MCAS BEAUFORT --
A Marine looks through the scope of his weapon at a target 500 yards away. Before pulling the trigger he shifts his elbow, remembering everything he has learned. As the Marine breathes in and exhales, he gently squeezes the trigger. Bang! The bullet twists out of the barrel and flies through the air, striking the target with unerring accuracy.
The precision of Marine riflemen enables them to win battles as well as competitions as members of the Marine Corps’ shooting team.
The 2013 Tri-Command Rifle and Pistol Intramurals took place Jan. 6 – Jan. 13 and the awards were presented to service members at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island Weapons and Field Training Battalion Chapel, Jan. 22.
According to Depot Bulletin 3590, the Intramural Rifle and Pistol Competitions are conducted annually to promote increased proficiency in the use of individual arms. Competitive Marksmanship programs provide the foundation for Corps-wide marksmanship proficiency and enhanced combat readiness.
“The Intramurals provide Marines a great opportunity to participate in friendly competition while enhancing marksmanship skills,” said Master Sgt. Henry Gonzalez, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort station training chief.
Tri-Command service members participated in individual and team competition using the M9 pistol and M16A4/M4 service rifle with Rifle Combat Optic.
Awards were presented to individuals and teams placing in top 3 places for each yard line, as well as an overall champion.
The competitors demonstrated the desire to continue marksmanship competition, ability to teach, and the professionalism to represent the Tri-Command community as a member of the Parris Island Rifle and Pistol Team.
“The Marine who stands out has an opportunity to compete in higher echelon competition and possibly become a part of the Marine Corps’ Shooting Team,” said Gonzalez.
Members of the Marine Corps’ shooting team carry on the proud tradition that every Marine is a rifleman and serve as a call to excellence for all Marines.