27th SOSFS hosts pistol competition

Master Sgt. Dennis Henry, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs superintendent, fires his weapon at a target while competing in the Pistol Excellence in Competition March 2, 2017, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Competitors shot a total of 30 rounds at a target 25 yards away during three different timed rounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released)

Master Sgt. Dennis Henry, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs superintendent, fires his weapon at a target while competing in the Pistol Excellence in Competition March 2, 2017, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Competitors shot a total of 30 rounds at a target 25 yards away during three different timed rounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released)

Two competitors collect their score sheets after participating in the Pistol Excellence in Competition March 2, 2017, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Competitors who scored in the top 10 percentile received the Pistol EIC badge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released)

Two competitors collect their score sheets after participating in the Pistol Excellence in Competition March 2, 2017, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Competitors who scored in the top 10 percentile received the Pistol EIC badge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released)

Master Sgt. Dennis Henry, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs superintendent, loads ammunition into a clip before competing in the Pistol Excellence in Competition March 2, 2017, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Competitors shot a total of 30 rounds at a target 25 yards away during three different timed rounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released)

Master Sgt. Dennis Henry, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs superintendent, loads ammunition into a clip before competing in the Pistol Excellence in Competition March 2, 2017, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Competitors shot a total of 30 rounds at a target 25 yards away during three different timed rounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Nathan Baranishyn, 524th Special Operations Squadron C-146A Special Missions Aviation member, aims his weapon during the Pistol Excellence in Competition March 2, 2017, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Competitors who scored in the top 10 percentile received the Pistol EIC badge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released)

An Air Commando with the 524th Special Operations Squadron aims his weapon during the Pistol Excellence in Competition March 2, 2017, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Competitors who scored in the top 10 percentile received the Pistol EIC badge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released)

Competitors fire their weapons during the Pistol Excellence in Competition March 2, 2017, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. More than 50 competitors participated in the competition which lasted three days. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released)

Competitors fire their weapons during the Pistol Excellence in Competition March 2, 2017, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. More than 50 competitors participated in the competition which lasted three days. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Richard Kuster, 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron flight chief, tallies up points on a score sheet after competitors shot for the Pistol Excellence in Competition March 2, 2017, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. More than 50 competitors participated in the competition which lasted three days. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Richard Kuster, 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron flight chief, tallies up points on a score sheet after competitors shot for the Pistol Excellence in Competition March 2, 2017, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. More than 50 competitors participated in the competition which lasted three days. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released)

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The 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron hosted the year’s first Pistol Excellence in Competition event Mar 1-3, 2017, at the base Combat Arms and Maintenance firing range here.

“We’re here to see who the best of the best are on base,” said Staff Sgt. Brock Brown, 27th SOSFS NCO in charge of Combat Arms. “It builds morale, relieves some stress on personnel and just lets people come out and gain some experience with the pistol. A lot of people don’t actually have the free time to use the pistol itself, so it’s an opportunity for them.”

During the competition, each service member used an M9 Beretta pistol to fire 30 rounds of 9 mm ammunition at a target 25 meters away.

“I decided to come out here to compete because I like to shoot, shooting’s fun,” said a member of the 551st Special Operations Squadron. “The biggest challenge was shooting with one hand. I’ve only been trained to shoot with two hands. Shooting with one hand is very different. Much less stability.”

For Air Commandos, the competition allowed for multiple opportunities for service members to take advantage of.

“I want to thank these guys at CATM for holding this,” said Master Sgt. Anthony Welch, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group Quality Assurance Superintendent. “It gives somebody that doesn’t shoot a lot a controlled environment with good instructors that help people learn. It also gives that competition mindset as well, so that if somebody does shoot a lot, they can come out and push themselves and try something new.”

Participants who finished in the top 10 percent out of 100 competitors earned a ‘Pistol Excellence in Competition’ medal. The following members that earned that award are:

Capt. Adam Pereira, 524th Special Operations Squadron

Capt. Robert Roby, 524th SOS

Sgt. 1st Class Erich Franck, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron

1st Lt. Michael Fernando, 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron

Mr. David Boiko, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron

Senior Airman Ryan Thomas, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron

Airman 1st Class Alex Valdez-Iturbe, 27th Special Operations Contracting Squadron

Chief Master Sgt. Scott Samdahl, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group


According to Brown, the 27th SOSFS Combat Arms section plans on holding more competitions in the future.