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Hitting the mark - combat pistol and rifle teams win championships

Members of the South Dakota Air National Guard Combat Pistol and Rifle Team are; back row, left to right, Staff Sgt. Joshua Nelson, Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Wajer, Staff Sgt. Adam Witte. Front row, left to right, Tech. Sgt. Michael Witte, Staff Sgt. Jason Williamson, and Master Sgt. Chad Rydberg.(Photo by Master Sgt. Nancy Ausland)(RELEASED)

Members of the South Dakota Air National Guard Combat Pistol and Rifle Team are; back row, left to right, Staff Sgt. Joshua Nelson, Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Wajer, Staff Sgt. Adam Witte. Front row, left to right, Tech. Sgt. Michael Witte, Staff Sgt. Jason Williamson, and Master Sgt. Chad Rydberg.(Photo by Master Sgt. Nancy Ausland)(RELEASED)

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- The annual State Command Sergeant Major's Combat Rifle and Pistol Matches were held in Rapid City, S.D. on May 21-22 and the Air National Guard walked away winners.

The combat pistol team took first place and the combat rifle team won second place in each respective championship. This was an outstanding showing for the Air Guard teams especially considering that only six members of the 114th Fighter Wing participated. Teams were made up of the top four shooters from each unit.

Members of the winning pistol team were Staff Sgt. Joshua Nelson, 114th Munitions, Tech. Sgt. Michael Witte, 114th Maintenance machine shop, Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Wajer, 114th Security Forces Squadron and Staff Sgt. Jason Williamson, 114th Munitions.
Members of the winning rifle team were Staff Sgt. Adam Witte, 114th ECM shop, Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Wajer, 114th Security Forces Squadron, Staff Sgt. Jason Williamson, 114th Munitions and Tech. Sgt. Michael Witte, 114th Maintenance machine shop.

"We would love to have 20 or more shooters attend these matches," said Master Sgt. Chad Rydberg, 114th Security Forces Squadron, NCOIC of Combat Arms and team member. "We're definitely proud of how we've done, but more participants would certainly increase our chances of placing and going onto regional and national competitions."

To that end, the team plans to hold a recruitment meeting during the upcoming September unit training assembly. Tentative meeting is set for Sunday, September 11 at 1230 hours. Check your unit training assembly bulletin for updates and changes.