Hattiesburg, Miss. –
Maj. Jesse Campbell, Current Operations Integrating Cell (412th Theater Engineer Command), participated in a charitable sporting event that benefited The Boy Scouts of America. The Mississippi Steel Challenge Championship served as a fundraiser for the BSA's Pine Burr Area Council and Camp Tiak.
"My competition goal at this Steel Challenge was to win as many divisions as possible. I competed in six different divisions: Carry Optics, PCC (Pistol Caliber Carbine) Irons, PCC Optics, Rimfire Pistol Irons, Rimfire Rifle Irons, Rimfire Rifle Open," said Maj. Campbell. "This provided good training to improve speed and efficiency with optics and iron sights in a time-constrained, reactive paced event."
In addition to supporting a charity, events like this offer training advancement and retention opportunities for all Soldiers, something that Maj. Campbell has been pushing up his chain of command. "In our area, we have CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) events, multiple civilian and military shooting ranges, and great shooting weather. I'd like to see better support from the 412th TEC to take advantage of these opportunities," said Maj. Campbell. "In addition to unit training, I have two TPU Soldiers that I have helped advance to competing in multiple types of action shooting competitions on our own time and expense."
In addition to supporting a local charity and competing with skilled shooters in his area, Maj. Campbell won first place in his skill Class in the Carry Optics Division. "This event has better prepared me as an individual competitor and Soldier," said Maj. Campbell. "For future Steel Challenge matches, it provided me with more experience on the standardized stages if I choose to continue competing in any of the divisions."
Participation in these types of events is directed by Army Regulation (AR 350-66 and AR 140-1 Chapter 7) for the betterment of all Soldiers.