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CIAP Eastern Division matches draw to conclusion

By Lance Cpl. Jonathan G. Wright | | March 26, 2010

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Members of the Marine Corps Shooting Team stand after receiving the Inter-Corps Cup and Royal Marines Bowl for winning a shooting match against the British Royal Marines Shooting Team during the Competition In Arms Program Eastern Division Match award ceremony, March 26. The eastern division match is the second in the CIAP’s three-part Marine Corps-wide marksmanship competition.

Members of the Marine Corps Shooting Team stand after receiving the Inter-Corps Cup and Royal Marines Bowl for winning a shooting match against the British Royal Marines Shooting Team during the Competition In Arms Program Eastern Division Match award ceremony, March 26. The eastern division match is the second in the CIAP’s three-part Marine Corps-wide marksmanship competition. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Jonathan G. Wright)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- The second of three shooting matches in the Competition In Arms Program has drawn to a close during the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Eastern Division Match award ceremony, March 26.

From March 15 to March 26, 23 teams comprised of units from Marine Corps bases along the East Coast competed against each other for the eastern division gold at the Stone Bay rifle ranges.

“This is what the Marine Corps is all about, when you, the warfighter, puts rounds on target,” said Maj. Gen. Carl Jensen, commanding general of Marine Corps Installations-East. “It is our ‘one shot one kill’ mentality, which is one of the reasons the Marine Corps is feared by our enemies.”

Also shooting in the eastern division match was the Marine Corps Shooting Team and the British Royal Marines Shooting Team, competing against each other for the Inter-Corps Cup and Royal Marines Bowl trophies in an annual show of international camaraderie.

“I am a sniper by trade, and when training you are taught not to think or enjoy it,” said Color Sergeant Chris Aston, member of the British Royal Marines Shooting Team. “Here however, it has been an excellent time shooting against the Americans. Everyone we’ve met has been gracious and we can’t thank them enough for these experiences.”

For the eastern division matches, the award process is not complimentary to that of the intramurals: winners are categorized by first, second and third gold, first, second and third silver, et cetera.

Unique to the eastern division matches awards are the Secretary of the Navy Trophies; M-1 Garands presented to the winners of the individual rifle and pistol matches as well as to the highest-placed of the first-time eastern division shooters.

“It is a true honor to receive this as an award,” said Cpl. Neil Picard, crewman with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division and this year’s top first-time eastern division individual rifle shooter. “I didn’t do to well in the intramurals, but the practice and coaching made it click.”

The final top three results for the eastern division portion of the CIAP are as follow:
Individual Rifle
1 – Chief Warrant Officer 3 Steven Townsley, 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.
2 – Sgt. Kristopher VanBeekom, Weapons Training Battalion, MCB Camp Lejeune.
3 – Cpl. Neil Picard, 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.

Individual Pistol
1 – 2nd Lt. Mikel White, Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.
2 – Cpl. Matthew Ragusa, Headquarters Company, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division.
3 – Cpl. Derek Matthews, 2nd Radio Battalion, II Marine Headquarters Group.

Team Rifle
1 – 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.
2 – Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
3 – Marine Air Group 29, Marine Corps Air Station New River.

Team Pistol
1 – Marine Corps Recruiting Depot Parris Island, S.C.
2 – Marine Corps Security Forces Regiment, Naval Station Norfolk, Va.
3 – Marine Air Group 29, Marine Corps Air Station New River.

Inter-Corps Cup and Royal Marines Bowl
1 – Marine Corps Shooting Team.

“Even though we’ve only been together for two weeks, we did really well,” said Aston. “I think it is a major importance that we get the chance to train with the Americans in such a fashion so we are able to learn from them and bring those lessons back with us.”

In the end, Aston may have epitomized the entire purpose of the CIAP in that one statement: bringing skills back and passing them along to others. Disregarding rank, branch of service and country of origin, Marines’ purpose is to defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and when a new technique or way of negotiating an obstacle is discovered, it is beneficial to many more people that such ability is taught and passed on.

“You have all learned a lot, so take it home with you and share these lessons and techniques,” said Jensen. “They may save someone’s life. Pass it along so the Marine Corps can keep doing what it does best.”



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