Kentucky’s top guns score big at marksmanship match

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Story by Sgt. Dale Elliott, 75th Troop Command UPAHR
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CAMP BUTNER, NC. (June 20, 2011) – The Kentucky National Guard Marksmanship team returned from the Marksmanship Advisory Council III Regional Match in Camp Butner, N.C. with several trophies.

The combined team of Army and Air Guard members has consistently been major contenders in both regional and national competitions, said Capt. Aaron Grimm, one of the team’s members.

Staff Sgt. Jefferey Ice is firing the pistol.

Staff Sgt. Jefferey Ice firing his pistol. He placed in the top ten percent of the EIC Pistol competition(Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Clinton Wood, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

“We’ve proven that Kentuckians still have the knack for the kind of shooting that made the Bluegrass State famous,” he said.

“The Kentucky National Guard team places in the top three in just about event we participate in.  This supports our reputation as marksmen throughout history.”

Other team members included 1st Lt. Brian Stafford, Senior Master Sgt. Jonathan Seibert, Master Sgt. Darryl Loafman, Staff Sgt. James Dean, Staff Sgt. Jonathan Goatley, Staff Sgt. Randall Ford, Tech. Sgt. Erick Smith, Tech. Sgt. Bryan Hunt, Sgt. Jeffery Ice and Sgt. Matthew Ward.

The competition was made of several events. In the Team Events, they took first place in Team Pistol and second place in Team Grand Aggregate.

Master Sgt. Darryl Loafman is firing the rifle

Master Sgt. Darryl Loafman firing his rifle. He placed in the top ten percent of the EIC Rifle competition. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Clinton Wood, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

There were also Individual Events that each competed in and several received awards.

–  Loafman won the open class pistol match, and placed second overall in the individual pistol category.  He also placed second overall in the Individual Grand Aggregate (pistol and rifle aggregate).

–  Ice took third in the open pistol match.

–  Smith took second in the novice pistol class.

–  Grimm and Loafman placed in the top ten percent of the EIC Rifle competition and were awarded rifle “leg” points which put them closer to their Distinguished Rifle badge.

–  Hunt along with Ice placed in the top ten percent of the EIC Pistol competition thus awarded pistol “leg” points putting them closer to their Distinguished Pistol Badge.

–  Loafman also finished in the top ten percent but has already been awarded the Distinguished Pistol Badge.

KY Team

Kentucky National Guardsmen Tech Sgt. Bryan W. Hunt, left, Master Sgt. Darryl Loafman, Sgt. Jefferey T. Ice and Staff Sgt. James E. Dean won the 2011 MAC III General George Patton Combat Pistol Team Match and placed second in the Combined Team Match. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Clinton Wood, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center)

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