After advancing through the Army Postal Championship Dakota Messinger was one of six precision shooters from Kentucky invited to shoot in the 2015 Air Rifle Match. Dakota was recognized at Rockcastle High School with a Plaque and a letter of recognition from Colonel Michael Hedges, Commander ROTC 7th Brigade, Fort Knox, KY. Dakota competed in person at the Championship event of The 2015 Army JROTC Air Rifle Service Championship in Camp Perry, Ohio, February 13 – 15, 2015. This event was sponsored by the Civilian Marksmanship Program and the Range Officer was a graduate from University of Kentucky, Brad Donohoe.
During day one of the two rounds of competitive shooting, Dakota Messinger scored 545 points out of 600. On day two, 15 February he scored 553 of 600 which is an awesome score for a second year shooter. He placed 13th of 21 at the Camp Perry facility. Dakota looks forward to helping other shooters based on his experience at this high level competition.
Dakota hopes next year to be part of a winning team during the 2016 Army JROTC Air Rifle Championship so he can compete against the winners of the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy JROTC Academic Bowls in the JROTC Joint Service Academic Bowl Championship.