Sergeant 1st Class Mark Weeks, a resident of Clinton Township, Mich., joined the Army in Sept. 2000 and completed One Station Unit Infantry Training at Fort Benning, Ga. before being assigned to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit in Jan. 2001.
He left the Army to become the U.S. National Shotgun Team coach at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., in December 2008 before rejoining the Army and the USAMU in March 2010.
At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Weeks coached the U.S. shotgun team to four Olympic medals, including two gold Medals by Soldiers from the USAMU. As a competitive shooter Weeks has had a distinguished career as a skeet shooter, including a stellar performance at the 2013 USA Shooting Fall Selection match, making the World Cup team for the 2014 World Cup USA. He is currently serving as the Team Chief of Action Shooting Team.
Weeks deployed twice to Afghanistan with the USAMU as a marksmanship instructor. Weeks has graduated from Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course and Senior Leader Course.
His awards include the earned the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Expert Rifle Badge and International Distinguished Badge.