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NPS Marksmanship Team Brings Rifle Trophy Back to NPS
U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya

NPS Marksmanship Team Brings Rifle Trophy Back to NPS

By Javier Chagoya

After a five-year draught that has plagued the state of California, the heavens finally opened up to record rainfall in 2017. The same condition had befallen NPS' Marksmanship Team. However, following a seven-year dry spell members pulled together to recapture the coveted Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) Rifle Team Champion Trophy at the 2017 PACFLT and All Navy West Championships held at Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 21-30.

"It feels great to represent the school and command and bring home the PACFLT Rifle Championship trophy. It was thrilling to know we will permanently add the Naval Postgraduate School and our team members' nameplate because it is a permanent traveling trophy with the names of each of the past champions," said NPS Marksmanship Team Captain Lt. Lincoln Schneider, a student in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy, Manpower Systems Analysis curriculum.

Schneider, along with teammates Air Force Maj. Brent Pomeroy and Marine Corps Maj. Jake Aldean, were very excited when their names were announced, because to them it meant keeping the tradition of excellence alive for the NPS Marksmanship Team, including being PACFLT/All Navy West Champions in either Pistol or Rifle for each of the last three years, 2015-2017.

"After having had a chance to look at the Rifle trophy, NPS is on there for 2002, 2003 and 2010, and now 2017," added Schneider.

Scoring for the matches is based on a composite team score, so no three of the team members would have been able to pull it off without the strong performance of the fourth. According to Schneider the team could draw a fourth shooter from an eligible pool. It turned out to be a Sailor from Puget Sound, Wash., Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Hannah Tant.

"Tant was new to competition style shooting, like me, so we definitely benefited from the week-long training by distinguished shooters from the Navy West Marksmanship Team," said Schneider.

Schneider pointed out if he had to name one person responsible for the team's winning attitude, he would throw it to Pomeroy.

"Maj. Brent Pomeroy went the extra mile to really make sure the team stayed alive, organized the practices, and coordinated with the command [NPS] and armory [NSA Monterey] to make sure weapons and gear were ready for practices and the competition. He did a great job leading the team, and has really sacrificed a lot of personal time on evenings and Saturdays throughout the year to keep our team active and involved," said Schneider.

Schneider also noted the long memory of former Marksmanship Team Coach retired Navy Capt. Gordon Nakagawa and the foundational work ethic in perfecting technique and weapon safety that he put in place over the many years he served as coach.

The team also came in Third Place in the pistol competition. For more information on this winning team, go to https://sites.google.com/a/npsmarksmanshipteam.org/www/.

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