N.C. Guard Holds Adjutant General Invitational Challenge

Evenly spaced along the firing line at Camp Butner National Guard Training Center, soldiers, airmen, court councilors, correction officers, highway patrol troopers and military retirees competed for the chance to be recognized as one of the best marksman within the North Carolina Department of Public Safety here, Sept. 13.


Each shooter kept a careful eye ahead, took aim and used controlled breathing and a smooth trigger squeeze to make the target fall back into the hole from which they came.

The event, composed of various leaders from North Carolina state agencies inside DPS, participated in the North Carolina National Guard’s Adjutant General’s Invitational Challenge.

North Carolina National Guard soldiers and airmen and other personnel representing the State Highway Patrol, Juvenile Justice, Adult Corrections and Emergency Management competed for a chance to be recognized as one of the top shooters in the state’s law enforcement and emergency response community.

“I met a lot of great people and enjoyed the exercise,” said Robert Speight, chief court councilor, Adult Corrections and Juvenile Justice.

The participants vied for team and individual honors at one of the Camp Butner’s pistol and rifle ranges and the Engagement Skills Trainer, a video tactical simulator.

“Take the time to get to know each other,” said Army Maj. Gen. Greg Lusk, adjutant general of North Carolina, to the competitors. “Sometime in the future we are going to need each other.”

For the pistol match, competitors fired at targets 25-meters away for time and accuracy. Each individual shot with their organizations’ service weapon or personal sidearm.

The teams engaged targets in a wide variety of events, such as: rapid-fire events, which required an aimed shot about every three seconds and longer accuracy fires that could take in upwards of ten minutes to execute.

“I understand all the hard work for the Guard to be trained,” said Speight.

For the rifle competition, the shooters were required to use an M-4 Carbine and engage human silhouette targets from 50 to 300 meters. The targets popped up singularly or in pairs at various distances for a few seconds as the shooters had to scan, sight on the targets and engage quickly. Computerized sensors tracked hits and kept score.

“This is like a four star hotel, we have never done anything like that before,” said John Frick, an officer with adult corrections and juvenile justice.

After a full day’s contest the scores told the tale. Age and experience overcame youth and skill as the four-man NCNG retiree team earned first place in the team challenge.

Army Lt. Col. Chris Selvey, from the 150th Armored Reconnaissance Squadron, headquartered in West Virginia, part of NCNG’s 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team, took individual shooter first place honors. The following individuals and teams earned honors for this year’s Adjutant General’s Invitational Challenge:

Individual Winners – 1st: Lt. Col. Christopher Selvy; 2nd: Retired Army Staff Sgt. Rick Chandler; 3rd: Army Sgt. Major Doug Turner.

Team Winners – 1st: NCNG Retiree Gold Team; 2nd: NCDPS Prison Emergency Response Team (PERT); 3rd: NCDPS Team #2.

Camp Butner hosts many shooting matches, both civilian and military. Throughout the year, the cadre at Camp Butner share lessons from decades of training and multiple deployments. “It lets everyone know what we can offer,” said Army Maj. Jeff Cashion, CBTC headquarters commander.


Contact: Sgt. 1st Class Robert Jordan
Phone: (919) 664-6242

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