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Soldier joins elite ranks of triple-distinguished shooters at Army shooting match | Army Times
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Soldier joins elite ranks of triple-distinguished shooters at Army shooting match | Army Times

Growing up in a small Pennsylvania town, Staff Sgt. Brad Balsley would often spend time playing with toy trucks as his police officer father practiced pistol shooting on the range for competitions he did in his spare time.

Decades later Balsley has entered the ranks of fewer than 1 percent of soldiers who have earned multiple distinguished marksman badges.

In March, he became only the 17th soldier in 134 years to become “triple distinguished” meaning he consistently placed in the top 10 percent in service pistol, service rifle and international pistol competitions.

Source: Soldier joins elite ranks of triple-distinguished shooters at Army shooting match | Army Times