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Minnesota National Guard
Minnesota National Guard Marksmanship Team Right on Target

Eight Soldiers from the Minnesota Army National Guard competed in the MAC Region IV Combat Matches June 10-12 at Camp Perry, Ohio The event was sponsored by the Ohio Army National Guard and is designed to increase combat marksmanship skills, recognize individual and team achievement, and to develop marksmanship trainers Combat matches enable Warriors to concentrate solely on marksmanship training under competitive conditions

This match is open to all MAC Region IV Army and Air National Guard members Each state may enter up to three teams, with a maximum of twelve firers Teams consist of four members, with an optional team captain and/or coach Teams must consist of at least 50% new shooters New shooters are defined as not having fired in the Combat Team Match at a previous Marksmanship Advisory Council Regional or Winston P Wilson National Guard Championship Match since 1 JAN 2007

"It's not just about competition, the training value in these matches is immense," said unit Marksmanship Coordinator Staff Sgt Al Schneider, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry "Not many people shoot on ranges beyond 300 meters with their M4's in the Guard Plopping down and shooting 40 targets at 300M and below with an ACOG is pretty tame after you shoot at ranges of 400-500 yards with iron sights With either your rifle or pistol, you learn something new every time you shoot a competition like this"
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Minnesota's A and B teams competed in five individual and four team matches over the course of the weekend, pitting their rifle and pistol abilities against 64 MAC Region IV National Guard and Reserve shooters from Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana

Minnesota's attendees were, by team: A Team: Chief Warrant Officer 4 Roger Sorben, MN JFHQ (SARTS), Staff Sgt Josh Zoccolli, MN JFHQ (SARTS), Staff Sgt Aeren Nauman, 2-135 IN A Company, Staff Sgt Al Schneider, 2-135 IN A Company B Team: Sgt. 1st Class Chad Blake, MN JFHQ (SARTS), Staff Sgt Terry Polzin 682nd EN BN HSC, Sgt Chris Maag, 1-151st FA BN B BTRY, Pfc Dan McGrath, 851st EN CO (VER)

While neither team shot as well as they would have liked, Minnesota A returned with some impressive hardware for the Minnesota Marksmanship Team trophy case, placing in four out of five team events

"For the amount of practice time we were able to have, I was very pleased," said State Marksmanship Coordinator, Chief Warrant Officer 4, Roger Sorben

Minnesota National Guard team awards: 1st Place, Match RT 307: The National Guard Infantry Team Match, 3rd Place, MATCH PT 300: General George Patton Combat Pistol Team Match 3rd Place, Match CT 301: Combined Arms Enemy Barricade Team Match 3rd Place, MATCH CT 345: Combat Match Team Champion

Soldiers earning individual awards were: Chief Warrant Officer 4 Roger Sorben, 2nd Place, MATCH PI 221: Combat Pistol Excellence-In-Competition Chief Warrant Officer 4 Roger Sorben, 2nd Place, MATCH PI 310: Combat Pistol Match Aggregate Staff Sgt Al Schneider, Bronze Medal and 6 points towards distinguished designation in Match 321: Combat Rifle Excellence-In-Competition

"Having three third place finishes, as well as winning the Infantry Match without any practice is a strong showing in my book," said Sorben "The MAC regional match is always a great event to develop the team"

The Minnesota National Guard Marksmanship Team is hosting the Minnesota State Marksmanship Sustainment Exercise (MNMSE) 15-17 July at Camp Ripley, MN

Story By Staff Sgt Al Scheinder, A Company, 2-135, 34th Infantry Division

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