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Cops take lead in competition

August 31, 2010 --      Four Airmen from the 171st Security Forces Squadron took the lead in the Marksmanship Advisory Council II Regional Match, Aug. 20-22 at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. competing against Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia and Virginia National Guards.
     Tech. Sgt. Jason Montgomery, Staff Sgt. Josh Honick, Staff Sgt. Shane Welsh along with their team captain, Tech. Sgt. Edward Altmeyer, comprise the 171st Base Marksmanship Team, who won the overall combined team award.
     Altmeyer won the overall combined arms individual award.
    The 15 teams who competed were evaluated and scored based on firing the M-4/M-16 rifle, 9MM pistol, shotgun and machine gun with the 171st Base Marksmanship Team scoring 2,351 points, taking first place.
    The second place overall score was 2,111 points from a Maryland National Guard unit and the third place score was 2,078 points from a Pennsylvania Army National Guard team. 
    "We take pride within the 171 SFS knowing that our Airmen are involved to a point of being some of the top shooters in many of these events," said Chief Master Sgt. Bruce Fromlak, 171 SFS.
    During the Pennsylvania National Guard Combined Arms Match held back in May which qualified the 171 ARW team for this competition, the team received first place and were the only Airmen to compete.
    "Not only did we do a remarkable job but out of the nine four-man teams who competed, we were the only Air National Guard Team at the event," said Welsh.
     This accomplishment qualifies the 171st Base Marksmanship Team to compete in the championship match in October located in Arkansas. Here is where it gets fierce, competing against teams from all over the United States as well as from other countries.
    "We are very proud of this team's accomplishments and the way that they showcase the 171 ARW and the Pa. National Guard. These guys are truly amongst the best in the business and again will show their abilities in October," said Senior Master Sgt. Douglas Eggert, superintendent, 171 SFS.