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Competing for excellence: a marksman’s battle

Competing for excellence: a marksman’s battle

Lt. Col. Matthew Hargis, 2nd Bomb Wing staff, plans and programs director, awaits the “fire” signal during a rifle Excellence in Competition at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 15, 2018. Competitors shot an M-4 carbine with iron sights. Gloves, shooting kits and scopes were not authorized during the competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tessa B. Corrick)

Competing for excellence: a marksman’s battle

Rifle rounds are prepared before the start of a rifle Excellence in Competition at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 14, 2018. Each shooter received a total of 60 rounds for the competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tessa B. Corrick)

Competing for excellence: a marksman’s battle

Staff Sgt. Michael Daehnert, 2nd Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, keeps time for shooters during a rifle Excellence in Competition at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 15, 2018. The EIC consisted of four different shooting positions: prone, sitting, kneeling and standing. Artificial support was not permitted for any position. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tessa B. Corrick)

Competing for excellence: a marksman’s battle

Capt. Andrew Caulk, 2nd Bomb Wing public affairs officer, fires an M-4 carbine during a rifle Excellence in Competition at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 15, 2018. Competition rules stated that the rifle could only be supported by the shooter’s hands and shoulder, and no part of the arms below the elbow could rest on the ground. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tessa B. Corrick)

Competing for excellence: a marksman’s battle

Rifle Excellence in Competition shooters approach their targets prior to the start of the event at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 14, 2018. Air Force members who qualified in the top 10 percent of competitors were awarded a badge authorized to be worn on the blues uniform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tessa B. Corrick)

Competing for excellence: a marksman’s battle

Senior Airman Jacob Kubek (left), Staff Sgt. Jamie Farmer (center) and Senior Airman William Hedden (right), 2nd Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructors, prepare to signal for the zeroing portion of a rifle Excellence in Competition at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 15, 2018. Before the EIC began, instructors provided safety, arms handling guidelines and instructions for the competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tessa B. Corrick)

Competing for excellence: a marksman’s battle

Capt. Blaine Davenport, 2nd Operations Support Squadron intelligence support flight commander, calculates site corrections before the start of a rifle Excellence in Competition at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 14, 2018. Ten rounds were allotted for shooters to zero in their weapons. During this process, those shots were fired and site corrections were allowed to be made before the actual competition began. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tessa B. Corrick)

Competing for excellence: a marksman’s battle

Staff Sgt. Jamie Farmer, 2nd Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, watches shooters during a rifle Excellence in Competition at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 14, 2018. The competition was hosted by the 2nd SFS Combat Arms Training and Management section. Instructors were not allowed to assist the shooters, but instead served to ensure safety requirements were followed on the range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tessa B. Corrick)

Competing for excellence: a marksman’s battle

Twenty-five-meter zeroing targets are displayed prior to a rifle Excellence in Competition at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 14, 2018. The targets allowed competitors to set up their sites exactly how they wanted them prior to shooting for the EIC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tessa B. Corrick)

Competing for excellence: a marksman’s battle
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Staff Sgt. Michael Daehnert, 2nd Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, evaluates a target for scoring following a rifle Excellence in Competition at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 14, 2018. Shooters were allotted 20 rounds for the prone position and 10 rounds each for all other shooting positions. The maximum score for the EIC was 500 points. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tessa B. Corrick)

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Winners of a rifle Excellence in Competition shooting event pose for a photo with 2nd Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructors, and Lt. Col. Ryan Natalini, 2nd SFS commander, following an award ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 17, 2018. Nine out of 100 total competitors were awarded the EIC rifle badge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tessa B. Corrick)

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