Story by Sgt. 1st Class John Buol
U.S. Army Reserve Command
CAMP PERRY, Ohio - The Army Reserve Marksmanship Program Service Pistol Team wrapped up the National Rifle Association and Civilian Marksmanship Program National Matches at Camp Perry.
Starting with the NRA events, two ARMP members made the cut for the Mayleigh Challenge, a pistol team match open to one team of 10 firing members and two alternates from each nation.
From the ARMP, Master Sgt. Robert Mango was a firing member and Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Spencer was selected as an alternate. In the center fire individual championship, Sgt. 1st Class Keith Sanderson took second overall. Sgt. 1st Class Sanderson would go on to take the Army Reserve Pistol Trophy, awarded to the high scoring Army Reservist in the NRA National Pistol Championships.
In NRA Team events, USAR Black, the ARMP's top team, was High Master Service Team in the .22 and Center Fire events.
ARMP members also competed in the Harry Reeves Revolver Match. Master Sgt. Robert Kolesar won the High Service award, beating out all other military shooters in the event. Both Master Sgt. Kolesar and Capt. Thomas Bourne earned “leg” points toward the Distinguished Revolver award.
The CMP Nationals immediately followed the NRA events. The first individual event, the President's Trophy match, established by 26th U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt in 1904, recognizes the top 100 competitors. Master Sgt. Mango, Sgt. 1st Class Sanderson, Master Sgt. Kolesar, and Sgt. 1st Class Spencer made the President's Hundred.
Master Sgt. Mango would go on to win the General Custer Trophy and U.S. Army Reserve Memorial Trophy for his overall victory in the National Trophy Individual championship. He would also lead USAR Black to winning the U.S. Coast Guard Memorial Trophy for the National Trophy Team match.
“These are my favorite national events to shoot,” Master Sgt. Mango commented. “I've always liked these matches.”
ARMP is now under the 416th Theater Engineer Command and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Stanek attended the awards ceremonies. The Civilian Marksmanship Program had Command Sgt. Maj. Stanek present a series of awards at the conclusion of the nationals.