AUGUSTA, Maine — The 2013 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships are over and the Maine Army National Guard shooters spent as much, if not more, time on the award platform as any other team.
The Soldiers competed against 255 competitors from the Army National Guard, Active Army, Army Reserve, and ROTC. Some of these competitors included Teams from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, 75th Ranger Regiment and the 3rd and 4th Infantry Divisions to name a few.
Sgt. 1st Class Bruce Roscoe of Waterville, Staff Sgt.’s Joshua Holmes of Lisbon Falls, Kyle Bartman of Canaan, Timothy Gallagher, of Glenburn and Spc. Nicholas Girardin of Whitefield traveled to Ft. Benning, Georgia to participate in this nine-day event.
The U.S. Army Small Arms Championships hosts the “All-Army” event in order to proliferate effective marksmanship training and increase overall Army combat readiness as marksmanship remains the paramount Soldier skill.
Competitors used the M-16 or M-4 service rifles at distances between 25-500 yards and M-9 pistols between 7-35 yards in a variety of courses of fire and participated in a combined arms match, where competitors employ the rifle, pistol and shotgun in a number of exciting stages of fire.
First place finishes as the overall team rifle and overall team pistol champions and a second place team finish in the Combined Arms (multi-gun) match gave Maine a second place overall team championship finish. Throughout the entire championships, the Maine Army National Guard never received less than a second place finish as a team. In addition to the team finishes, Maine Army National Guard Soldiers received two first place, four second place and three third place individual finishes.
Of particular note the first place overall novice competitor, Spc. Nicholas Girardin, of Whitefield was awarded a commemorative M-1 Garand Battle Rifle.
Following the competition Brigadier General James Campbell, Adjutant General of Maine, stated “I am never surprised when we send Soldiers to compete at the national level and they return with accolades. Maine Army National Guard Soldiers are recognized world-wide for a positive attitude, solid work ethic and striving to exceed the standards. These Soldiers are a shining example of why that is. I am proud of them and what they have accomplished.”
If you have any questions, please contact Maj. Michael Steinbuchel at michael.r.steinbuchel.mil@