Daniel Horner of the Army Marksmanship Unit is a champion multi-gun competitor
FORT BENNING, Ga. - In showcasing the U.S. Army
and the very best of Army Soldier skills, Soldiers from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit
are expected to win regardless of the competition around them.
Since joining the unit in 2006, Staff Sgt.
has embodied that notion and worn it on his
Horner is a member of the unit's Action Shooting team and in the sport of Multi-gun shooting there is Horner and then there is everybody else.
recently won his
fourth consecutive United States Practical Shooting Association Multi-gun National Championship in Las Vegas and his
"A champion expects to win every match," said Horner
Then in 2006 Horner enlisted in the Army and became a member of the USAMU.
"The whole lifestyle at the unit is positive," Horner
"The resources here make it much easier and the team helps me more than anything.
They watch me and I can compete against top-quality shooters on a daily basis instead of going out and shooting by myself not really knowing how I did."
A year after joining the Army
won the first of his
five national titles.
In fact, he
has won the title every year since enlisting except for one year when he
didn't compete due to the demanding Army
Soldier of the Year process after winning TRADOC Soldier of the Year.
Excellence on the range has enabled Horner
teammates to thrive when it comes to instructing other Soldiers in marksmanship proficiency.
Soldiers from Special Forces, Ranger, and regular Army
units repeatedly request the assistance of USAMU
Soldiers prior to deploying to combat.
"I get a lot of satisfaction out of that," Horner
"I really like teaching Soldiers and guys getting ready to deploy."
The fundamentals Horner uses in his
sport--rapid fire engagement, engaging targets at varying distances, engaging moving targets, shooting in alternate positions and weapons manipulation-relate to the teaching points he
uses to instruct other Soldiers.
"We don't tell them how to get to the target because they already know how to do that," Horner
"Once they recognize the threat, we instruct them on how to engage it and neutralize it as quickly as possible, regardless of the distance."
Only 25-years-old, Horner
finds himself as the old, wily veteran on a very young team.
was the first one from the team to volunteer for deployment to Afghanistan when the unit began sending cross-functional teams to teach marksmanship to Afghan Soldiers.
As the standard bearer in the sport teammates look to him for guidance.
relishes their camaraderie and pushes them to be at their very best even if it means knocking him off his
pedestal along the way.
"Spc. Tyler Payne won in West Virginia last year and is one of the very few people who have beaten me since 2007, and I was so happy for him," Horner
"I always want to win, but if for some reason I get beat it better be by one of my teammates.
I want them to win just as much as I want to win."
national championship, Horner
has also dominated both 3Gun Nation Matches in 2012.
There are still Soldiers to train.
He wants to go to Ranger School and Airborne School in the near future.
wife Joanna may be ready to add to their family a few years down the road.
But today he
is poised to continue his
superiority in the sport for years to come, vowing to compete "forever."
"I just simply love to win," he