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23d SFS hosts Excellence-In-Competition

Photo of Airmen receiving scores

Airmen assigned to the 23d Wing and 93d Air Ground Operations Wing receive relay scores during an Excellence-In-Competition shooting match Sept. 23, 2020, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The three-day competition was held to boost morale and test how accurate active-duty military members can shoot authorized duty pistols of their respective career fields. The top 10% scorers will be mailed a marksmanship badge to wear on their dress uniform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine M. Barnes)

Photo of an Airman shooting a handgun

Staff Sgt. Joseph Wallentine, 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, shoots an M18 handgun during an Excellence-In-Competition shooting match Sept. 23, 2020, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The three-day competition was held to boost morale and test how accurate active-duty military members can shoot authorized duty pistols of their respective career fields. The top 10% scorers will be mailed a marksmanship badge to wear on their dress uniform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine M. Barnes)

Photo of an Airman receiving a score

Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Maxson, right, 23d Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, records Airman 1st Class Jonathan Schunk’s, 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, scores during an Excellence-In-Competition shooting match Sept. 23, 2020, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The three-day competition was held to boost morale and test how accurate active-duty military members can shoot authorized duty pistols of their respective career fields. The top 10% scorers will be mailed a marksmanship badge to wear on their dress uniform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine M. Barnes)

Photo of an Airman preparing to shoot a handgun

Airman 1st Class Jonathan Schunk, 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, prepares for a relay during an Excellence-In-Competition shooting match Sept. 23, 2020, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The three-day competition was held to boost morale and test how accurate active-duty military members can shoot authorized duty pistols of their respective career fields. The top 10% scorers will be mailed a marksmanship badge to wear on their dress uniform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine M. Barnes)

Photo of an Airman loading ammo into a magazine

Senior Master Sgt. Thomas Jalbert, 476th Maintenance Squadron specialist flight chief, loads ammo into a magazine before an Excellence-In-Competition shooting match Sept. 23, 2020, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The three-day competition was held to boost morale and test how accurate active-duty military members can shoot authorized duty pistols of their respective career fields. The top 10% scorers will be mailed a marksmanship badge to wear on their dress uniform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine M. Barnes)

Photo of an Airman performing a function check

Staff Sgt. Douglas Meekins, 38th Rescue Squadron combat arms specialist, performs a function check before an Excellence-In-Competition shooting match Sept. 23, 2020, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The three-day competition was held to boost morale and test how accurate active-duty military members can shoot authorized duty pistols of their respective career fields. The top 10% scorers will be mailed a marksmanship badge to wear on their dress uniform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine M. Barnes)

Photo of Airmen receiving pistols

Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Maxson, second from right, 23d Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, issues pistols to Excellence-In-Competition shooting match participants Sept. 23, 2020, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The three-day competition was held to boost morale and test how accurate active-duty military members can shoot authorized duty pistols of their respective career fields. The top 10% scorers will be mailed a marksmanship badge to wear on their dress uniform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine M. Barnes)

Photo of an Airman giving instructions

Tech. Sgt. Emily Souza, 23d Security Forces Squadron flight sergeant, gives instructions before an Excellence-In-Competition shooting match Sept. 23, 2020, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The three-day competition was held to boost morale and test how accurate active-duty military members can shoot authorized duty pistols of their respective career fields. The top 10% scorers will be mailed a marksmanship badge to wear on their dress uniform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine M. Barnes)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

The 23d Security Forces Squadron hosted an Excellence-In-Competition shooting match Sept. 23-25, here.

The three-day competition was held to boost morale and test how accurate active duty military members can shoot authorized duty pistols of their respective career fields.

“Having this competition [gives] Airmen of all career fields the opportunity to collaborate and [network] with Airmen who are from a career field, where firearms are a tool in their day-to-day operations,” said Master Sgt. Dan Nelson, 23d Maintenance Group self-assessment program manager. “This helped to build the comfort level of safely handling firearms.”

During the event, participants were challenged to shoot a target that had rings of various point values, ranging from six to 10. The maximum amount of points a contestant could have scored was 300.

“Shooters shot a total of 30 rounds at a target that was 25 meters away,” said Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Maxson 23d SFS combat arms instructor. “All shots inside of the 7-point ring counted [as its respective amount]. All shots outside of the 7-point ring counted as a zero.”

The competition was comprised of three different relays. Participants were challenged to fire rounds at various speeds.

“[Contestants] were judged on how accurate they can shoot with one hand and both hands in a matter of time,” said Maxson. “They had certain time frames they had to [shoot within]. If they didn’t fire all of the required rounds in the [allotted] time, their [remaining] rounds counted as zeros.”

The competition gave Airmen of various career fields the opportunity to have fun while maintaining mission readiness.

“These events are important because they allow experienced shooters to offer tips and tricks to those who may not be as familiar with firearms,” said Nelson. “It was a relatively stress-free environment, where Airmen didn’t have to worry about qualifications.”

Contestants who scored in the top 10% earn a marksmanship badge to wear on their dress uniform.