EWU Military Science Hall of Fame: Lieutenant Colonel Wanda R. Jewell

Lieutenant Colonel Wanda R. Jewell

U.S. Army Retired

EWU ROTC Class of 1976

Gold Medalist Pan American Games

Bronze Medalist Olympic Games

Wanda Jewell graduated from the then named, Eastern Washington State College in 1976 and earned a regular Army commission into the Ordnance branch.  She was part of the first ROTC class that commissioned women into the Army.  Her military assignments include the U.S. Army Marksmanship  Unit, 3rd COSCOM, 7th ARCOM, Individual Ready Reserve, and Small Arms Training Team.

Wanda Jewell

Wanda Jewell as a Cadet in 1976.

Wanda won a Bronze Medal in women’s small bore standard rifle at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, California.  In 1978 she became the first person – male or female- to win two individual Gold medals at the World Shooting Championships.  In 1974, while at Eastern, she was selected to the National Rifle Association’s Collegiate All-America team after winning a national intercollegiate title in conventional shooting.  She also won numerous medals, including Gold, at the Pan World Championships and three Pan American Games.  A 1976 graduate of Eastern, she was a two-time Inland Empire Female Athlete of the Year in the mid-1970’s.  Her competitive career spanned 24 years, but she also contributed to the sport as a coach and administrator.

Wanda Jewell after winning a Bronze Medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics

In 2002 Wanda became the Director of Operations for USA Shooting based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Prior to that she served as the national rifle coach for U.S.A. Shooting; the first female to coach a national rifle team anywhere in the world.  In 2001 her American rifle athletes won seven World Cup medals, and in 2002 American athletes won two World Cup medals, four Olympic quotas and two World Championships.  In November of 2002 she was selected as U.S.A. Shooting Coach of the Year.   “A big part of success in coaching is providing the right opportunities for the athletes,” Jewell said.   Wanda retired from U.S.A. Shooting in 2008.

Wanda Jewell (2011)

Wanda Jewell’s military awards include, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.  Wanda is married to Max Oliver, an Eastern ROTC graduate and retired Major.

You can see the rest of the members of our EWU Military Science Hall of Fame at the below link:

EWU Military Science Hall of Fame

EWU ROTC Offers Basic Rifle Marksmanship Class for Spring Quarter 2019

The Easterner recently did a profile on the Rifle Marksmanship Class being offered by the EWU ROTC program for Spring Quarter this year.  It will be taught by our very own Sergeant First Class (SFC) David Ratliff and held in our indoor shooting range at Cadet Hall:

The ROTC is bringing the basic rifle marksmanship class back to EWU.

The class, which will take place in Cadet Hall this spring, is back from hiatus thanks to Sgt. David Ratliff of EWU’s ROTC.

The course is open to all students, not just those in the ROTC program, and is listed as a military science course for those wanting to register.

Students registered will be practicing their rifle skills using a Crosman CH2009 CO2 rifle, which is provided by the ROTC.

The current iteration of the course is new, though EWU has had marksmanship classes in the past. The school was also host to a shooting team, which it hopes to bring back, according to Lt. Col. Jonathan C. Stafford.

“Our shooting team has historically been very good here,” said Stafford. “We had two Olympic medalists that came out of the ROTC program here.”

The new course will cover three-position shooting, meaning students will be practicing firing a rifle from the prone, kneeling and standing positions.

There is currently a cap of 20 students in the course.

Training will take place in Cadet Hall’s indoor range, which features a 10-meter firing line, the distance that those wanting to compete in EWU’s shooting team, which will begin the following quarter, will need to be proficient in.  [The Easterner]

You can read more at the link, but we encourage anyone looking to learn about or improve their marksmanship to sign up for the program.  The marksmanship program has historically been very good with two Olympic medalists coming out of EWU, Wanda Jewell who received a Bronze Medal in the 1984 Olympics and Launi Meili who received a Gold Medal at the 1992 Olympics.

You do not need to be a Cadet to enroll into the marksmanship class, it is open to all EWU students.  Below is the course catalog listing for the class:


Notes: open to all EWU enrolled students.
Pre-requisites: permission of instructor required.
Students taking this course will develop firearm safe handling skills and the knowledge to safely operate at a firearm range. Students will receive expert instruction in the fundamentals of rifle marksmanship.