West Point Wins 4th Consecutive SIG Relentless Warrior Championship

by Vern Evans

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point Combat Weapons team recently won its fourth consecutive SIG Relentless Warrior Championship. The team won the 2024 crown, topping a field made up of the elite military academies from across the country.

West Point Wins 2024 SIG Relentless Warrior Championship

The event comprised 113 cadets from the United States Air Force Academy, United States Naval Academy, United States Coast Guard Academy, United States Military Academy at West Point, Norwich University, Texas A & M, The Citadel, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Tech, the Royal Military College of Canada, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The shooting competition took place at the SIG SAUER Academy in Epping, New Hampshire followed by an award banquet featuring Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant Major Thomas P. Payne as the guest speaker.

The course of fire consisted of six mission stages that tested the marksmanship and leadership skills of these future military leaders.  For the fourth year in a row, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point Combat Weapons Team defended their title to earn the honor of 2024 SIG Relentless Warrior Champion.

West Point Dominant Again

“We embarked on this season with the unwavering SIG Relentless Warrior ethos at our core, committing every day to excellence—in leadership, marksmanship, and strategy,” exclaimed Gary Salman, Head Coach, ARMY West Point Combat Weapons Team. “From their first day, our cadets dive deeply into the complexities of firearms, mastering everything from the fundamentals of marksmanship to the intricacies of tactical and competitive shooting. This comprehensive training transforms them into not just outstanding competitive shooters, but also leaders prepared for any challenge. I am bursting with pride for all our team members, particularly our new team members, who stepped into the arena for the first time and surpassed all expectations. A heartfelt thank you to SIG for providing this extraordinary platform where future defenders can forge bonds and hone their skills. Today, we celebrate not just a victory, but the spirit of unity and determination that carried us here.”

MAJ Sean Marquis, OIC Combat Weapons Team added, “I could not be prouder of our team’s accomplishment in winning the Sig Sauer Relentless Warrior competition.  The event is our team’s pinnacle competition and drives our training throughout the year. It was a privilege to engage with talented individuals dedicated to the profession of arms from the other Service Academies, Senior Military Colleges, and the Royal Military College of Canada. We extend our sincere appreciation to Sig Sauer for putting on an event that fosters.”

Top Awards

  • Top Gun: Andrew Frattini, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • High Lady: Ayla Myrin, Texas A & M
  • Top Shot: Awarded to the best shooter from each participating school:
    • U.S. Air Force Academy: Kyle Mellady
    • U.S. Coast Guard Academy: Gaberial Jones
    • U.S. Naval Academy: Luke Parker
    • U.S. Military Academy at West Point: Andrew Frattini
    • Norwich University: Matthew Bua
    • Texas A&M: Chance De Vos
    • The Citadel: Matt Guerriero
    • Virginia Military Institute: Carter Hugate
    • Virginia Polytechnic Institute: Ryan Eklund
    • Royal Military College of Canada: Zak Lopato-Miguel
    • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy: Nicholas Walker

“It’s an honor for SIG to host the SIG SAUER Relentless Warrior Championship each year,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, SIG Sauer. “This competition has grown tremendously and our commitment to the training of these cadets is steadfast as they prepare to lead, serve our country, and defend our freedoms.”

The SIG Relentless Warrior Championship stands as the premier competitive shooting championship for nearly 100 future American military leaders. The event features cadets from U.S. military academies and other institutions. Our cameras captured the competition at the event in 2019 (seen above).

On June 5, 2020, Tactical Life reported:

The SIG Relentless Warrior Championship

SIG Relentless Warrior Championship, SIG Sauer 2019

Cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point took the title last year. They faced competition from the United States Air Force Academy, Naval Academy, Coast Guard Academy, Virginia Military Institute, Texas A&M and the Merchant Marine Academy.

The 2020 event planned to feature Team SIG Members. Competitive shooters Max Michel, Lena Miculek and Daniel Horner would serve as honorary match safety officers. Then SIG planned shooting clinics and demonstrations for the match participants.

However, due to the continued progression of COVID-19, SIG cancelled the competition on March 16. SIG announced it planned to resume the competition in 2021.

“Supporting our military is the foundation that SIG SAUER is built upon, and we feel a deep sense of responsibility to the future of our nation’s military leaders,” added Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “It’s an honor for everyone at SIG to host this elite competition and actively participate in the development of these cadets in their training to serve our country.”

For more information, visit sigsauer.com.

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