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Hanford Patrol Team has top marksmen in Washington

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RICHLAND, WA - Led by Captain Steve Voigt and Patrolman Curt Bearchum, first and second in the state, and second overall in the two-man team event at the U.S. Nationals, Hanford Patrol once again came out on top in recent championship tournaments.

Hanford Patrol is well-known across the country as one of the elite shooting teams in law enforcement. Hanford Patrol has captured world, national, regional, state, and local titles. As a result, they have broken several national records, earned prestigious championships, and at the same time, produced top notch individual competitors who are some of the best trained in security circles across the complex.

Once more in 2010, the Hanford Patrol earned six spots as distinguished marksmen in the Governor's 20 shooting honor roll. They were: Steve Voigt (#1) - for a record 29th time; Curt Bearchum (#2); Kurt Bearchum, son of Curt (#5); Jay Osborn (#11); Robert Maier (#13) and Bruce Cameron (#15). The Governor's 20 standings reflect the top scores fired and averaged over the year in police pistol combat matches in Washington state.

"Being able to shoot accurately and fast is important in this line of work.  We shoot against Seattle Police Department, Everett Police Department, Benton County. Energy Northwest has a pistol team," says Voigt.

"The fact that this has become an annual routine makes this all the more remarkable," said Dave Ruscitto, Mission Support Alliance's Chief Operations Officer. "These elite forces normally work anonymously to keep the government assets at Hanford safe and secure.

 It is gratifying that the Hanford Patrol, represented by these expert shooters, gets an opportunity once in a while to demonstrate the level of readiness they maintain year-round. We at MSA are very proud of their ever increasing list of accomplishments and knowing they are on the job 24/7."

The team of Captain Voigt, Patrolmen C. Bearchum, K. Bearchum, Osborn, Maier, Colonel Cameron and Captain Sam Hernandez also were victorious at the Washington State Championships, the Northwest Regional's, local championships, and the U.S. Nationals. They placed first in many of these events with over 100 awards earned at the Nationals.