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staff and three discipline coaches. With the formation of USA Shooting, there was a need to provide competition, member, media, fundraising functions, as well as other services for members. The li- brary was converted to offi ce space. When the running target event was dropped from the Olympic program after the 2004 Games, the running target ranges were converted to makeshift of- fi ce space. USAS now has 18 full-time employees, plus part-time support and interns. The southwest building area is in need of renovation to make effi cient working areas for our em- ployees. While we work hard to make most effective use of resources for athlete pro- grams, an offi ce renovation


to accommodate personnel and promote effi ciency is defi nitely overdue. The USAS Shotgun pro- gram has experienced in- creasing success, even in the face of few Olympic-style shotgun facilities in the U.S. A most signifi cant factor in shotgun development has been the Junior Olympic Squad. This program was initiated through the gener- osity of Mr. and Mrs. Prosser Mellon who funded select- ed, young junior shooters demonstrating potential and commitment to the Olympic Path. Most of our shotgun medalists were helped along their careers through this program; however, private funding has inconsistently supported this important pipeline program. It is our


objective to re-establish the Junior Olympic Squad and expand it to the rifl e and pistol disciplines to help ad- vance those disciplines as well.


The USAS Board of Direc-


tors is also evaluating the feasibility of putting a porta- ble 25- and 50-meter range into operation. Currently,the only venue in the U.S. ca- pable of hosting larger na- tional rifl e and pistol events is the range complex at Fort Benning, Georgia. All team trials and National Championships are hosted at this venue. A portable electronic range of 60 fi ring points would allow key com- petitions and training activi- ties to be hosted at various ranges throughout the U.S. Such a portable range would


also provide the opportunity to grow the Olympic shoot- ing sport through increased program visibility and avail- ability. These target systems could later be installed on a permanent rifl e-pistol ven- ue, should that opportunity become available. Funding all of the forego-


ing projects vastly exceeds our current capability. As we plan for the future, our staff and directors will continually evaluate such projects, pri- oritize and implement them as incremental funding be- comes available. We rec- ognize there is more to our mission than competition alone, and we are dedicated to that objective in growing our Olympic shooting sport and placing athletes on the podium.


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