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Army pistol shooters earn top honors at nationals

Soldiers with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit swept the team awards and won other individual awards at the 2010 National Pistol Championships and Trophy Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio.

U.S. Army Blue won both the National Pistol Team championship and the National Trophy Team Pistol championship, defeating the top civilian and military teams in the country. Team members were James Henderson, Gregory Wilson, Robert Park, Lyman Grover, John Ennis and Patrick Franks.

Individually, Park led USAMU with one of his best performances at the nationals. He claimed first place in the Civilian Marksmanship Program Warm up match to start things off and continued his winning ways as the week progressed. He won the Distinguished Revolver match and placed third overall in the National Pistol Championships, his first time earning a place on the winner’s podium.

At the National Trophy Pistol matches, Park cleaned up, winning the overall individual pistol championship and the prestigious Presidents Pistol match for the second time of his career, all just weeks after winning the Interservice Pistol championship at Fort Benning for the first time.

Henderson, Park’s USAMU teammate, also had a winning week at Camp Perry. As the defending National Pistol champion, Henderson stated things off by winning the NRA Preliminary Pistol match and then went on to win the National Trophy Individual Pistol match and the General Patton Trophy for having the highest aggregate score of the NTI and National Trophy Team Pistol matches.

John Ennis won the National Centerfire championship with a score of 885-44x. He was in the running all week to make the podium at the National Championships and finished in fourth place overall. Lawrence Cleveland, competing in his first national match, won the GEN Mellon and Military Police Corps trophies after shooting a 291-10x in the National Trophy Team Match.