The U. S. Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) wins national and international shooting competitions and advances small arms lethality to demonstrate Army marksmanship capability and enhance marksmanship effectiveness in combat.

USAMU contenders compete for Olympic spots during 2015 World Cup at Fort Benning
May 4, 2015

FORT BENNING, Ga. — U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) Soldiers will participate in the largest World Cup event hosted in the United States May 13-18, 2015, at Fort Benning, Georgia.

More than 600 competitors, including USAMU Olympians Sgt. 1st Class Michael McPhail (prone rifle) and Sgt. 1st Class Eric Uptagrafft (prone rifle), will compete for their nation during the International Shooting Sport Federation Shooting World Cup Rifle and Pistol Championship. USAMU’s Sgt. 1st Class James Henderson (free pistol); and Staff Sgts. George Norton (three-position and air rifle) and Brad Balsley (rapid fire pistol) will join McPhail and Uptagrafft.

This World Cup, hosted by USA Shooting and facilitated by USAMU, is one of the stops on the Road to Rio and the 2016 Olympics for these athletes.

Fort Benning is the only place in the United States equipped to host a competition of this magnitude. The event is expected to generate $2.2 million to the city of Columbus, Georgia, and surrounding communities.

Please call the USAMU Public Affairs Office at 706-545-5436 to arrange for a PAO coordination/escort of coverage of this year's competition.


USAMU hosting 2015 U.S. Army Junior Air Rifle National Championship
April 17, 2015

FORT BENNING, Ga. — The top precision and sporter individuals and teams were invited to compete in the 2015 U.S. Army Junior Air Rifle National Championship April 19-20 hosted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit. About 100 junior shooters will vie for national medals and awards at the Pool Indoor range at Fort Benning this weekend.

Each of the teams and individuals shot in a state championship match between October 2014 and January 2015, and each was one of the top ten teams or individuals in the country. Almost all fifty states participated in either a state precision match or sporter match. The highest scoring individuals and teams in each state, who were available, were invited. Some teams are competing in other events that preclude their participation in this championship.

The 10 sporter teams are : Lebanon JROTC 1 (Lebanon, Oregon); Zion Benton IL, Team Gold (Zion, Illinois); St. Thomas Academy #1 (Mendota Heights, Minnesota); Zion Benton IL Team Maroon (Zion, Illinois); R-S Central High School 1 (Rutherfordton, North Carolina); Middletown 1 (Binghamton, New York); Blazer Rangers 1 (Columbia, South Carolina); North Brunswick (Leland, North Carolina); McMichael High School-1 (Rutherfordton, North Carolina); and Nation Ford High School-1 (Rutherfordton, North Carolina).

The nine precision teams are: Queen Anne Gold (Centreville, Maryland); Mass Rifle (Woburn, Mass); Robinson High School Gold (Fairfax, Virginia); Spokane Junior Gold (Walla Walla, Washington); The X Count 1 (Fort Wayne, Indiana); Fort Benning Junior Rifle Club (Fort Benning, Georgia); SUHS Gold (Sutter, California); Sarasota Military Academy (Sarasota, Florida); and GCS Precision (Griffin, Georgia).

The 10 sporter individual competitors are: Shane Trawick (Pueblo, Colorado); Jaquiline Martiez (Pueblo, Colorado); Rachel Sanchez (Annapolis, Maryland); Ashley Stacy (Monroe, Georgia); Isaac Velez (Pueblo, Colorado); Riley Holland (Leland, North Carolina); Joseph Guider (Columbia, South Carolina); Zachary Tan (Columbia, South Carolina); Joseph Johnson (Leland, North Carolina); and Caleb Moxley (Dallastown, Pennsylvania).

The 10 precision individual competitors are: Will Anti (Colorado Springs, Colorado); Will Shaner (Colorado Springs, Colorado); Alexandria Wright (Newnan, Georgia); Glen Lauzon (Newnan, Georgia); Trace Haynes (Griffin, Georgia); Wynn Lekhavanija (Dallastown, Pennsylvania); Laurel Kuhne (Dallastown, Pennsylvania); Ian Coyne (Dallastown, Pennsylvania); Andre Gross (Binghamton, New York); Nicholas Reynolds (Dallastown, Pennsylvania).

The top ten scores were selected based only on the score posted onto the Orion scoring system for the states championships. The national championship will be shot on the Suis Ascor electronic scoring system at the US Army Marksmanship Unit's Pool Indoor range.

The highest scoring individuals and teams in each state will be the U.S. Army Junior Air Rifle State Champions. Awards will be provided by ASAMU and the Georgia Youth Sport Shooting Foundation and include: State Individual Championship; State Team Championships; National Individual Championship; and National Individual Championship. Awards will be presented at the Iron Works Convention center April 20 in the Sycamore room. Anyone who wishes to attend the awards ceremony should arrive by 7:45 p.m.

Please call Brenda Rolin at the USAMU Public Affairs Office at (706) 545-5436 or (270) 872-8040 to arrange for a PAO coordination/escort of coverage of this event.


USAMU hosting 120 future military officers; training, competition to enhance combat marksmanship
April 15, 2015

FORT BENNING, Ga. — Some of our nation’s next military leaders will converge at Fort Benning when the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit hosts the 2015 U.S. Army Military College Shooting Championship April 17-18, 2015.

Cadets and midshipmen from the United States Military Academy, Naval Academy, Coast Guard Academy, Air force Academy, Virginia Military Institute and Texas A&M will train and compete with service rifles and pistols at Krilling Range during the two-day event.

Event testing will challenge the abilities of the participants to shoot safely when experiencing stress and duress. Each academy or military college is allowed 20 shooters who will participate in training, but only one team of five shooters will participate in the competition.

Please call Brenda Rolin at the USAMU Public Affairs Office at (706) 545-5436 or (270) 872-8040 to arrange for a PAO coordination/escort of coverage of this event.


April 15, 2015

FORT BENNING, Ga. — About 200 civilian and Army Olympic hopefuls are competing to earn spots on the U.S. National Team to represent the nation at the final international shooting events during the 2015 Shotgun Spring Selection Match April 9-17, 2015 at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Among the competitors are the world-class Soldiers of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit with 2012 Olympians Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Holguin, Sgt 1st Class Josh Richmond and Staff Sgt. Glenn Eller.

Results from this match and the results from the 2014 Shotgun Fall Selection Match will be combined to determine team selections for the final International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup of the year in Gabala, Azerbaijan, and the World Championship for Shotgun in Lonato, Italy. Eligibility for the Pan American Games this summer in Toronto, Canada, will also be determined. In addition to earning the maximum number of quota slots for the United States, individually, shooters can also earn valuable Olympic points through their World Cup finishes toward nomination to the 2016 Olympic Team.

Both Holguin and Richmond have earned quota slots for the United States in Men’s Double Trap. Even though they won the slots, they are not automatically named to the team and must continue to compete to earn their spots on the U.S. National Team.

The event will take place on USAMU’s Hook Range. Most days will begin at 9 a.m. View the schedule at

Please call the USAMU Public Affairs Office at 706-545-5436 or 270-872-8040 for more information or visit USA Shooting.


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