196th Inf. Bde. hosts pistol qualification course

| January 6, 2011 | 0 Comments
Capt. Marty Monahan, Support Bn., 196th Inf. Bde., USARPAC, instructs Soldiers on the proper pistol grip. (Courtesy of the 3302nd MSB)

Capt. Marty Monahan, Support Bn., 196th Inf. Bde., USARPAC, instructs Soldiers on the proper pistol grip. (Courtesy of the 3302nd MSB)

Capt. Marty Monahan
Support Battalion, 196th Infantry Brigade, U.S. Army-Pacific

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from various units in U.S. Army-Hawaii assembled here, Dec. 6, to train and qualify with the M9 pistol at the Army Combat Pistol Qualification Course.

The CPQC event’s primary goal was to qualify four Soldiers from the 30th Military History Detachment, who are currently conducting post-mobilization training in preparation for an upcoming deployment in support of Operation New Dawn in Iraq.

The Support Battalion, 196th Infantry Brigade, U.S. Army-Pacific, also welcomed 18 Soldiers from the 3302nd Mobilization Support Battalion and two from USARPAC to participate in the training, including Brig. Gen. John Seward, deputy commanding general, USARPAC.

Soldiers received instruction from subject matter experts in the Support Bn., 196th Inf. Bde., on the fundamentals of pistol marksmanship, including safety, weapon specifications, proper handling, body position, draw, presentation and slow-aim fire. Instructors noted that the M9 pistol is a Soldier’s primary weapon in some deployment situations and, if available, a reliable backup to the M4 carbine.

The Army CPQC consists of five “tables of fire” that incorporate single and multiple engagements at distances from five to 25 meters. Other requirements, such as magazine changes and engagements while mobile, test the Soldier’s marksmanship skills. A total of 30 targets are presented, and qualifiers are required to hit a minimum of 16.

At the end of training, all 24 Soldiers who participated qualified. Seward set the example with an impressive 27 hits, but the high score went to

Command Sgt. Maj. Peter Woolsey, 3302nd MSB, with 28 hits out of 30 targets.

“Marksmanship is the bedrock of (Soldier skills), particularly in a combat area,” said Maj. Mark Snakenberg, senior team chief, Support Bn., 196th Inf. Bde. “Preparing Soldiers for combat is a serious responsibility.”

The Support Bn., 196th Inf. Bde conducts partnership and mobilization training for National Guard and Reserve units throughout the Pacific region.

In recognition of their superior performance, Seward presented Chief Warrant Officer 2 Nickolas Bidoli and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Sam Massey with coins for their work as coaches, trainers and safeties, while re-emphasizing basic Soldier skills during the training.

“At the end of the day, it was a great experience,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Larry Magaoay, Support Bn., 196th Inf. Bde. “I love to train Soldiers and my assignment in the 196th often allows me to do so.”

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