CAPTAIN PHILIP J. WHITWORTH
ROLL OF HONOR QUALIFICATIONS
1974 NRA Smallbore Rifle Distinguished - Position
1974 NRA Collegiate All American - Second Team
1975 NRA Collegiate All American - Second Team
1976 NRA Collegiate All American - Second Team
1980 NRA Smallbore Rifle Distinguished - Prone
1981 Championship of the Americas - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1981 Team Gold Medal, 50 meter Free Rifle 3-position - Championship of the Americas
1981 Team Gold Medal, 300 meter Free Rifle 3-position - Championship of the Americas
1981 Team Gold Medal, 300 meter Standard Rifle - Championship of the Americas
1981 Team Gold Medal, 300 meter English Match - Championship of the Americas
1981 Individual Silver Medal, 50 meter Free Rifle 3-position - Championship of the Americas
1981 Individual Gold Medal, 300 meter English Match - Championship of the Americas
1981 Team World Record, 300 meter English Match - Championship of the Americas
1981 Individual World Record, 300 meter English Match - Championship of the Americas
1981 United States Distinguished International Shooter Badge
1983 National 1,000 yd Rifle Team Championship, Camp Perry, OH
Born 14 August 1954 in Sharon, PA. Started competitive smallbore rifle shooting in 1968, back when shooting was recognized as a varsity sport at Hickory High School, Hermitage, PA. Earned varsity letters all four years of high school (1969-1972) and captained the rifle team for three years.
Attended West Virginia University on an athletic scholarship for shooting before converting to a ROTC scholarship. Captained the WVU rifle team for two years and, before graduating in May 1976, worked with the Athletic Director to hire the first ”civilian” coach (Ed Etzel, USAMU/USAR alumnus).
Entered active duty with a Reserve Officer commission in July, 1976 and completed the Transportation Officer Basic Course at Ft. Eustis, VA before arriving at Fort Benning, GA in November 1976 with orders to the 197th Infantry Brigade. Before reporting to the 197th, new orders were issued to report to the USAMU, where he was assigned to the International Rifle Section. Competed in national and international competitions, including CISM in Sweden and Egypt, before completing his four-year active duty commitment in July 1980.
Worked for Alcan Aluminum Co. in Fairmont, WV from August 1980 through September 1982 and served with the PA National Guard and All Guard Shooting Team before joining the USAR International Shooting Team in November 1980.
In October 1982, was on orders to return to active duty before making one of those “life-altering decisions” to accept a civil service position with the U.S. Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service. Continued competing with the USAR International Shooting Team through 1986. Completed requirements for CPA certification in May 1988. Career as an Internal Revenue Agent with the IRS has included positions as a Computer Audit Specialist, National Industry Specialist team member for regulated utilities, and Technical Advisor for Change in Accounting Methods.