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Berry Field Airmen Compete in Shooting Competition

Members of the 118th Wing competition shooting team compete in the Mid-South Guard & Reserve Invitational Rifle Tournament in Memphis, Tenn. Sept. 24 2016. Master Sgt. Mike of the 118th Wing took first place individual overall with a score of 211 with 4 bullseyes. (ANG photo by Staff Sgt. Darrell Hamm / Released)

Members of the 118th Wing competition shooting team compete in the Mid-South Guard & Reserve Invitational Rifle Tournament in Memphis, Tenn. Sept. 24 2016. Master Sgt. Mike of the 118th Wing took first place individual overall with a score of 211 with 4 bullseyes. (ANG photo by Staff Sgt. Darrell Hamm / Released)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Members of the 118th Wing competed in the 23rd annual Mid-South Guard and Reserve Invitational Rifle Tournament on Sept. 24, 2016. The competition represented 38 participants from the Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Marine Reserve, Tennessee State Guard, and a few military retirees. The event promotes marksmanship and comradery among all branches of the military.

Registration began at 8 a.m. at the Memphis Sport Shooting Association followed by a safety briefing. The first of four relays (rounds) began shooting the M16 rifle by 9 a.m. All relays had opportunities to shoot from 300 yards in the prone position and 200 yards in their choice of squatting, kneeling, or sitting position and then standing. The contestants endured temperatures that climbed into the high 90s with very little breeze.

Master Sgt. Mike from the 118th Wing explains the secret to success for shooting competition rifle, "It's all about fundamentals," said Mike. "Breath control, trigger control, sight picture and cadence; cadence is big." The fundamentals paid off for Mike as he earned top individual honors for the competition. Top team honors went to the 164th Airlift Wing from Memphis, Tennessee.
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