Operation Cold Steel
Marksmanship programs have been Equal Opportunity compliant for over a century. The Army Reserve Postal Match recognizes two Army Reserve marksmanship luminaries. Margaret Thompson Murdock, an Army Reserve nurse, tied for the Gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics. Horace Wayman Bivins, a Buffalo Soldier who earned a Silver Star during the Battle of Santiago de Cuba, was America's first Double Distinguished marksman.
Updated Preliminary Marksmanship Instruction & Evaluation guides for all issue Army small arms equipment can be downloaded at https://www.usar.army.mil/ARM
LTC Koh shoots his personal PCC (Pistol Caliber Carbine) at the Florida Sectional Championship. He represented the Army Reserve at this event on his own time and at his own expense.
The United States Practical Shooting Association attracts shooters from other countries. Lt. Col. Koh poses with the Ecuador Team at the Florida Sectional Championship.
New simulations buildings at Fort McCoy mean improved capability for training
The MantisX is a simulator that can be used at home with any firearm. The accessory app provides a number of practice exercises and the Picatinny-mounted sensor detects movement and provides a measurable score.
Michelle Adams uses a SCATT trainer to practice - at home while wearing pajamas. Simulations devices allow remote Postal Match opportunities and training options when conditions prevent congregating.
Christopher Moriarty competes in Service Rifle with his daughter, Shannon. Using their SCATT trainer at home, Shannon practiced and earned a Master classification in High Power competition. This offers training when it's not possible to meet at the range.
Sgt. 1st Class Rosendorn fires during the Precision Pistol phase at All Army, one of the many competitive formats used at the event, which also included combat rifle, combat pistol, and action shooting courses.
Team Coach Sgt. 1st Class Rosendorn instructs the 3-335th TSBn Soldiers prior to a stage of fire. "Team Blackhawks" took first place among the other Army Reserve teams.
1st Sgt. James Salm inspects his target during a training session held after the unit's scheduled Battle Assembly. Local unit shooting teams and Postal Matches are a great way to improve unit training and retention.
Match Officials (left) at the Southport Gun Club brief Sgt. 1st Class Rosendorn, Maj. Zizkovsky, Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Fall, and Master Sgt. Brunet during their Open Sectional Indoor Pistol Championship. Events like this are open to the public and held around the country. All Army Reserve Soldiers can benefit by attending.
Local events enhance #RetentionViaReadiness
The Faces of Cold Steel
Action shooting tests skills relevant to Soldier readiness. Commanders encouraging Soldier participation find it also enhances retention rates as well.
From left to right, Sgt. Jordan Wamsley, Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Walsh, and Sgt. Cord Craig of the 744th Engineer Company (301st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 416th TEC) find that participating in local shooting competition spurns on Soldier interest, improves retention, and enhances readiness.
Increasing Lethality – U.S. Army Reserve Small Arms Trainer Course Developed at Fort McCoy
Increasing Lethality – U.S. Army Reserve Small Arms Trainer Course Developed at Fort McCoy
Increasing Lethality – U.S. Army Reserve Small Arms Trainer Course Developed at Fort McCoy
Increasing Lethality – U.S. Army Reserve Small Arms Trainer Course Developed at Fort McCoy