Through the crosshairs: Ellsworth Airman wins at Global Strike Challenge

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  • By Senior Airman Jarad A. Denton
  • 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
When Senior Airman Johnathan Byron left to compete in the Global Strike Challenge at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. Nov. 13 through 16, he had no idea he would be coming home with top honors.

Airman Byron, a 28th Security Forces Squadron member, was presented the award for being the best shooter in the M9 pistol and M4 carbine combined category, Nov. 16.

"I couldn't stop smiling when I heard the announcement," Airman Byron said. "It was awesome. I never thought I would get first place."

He attributes his victory to the intense training he and his team underwent prior to the competition.

"We did a lot of live-fire training, as well as running and tactics training," he said. "At one point prior to leaving, we were practicing five days a week."

All of that practice paid off during the competition. Airman Byron scored the highest in his category out of 60 of the best security forces shooters from bomber and missile wings across the Air Force. Each of the other six members of the Ellsworth team who competed scored excellent ratings as well. Overall, the 28th SFS team took second place in the competition.

"While this is award primarily recognizes Airman Byron and the rest of the team, it also reflects great credit on the squadron as a whole," said Maj. Steven Ohlmeyer, 28th SFS commander. "Their ability to perform so well under pressure is an incredible skill."