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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