle

Army Spc. Hilary Kiundi and Army Spc. Arsham Orami familiarize themselves with the M4 rifle and placement of M68 Close Combat Optic prior to competing in the District of Columbia National Guard State Marksmanship competition.

Balough and Brown joined eight other Soldiers from units across the D.C. National Guard, who accepted the challenge to sharpen their marksmanship training and engage in healthy competition in hopes of earning being among the top marksmen in the D.C. National Guard.

Along with giving the Soldier’s more experience with their weapons, the state level match builds camaraderie and teamwork, Bandy said.

In order to reflect the joint nature of the National Guard, Bandy says that Airmen are also being encouraged to participate in upcoming matches.

A Soldier gets familiar with the close combat optic before the start of the next phase of shooting

A Soldier gets familiar with the close combat optic before the start of the next phase of shooting during the District of Columbia National Guard State Marksmanship competition, Feb. 26-28 at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. Soldiers competed for an opportunity to represent the District of Columbia National Guard in marksmanship competitions to include the 45th Annual Winston P. Wilson Marksmanship Competition later this year in Arkansas.

This year’s competitors were: Sgt. Francois Alfred, Spc. Jeffrey Balough; Sgt. 1st Class Catalina Blackman, Spc. Simeon Brown, Sgt. Derek Carter, Spc. Marquise Darnell, Spc. Ibrahim Kallon, Spc. Hilary Kiundi, Spc. Arsham Orami and Cpl. Duane Smith.

Carter, Orami, Alfred, Brown, Balough and Kiundi were the top six finishers and will form the nucleus of the state marksmanship team. The other participants are eligible to compete for the two remaining team positions.

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