FORT BENNING, Ga.—The Army team from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), won the team title and the top three overall spots during the 56th Interservice Pistol Championship June 8-12 here.
Now on his way with the rest of his team to the National Rifle and Pistol Championships that begin after the Fourth of July at Camp Perry, Ohio, Staff Sgt. Lawrence Cleveland, USAMU Pistol Team member, won his first individual Interservice Championship with a score of 3,519-162X.
"Once you're crowned (the best) pistol shooter, you get to hold onto that for the whole year," Cleveland said.
The "X" in Cleveland's score and other scores denotes hitting an X-ring inside the center ring or bull's-eye of a target. The X-scores are used to break ties.
Cleveland's teammate, Sgt 1st Class Patrick Franks, took second with a score of 3,515-172X.
"Shooting competitively with the United States Marksmanship Unit has been an experience like no other," Franks said. "I believe being able to tap into the different resources that all of the armed forces bring to the table … you really learn a lot about yourself."
Sgt. 1st Class Adam Sokolowski, another USAMU Pistol Team member, was third with a score of 3,504-167X.
Franks, Sokolowski, Cleveland, Sgts. 1st Class Michael Gasser and Sean Watson, and Spc. Ryan Franks, who were competing as USAMU Blue team, earned their 15th consecutive Interservice Pistol Championship team title with a score of 4,652-180X, beating the second place finishers, All Guard-Gold, by more than 100 points.
The championship concluded with the Director's Match and an Excellence-in-Competition (EIC) match. All non-distinguished shooters got the chance to earn points toward their Distinguished Pistol Badge during the EIC match. The Distinguished Pistol Badge can be earned by anyone in the military and replaces the standard marksmanship badge on the dress uniform.
Spc. Franks won the EIC Match in his first Interservice Championship with the Team. His brother, Franks, won the Director's Match.
"The Interservice Championship is one of the best competitions I've been in because we have the best shooters in the Department of Defense coming down to see who is the best pistol shooter," Cleveland said.
In addition to those mentioned, USAMU shooters captured multiple wins during the Interservice Pistol Championship and to see all of the scores, visit https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&task=edit&match=13002
Editor's note: USAMU's mission is winning national and international shooting competitions and advancing small-arms lethality to demonstrate Army marksmanship capability and to enhance marksmanship effectiveness in combat. USAMU is part of the U.S. Army Accessions Brigade and Army Marketing and Research Group.
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1. FORT BENNING, Ga.—Staff Sgt. Lawrence Cleveland, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, center, won his first Interservice Championship with a score of 3,519-162X. Teammates Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Franks (left), took second with a score of 3,515-172X, and Sgt. 1st Class Adam Sokolowski (right), took third with a score of 3,504-167X.
2. FORT BENNING, Ga.—Staff Sgt. Lawrence Cleveland, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, right, fires during centerfire pistol team match as his teammate Sgt. 1st Class Adam Sokolowski observes the target during the 56th Interservice Pistol Championship June 9.
3. . FORT BENNING, Ga.—USAMU Blue poses for photo after winning their 15th consecutive Interservice Pistol Championship team title with a score of 4,652 -180X, beating the second place finishers, All Guard-Gold, by more than 100 points. Team members included Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Franks, Sgt. 1st Class Adam Sokolowski, Staff Sgt. Lawrence Cleveland, Sgt. 1st Class Sean Watson, Spc. Ryan Franks, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Gasser.
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