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Marines compete in Armed Forces Skeet Association Championship
Chantel Green, Sports Editor, The Globe

McIntyre-Parks Recreational Shooting Complex aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune hosted the 53rd annual Armed Services Skeet Championship May 17, marking the first time in history for a Marine Corps Base to host the event.

Armed Forces Skeet Association Tournament
Col. Chris Naler - photos by Lance Cpl. Andre Dakis

Defending the Marine Corps Base turf, a Marine Warrant Officer took home the overall championship title in the weeklong tournament.

Chief Warrant Officer, Kevin Suitt, currently stationed at Twentynine Palms, Calif., made the Marines proud by taking aim and successfully shooting 493 out of 500 total clay pigeon targets.

In addition to staking his claim on the championship title, Suitt also seized first place in the 410 competition, hitting 99 out of 100 total targets. His success while behind the 4110 earned him a Remington 410 Sporting.

In honor of his accomplished shooting score, Suitt went back to Twentynine Palms as the new owner of a 1- gauge Remington Shotgun with laser engraving.

Newcomer Sgt. William Southwell proved he belonged on the Marines’ team by defending his home turf of Camp Lejeune, finishing the competition hitting a total of 486 out of 500 clay pigeons during his first Armed Services Skeeting Championship.

Southwell competed against two Marines earlier this year for the only available spot on the skeet shooting team, left open due to a Marine’s retirement. He achieved success at the championship tournament through hard work and dedication.

“I practice every day at lunch and on the weekends. I probably fire 700 rounds every week,” said Southwell.

To contribute to his final score, Southwell claimed the title for High Overall in B class, winning a 12-gauge Remington Shotgun.

Armed Forces Skeet Association Tournament
All Marine Skeet Team - Click to enlarge

The Marine Skeet Shooting team members shot for a spot on the prestigious five-man team, which allows for only the best marksman.

The 2013 team members Col. Chris Naler, Suitt, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Darron Todd, Gunnery Sgt. John Berry and Southwell claimed two titles for the Marine Corps, winning both the 20-gauge and 410 team competitions.

The tournament attracted service members, both active duty and retired, from bases around the world including 2012 Texas State Skeet Champion, SgtMaj Van Boerner and senior veteran Col. Larry T. Drennan, who shot 25 straight clays from a wheelchair during his final round of the Armed Services Competition.