NRAblog first met Board Member Dwight Van Horn at the 2008 National Police Shooting Championships. Van Horn has served as Chief Referee since the Nationals moved to Albuquerque in 2006.
When we heard the former Chief Referee of NPSC was unable to make this year's matches, we figured something important was in the works.
Sure enough, Van Horn is currently serving his country as a contractor in Baghdad, Iraq. But don't think he's not staying up-to-date with the programs of the NRA: "Reading along with the NPSC coverage has helped to ease the withdrawal," Van Horn e-mailed NRAblog in the middle of the Championships.
The way Van Horn describes it, his appointment as Chief Referee was a natural progression: Competitor, Champion, Referee, Chief Referee. And now, from half the world away, spectator. Van Horn plans to don the stripes again next year for the 2010 National Police Shooting Championships, but we didn't let him get away that easily! We got the scoop on just what he's up to -- and when we can expect to see him again.
“They were looking for an experienced firearm examiner to come over here and work in the joint expedition forensics facilities,” Van Horn said. He describes his current location as a crime lab, “limited, though, compared to the capabilities we have in the States.”