April 9, 2009

Junior enlisted take top honors at Virginia Guard rifle competition

By Sgt. Andrew H. Owen
Virginia Guard Public Affairs

FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia Guard Soldiers and Airmen from around the commonwealth met April 4-5 at Fort Pickett to compete in the Virginia Guard State Rifle Competition. Spc. Randy Hawes of B Co., 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment and Senior Airman Mark Kramer of the 203rd RED HORSE Squadron had the overall highest combined scores respectively.


Spc. Randy Hawes from 1-116th accepts the trophy for first place in the Virginia National Guard State Rifle Competition from Maj. Robert Puleo. Hawes shot 411 targets during the two-day event at Fort Pickett.

According to Maj. Robert Puleo, acting state marksmanship coordinator, 16 Airmen and Soldiers attended the competition at ranges 11 and 20 at Fort Pickett April 4 and 5. The participants fired M-16 rifles and M-4 carbines at targets ranging in distance from 50 to 300 yards.

“We had perfect weather for the match,” said Puleo. “Everyone that participated had a great time shooting, and got off a lot of rounds down range.”
The top two teams from this event will be invited to attend the regional tournament this fall at Fort Indian Town Gap, Pa., as well ast he Winston P. Wilson tournament at Camp Robinson, Ark., according to Puleo.


Senior Airman Mark Kramer receives the tropy for earning second place aggregate score in the Virginia National Guard State Rifle Competition from Maj. Robert Puleo at Fort Pickett. Kramer is an Airman with the 203rd REDHORSE.

The leaders of the competition were two junior enlisted personnel. Hawes, who had the highest aggregate score, hit a total of 411 targets, with 7 rounds hitting the center portion of the target.

The second place winner, Kramer, put a total of 393 rounds in the targets with 13 placed in the center of the target.

Coming up in May, Virginia will be hosting the Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition at Fort Pickett. The event will be held May 16 and 17 on Range 9 of the Fort Pickett range complex.

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