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April 21, 2018 at 3:11am

JBLM bowler third at Armed Forces event

Armed Forces Sports Staff Sgt. Chris Arterburn, 46th Aviation Support Battalion, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, prepares to bowl in the 2018 Armed Forces Bowling Championships at Fort Lee, Va., which took place April 10-Monday.

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Chris Arterburn, an Olympia native and a staff sergeant with the 46th Aviation Support Battalion, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, finished in third place among all men in the 2018 Armed Forces Bowling Championships April 10 to Monday in Fort Lee, Va.

He finished with 3,542 pins across games in men’s singles, men’s doubles and his part in the mixed doubles events. Arterburn missed earning a silver medal by nine pins to All-Army teammate Allan Smith (3,551). Smith himself was short of gold behind Air Force’s James McTaggart (3,557).

Arterburn said it could have been a different result, if it weren’t for leaving open frames. He averaged one missed spare attempt in each game.

“It was very tight,” Arterburn said. “Any two spares would have given me the win.”

He teamed with another JBLM bowler for some success in the men’s doubles challenge. He and Master Sgt. Robert Robinson, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, totaled 2,423 pins to take the silver medal.

Air Force’s Hans Schell and James McTaggart took gold with 2,500 pins, while Navy’s Guy Cruise and Stanley Benes had 2,405 pins.

Although the two never bowled together as a team before last week, Arterburn said he and Robinson turned out to be a cohesive combination.

“We really clicked as a team to be able to communicate and help each other out with the lane conditions,” Arterburn said.

He also won a silver medal in the mixed doubles category. Arterburn teamed with Rose Aguilar of Fort Bliss, Texas, who finished as the top female bowler at the Armed Forces Bowling Championship. They finished with 2,288 pins.

Navy’s Ryan Bucchi and Stephanie Parsolano took first with 2,340 pins, while Air Force’s Ireland Strickland and Josh Cramer had 2,280 pins.

Arterburn said finishing with a few medals in his first Armed Forces Bowling Championship was nice, but he wants to go for gold — especially since he felt so close to capturing it.

Now, he’ll have to condition his body for bowling up to 12 games per day or more.

“I have to add that stamina factor, so I can bowl as well from the first three games through all 12,” Arterburn


Two other JBLM bowlers attempted to qualify for the All-Army team, but missed the cut after 36 games over two days of trials. The top four male and female bowlers advanced to compete in the Armed Forces Bowling Championship.

Staff Sergeant Christopher Heron, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 17th Field Artillery Brigade, finished 10th among men in the Army trial camp. Colonel Elizabeth Delbridge-Keough, HHC, 593rd ESC, finished fifth among women.

Overall, the Air Force men finished with 5,102 pins, followed by the Navy (4,936) and the Army (4,790). With all events combined — men’s and women’s singles and doubles, mixed doubles — the Army fell in third again with 33,889 total pins.

The Navy had the most total pins with 35,033, followed by Air Force with 34,733.

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