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Pa. Guard’s 171st Air Refueling Wing wins Adjutant General’s Combined Arms Match

Pa. Guard’s 171st Air Refueling Wing wins Adjutant General’s Combined Arms Match

Story by LTC Angela King-Sweigart on 06/02/2019

FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa.A team of Airmen assigned to the 171st Air Refueling Wing placed first in the two-day, six event Pennsylvania National Guard Adjutant General’s Combined Arms Match held here May 31-June 3, with an Airmen from the team placing first in the individual shooter category.

The team members were: Chief Master Sgt. Edward Altmyer, Tech. Sgt. Shawn McCreary, Staff Sgt. Robert Lydic and Senior Airman Nicholas Yakovich. Lydic won first place in the individual shooting category.
The competition is held annually by the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s G3 Individual Training Branch to improve marksmanship skills and enhance camaraderie. Participants competed in events using rifles, pistols and shotguns.

“Event like these are important and emphasize soldiering skills, like shooting, that we all need to know,” said Brig. Gen. Mark McCormack, 28th Infantry Division Deputy Commanding General Support at the opening ceremony.

This year there were four teams with a total of 17 individuals competing for top scores. The teams represented the following organizations: Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site, 3rd Battalion, 166th Regional Training Institute and C Company, 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment and 171st Air Refueling Wing.

“It is great to see such a diverse and highly-motivated group of Soldiers and Airmen here today, representing organizations from throughout our formation,” said Brig. Gen. Mark Schindler, Pennsylvania National Guard Deputy Adjutant General-Army, who visited the competition.

The competition gathered those from a variety of experiences and background, said Sgt. 1st Class Luke Heim, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division.

“Everyone from all ranks, MOS and experience levels are welcome to participate. It is a mentoring environment where you are really competing against yourself-trying to best your top score.” Heim went on to say, “I shot my first match in 2011, and I was a sniper, but I have learned so much by participating in these events. You learn so much more about shooting by participating in competitions.”

If you are a Pennsylvania National Guard Soldier or Airmen and are interested in participating in the next shooting match, The Governor’s Twenty, to be held on July 13 at Fort Indiantown Gap, contact your unit and work with the Marksmanship Training Unit. The Marksmanship Training Unit may be reached at 717-861-8376.

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