FY 2023 CIAP – MCMC West
FY 2023 CIAP – MCMC Pacific
BOG meeting rescheduled
FY 2023 CIAP – MCMC Far East
Web site issues
FY 2023 CIAP Kicks Off
Save the Date!
Next Board of Governors Meeting


While a hard copy of the BADGE (newsletter) was recently mailed out to our members, it is also available online by going to the menu at the top of this website, and clicking on “the BADGE Newsletter.” The page you are taken to has a link which you will click on to open a new window containing a scanned copy of our 9-page, most-recent newsletter. We hope you enjoy reading over the newsletter and that members will take advantage of the opportunity to contribute to our future newsletters — it is yet another way to stay in touch and to further build our bonds with one another.


The passing of GySgt. Pitts

GySgt. Sherman E. “Gene” Pitts (Distinguished Pistol Shot – 1979) passed away on Monday, 23 May 2022.  His funeral will be held at the Sarasota National Cemetery on 10 June 2022.  A Celebration of Life to honor Gene will be held immediately following the funeral at the Sahib Shriners Event Center in Sarasota.


Gunner Greg Connor

“…it is with heavy heart that I inform you that Gunner Connor passed away on 11 April 2022.”

(quote from MCDSA President Danny Burke)

Greg Connor earned his Distinguished Marksman Badge in 1962, and was a versatile and consistent shooter who served four decades in the Marine Corps. Successful as both a rifle and pistol coach, Connor is pictured here after winning the 1974 Wimbledon Cup title at the National Matches. In 1986, shortly after retiring from the Corps, Connor won another prestigious 1,000-yard match at Camp Perry, the iron-sight Leech Cup.

The above content and photo are taken from page 109 of “The History of Marine Corps Competitive Marksmanship, Volume II (1960-2010).”


The “Hammer Hartsell High Tyro Trophy”

The Major General Hammer Hartsell High Tyro Trophy stands next to the Colonel Walter R. Walsh Trophy at the 2022 Marine Corps Championship Awards Ceremony held at Quantico on 11 April 2022.

Major General Hartsell (USMCR Ret.) — himself a member of the Marine Corps Distinguished Shooters Association — made the inaugural presentation of the trophy named in his honor to the High Tyro, SSgt. Kenneth Swarts.

One of the objectives of the Marine Corps Distinguished Shooters Association is to, “Foster the preservation and promotion of Marine Corps Marksmanship…” [Article III, Item (b) of our Constitution and By-laws] …To that end, the MCDSA provided the plaque presented to SSgt. Swarts, the recipient of the Major General Hammer Hartsell High Tyro Trophy at the Marine Corps Championship Matches.

09 APRIL 2022 – BOG Meeting

A special meeting of the MCDSA’s Board of Governors is being held in the Conference Room at WTBn Quantico on 9 April 2022, and is scheduled to start at 1000. The meeting is being convened to examine and discuss the MCDSA’s Constitution and By-Laws, after which the Board will formally propose recommended CHANGES to our Constitution and By-laws for our Association’s Membership to vote on. If anyone has ideas to submit for discussion at the upcoming 9 April Special Meeting (i.e. recommendations for changes to our Constitution and/or By-Laws) please email your suggestions to a member of the Board of Governors. Email addresses for the members of our Board of Governors can be found on the “About Us” page of our website. …thank you!


2022 Reunion Photos

Photos of the Association’s 19 March 2022 Reunion are now available for access to Association Members. Simply go to our “Photos” page, and click on the “2022 Reunion” button. Please note that you will need your password to access the album. The photos were taken by Carole Ellison and Rick Curtis — we VERY much appreciate their contribution by documenting this annual event, and heartily thank them for their efforts!


CWO-3 Pietroforte

The Marine Corps Distinguished Shooters Association salutes CWO-3 Michael Pietroforte (Double-Distinguished: R-1953, P-1957).

CWO-3 Pietroforte was a founding Board Member of the MCDSA at its inception in 1977, and he recently passed away on 22 January 2022.  As a Technical Sergeant in 1958 he was the first to ever fire a possible in the National Trophy Individual Rifle Match. He was a highly respected member of the MCDSA Community — he will be greatly missed by many.

Note: The above image is copied from page 319 of “The Red Book” Volume I.