421st CTS Combat Arms team hosts Air Force Rifle Expert in Competition

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Ashley Hyatt
  • U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center Public Affairs
The 421st Combat Training Squadron combat arms team with the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Operations School hosted the Air Force Rifle Expert in Competition at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 30, 2019.


The Air Force Rifle Expert in Competition brings all the services together on the joint base for a friendly competition, with the top ten percent earning a medal that can be worn on the service dress uniform.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joshua Ungar, 421st CTS combat arms instructor and chief range officer during the competition, brought the idea of hosting this event up to his leadership who then approved it. This marks the second year in a row the 421st CTS hosted an Air Force weapon’s competition.

“The first one that we did last year was the Air Force Pistol Expert in Competition,” said Ungar. “This year, we decided to take it a step further and explore that new territory and do the Rifle Expert in Competition.”

During the competition, each participant is required to understand how to safely handle their weapon and how to shoot in each position without any assistance from anyone.

“That’s what makes it fun,” said Senior Airman Alexander Lawrence, 305th Maintenance Squadron hydraulics specialist. “It’s all you - we do everything on our own.”

Lawrence said he enjoys firing weapons in his free time and this was his first time competing in the Air Force Rifle Expert in Competition.

The competitors are given 10 rounds of ammunition to zero their weapon and make any corrections needed before the actual competition begins. After their weapons are set, the competition begins.

The participants shoot in four different positions, standing, kneeling, sitting and unsupported prone. Each shooting position is assigned its own target that awards the shooters points depending on where the ammunition hits, according to Ungar.

“We have a 10 ring, a nine ring, an eight ring and a seven ring,” said Ungar. “You count how many they receive or they fired at in the 10 ring and then you will count up how many shots in the 9 ring and so on and so forth and then you just add up that amount, multiply that number by the number value of the ring they fired in and that will be their total score for each string of fire.”

Those who place in the top 10 percent receive a medal that can be worn in the service dress uniform, regardless of which branch of service the winner is in.

This year, 134 people competed, and those who placed in the top 10 percent will be notified at a later date.

“The competition was a great success,” said Ungar. “And that’s credit to all of my combat arms personnel in the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center and 87th Security Forces Squadron who contributed as well as the military personnel who came out and competed. No matter the event, competition, or mission, the job doesn’t get done without people!”