Air Guardsman earns double distinction in marksmanship
By Staff Sgt. Michael Crane, 139th Airlift Wing
/ Published September 13, 2012
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Master Sgt. Ben Israel, 139th Security Forces Squadron, earned the Distinguished Rifle Badge at the Mac V Regional Marksmanship Training Competition held at Camp Robinson, Little Rock, Ark., June 28 - July 2.
"The competitions are like a basic training obstacle course, but you shoot through barricades, low crawl through barbed wire, and everything is timed," said Israel.
The Mac V competition is intended to develop combat firing skills at the entry to intermediate levels to raise the standard of marksmanship.
Israel was the first Air National Guard member to earn distinction in both the pistol and rifle competition.
Israel was invited to participate in the All Army competition next Spring at Fort Benning, Ga. Although he started three years ago, he wishes he would have joined sooner.
"First-time shooters are sometimes better shooters because they don't have bad habits," said Israel. "We want new shooters to get involved."