Westover Defender earns Danish Marksmanship Badge, fifth place overall

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  • By SSgt. Natalia Vazquez-Torres
  • 439th Airlift Wing

In a demonstration of excellence, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Seth Guyer, 439th Security Forces Squadron Defender, earned the Danish Marksmanship Badge and fifth place in the Best Individual Shooter category during the Danish Army’s annual international shooting competition at Hadersley, Denmark, June 13, 2022.

Guyer, who is also a Combat Arms Training & Maintenance instructor at Westover Air Reserve Base, competed against 120 individual entrants.

He was also part of a four-person all Air Force Reserve team that placed third overall, earning one of the three trophies available, among a total of 26 competing teams.

“I am super happy with how we did,” said Guyer. “We’re the first team to ever bring home a trophy for the U.S.”

He said the Airmen worked together, focusing on everyone’s strengths to earn as many points as they could.

“We did well, as far as knowing everybody’s strengths and weaknesses,” he said. “For me, my strength was shooting with iron sight at a distance, or shooting with the LCAN [gun sight] because I’m familiar with it.”

The team also won first place in the Danish Viking Challenge, which was a timed event where the Defenders had to hit targets using a hatchet, a knife, a double-bladed axe and recurve bow, while moving.

“We all were exceptionally good with it,” said Guyer. “We almost hit everything, every single time, with every tool.”

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adam Tremblay, a 439th SFS CATM instructor and Defender at Westover, coached the team prior to their departure for the competition.

He explained that the Air Force Reserve Command puts together a team every year for this event, through a process of application packages from interested Reserve Defenders.

“Tech. Sgt. Guyer was selected due to his extensive background in firearms training,” said Tremblay.

The other AFRC entrants were U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. James Miller, 926th SFS, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Tech. Sgt. Caleb Giddings, 934th SFS, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Air Reserve Station, Minn., and Tech. Sgt. Nikolas Infante, 482nd SFS, Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla.

“Take advantage of opportunities, because you never know,” said Guyer. “If you don’t take advantage of these opportunities, you never know how good you’re really going to do until you do it.”