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U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning sending seven shooters to 2012 Olympics

The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning is sending seven soldiers from the unit to the 2012 Olympics in London.

Sgt. 1st Class Jason Parker secured a spot Monday when he won the men’s three-position rifle match at the U.S. Olympic Team Trails at the post’s Pool Range Complex.

He will join teammates on the shooting team next month. They include Sgt. 1st Class Eric Uptagrafft and Staff Sgt. Michael McPhail, both qualified in the men’s rifle prone; Sgt. Josh Richmond in double trap; 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Sgt. Glenn Eller in double trap and Sgt. Vincent Hancock, a 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist in men’s skeet.

 Sgt. 1st Class Josh Olson, who was wounded in Iraq, has qualified for the 2012 Paralympic Games. He is the first active-duty soldier ever to be nominated for the Paralympic Games.

Parker, a native of Omaha, Neb., said it’s an honor to represent the Army and America at Olympics.

“It’s been a long four years working hard for another Olympics while fulfilling our mission here and I can’t wait to get over there,” Olson said. “Everybody goes to the Olympics to win a gold medal and I’m no different. That’s the ultimate goal.”