CMP Announces New Rhode Island State Marksmanship Director

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) would like to welcome the new Rhode Island State Director, COL David Wood.

The CMP appoints state directors to oversee marksmanship programs in each of the 50 states. The State Directors’ mission is to provide leadership, resource and program information, coordination, networking, motivation, and publicity for youth shooting within their state.

Wood, a high school English teacher from Charlestown, RI, started basic rifle marksmanship in 1986 before beginning a 36-year military career in the Army Reserve (serving three deployments). In 2019, he became an assistant coach for a junior rifle team and began competing in small-bore rifles in 2021, as well as high-powered rifles in 2022. He is an NRA Level 1 rifle coach in small-bore rifles. caliber and air rifles and a certified NRA rifle and range safety instructor. Official.

In his personal life, Wood is married with three children: the eldest is a junior air rifle and small caliber athlete. He is also a hobby woodworker and an avid golfer.

“I hope to encourage all rifle and pistol clubs in Rhode Island to join CMP, to start, restart or continue their youth rifle and pistol programs and to participate in adult/senior rifle and pistol competitions,” he said. “I also hope to reach out to 4-H clubs, public and private schools, colleges and ROTC/JROTC organizations to consider team shooting sports.”

If you are a Rhode Island resident and would like more information about available marksmanship programs or have suggestions or comments, you can contact Wood at [email protected] or 401-286-2607.

The CMP is still looking for State Directors! There are currently openings in the state of Washington, Utah, Maine, Vermont, Tennessee and Delaware. For more information or to apply, visit the CMP website at

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