ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Airmen from the 139th Airlift Wing took home awards from this year’s Adjutant General’s marksmanship competition, also known as the TAG Match, which took place March 15-19, 2023 at Camp Crowder.
The match brings the Missouri Air and Army National Guard together annually to go head-to-head in a shooting tournament. Airmen from the wing have attended past year’s TAG Matches, and want to encourage more Airmen to sign up for future competitions.
The TAG Match is a multi-day event that takes place annually to test marksmanship skills of Missouri Airmen and Soldiers. The top competitors receive awards and may advance into regional and national competitions.
For this year’s TAG Match, two 139th Airmen placed in the top 20, or TAG’s 20, and the team earned 2nd place in two categories: Patton Pistol Team and Overall Pistol Team.
Master Sgts. Nathan Nichols and Rodd Boyer, both of the 139th Maintenance Group, competed in past competitions and acted as mentors for this year’s competition.
“When we were competing, it was normal for us to end up at the national level. We need to find shooters that will continue that representation,” Nichols said. “As senior NCOs and former competitors, it's our job to promote better marksmanship.”
The competition urges newcomers to compete by requiring half of the team to be new competitors. The wing may submit two teams of four Airmen from any rank, status or job position to compete in combat rifle and combat pistol events. Boyer explains that members do not need to be highly experienced shooters to compete in the TAG Match.
“It’s just a friendly competition to sharpen up your skills, even if you don’t shoot a lot. You may find that you’re good at it,” Boyer said.