IN MEMORIAM – Colonel Walter Walsh, Jr., USMC Ret., passed away on 29 April 2014 at his Northern Virginia home. At the time of his passing, he was six days shy of his 107th birthday and recognized as the world’s oldest living Olympian. Col. Walsh was revered as a true American hero for his extraordinary feats as an FBI agent, as a highly decorated Marine Corps officer during and after World War II and as an Olympian and Triple Distinguished marksman. His heroic actions as an FBI agent helped to bring down the infamous Barker gang in 1934 and the Brady gang in 1937. He was wounded in a shoot-out with the Barker gang where he shot gang leader Al Brady and one other gang member. He began service in the Marine Corps Reserves during this same period and earned both the Distinguished Rifleman Badge and the Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge in 1935. He was commissioned in 1938 and called to active duty in 1942 to serve in World War II. After the war he resumed his pistol competition activities and qualified for the 1948 USA Olympic Team in the 50m free pistol event. He won a silver medal in the center-fire pistol event in the 1952 World Shooting Championship to earn his Distinguished International Shooters Badge and become Triple Distinguished. After his active competition career, he served in numerous leadership functions; he was the Team Captain of the USA Shooting Team in the 1966 World Championship and the 1972 Olympic Games. Col. Walter Walsh, Jr. was inducted into the U. S. International Shooting Hall of Fame in 2013. The CMP extends its deepest gratitude for Col. Walsh’s extraordinary service to this country and its sincere condolences to his family.
IN MEMORIAM – JAMES E. "JIMMIE" STEVENS passed away in Nashville, Tennessee on 29 March 2014 at the age of 88. Stevens was a lifelong junior shooting leader in the Nashville area. He coached the Montgomery Bell Academy rifle team for 25 years and was instrumental in founding several other junior shooting clubs. He served on the NRA Board of Directors for many years. Stevens was a professional engineer who founded his own construction company. He became a nationally-recognized expert in shooting range design; he designed the MBA rifle range and made his engineering expertise available to many shooting clubs by assisting them in designing their ranges. The CMP expresses its condolences to the Stevens family and its gratitude for Jimmie Stevens’ contributions to the development of junior shooting and shooting ranges.
Updated Distinguished Shooter Program Posted. An updated version of A Short History of the Distinguished Shooter Program has just been posted on the CMP website. This 41-page document was written by shooting historian Hap Rocketto. It offers anyone interested in the fascinating history of the USA’s Distinguished Badge program a detailed and exceptionally well-researched narrative of its origins, history and heroes. The updated version is posted at http://www.odcmp.com/Competitions/Distinguished_History.pdf.
New Distinguished Shooters. The CMP extends its congratulations to the following competitors for achieving this prestigious status! The most recent shooters to earn Distinguished Badges are listed below. To view the official list of all Distinguished shooters,
Distinguished Rifleman Badge
#2176 Jeff Lakey, Lakewood, CO
#2177 Jill Knerr, Pensacola, FL
#2178 Jerry Iliff, Dallas, TX
#2179 Lauren LeCren, Keller, TX
#2180 Carol Boyd, Delanco, NJ
#2181 Jennifer Creasy, Montgomery, AL
#2182 Bruce Letwin Jr., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
#2183 Douglas Thompson, Guinda, CA
#2184 Otis Bowers Jr., Louisville, TN
Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge
#1561 John Chubb, Knoxville, TN
#1562 Timothy Young, Franktown, CO
CMP STORES CLOSED 4 & 5 JULY, 2014. CMP stores will be closed on 4 and 5 July, 2014. The CMP store in Anniston, AL, will resume regular operating hours Thu – Sat on 10 July. The CMP store at Camp Perry, OH, will begin the National Matches days/hours of operation on Sunday 6 July. Please see
http://www.thecmp.org/Sales/pdfs/2014NMstorehours.pdf for the North Store calendar for July and August.
ADDITIONAL SPOTS AVAILABLE – 2014 CMP Junior Rifle Camps have additional spots available! As the result of hiring a record number of counselors this year, CMP is now able to open more camp slots for several of the 2014 camps. All camps are one week long, three-position air rifle camps, with the exception of the Outreach Clinics and the Advanced Standing Camp. Visit the CMP website at http://thecmp.org/3p/camp.htm for more information.
USAMU accepting applications for advanced junior rifle camp – The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit is accepting applications for the annual Advanced Junior Rifle Camp. The camp will be held Aug. 4-8, 2014, at the USAMU’s Pool International Range Complex located on Fort Benning, Ga. The USAMU Junior Rifle Camp is an advanced rifle camp open to juniors aged 14-18. The camp will be limited to 25 shooters, and acceptance will be based on previous matches shot. This camp is primarily a smallbore camp. The juniors will receive coaching from the world-class Soldier/Athletes of the International Rifle Team, including Olympians, World and National champions. For more information, visit www.usamu.com or contact SSG George Norton at (706) 545-2343 or email@example.com.
Eastern Junior Highpower Clinic & Championship – June 22-28, 2014 – In an effort to promote interest, education, and competition to the sport of Highpower Rifle Shooting among Junior shooters, a group of Junior coaches and Military coaches have come together to organize the 2014 Eastern United States Junior Highpower Clinic and Championship. Experienced coaches and instructors from the United States Army Reserve Rifle Team and military personnel will be conducting clinics for both new and experienced junior shooters. Instruction in both shooting individual matches and shooting as a member of a coached team will also be provided. This week long program is offered to provide junior shooters an opportunity to expand their current level of knowledge, experience and expertise. It is also an opportunity for junior shooters to come together to experience the each other’s company and to form bonds of friendship and camaraderie within the sport. For more information, visit http://www.jmsg-nc.org/clinics or contact Bob Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 Interservice Rifle Championship Matches – The 53nd Interservice Rifle Championship offers service rifle competitions for teams and individuals representing the Armed Services, Active, Reserve and National Guard, to include ROTC and Service Academies of the United States. This event will take place 5-13 July and is hosted by the Weapons Training Battalion, Quantico, VA. Visit http://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&task=edit&match=11105 to register online or download the match program.
CMP Affiliates New Clubs. The CMP would like to welcome the newly affiliated clubs listed below. If you would like more information on affiliating with the CMP, please visit http://www.thecmp.org/Clubs.htm.
Alaska Top Shots, Anchorage, AK
Nogales Explorer Post 125, Nogales, AZ
Boy Scouts of America Catalina Council,
Tucson, AZ www.catalinacouncil.org
Design Science HS Army JROTC, Saner, CA
Istrouma Area Council-Crew 998, Baton Rouge, LA
Breaux Bridge HS Army JROTC, Breaux Bridge, LA
Franklin 4-H Foundation, Winnsboro, LA
Boy Scouts of America Troop #20, Boonsboro, MD
Cedar Rod and Gun Club Inc, Traverse City, MI
Boy Scout Troop 177, Bowling Green, MO
Lewis and Clark Junior Marksmen, Helena, MT
Sandia Gun Club, Albuquerque, NM
Lea County Dead Eyes 4-H Shooting Club,
Sierra County Top Guns 4-H, Winston, NM
Ohio CSB Ministries, Leavittsburg, OH
Wildlife Action Inc, Mullins, SC
Shelby County 4-H Rifle Team, Lakeland, TN
BSA Circle 10 Council, Carrollton, TX
El Cielo 4-H Club, Laredo, TX
Roma HS Army JROTC, Roma, TX
Sherman County Sporting Club, Stratford, TX