Grafton Nightengale at VSU

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Grafton Nightengale at VSU - Th« Ei-ogreM-Index, 5un«J«»y. October 22,...
Th« Ei-ogreM-Index, 5un«J«»y. October 22, 1967 At Virginia State Staff Photo by Polly Unterzulier Learning Marksmanship, (From Left) James Rohn, Mure/ Jones, Grafton Nightengale, Raymond Carey, Charles Johnson By POLLY UNTERZUBER Progress-Index Staff Writer PETERSBURG.- Breathe, relax, relax, aim, squeeze--Spec, 5-C Ronald Ronald C. Southerland emphasizes those words in the .Virginia.State College ROTC marksmanship program. program. . ... . Military 'Science I is required for all freshmen in the ROTC program program at Virginia State College, and these incoming-cadets, learn marksmanship on one of the finest finest indoor'rifle ranges-in the area, according to Capt, '.Bruce R. Gill, who supervises the overall overall coordination of the range. Five men can fire simultaneously simultaneously and the target area is lighted lighted at an angle for better visibility. visibility. Accoustical tile on the ceiling and walls of the windowless range muffles the firing and an exhaust system clears the area of smoke and fumes. The distance from the firing line to the target area is 50 feet, with a telescopic observation area to the-rear,.- · , ,. ..,, .... ; . , , . . , . At each of the five firing points are wires to deliver and, retrieve t argets;.. to and _. from the. targiet area. Each -unit has two poles, the long' one holding the-target when a student is firing -in: a prone position; the shorter one used when firing from a standing standing position., : ·· . ,-,..... . . t _ . , The range also offers a small area for seating, spectators. · The targets used-are the .official .official 50 feet small bore rifle target- target- consisting, of a series of 12 one and three quarters inch diameter diameter bulis eyes. A "tight shot group" is what students are striving lor, Southerland Southerland explained,"which is a series of three shots in the center bulls eyes forming a triangle. A cadet is scored from one to 10 points on his success in hitting hitting the center of the bulls eye. The majority of the freshmen; entering the ROTC program has ,never,held a sun, advised Southerland. Southerland. V ,. . , v . . ;- ... .... Some.,are Some.,are sun-shy, and *re frightened ,.of - the - /weapon until haying fired it once. , ; . ^ . A 22-caliber rifle is; generally speaking, the.only weapon fired on this indoor .range, .and -soft- nose ammunition is used, Southerland,noted..-. Southerland,noted..-. \ 7 .-,,.,.. fr , e . ;! , f .,. A popular misconcepti» is" that 'the 2icaliber rifje has a -Vktek," but thU'is;untrue, according to Southerland.-.. ,, - , ..,.;··...;.., He, He, stresses : ranjge/!,»afety. and emphasized r that no one is allowed allowed past-the firing; line. .- , Preceding th* action ,seen on the rifle range, ill incoming- 'cadets, are first exposed ; to a classroom portion of Military Science Science I, which teachers them the parts of the .weapon and its practical- practical- application. .., . This fall there are six sections of freshmen in' MS I, with {approximately {approximately 35-40 students in each class. They attend three 90-minute 90-minute classes a week. ,ROTC, training ia mandatory t:. first two · years, .while those cadets;\ interested · in becoming commissioned officers remain in the program. ·Those* continuing,, as juniors must attend summer ROTC camp, and range practice is important for .them, ; Southerland not only teaches marksmanship to incoming-cadets, incoming-cadets, but also instructs the rifle team, which practices on the range ; every day and competes ill a match once a week from late September until March. While the freshmen cadets us- .ually fire in a prone position, the rifle team -fires from three positions, positions, prone, kneeling and standing, standing, with v scores being a total of points earned in each. Whether it is the freshmen ca- dets or the rifle team firing, aa officer is always present to giv* the commands to commencev firing, firing, cease: firing and to move off. the firing line. . . ., The Virginia State,-College;,indoor State,-College;,indoor rifle range is used ah average average of six hours a day, Southef- fand. ad vised, but provisions can be made for anyone wiahuig to use the facilities. ALMC Workers In 'Attack' FT. LEE-- Personnel of , the U.S. Army Logistics Management Management Center this week are participating participating in Operation Pack Rat. In a five-pronged attack on "pack ratting" the military and civilian employes at the Center are: .

Clipped from The Progress-Index22 Oct 1967, SunPage 20

The Progress-Index (Petersburg, Virginia)22 Oct 1967, SunPage 20
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