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U.S. Army Small Arms Championship winners announced

By Maj. Michelle Lunato U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit

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The 2019 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships, which is hosted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, concluded it’s seven-day competition here on March 16 with an awards ceremony.

The annual competition, which is commonly called the All Army, is the Army’s premier marksmanship competition that tests Soldier’s ability on both their primary and secondary weapons through 11 different course of fire.

This year, more than 260 Soldiers from active duty Army, National Guard, Reserve and ROTC units across the country came seeking the top titles as they battled it out in both tactical and civilian-style rifle and pistol matches, as well as a multigun match.

This year’s winners are:
• The 2019 All Army Champion: Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Horner Army Reserve Careers Division

• The 2019 All Army Champion Team: The U.S. Army Reserve team from Army Reserve Careers Division. Team members are: Sgt. Joseph Hall, Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Horner, Staff Sgt. Rafael Fuentes, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Parker, and coach: Sgt. Maj. James Mauer.

• The 2019 All Army Lt. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley Trophy awardee: Cadet Brannon Sickels, Texas A&M. This marksmanship excellence award is presented to the top cadet having the highest combined score from all rifle and pistol excellence in competition matches. During the All Army Championships, Sickels earned his Distinguished Pistol Shot Marksmanship Badge. Since he already earned his Distinguished Rifleman Badge, he is now double distinguished.

• The 2019 All Army Col. Ralph Puckett Awardee: Sgt. Jaymes Sendo, Texas Army National Guard. This for excellence in marksmanship award is presented to the combined top novice shooter from all the rifle and pistol Excellence in Competition matches.

• The 2019 All Army Multigun Champion: Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Horner Army Reserve Careers Division

• The 2019 All Army Pistol Champion: Sgt. Christopher Liming U.S. Army Reserve

• The 2019 All Army Rifle Champion: Maj. Samuel Freeman with the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

• The 2019 All Army Open Division Champion: Senior Airman Gavin Rook North Dakota Air National Guard

• The 2019 All Army Top Cadet: Cadet Brannon Sickels Texas A&M

• The 2019 All Army Novice Division Champion: Sgt. 1st Class Tyler Virgin,  1st Corps

• The 2019 All Army High Drill Sergeant: Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Varela 198th Infantry Training Brigade



• The 2019 All Army Pistol Champion Team: Texas Army National Guard. Team members: Staff Sgt. Justus Densmore, Sgt. Tyler Greene, Capt. Robert Lee, Sgt. Jaymes Sendo, and coach: Staff Sgt. Michael Richey.

• The 2019 All Army Rifle Champion Team: California Army National Guard. Team members are Master Sgt. Philip Brock, Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Garcia, Staff Sgt. Wayne Gray, and Sgt. Obed Gutierrez.

• The 2019 All Army Multigun Champion Team: U.S Army 1st Corps Team. Team members are: Sgt. 1st Class Tyler Virgin, Sgt. Ashton Foster, Staff Sgt. Nicholas Wirts, Staff Sgt. Logan Frost, and coach: Staff Sgt. Jeffery Lewis.

The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit wins national and international shooting competitions, supports Army accessions, and advances small arms lethality to demonstrate Army marksmanship capability, enhance recruiting and increase marksmanship effectiveness in combat. USAMU is part of the U.S. Army Marketing Engagement Brigade and the U.S. Army Recruiting Command.