VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
A 30th Security Forces Squadron member here recently received recognition for his performances at the 2010 National Rifle Association's Rifle Championship from July 29 to Aug. 14 at Camp Perry, Ohio.
Senior Airman Edward Mauss, a 30th SFS mobility technician, earned first place recognition among his peers on the Air Force High Power Rifle Team and also came in first place for his overall class, beating out approximately 10 servicemembers from all five branches of the U.S. military.
Equipped with a service rifle, Airman Mauss competitively employed his rifle in four courses (or strings) of fire. These strings include:
1. Slow Fire, standing - 10 rounds at 200 yards in 10 minutes.
2. Rapid Fire, sitting or kneeling - 10 rounds at 200 yards in 60 seconds.
3. Rapid Fire, 10 rounds prone - 300 yards in 70 seconds.
4. Slow Fire, 10 rounds prone - 500 or 600 yards in 10 minutes.
Airman Mauss's recent accomplishments stem from his youth. Son of a gunsmith, six-year-old Airman Mauss fired his first rifle. At the age of 12, he competed in smallbore rifle matches on the national level. Since his days as a youth, Airman Mauss continues to enjoy the sport of competitive shooting to this very day.
"I have been doing this sport for a long time and I have never seen such a close-knit group of people than those who are involved in competitive shooting," said Airman Mauss. "This camaraderie makes the sport even more enjoyable."
Although Airman Mauss views the sport as "enjoyable," he endures the yearly obstacles of funding, travel and permissions granted by his leadership to remain an active member of the Air Force High Power Rifle Team.
"The 30th SFS has provided me with tremendous support," said the Arroyo Grande native. "Their support (picking-up the slack when I was away competing) has allowed me to be a part of the Air Force team. I want to represent the Air Force to the best of my ability and win another match for the team and my leadership here at Vandenberg."
Airman Mauss is scheduled to compete next at the NRA approved match at the Burbank Rifle and Revolver Club, Burbank, on Saturday, Sept. 11.
For more information about the U.S. Air Force Shooting Program, visit www.usafsports.com/sports/shooting.htm