Soldiers, Airmen compete for “Governor’s Twenty”

Story by Capt. Gus LaFontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

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Soldiers fire during the combat pistol team match at the annual Adjutant General’s Kentucky National Guard Rifle and Pistol State Training Event. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Gus LaFontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

FORT KNOX, Ky. — Thirty-six competitors from the Kentucky Army and Air National Guard competed at Ft. Knox July 26-27 in the annual Adjutant General’s Kentucky National Guard Rifle and Pistol State Training Event.

Participants were competing for a chance to represent Kentucky at regional and national shooting matches as well as the distinction of becoming one of the state’s Governor’s Twenty.

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Spc. Katherine Hix of the HHD 103rd Chemical Battalion fires during the annual Adjutant General’s Kentucky National Guard Rifle and Pistol State Training Event. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Gus LaFontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Spc. Brian Levine of Alpha Company 149th BSB is in his third year of competition in the event.

“The Governors Twenty is open to every company in the state. Soldiers and Airmen can come out and compete as a four-man team. Based on how well you shoot in that competition, the top 20 members will make the Governor’s Twenty.”

Levine spoke about the benefits of competing.

“You get to shoot with some good people that have been doing it for a long time. You’ve got some guys that have been doing it for over 20 years so they’ve got tons of tricks and tips. There are a lot of things that you can learn and take back to your unit and teach people.”

The weekend-long event is broken into team and individual matches. Competitors fire the pistol and rifle from a variety of shooting positions and ranges. At the completion of shooting, each competitor’s score is added and the Governor’s Twenty is identified.

Spc. Katherine Hix of the 103rd Chemical Battalion competed for the first time this year.

“You get a lot out of this event. A lot of experience, a lot of training, and it’s a lot of fun.”

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Staff Sgt. Jason Woolum of the 1/149th Infantry Battalion HHC zeros his rifle in preparation for the combat rifle match at the annual Adjutant General’s Kentucky National Guard Rifle and Pistol State Training Event. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Gus LaFontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Sgt. 1st Class Cory Goatley is the Assistant State Marksmanship Coordinator in the Small Arms Readiness Training Section (SARTS). He is also part of the Governor’s Twenty. This was his fourth year competing in the event. He explained that Soldiers interested in competing should express interest to their commanders. The competition is regularly held in July. In April a Letter of Instruction is sent to commanders outlining the procedures for entry into the event.

“In April Soldiers that are interested should start inquiring from their commanders,” Goatley said.

Goatley expressed a desire to see the event grow each year.

“We would love to see 100 shooters a year.”

Goatley has a message for Soldiers that are interested in competing against the best shooters in the state.

“Come out and test your skills, gain some advanced skills, come to the state match and show us what you’ve got. We will help you master those skills as you move forward.”

 

 

 

 

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