By Kerrin Brinkman | April 28 2012 08:32
A group of newly appointed NRA Training Counselors at the NRA Whittington Center.

NRA Training Department staffers Andy Lander and Sean Thornton headed out west to the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico to teach an NRA Training Counselor Development Workshop. From April 20-22, 16 candidates took part in the training and earning their appointments at Traning Counselors. The group included 2012 Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award Winner Donna Vandermolen.

Candidates came from all across the country including Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, California, Arkansas, Indiana, Oregon, Michigan and even as far as Hawaii.

"We are very happy to see that we had three candidates from Wyoming, as well as one from Arkansas. Those are states that were in need of Training Counselors," said John Howard, NRA National Instructor Trainer. "In addition, it is certainly refreshing to have a candidate come from as far away as Hawaii!"

Training Counselors are responsible for developing new NRA Certified Instructors, helping to increase the number of people who reached by NRA's firearms training programs every year. To learn more about earning your appointment as an NRA Training Counselor, send an email to


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