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