3d Cavalry Regiment Dominates all in rifle marksmanship competition
  • 3d CR dominates all in rifle marksmanship competition

    Photo & Story by SGT Lance Pounds

     

     

  • 3d CR dominates all in rifle marksmanship competition

    Photo & Story by SGT Lance Pounds

     

  • 3d CR dominates all in rifle marksmanship competition

    Photo & Story by SGT Lance Pounds

     

     

 

 

FORT HOOD, Texas – Troopers from 3d Cavalry Regiment were recognized for their outstanding performance during the III Corps First Quarter rifle marksmanship competition awards ceremony March 28 in front of the III Corps Headquarters building. This multi-day competition was created to gauge a Soldiers ability to perform under extreme stress while maintaining a high level of range and accuracy with his or her weapon.



Nine teams began day one of the rifle marksmanship competition, held March 26 at Black Gap Rifle Charlie qualification range, where they were tested on weapons knowledge, assembly and disassembly, and range qualification.



Aware that each stage of the competition would be timed and graded based on a numeric point system, the four Troopers who represented 3d CR, took the past few weeks to train and prepare for the competition by studying various field manuals, handbooks, and getting as much trigger time in as possible.



“We went to the range every day for a week and practiced pop-up target sequences,” said Sgt. William Vanstory, an infantryman from the Personal Security Detachment Platoon, Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3d CR.



“Practice made perfect,” said the team, which they believe contributed to their lead in the point standing going into day two.



Soldier were given 40 rounds of ammunition at the beginning of day two, held at House Creek Urban Assault Course, with which they performed a distance and stress shoot at the shoot house.



The distance shoot consisted of multiple targets, some of which were placed at ranges more than 480 meters. Each team member’s first ten rounds were use to engaged the targets while braced on the hood of a HMMWV, followed by ten more rounds in a prone unsupported position.



Simultaneously, Soldier’s were pushed physically during the stress shoot, which consisted of 50 (4-count) rifle jacks, 2 wind sprints, 20 (8-count) push-ups, 2 more wind sprints, and 50 (4-count) flutter kicks, followed by an immediate assault on the shoot house. Inside the shoot house, each Soldier had to differentiate enemy targets from friendly targets within fractions of a second as they cleared each room with their remaining 20 rounds.



The competition was a test of skill and determination while operating in extreme conditions. During which the Troopers of 3d CR exhibited an unparalleled drive to be the best, ultimately earning them first place.



As a result, the Troopers stood before Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, the III Corps commanding general, who presented the team with Army Commendation Medals and his personal coin.



Milley also recognized Pfc. Steven Boehne, an infantryman from the PSD Platoon, RHHT, 3d CR, for achieving the fastest overall time during the stress shoot combination shoot house stage of the competition.



“We react based on our training and that is what this competition is all about,” said Milley during a speech at the conclusion of the ceremony.