Shooting competition part of Police Week

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  • By Richy Rosado
  • 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --  Wright-Patterson Air Force Base hosted an Excellence in Competition shooting event at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance indoor firing range May 17-18 in conjunction with annual National Police Week activities.

Defenders from the 88th Security Forces Squadron, Airmen and civilian personnel from across WPAFB, Marines from the Marine Corps Reserve unit on base and members of the Greene County Sheriff’s Department assembled to test their skills with the M18 pistol and M4 rifle.

“Police Week is about showcasing what security forces do on a daily basis and letting people come out and experience it,” said Senior Airman Jacob Kubek of 88 SFS, the shooting competition’s organizer.

Pistol competitors had to fire a total of 30 rounds. The first 10 were fired one-handed (dominant hand) from the standing position within 2 minutes and 30 seconds. The next string consisted of firing two 5-round magazines (two-handed), giving competitors 20 seconds to shoot each magazine.

In the final string, participants shot 10 rounds, with each round being fired within 4 seconds.  

Competitors in the M4 rifle event fired 60 rounds each. Shooters were tasked with “zeroing” their weapon sights and given 10 rounds to accomplish the task. The zeroing requirement did not count toward their final score.

In the M4 rifle competition’s first string, shooters fired 10 rounds from a standing, unsupported position within 60 seconds. In the second string, they were given 60 seconds to fire 10 shots from a kneeling position. The third string had participants in the sitting position, firing 10 rounds within 60 seconds.

The competitors ended the event shooting 20 rounds in under 60 seconds from a prone position.

Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Sexton served 20 years in the Air Force and reflected on his participation in the EIC shooting competition.

“It’s a very important time of the year,” he said. “It’s time to reflect on our fallen brothers and sisters, and to also build camaraderie during events like this and building that brother and sisterhood with security forces.”

Competition winners
Pistol competition winners (score in parenthesis):

1st place – Capt. Stefan Endicott (275)

2nd place – Staff Sgt. Miguel Ismael Ramos (265)

3rd place – Master Sgt. Christopher Wuest (257)

4th place – Staff Sgt. Stephen Kittle (253)

Rifle competition winners (score in parenthesis):

1st place – Staff Sgt. Johnny Dean (459)

2nd place (tie) – Chief Master Sgt. Justin Walker and Staff Sgt. Stephen Kittle (444)  

4th place – Staff Sgt. Serhiy Sobchuk (443)