HAWTHORNE, Nev. – Consider yourself fortunate if you find yourself sharing a foxhole during combat with Nevada Army Guard Staff Sgt. Frank Nash.
After narrowly claiming the title at the Adjutant General’s Marksmanship Match in Hawthorne from Aug. 1-3, the 24-year-old military policeman and Truckee native is considered the top marksman in the Nevada National Guard.
Nash, of the 485th Military Police Company based in Reno, cumulatively outshot 70 other competitors in four events to win the contest with 712 total points. Sgt. Christopher Bushey was second with 692 points and Sgt. Roumel Arrozal was third with 689 points.
Nash didn’t win any of the four individual events contested during the three-day event, but he remained consistent throughout the contest with a sixth in the reflexive pistol event, a sixth in the reflexive rifle event, a second in the rifle excellence in competition event and a fourth in the pistol EIC.
It was the second victory for Nash in the Adjutant General’s match, as he also claimed the title in 2010. Nash was deployed in 2011, the last time the event was held.
Nash said there were no secrets to solid marksmanship.
“It’s all about executing the proper fundamentals of shooting,” said Nash, who works for a general contractor in Reno.
The top 20 finishers in the contest earned coveted Governors Twenty tabs that distinguish the top 20 marksmen in the state.
Seven Airmen and two female Soldiers were among the 71 entrants in the match.