The New Army Marksmanship Instructor Group and Paralympic Section

Sgt. 1st Class Josh Olson, with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, is the first active-duty Soldier to be nominated to the U.S. Paralympic Team and will compete in London this summer.

FORT BENNING, Ga. (March 9, 2012) — The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit is expanding with creation of a Marksmanship Instructor Group and Paralympic Section, the first-ever Army units designed specifically for wounded warriors deemed able to continue to serve on active duty.

Approved by the Army earlier this week, the expansion is part of the Army chief of staff’s initiative supporting wounded warriors.

For these Soldiers, serving in the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, or USAMU, will involve raising Army combat readiness by providing the absolute best shooting instruction for all Army units, USAMU officials said. The instructors will also showcase the Army by competing at a world-class level in national and international competition as part of the USAMU’s efforts to connect the Army to the nation’s citizens.

Sgt. 1st Class Josh Olson, an Operation Iraqi Freedom combat-wounded veteran and USAMU Paralympian, is the first active-duty Soldier to be nominated to the U.S. Paralympic Team and will compete in London this summer.

This ground-breaking approach inspires wounded combat veterans to remain on active duty, enhances combat readiness, and highlights ability rather than disability, said Lt. Col. Daniel Hodne, USAMU commander.

“Despite their injuries, these Soldiers are stronger for serving and continuing to serve. Now they will make the Army even stronger,” Hodne said.



Steve Johnson

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  • Other Steve

    90+ comments on the absolutely retarded double barrel 1911, but not one here saying Good for Him, or Congrats, or That’s great and really inspiring?

    Thanks for not letting me down internet. :\

    • BenMc

      +1
      God bless our troops and congrats to the newest USAMU service men.

  • Bagworm1

    As a veteran from the Viet Nam era I’m glad to see that these people are actually getting an opportunity to continue to serve. My congratulations to Sgt. Olson. I wish him all the best.

  • Richard

    Dame fine job!!!!