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13 shooters qualify for bronze pistol badge

Female NCO fires weapon

Staff Sgt. Jessica Birosack, 37th Training Support Squadron, fires a Beretta M9 at the 2021 Excellence in Competition Pistol Shoot at the Chapman Training Annex, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Aug. 27, 2021. Thirteen competitors placed in the top 10 percent and qualified for the Air Force Bronze Excellence in Competition Pistol Badge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tristin English)

Shooter fires with a Beretta M9

One of the 130 military participants at the 2021 Excellence in Competition Pistol Shoot fires a Beretta M9 at the Chapman Training Annex, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Aug. 27, 2021. Thirteen competitors placed in the top 10 percent and qualified for the Air Force Bronze Excellence in Competition Pistol Badge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tristin English)

Instructor in red shirt signals during competition

Michael Sherburne, 37th Training Support Squadron, signals during the 2021 Excellence in Competition Pistol Shoot at the Chapman Training Annex, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Aug. 27, 2021. Thirteen competitors placed in the top 10 percent and qualified for the Air Force Bronze Excellence in Competition Pistol Badge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tristin English)

Man in red shirt speaks on microphone to competition participants

Guillermo Torralva, 37th Training Support Squadron, gives instructions to some of the 130 military participants at the 2021 Excellence in Competition Pistol Shoot at the Chapman Training Annex, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Aug. 27, 2021. Thirteen competitors placed in the top 10 percent and qualified for the Air Force Bronze Excellence in Competition Pistol Badge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tristin English)

Man in military uniform loads clip

One of the 130 military participants at the 2021 Excellence in Competition Pistol Shoot loads a clip at the Chapman Training Annex, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Aug. 27, 2021. Thirteen competitors placed in the top 10 percent and qualified for the Air Force Bronze Excellence in Competition Pistol Badge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tristin English)

Shooters lined up and ready to compete

Staff Sgt. Brett Miner and Tech. Sgt. Alexander Scott of the 37th Training Support Squadron await instructions from Michael Sherburne at the 2021 Excellence in Competition Pistol Shoot at the Chapman Training Annex, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Aug. 27, 2021. Thirteen competitors placed in the top 10 percent and qualified for the Air Force Bronze Excellence in Competition Pistol Badge. Miner placed first with a score of 268 and Scott placed seventh with a score of 243. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tristin English)

Photo shows the back of two people firing at range

Two of the 130 military participants at the 2021 Excellence in Competition Pistol Shoot fire Beretta M9s at the Chapman Training Annex, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Aug. 27, 2021. Thirteen competitors placed in the top 10 percent and qualified for the Air Force Bronze Excellence in Competition Pistol Badge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tristin English)

Hands holding weapons

Shooters take aim at the 2021 Excellence in Competition Pistol Shoot at the Chapman Training Annex, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Aug. 27, 2021. Thirteen competitors placed in the top 10 percent and qualified for the Air Force Bronze Excellence in Competition Pistol Badge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tristin English)

Silhouettes of 3 shooters

Three of the 130 military participants at the 2021 Excellence in Competition Pistol Shoot fire Beretta M9s at the Chapman Training Annex, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Aug. 27, 2021. Thirteen competitors placed in the top 10 percent and qualified for the Air Force Bronze Excellence in Competition Pistol Badge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tristin English)

Uniformed members load clips at range
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Some of the 130 military participants at the 2021 Excellence in Competition Pistol Shoot load clips at the Chapman Training Annex, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Aug. 27, 2021. Thirteen competitors placed in the top 10 percent and qualified for the Air Force Bronze Excellence in Competition Pistol Badge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tristin English)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – The 2021 Excellence in Competition Pistol Shoot, hosted by the 37th Training Support Squadron Combat Weapons Flight, brought out 130 military participants, all vying to place in the top 10 percent.

The event was held at the Chapman Training Annex Aug. 27. Competitors received a briefing on the Beretta M9 pistol, along with a safety briefing, before going out on the range. Shooters fired at 25 yards single-handed as well as double during slow/rapid firing portions of the course.

“This competition helped bring units from all around Lackland together and bring a sense of normalcy back into our lives,” said Staff Sgt. Justin Sippola, 37th TRSS.

Sippola organized the event along with Staff Sgt. Anthony Diehm; Staff Sgt. Dustin Fowler and his spouse, Brittany Fowler; Michael Sherburne; Matthew Viggato; and all Combat Arms instructors from the 37th TRSS.

The top 10 percent best shooters, named below, may now wear the Air Force Bronze Excellence in Competition Pistol Badge on their blue uniform.

Place     Name/Unit         Score

  1. Staff Sgt. Brett Miner, 37th TRSS, 268
  2. Tech. Sgt. John Davis, 322nd Training Squadron, 261
  3. Tech. Sgt. Amaris Pendleton, 343rd TRS, 254
  4. Staff Sgt. Paul Frazier, 37th TRSS, 250
  5. Tech. Sgt. William Klein, 321st TRS, 248
  6. U.S. Army Maj. Richard Vincent, 377th Theater Sustainment Command, 245
  7. Tech. Sgt. Alexander Scott, 37th TRSS, 243
  8. Tech. Sgt. Justin Sonan, 149th Maintenance Squadron, 243
  9. Tech. Sgt. Christopher Porche, 343rd TRS, 240
  10. Tech. Sgt. David Stivers, 344th TRS, 238
  11. Master Sgt. Jason Dalton, 344th TRS, 237
  12. Tech. Sgt. Michael Sortino, 343rd TRS, 237
  13. Staff Sgt. Christopher Reid, 37th TRSS, 236
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