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The Michael Jordan of shooting, Captain Glenn Dubis Retires
by
Paula J. Randall
U. S. Army Marksmanship Unit Public Affairs Office

FORT BENNING, Georgia - He has held many titles - officer, infantryman, war veteran, and Olympian. But after 20 years of service to his country, an international rifle shooter with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit has put down his gun and said goodbye to the Army.

Capt. Glenn A. Dubis, a Desert Storm veteran and four-time Olympian, retired from the Army in March, after serving for more than 20 years. During his shooting career, Dubis won the World Rifle Championship three times, won the the Rifle Championship five times at the Conseil International du Sport Militaire Championships (known as CISM or the Military World Championships) and set or tied six world records. He represented the United States in the CISM Military World Games - more than a dozen times. He is a member of the USAMU International Rifle Hall of Fame as well as his hometown's Athletic Hall of Fame.

"I am proud to have served as an Army officer," Dubis said. "I will miss my Army teammates and U.S. Shooting Team colleagues and the friends I have made from around the world. I will also miss the pride and satisfaction that comes with representing the U.S. Army and the United States of America. I have traveled over most of the world and made friends from many places all while doing something I had the fortune to be good at and that I also love. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the Army and our nation. It has been a blessing to be able to pursue my goals and dreams in such a way.

"The Army and the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit were critical to my success," Dubis continued. "They provided me with the time, resources and infrastructure to achieve my full potential as a rifle shooter. If it were not for the Army, it is unlikely that I would have succeeded. I would certainly recommend the Army as a career to others." Dubis thanked the commanders, past and present, of the USAMU who helped him throughout his career, as well as members of his Army Rifle Team. "I owe the most to Bill Krilling, my coach on the Army Team for 19 of my 20 years of service," Dubis said. "He helped me build my position and monitor my progress; together we made adjustments, then he just let me do the shooting."

"Dubis was the greatest military CISM shooter in the world and a big asset to the Army team," Krilling said. "He was just a special shooter, easy to work with and had a very positive outlook. Although he was a real champion, he was a humble person. He meant a lot to the team and to me. "He was quite popular in Europe; he'd win a match and his fans would cheer for him," Krilling continued. "He so dominated the CISM matches that his scores would intimidate other shooters. When Dubis showed up to a match, his competitors figured the best they could do was take second place."

Raised in Bethel Park, Pa., Dubis graduated from Bethel Park High School in 1977 and received a bachelor's degree in agronomy from Pennsylvania State University in 1981. In 1989, he completed a master's degree in sports management at the U.S. Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala. He is the son of David Dubis of Morgantown, W.Va. His mother, Joan Dubis, is deceased.

"At Bethel Park High School, my coaches Karl Kirschner, Dean Johnson and Buddy Ridge, and Penn State varsity coaches Joe Dilkes, Dick Kummer and Bob Strong and Army ROTC coach Dave Soncek were key to my development. They contributed to my success and I owe my thanks to them," Dubis said.

Dubis joined the Army February 1982, at which time he started shooting with the Army Marksmanship Unit. From 1984 to 1985, he was a platoon leader on Kelley Hill for 1st Battalion, 58th Infantry Regiment, 197th Infantry Brigade (Separate), which is now the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division.

After completing the Infantry Officers Advanced Course at Fort Benning in 1985, Dubis came back to the USAMU as a shooter. In 1989, he attended the Combined Arms Services and Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and then returned to the USAMU as the assistant operations and training officer.

Next, Dubis received an assignment for Germany where he served as adjutant with the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry, 2nd Armored Division. In 1990, he moved to brigade level as the officer in charge of the Emergency Operations Center. Dubis deployed with the brigade for Operation Desert Storm and served as the assistant operations officer. In 1991, he returned to USAMU International Rifle Team.

"The USAMU, while small in size, brings many things to the Army's table, such as a positive image to the U.S. public, ambassadorship to the world and support in the Army's recruiting effort," Dubis said. "Besides these, the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit brings an institutional knowledge of weapons and marksmanship that is unique in the Army and that translates directly into combat effectiveness of troops in the field, particularly our Ranger, Special Forces and Delta soldiers. I hope the Army never loses sight of the effectiveness of well-trained and equipped rifle marksmen."

Dubis has been awarded two Meritorious Service Medals, 10 Army Commendation medals, four Army Achievement Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Southwest Asia Medal with three battle stars, the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, the Army Superior Unit Award, the President's Hundred Tab and the Distinguished Rifleman Badge. Dubis, who began shooting in 1975, has numerous marksmanship accomplishments. He has enough trophies, plaques and Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals to fill a small museum. The only prize that ever eluded him was an Olympic Medal. In 1997, Dubis won individual Silver and Team Gold Medals at the Championship of the Americas, a Silver Medal in the Seoul, Korea, World Cup, three national championships and was a CISM team member. He was also named as the 1997 USA Shooting Male Rifle Shooter of the Year. USA Shooting of 1 Olympic Plaza, Colorado Springs, Colo., is the national governing body for Olympic shooting sports in the United States. Dubis held two slots on the 1996 U.S. Olympic Shooting Team in Free Rifle and Air Rifle, as well as winning the World Military Rifle Championship and setting new military and world records that year.

He won three national championships in 1995 and was a member of the Gold Medal winning team in Air Rifle at the Pan-American Games. Dubis also won a Silver Medal in 300-Meter Military Rapid Fire Rifle Match at CISM and a Bronze Medal in Air Rifle at the Pan-American Games.

In 1993 and 1994, he was the World Military Rifle Champion and set a world record in 300-Meter Three Position Free Rifle in 1994. He also won Gold Medals in 300-Meter Prone and Three-Position Free Rifle at the Interservice International Championships and a Gold Medal in Three-Position Free Rifle at the 1994 USA National Shooting Championships.

Dubis was a World Military Championships Team member in 1992, the World Rifle Champion in 300-Meter Three Position and set a world record in 300-Meter Three Position standing in 1990. In 1989, he won a Silver Medal in Three-Position Free Rifle at the Pan-American Games, was the World Military Rifle Champion and a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic Shooting Team, placing fifth in Three-Position Free Rifle.

He was the 1987 World Military Rifle Champion and won a Gold Medal in Three-Position Free Rifle and a Silver Medal in Air Rifle at the Pan-American Games. He set two world records - 300-Meter Free Rifle and 50-Meter Free Rifle kneeling - in 1986, as well as being the World Rifle Champion. He placed sixth in Three-Position Free Rifle at the 1984 Olympics and was the Military Rifle Slow Fire World Champion that year.

"In Europe, Dubis is quite a celebrity," said Robert W. Aylward, USAMU deputy commander. "He's the Michael Jordan of the shooting world. People call the CISM rifle trophy the 'Dubis Trophy' because his name is engraved on it so many times; he's won the CISM Rifle Championship more times than everyone else in the world combined."

After this year's World Championships, Dubis said he will be hanging up his gun. He said he wants to travel, get a coaching position, and marry his long-time sweetheart Melanie Libby of USA Shooting.

"I recently heard it said that the most likely candidate for the title of 'Man of the Century' is the American GI. The American GI has influenced events in more places around the world during the last century than any other person," Dubis said. "I was once an American GI, but now I'm out, happy to join the ranks of the retired veterans. I'm looking forward to the rest of my life. It is impossible for me to have any regrets. I stayed true to my calling and I am happy for the way things turned out."


Formed in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to raise the standards of marksmanship throughout the U.S. Army, the Army Marksmanship Unit has been a part of the U. S. Army Recruiting Command since October 1999. The Marksmanship Unit trains its soldiers to win competitions and enhances combat readiness through train-the-trainer clinics, research and development. The world-class soldier-athletes of the USAMU also promote the Army and assist recruiters in attracting young Americans to enlist in the Army. For more information on the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, contact the Public Affairs Office at (706) 545-5436, paula.pagan@usarec.army.mil or http://www.usarec.army.mil/hq/amu/

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