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Public Welcome to Witness CMP’s Traditional National Matches First Shot Ceremony in July

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is worked up to announce the 2022 First Shot Ceremony, set to happen Tuesday, July 12, on the Camp Perry National Guard Training Facility close to Port Clinton, Ohio.

The First Shot Ceremony serves as a welcoming occasion for company, individuals, volunteers and employees keen to begin the 2022 National Matches – an occasion that has assembled marksmen and ladies at Camp Perry since 1907.

The first CMP National Matches of the 2022 season will hearth on July 12, starting with the pistol sequence, and can conclude on August 12, following CMP’s lineup of lengthy vary rifle matches. Whether an skilled competitor or new to the game, the National Matches calendar additionally consists of a number of highpower rifle, smallbore rifle and air gun competitions and clinics scheduled all through – prepared to accommodate the 1000’s of tourists anticipated to take part in the annual occasion.

The 2022 First Shot Ceremony might be held on the plaza of Rodriguez Range.

The 2022 First Shot Ceremony will start at 10:00 a.m. on Camp Perry’s Rodriguez Range. Fully open to the general public, spectator seating might be arrange alongside the vary, with extra bleachers positioned diagonally in entrance of the Lawrence Road Shooters’ Plaza – the place the ceremony will happen. Roads might be blocked to maintain visitors away in the world instantly surrounding the Plaza, with ample parking out there round Camp Perry.

Sights and sounds on the First Shot Ceremony will embody an genuine B-25 bomber, Georgie’s Gal, courtesy of Port Clinton’s Liberty Aviation Museum. The fascinating plane will make passes prior to the beginning of the festivities at roughly 9:45-10:00 a.m. as distinguished audio system and navy company fill the Plaza beneath.

Firing the ceremonial First Shot (or, First Shots, in this case) might be CMP’s Board Treasurer, Jon Bengston, and CMP’s Board Secretary, Harry Sieben. Bengston will use a 1903 Springfield rifle as Sieben will hearth a M1 Garand rifle.

An genuine B-25 Bomber, Georgie’s Gal, will fly over the group in the course of the ceremony. Photo courtesy of Liberty Aviation Museum

While on the grounds of Camp Perry, guests are inspired to try Petrarca Range, positioned subsequent to the Plaza, and the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center, solely a brief stroll away. Petrarca Range comprises an outside line of CMP’s digital targets, whereas the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center options an indoor air gun facility and genuine Olympic memorabilia from the profession of celebrated marksman, Gary Anderson. Both are open to the general public weekly.

We hope you’ll be part of us for an additional full season of National Matches competitors and enjoyable! For extra details about the National Matches, go to

Board Treasurer, Jon Bengston, will hearth a 1903 Springfield rifle.

About Jon Bengston:

Jon N. Bengtson has been with the CMP since August 1999. He is a founder and Chairman of the Board of AirWire Technologies, a cell networking firm. Mr. Bengtson has served as Chairman of the Board of Altair Nanotechnologies (ALTI), numerous senior govt positions with International Game Technology, The Sands Regent Hotel Casino (SNDS), Radica Games LTD. (RADA), and ShareGate Incorporated. Throughout his profession he served on quite a few native charity boards and served because the Nevada Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army from 1991 till his retirement in 2005. He holds a B.A. in Finance and MBA diploma from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Board Secretary, Harry Sieben, will hearth a M1 Garand rifle.

About Harry Sieben:

Harry A. Sieben Jr. has been with the CMP since July 1998. He is an lawyer with the Sieben Carey regulation agency in Minneapolis. He was a State Representative for 14 years together with 2 phrases as Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives.  He served 35 years of energetic and reserve responsibility in the United States navy, retiring from the National Guard as a Major General. He served 12 years as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army and at the moment serves as Civilian Aide Emeritus.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit company. It is devoted to firearm security and marksmanship coaching and to the promotion of marksmanship competitors for residents of the United States. For extra details about the CMP and its applications, log onto

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