On Saturday, April 18, Inland Northwest Action Shooters hosted the 8th annual 1st Lt. Forrest P. Ewens Memorial Match. Forrest Ewens was killed in action on June 16, 2006 during combat operations in Afghanistan. His all-terrain vehicle struck an IED in the Pech River Valley. Sgt. Ian T. Sanchez was also killed.
1st Lt. Ewens, of Chewelah, Washington was 25 years old and had attended Whitworth University in Spokane. There were men present at the match, including a returned Ranger veteran, who knew him and spoke of how energetic and committed to his country Forrest was.
There were at least 14 volunteers that helped set up and serve as range officers for the match. Will Woodbury organized 20 cadets from the Gonzaga Bulldog Battalion to honor their fallen friend and soldier.
The Bulldog Battalion is Gonzaga University’s Army ROTC and the men and women that participated demonstrated the highest example of our nation’s greatest hope for the future. INAS raised $400 to contribute to the Forrest P. Ewens fund that will go directly to a Gonzaga cadet upon commissioning!
Tactical Tailor and Grey Ghost Gear sent their representative named GW with great prizes and gifts for the cadets and volunteers. Frank De Soma of POF- USA (Patriot Ordinance Factory) provided the sponsored rifle for match winner, Anthony Novak. It was a P415 piston rifle with a MSRP of over $2000. POF has now sponsored four such matches.
After the cadets and volunteers shot the three Courses of Fire, Will Parks brought out a Squad Automatic Rifle (SAW) and let several cadets and a few volunteers shoot at exploding targets. Everyone in attendance learned a great deal and the weather was perfect.
The Spokane Valley Rifle Pistol Club has been the primary range for INAS matches for eight years. SVRPC also hosts other shooting groups. The range, outside Mica, Washington, surrounded by rolling farmland, is being sued by Tim Hunt of Huntwood Industries for alleged shooting on his property over one mile away.
SVRPC is defending the suit and needs support. Consider joining the SVRPC club for only $65 per year. Or donate to the defense fund. If Hunt succeeds he is calling for closing the range. INAS is committing $500 towards the defense fund.