Story and photos courtesy of:
Capt. Warren Korges
Embodying the expression “Every Marine a Rifleman,” Marines from the Air Station took time out of their Veterans Day holiday and weekend liberty periods and away from their normal duties to compete in the FY19 Intramural Marksmanship Competition aboard Parris Island from 12-21 November 2018.
The competition included numerous courses of fire ranging from the standard Combat Pistol Program course to bullseye rifle, bullseye pistol, and even combat action
shooting. An annual memorial event known as the Malachowski Challenge was held in remembrance of Staff Sgt. James Malachowski. Finally, a team rifle match rounded
out the competition. Across all of these formats, Air Station Marines represented themselves well, walking away with numerous awards. Notable accomplishments
include: In the bullseye rifle competition, Staff Sgt. Steven Krugman of MACS-2 (Early Warning/Control det) took first place, and Staff Sgt. Adam Falmoe of PMO took second.
The MCAS squad (comprised of Staff Sgt. Krugman,Staff Sgt. Falmoe, Sgt. Chapman, and Capt. Korges) also placed second overall in the team rifle match, narrowly
losing to a team from Weapons and Field Training Battalion comprised of primary marksmanship instructors.
This event required competitors to fire rack-grade M16s or M4s across a 50-shot course of fire that is similar to Table 1 but is fired at a significantly smaller target. In the bullseye pistol competition, Sgt.Ryan Chapman of MALS-31/Supply took second, while Staff Sgt. Steven Krugman and Cpl. John Treat (also of MACS-2, EW/C det) tied for third.
This event required competitors to fire the M9 one-handed from the 25 yard line in various timed events and none of these Marines had any prior experience with this style of shooting. In the CPP qualification course, Cpl. John Treat tied with several other shooters to set the range high with a 396. All seven shooters from the air station also successfully completed their annual pistol qualification including several first time shooter who now rate a pistol qualification badge.
The Malachowski Challenge winner was Sgt. Chapman, who received an award from Staff Sgt. Malachowski’s family and will have his name engraved on the commemorative plaque that permanently hangs in the awards hall at Parris Island’s Weapons Bn. This event requires competitors to complete a half-mile boots and utilities run while carrying their rifle. The course ends at the 500 yard line where a pre-loaded magazine with 10 rounds is staged at each target point. As the competitors complete the run they are assigned a target point and they must load and fire their rounds in a rapid-fire format. The time limit from beginning the run to cease fire is five minutes.
Sgt Chapman bested over 20 other competitors to take first place. The combat action portion of the competition consisted of both a rifle and a pistol
stage that is scored based on time. The stages consisted of some combination of steel targets, paper targets, and other reactive targets and required competitors to run and shoot while moving and from barricades. While MCAS shooters did not place in this event, all shot well and represented the Air Station admirably.
A special thank you to the commands and Marines of MACS-2, MALS-31, PMO, and H&HS for allowing these Marines the time to compete and covering down on their duties while they were out of the office. The marksmanship training they received is among the best the Marine Corps has to offer and they are better Marines for it.
Finally, a huge thank you to Colonel Hoffman, the Marines of MCRD Parris Island’s Weapons and Field Training Battalion, and the Parris Island Shooting Team who designed and administered this event. Your training and guidance directly contributed to creating more lethal Marines.