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Messer helps lead All-Guard team to Fortuna Trophy

A veteran marksman from the Jamestown-based 817th Engineer Company (Sapper) helped lead the All-Guard Marksmanship Team to the coveted Fortuna Trophy in the British Army Reserve Operational Shooting Competition in late June at the Army Training Centre Pirbright in Woking, England. Sgt. Evan Messer, Mandan, N.D., competed as a member of the All-Guard Marksmanship Team, which is comprised of the top marksmen across the country, at the British Army Reserve Operational Shooting Competition, an international shooting match. The team shot a number of rifle and pistol matches against 200 shooters from various nationalities to earn the Fortuna Trophy, based on its aggregate scores. The National Guard team won the honor for the first time in 15 years after not competing at the match since 2006. A “double distinguished” competitor, Messer holds Distinguished Marksmanship Badges for both rifle and pistol. The achievement is earned by accruing compounded “leg points” during state, regional and national marksmanship competitions. A marksman acquires “leg points” by finishing in the top 10 percent of shooters in rifle and pistol “Excellence-in-Competition” matches. Fewer than 5 percent of all shooters ever reach “Double Distinguished” status.

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