POTD: New York National Guard Soldiers in Sniper Competition

Eric B
by Eric B
POTD: New York National Guard Soldiers in Sniper Competition

Photo Of The Day – Established in 2014 this is TFB’s way to show carefully selected photographs on a daily basis. As a bonus, you get a short story and hopefully, you’ll learn or see something new.

Above you can see Sgt. Andres Diaz (to the left) and Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Melendez. They’re both assigned to the New York Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, and here they participate in the ruck march segment of the annual Willliam P. Winston Sniper Championships conducted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center at Fort Chaffee Joint Manuever Training Center in Blanding, Arkansas on Dec. 5, 2020. The two soldiers represented New York at the competition and finished in 4th place.

You can find the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center here. It looks like a really cool place, and there are many more pictures to look at on their website.

The photo is from the U.S.Army National Guard, taken by Sgt. Israel Sanchez.

Can you recognize their sniper rifles?

Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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  • PaulG PaulG on Feb 21, 2021

    That looks like an M2010 sniper rifle with the second soldier carrying a full sized M-16 with a scope but what caught my eye is what looks like an M-4 muzzle poking out from the second guy's ruck.

  • Bob Bob on Feb 21, 2021

    an extra 20 pounds on a 26 mile march is going to be tough.
    I remember back in 1966 if you wanted to qualify for the EIB (Expert Infantry Badge....NOT a Combat Infantry Badge-to you civilians) you had to complete the 26 miles in a specified amount of time. You got a whole FIVE dollars extra pay per month back then.
    In basic, Jun 65 at Ft. Knox, I remember having to carry the M14 rifle during the 1 mile PT test run wearing a steel pot and the combat boots. We did NOT have tennis shoes back then.
    At the end of that mile, the M14 felt like it weighed a hundred pounds and I was in pretty good shape having lifted weights for about 4 years before I went into the Army.
    Being 18 helped ! These guys look like they are in their 30's.

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    • USMC ONE USMC ONE on Feb 22, 2021

      @Chris He's an idiot that's why he makes stupid comments.