NRNW Security Everett Begins Rifle Qualifications

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan A. Colon, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Everett ::

Military personnel attached to Navy Region Northwest (NRNW) Security Everett began training in for rifle qualifications on Naval Station Everett (NSE), April 3.

Sailors and civilians assigned to NRNW Security Everett are required to qualify in the M9 service pistol, M16 service rifle and M500 service shotgun every six months to maintain mission readiness for their regularly assigned duties.

Gary Goodenbour, NRNW Security Everett law enforcement training instructor, said it is important for personnel to continually remain qualified in the service weapons.

“Like any other tool, the more you practice the better you’re going to get at it,” said Goodenbour. “If you’ve only shot once in your Navy career and you didn’t have to do it twice a year then you’re going to get rusty, and dealing with weapons in life or death situations you want to make sure that you can perform to at least the minimum standards.”

NSE recently updated the shooting range to accommodate up to 7.62 rifle fire. Before the remodel it was rated only for shotgun and pistol fire.

Before the remodel, personnel assigned to NRNW Security Everett had to travel to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI), about one hour away, to receive their rifle qualifications.

“It’s going to definitely save some time and money because nothing is free,” said Brendan Rossiter, small arms repair and repair safety officer at the NSE small arms range.

“The time factor, the efficiency that it brings with scheduling the ships’ crew and also the security on base, it saves them a lot of time,” said Rossiter.

Before with the trips to NASWI twice a year, personnel were forced to go in groups no larger than five people because of van and time restrictions. With a small arms range at NSE, Goodenbour said that he can get up to 10 qualified in a day, doubling what could have been at NASWI before the remodel.

The qualifications will continue throughout April at the newly remodeled small arms shooting range on NSE.

EVERETT, Wash. (Apr. 4, 2013) – Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Josh Ward, attached to Navy Region Northwest (NRNW) Everett Security, fires a M16 service pistol in a low-light circumstance during a weapons requalification course for NRNW Everett Security at the Naval Station Everett (NSE) small arms range aboard NSE. Military personnel attached to NRNW Everett Security began training in separate groups for weapons qualifications on Apr. 3 and will continue throughout the rest of the month at the newly remodeled small arms range aboard NSE.    (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan A. Colon/ Released)

EVERETT, Wash. (Apr. 4, 2013) – Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Josh Ward, attached to Navy Region Northwest (NRNW) Everett Security, fires a M16 service pistol in a low-light circumstance during a weapons requalification course for NRNW Everett Security at the Naval Station Everett (NSE) small arms range aboard NSE. Military personnel attached to NRNW Everett Security began training in separate groups for weapons qualifications on Apr. 3 and will continue throughout the rest of the month at the newly remodeled small arms range aboard NSE. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan A. Colon/ Released)

EVERETT, Wash. (Apr. 4, 2013) – Gary Goodenbour, the law enforcement training instructor for Navy Region Northwest (NRNW) Everett Security, blows the whistle to give the instruction to fire the M16 service rifle during a weapons requalification course for NRNW Everett Security at the Naval Station Everett (NSE) small arms range aboard NSE. Military personnel attached to NRNW Everett Security began training in separate groups for weapons qualifications on Apr. 3 and will continue throughout the rest of the month at the newly remodeled small arms range aboard NSE. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan A. Colon/ Released)

EVERETT, Wash. (Apr. 4, 2013) – Gary Goodenbour, the law enforcement training instructor for Navy Region Northwest (NRNW) Everett Security, blows the whistle to give the instruction to fire the M16 service rifle during a weapons requalification course for NRNW Everett Security at the Naval Station Everett (NSE) small arms range aboard NSE. Military personnel attached to NRNW Everett Security began training in separate groups for weapons qualifications on Apr. 3 and will continue throughout the rest of the month at the newly remodeled small arms range aboard NSE. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan A. Colon/ Released)

EVERETT, Wash. (Apr. 4, 2013) – Gary Goodenbour, the law enforcement training instructor for Navy Region Northwest (NRNW) Everett Security, instructs Sailors of how many rounds to fire from their M16 service rifles during a weapons requalification course for NRNW Everett Security at the Naval Station Everett (NSE) small arms range aboard NSE. Military personnel attached to NRNW Everett Security began training in separate groups for weapons qualifications on Apr. 3 and will continue throughout the rest of the month at the newly remodeled small arms range aboard NSE.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan A. Colon/ Released)

EVERETT, Wash. (Apr. 4, 2013) – Gary Goodenbour, the law enforcement training instructor for Navy Region Northwest (NRNW) Everett Security, instructs Sailors of how many rounds to fire from their M16 service rifles during a weapons requalification course for NRNW Everett Security at the Naval Station Everett (NSE) small arms range aboard NSE. Military personnel attached to NRNW Everett Security began training in separate groups for weapons qualifications on Apr. 3 and will continue throughout the rest of the month at the newly remodeled small arms range aboard NSE. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan A. Colon/ Released)

EVERETT, Wash. (Apr. 4, 2013) – Eric Thompson, the range manager for Navy Region Northwest (NRNW) Everett Security, instructs Master-at-Arms Seaman Marc Mumford how to aim down the sights of his M16 service rifle during a weapons requalification course for NRNW Everett Security at the Naval Station Everett (NSE) small arms range aboard NSE. Military personnel attached to NRNW Everett Security began training in separate groups for weapons qualifications on Apr. 3 and will continue throughout the rest of the month at the newly remodeled small arms range aboard NSE. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan A. Colon/ Released)

EVERETT, Wash. (Apr. 4, 2013) – Eric Thompson, the range manager for Navy Region Northwest (NRNW) Everett Security, instructs Master-at-Arms Seaman Marc Mumford how to aim down the sights of his M16 service rifle during a weapons requalification course for NRNW Everett Security at the Naval Station Everett (NSE) small arms range aboard NSE. Military personnel attached to NRNW Everett Security began training in separate groups for weapons qualifications on Apr. 3 and will continue throughout the rest of the month at the newly remodeled small arms range aboard NSE. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan A. Colon/ Released)

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