Camp Perry

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Coordinates: 41°32′28″N 83°01′18″W / 41.54111°N 83.02167°W / 41.54111; -83.02167

Camp Perry
Erie Township, Ottawa County,
near Port Clinton, Ohio
Camp Perry - panorama - 1913.jpg
1913 panorama view
Type Training facility
Site information
Controlled by Ohio National Guard
Site history
Built 1909
In use 1909-present
Garrison information
Garrison 213th Ordnance Company
372d Missile Maintenance Company
200th Red Horse Civil Engineering Squadron (ANG)
Ohio Naval Militia
Ohio Military Reserve

Camp Perry is a National Guard training facility located on the shore of Lake Erie in northern Ohio near Port Clinton. In addition to its regular mission as a military training base, Camp Perry also boasts the largest outdoor rifle range in the world. The firing is done in the direction of the open water of the lake, just beyond an earthen berm and the targets.[1]

History[edit]

The original land for Camp Perry was purchased in 1906, and the reservation was named after Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, the American naval commander who won the Battle of Put-in-Bay during the War of 1812.[2][3] Rudimentary structures were constructed for use by competitors in the National Matches, and for transient personnel. During World War I, Camp Perry served as a training center for Army officers and marksmanship instructors. About 1918 additional area immediately adjacent was used to construct the Erie Army Depot, for artillery ordnance storage immediately adjacent to Camp Perry.[1]

During the Second World War, Camp Perry served as a POW camp for German and Italian prisoners.[1] After the war, prisoner quarters were converted back to use by transient personnel who were at Perry for training. The camp was used extensively for several years after World War II, but use slowed somewhat during the 1960s. The Erie Army Depot closed in the mid-1960s and was eventually converted to industrial use. However, many of Camp Perry's original structures are still in use, in one form or another. On June 24, 1998 a tornado damaged several buildings on the grounds.[2]

Present use[edit]

At present, Camp Perry is the home of the 213th Ordnance Company (Missile Support, Corps), the 372d Missile Maintenance Company (DS) Detachment 1, the 200th RED HORSE Civil Engineering Squadron (Ohio Air National Guard), U.S. Coast Guard Port Security Unit 309, and the Ohio Naval Militia (the naval arm of the State of Ohio's Adjutant General's Department and part of Ohio's State Defense Forces) and the Ohio Military Reserve (the other part of Ohio's State Defense Forces).[2]

Civilian Marksmanship Program[edit]

Spc. Joseph Hein, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, instructs a student on the intricacies of the M-16A2 rifle during the Small Arms Firing School, Aug. 1, 2009 at Camp Perry, Ohio.

Camp Perry has been the host of the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP)[4] and the NRA-sponsored National Rifle Matches since 1907.[5] The National Matches, considered America's "World Series of the Shooting Sports", attracts shooting sports competitors from all across the world to compete in matches of all multitudes.[4][5] Competition event shooters range from beginners to the world’s best.[4] The National Matches include Small Arms Firing Schools, a series of CMP National Trophy Rifle and Pistol Matches, CMP Games Events and NRA national championships. The National Matches are conducted through a partnership with the CMP, the Ohio National Guard and the NRA.[4][5]

The camp is home to the Small Arms Firing School, which provides shooters with expert training and facilities for improving their shooting ability.[6] The Small Arms Firing School was first conducted by The Department of Defense as part of the National Matches at the camp in 1918.[6] Now there are over one thousand pistol and rifle shooters a year that take part in firearms safety and fundamental marksmanship skills.[6] The Pistol and Rifle Schools are conducted by the U. S. Army Marksmanship Unit. The Schools are open to all United States citizens who are over the minimum age. USAMU instructors, assisted by Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine and Navy Active, National Guard and Reserve shooting team members teach basic marksmanship techniques to the new and less experienced, and experienced shooters who want to learn new ways to improve their scores. Camp Perry is also home to the Civilian Marksmanship Program's north office.[6][2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Camp Perry Lodging and Conference Center". CPLCC. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Camp Perry Joint Training Center". The Ohio Adjutant General's Department. 
  3. ^ Virgil M. Gordon. "Camp Perry Trivia". Bullseye Pistol. 
  4. ^ a b c d "The Civilian Marksmanship Program". Civilian Marksmanship Program. 
  5. ^ a b c "National Rifle & Pistol Championships, Camp Perry, Ohio". National Rifle Association. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Small Arms Firing Schools". CMP. 

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