9th MSC Soldier captures world title

| April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Photo courtesy U.S. Army Installation Management Command Sgt. 1st Class Keith Sanderson, an Army Reserve Soldier assigned to the 4960th MTB, 9th MSC, and two-time Olympian, takes aim and glares at the target during a rapid-fire training session.

Photo courtesy U.S. Army Installation Management Command
Sgt. 1st Class Keith Sanderson, an Army Reserve Soldier assigned to the 4960th MTB, 9th MSC, and two-time Olympian, takes aim and glares at the target during a rapid-fire training session.

 

Brian Melanephy
9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER FLATS — Pacific Army Reserve Soldier and two-time Olympian Sgt. 1st Class Keith Sanderson won the gold medal at the recent International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup at Fort Benning, Ga., April 3.

His victory catapulted him to second in the world rankings for the 25-meter Men’s Pistol.

Sanderson won the 25-meter Rapid Fire Pistol by seven points, which in his words, “is a lot for this competition.”

In the Army Reserve, he is a marksmanship instructor for the 4960th Multifunctional Training Brigade. As a civilian, he works at Marine Corps Base Hawaii-Kaneohe Bay teaching marksmanship to Marines.

Sanderson has fully recovered from an injury that impacted his performance at the London Olympic Games, where he placed 14th. He took 5th place in the 2008 Olympics. In 2009, he was the USA Shooting Male Athlete of the Year.

Sanderson is a member of the Army World Class Athlete Program and is currently in the process of applying for another two-year tour in this program.

The final stage of world tryouts starts May 10. The U.S. team will be selected at the Olympic tryouts schedule for early 2016, where Sanderson hopes to earn a third trip to the games.

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Two of the three American medalists were Army Reserve Soldiers. Private 1st Class Nick Mowrer won the bronze medal in the 50-meter Men’s Prone.

Sanderson met Mowrer at the 2012 London Olympics while they were competing in the games. In London, Sanderson began talking to Mowrer about joining the Army Reserve. Sanderson successfully recruited him.

Sanderson started his military career in the Marine Corps, where he served for eight years. After eight years as a Marine, he moved on and served eight years in the Army.

His “battle buddy,” Master Sgt. Robert Mango, is also an accomplished shooter. In February, Sanderson and Mango took several Pacific Army Reserve Soldiers to the Marine Corps Pacific Division Rifle and Pistol Match at the Puuloa Range Training Facility.

“This is an incredible training opportunity for our Soldiers, and it is where Mango and I learned to shoot many years ago,” Sanderson said. “I also used it to jump-start my personal training this year.”

During his time at the Marine Corps Pacific Division Rifle and Pistol Match, Sanderson spent most of his time coaching instead of shooting. Coaching helps him think about his shooting and helps him get back to basics, he said.

“Watching our Soldiers learn and make these amazing improvements helped motivate me to perform and try as hard as I could,” said Sanderson.

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