National Matches First Shot Ceremony speakers

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First Shot Speakers

The First Shot Ceremony is the official “opening ceremony” of the National Matches. Each year an invited special guest makes brief remarks to assembled competitors, match officials, volunteers, state and local military and government leaders. Several hundred people attend the ceremony each year.

After the First Shot Speaker’s remarks, they have the honor of firing the ceremonial “first shot” of the National Matches. The First Shot Ceremony typically takes place on Monday morning prior to the start of the National Matches on Rodriguez Range in front of the main Camp Perry flagpole.

2019 FIRST SHOT SPEAKER

Mr. E.C. (Cris) Stone, Vice Chair, CMP Board of Directors & Long-time Competitor and CMP Supporter


2018 FIRST SHOT SPEAKER

Maj. Gen. Clark LeMasters, Jr., Commanding General of the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, and the Senior Commander of TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, U.S. Army Garrison-Detroit Arsenal, Mich.


2017 First Shot Speaker

Major General John C. Harris, Jr., Assistant Adjutant General, Ohio Army National Guard Commander, Ohio Army National Guard


2016 First Shot Speaker

Oscar Mahlon Love, Jr.,
CMP Board of Directors


2015 First Shot Speaker

Congressman Robert Latta,
Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District


2014 First Shot Speaker

Mr. Gary Anderson, DCM Emeritus


2013 First Shot Speaker

LTG John Crosby,
CMP Board of Directors


2012 First Shot Speaker

LTG William E. Ingram JR.,
Director Army National Guard


2011 First Shot Speaker

Dr. Joseph Westphal,
Under Secretary of the U. S. Army


2010 First Shot Speaker

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland


2009 First Shot Speaker

Brig. Gen. Melvin G. Spiese, USMC


2008 First Shot Speaker

Mr. John Sigler,
President, National Rifle Association


 2007 First Shot Speaker

Mr. John McLaurin,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army


 2006 First Shot Speaker

Lieutenant General H Steven Blum,
Chief, National Guard Bureau


2005 First Shot Speaker

Major General Greg Wayt,
The Adjutant General, State of Ohio


2003 First Shot Speaker

Mr. William Blankenship,
World and National Champion


2002 First Shot Speaker

Mr. J.B. Hudson,
Administrative Assistant of the Secretary of the Army

2001 First Shot Speaker

Mrs. Nancy Johnson,
2000 Olympic Gold Medalist