Reservists score big at international military shooting competition

LAGERLECHFELD, Germany — Four reservists in the 419th Security Forces Squadron took home several trophies from the 2nd Annual International Bavarian Military Competition in Lagerlechfeld, Germany, earlier this month.

Tech. Sgt. Jared Jeppsen, Tech. Sgt. Trevor McLelland, Staff Sgt. Shawn Carter, and Staff Sgt. Joseph McGrath represented the United States in the week-long competition hosted by Germany.

The Airmen joined 29 teams from nine countries.

Unlike most shooting competitions, competitors did not bring their own weapons but instead shot seven different German firearms.

“We shot some guns that were similar to ours, like the P-8 handgun and G-27,” said McLelland, who has participated in local and national shooting competitions and serves as a police officer in Salt Lake County. “But we also shot an MG-3 machine gun and a G-36 long rifle, as well as throwing hand grenades.”

In addition to the tactics and skills learned in the competition, the Airmen became familiar with NATO firearms and worked closely with foreign military members.

“I believe we did well because we worked as a team,” Jeppsen said. “We communicated with each other, adapted well with the weapons and applied all the training we did together the week before we came.”

“I couldn’t be more proud of how our reservists performed,” said Col. Kent Hansen, 419th Mission Support Group commander. “Having no previous experience with the weapons they would use in the competition, they had the skills and determination to not only compete, but to dominate.”

As Air Force reservists, the SFS personnel work one weekend a month and two weeks a year to maintain deployment readiness. The Air Force Reserve is comprised of nearly 70,000 Reserve Citizen Airmen who deploy side-by-side with active duty Airmen around the globe.