Larger Range Leads to JROTC Shooting Contest Feb. 6

UTICA, Jan. 28, 2010 -- Junior ROTC programs will have their first sanctioned shooting competition at Utica Post 229 on Saturday, Feb. 6, now that the post’s junior shooting range has been expanded to ten lanes.

Proctor High School Navy JROTC, which is hosting the air rifle shooting invitational, spearheaded the expansion of the range with the cooperation and support of the post, reported Chris Urban, the Post's 2nd vice commander.

The competition will get under way at 8:40 a.m., with teams from the following schools:

  • Amsterdam Marine Corps JROTC
  • Mexico Marine Corps JROTC
  • Buffalo Maritime Academy Navy JROTC
  • Christian Brothers Academy Army JROTC
  • Proctor Navy JROTC

“The expanded range has allowed us to better facilitate a shoulder-to-shoulder competition, and now we hope to conduct them on a regular basis,” noted Rob Piper, CDR, USN (retired), Senior Naval Science Instructor at Proctor.

“We certainly want to thank Post 229 for allowing us to expand the range and their outstanding support and assistance in getting it completed. Your ‘yes’ is going to allow Central NY youth in the JROTC programs to have a place to go and compete for air rifle.”

The range was expanded from nine to 10 lanes so it could host official competitions. Located in the Post’s basement, the air rifle range already sees a lot of activity, with the Post’s junior shooting program, plus both Notre Dame and Proctor High School Naval Jr. ROTC teams practicing there twice a week, Urban said.