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Drill sergeants can compete for trophy at next All-Army small-arms championships

FORT BENNING, Ga. (TRADOC News Service, June 16, 2005) – A new trophy will be awarded at the 2006 All-Army Small Arms Championships in March, Lt. Col. David J. Liwanag, commander of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, announced June 6.

The High Drill Sergeant Trophy will be awarded to the top-scoring drill sergeant (Active or Reserve Component noncommissioned officer on drill-sergeant status) at the All-Army Championships on the condition that at least 12 drill sergeants compete.

The trophy will be awarded to the drill sergeant with the high cumulative aggregate total of individual M-16 rifle and M-9 pistol scores fired in the All-Army matches. M-16s are fired at distances from 25 to 500 yards, and the M-9 pistol is shot from 10 to 25 yards.

Shooters fire all matches wearing helmet and load-bearing equipment or vest.

Historically, the high cadet is also recognized as the highest-scoring U.S. Military Academy or ROTC shooter. In 2004, All-Army Cadet Champion Donald Skidmore of Texas Tech University was awarded a Secretary of the Army Trophy M-1 Garand rifle. The High Cadet award is also conditional on at least 12 cadets shooting in the matches.

For more information on the All-Army Small Arms Championships, contact Michael J. Behnke, USAMU chief of competitions, at (706) 545-7841 or email A copy of the U.S. Army Small Arms Championship program/schedule is available on the USAMU website at