Soldiers assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters, Connecticut National Guard, proceed to fire their M16 Carbine Service Rifles as they attempt to qualify as proficient marksmen during a unit small-arms qualification range held at East Haven Rifle Range, June 5. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Wrigley, JFHQ Public Affairs, CTARNG)


EAST HAVEN, Conn. – The Joint Force Headquarters, Connecticut National Guard, held their annual M9 pistol and M16 rifle qualification ranges at the East Haven Rifle Range, June 5.

The JFHQ is the administrative unit that keeps the entirety of the state’s National Guard forces running smoothly. It’s not always the most attractive job, and although the unit is quite large, it is mostly staff positions.

That does not mean the personnel that collectively makeup the JFHQ aren’t warriors in their own right, and that was proven once again as they kicked off their annual training event with a day out at the small-arms ranges.

The purpose of the range is to ensure all Soldiers have maintained their proficiency with their assigned weapon, according to 1st Sgt. Stephanie Goins.

Goins, the new senior enlisted leader of the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, JFHQ, oversaw the range and explained that accurate marksmanship is important for all troops, even when they are in administrative roles.

“Soldiers going to the range will always be important, we need everybody to be proficient on their assigned weapon systems,” said Goins. “No matter what, we are all still Soldiers, and we need to be ready for anything.”