Combat Weapons Crushes the Competition at Nationals
The West Point Combat Weapons Team competed at the Sig Sauer Relentless Warrior match, a national level competition held at the Sig Sauer Academy in Epping, New Hampshire. USMA competed against teams from the United States Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, Virginia Military Institute, and Texas A&M. The competition consisted of seven stages that tested the competitor's ability to engage targets at various distances, critical thinking, accuracy, speed and mental endurance.
The USMA team smashed the competition and placed first overall, with Bobby Sobeski '19 placing first and taking home the title of Top Gun for the match. Also placing in the top ten from USMA were 4th place Jordan Bailey '19, 6th place Carlos Pineda '20, 7th place Preston Wiley '19, 9th place Samuel Pool '20, and 10th place Thomas Musgrove '20. CDT Carlos Pineda '20 was also recognized as the most accurate shooter in the match overall and the M17 Excellence in Competition Champion for being the most accurate with the Army's new M17 pistol.
In total, USMA brought 18 Cadets to compete at Relentless Warrior with the majority placing in the top third of a field of 82 competitors. Combat Weapons Team Coach Gary Salman was also awarded the "Spirit of the Warrior" award for his dedication to developing leaders of character that embrace the combat mindset. Gary has worked with the Combat Weapons Team for over 15 years and is the cornerstone to the success at competition the team has and will continue to have.