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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

VSSA Trainers Teach Marines How to Teach NRA Training Courses

VSSA President Ernie Padgette, VSSA Vice President Tom Ciarula, and VSSA member Bucky Sills, all National Rifle Association-certified training counselors, headed to Marine Corps Base Quantico to train the Marine Corps Combat Shooting Team earlier this spring.

“We are here teaching the Marines certain NRA courses,” Padgette told  Cpl Antwaun Jefferson of the Defense Video and Distribution System.  “To be able to teach these courses to the Marine Corps population, the Marines will need to be certified and that is what we are here for.”

Classes included, but were not limited to, the basic instructor training class, basic pistol instructor class, and personal protection outside the home basic and instructor classes. The classes lasted 12-14 hours each.

The courses were offered free of charge out of consideration of the sacrifice each of the members are making to serve our nation.  By the end of the week, 11 members of the combat shooting team became certified instructors and are now authorized to teach the NRA courses.
Hat tip to DVDS.

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