Sgt. 1st Class Eric A. Uptagrafft, an international rifle shooter with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, Fort Benning, Georgia., has distinguished himself in competitive marksmanship through his many accomplishments.
A native of Spokane, Washington, Uptagrafft graduated from University High School of Spokane in 1984. He received a degree in aerospace engineering from West
Uptagrafft joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 1983. After he completed Basic Training and Medical Lab Technician Training, he was assigned to the 385th Combat Support Hospital in Spokane, Washington. From 1985 to 1987 he was assigned to the L Trp 3/163rd Armored Calvary Regiment Texas National Guard along with being on the All-Guard Shooting Team. After becoming an infantryman in 1987, he was a member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Service Rifle Team until 1991. He then shot on the U.S. Army Reserve Shooting Team until he was assigned to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit in August 1998 under the Army’s World Class Athlete Program. He left the Army and joined the U.S. Navy Reserve as a lieutenant where he deployed with the 3rd Army to Kuwait in 2007. He rejoined the Army and the USAMU International Rifle Team April 23, 2008.
Military Schools include – Basic Training, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, (1983); Medical Lab Technician Training, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, (1984); Infantry Training, Fort Benning, Georgia, (1987); Primary Leadership Development Course, Camp Shelby, Mississippi, (1986); Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, Fort Benning, Georgia, (1990), and Senior Leaders Course (2011).
Awards include – Meritorious Service Medal, Three Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, three Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbons, two National Defense Service Medals, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and two Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medals.
Uptagrafft, who started shooting in 1977, has numerous marksmanship accomplishments.