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    Rangers win International Sniper Competition 2nd year in a row

    A two-man team from the 75th Ranger Regiment bested a crowded field of snipers from around the world last week.
    The 18th Annual International Sniper Competition was won by Staff Sgts. Johnathan Roque and Brandon Kelley from 75th Ranger Regiment who edged out 29 other teams from across the U.S. Department of Defense and civilian law enforcement agencies, and from international forces.

    Staff Sgts. Johnathan Roque and Brandon Kelley clinched the competition for the 75th Ranger Rgt for the second time in as many years (Photos: U.S. Army)

    The five-day competition held at the US Army Sniper School at Fort Benning saw competitors fielded by the Army, National Guard, and Reserve as well as the FBI, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Air Force. Overseas teams came from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

    Also among the top five finishers were competitors from the Colorado and Wisconsin Army National Guard as well as the Fort Bragg-based 82nd Airborne Division.
    The top-scoring international team was drawn from the Swedish Air Forces’ Flygbasjägarna F 17 wing, an elite group comparable to the U.S. Air Force’s Pararescuemen, who came in third place overall and also picked up the top score in all physical events and runs.

    The team from Sweden came in third overall and was the top scoring sniper group from overseas.


    The Coast Guard team, drawn from counter-terrorist MSST units, came in 9th overall, beating a Marine team, a Navy Team and 11 Army Teams.

    Competitors were pitted against each other in a “gauntlet of rigorous physical, mental and endurance events that test the range of sniper skills that include, but are not limited to, long range marksmanship, observation, reconnaissance and reporting abilities, and abilities to move with stealth and concealment.”


    The team from the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, competes in the 2018 International Sniper Competition at Fort Benning.


    The team from the 3rd Infantry Division from Fort Steward, Georgia, competes in an event during the 2018 International Sniper Competition at Fort Benning. Note the M110 rifle system


    A spotter for the 442nd Infantry Regiment’s team, a U.S. Army Reserve unit from Fort Shafter, Hawaii


    The event was held at the US Army Sniper School in Ft. Benning, Ga.


    A two-man team from the 75th Ranger Regiment bested a crowded field of snipers from around the world last week.

    #2
    Congratulations.

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      #3
      Wow, what a field of competitors. Well Done Rangers.

      Thanks for posting this.

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        #4
        Congrats to all!
        Wow the Coasties outdid the Marine Sniper Training School!

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          #5
          RLTW!

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            #6
            Congrats. My cousin worked on a documentary for the History Channel called 'Sniper' and got to interview some of the competitors in last years' match.
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              #7
              Originally posted by oshwan View Post
              Congrats to all!
              Wow the Coasties outdid the Marine Sniper Training School!
              Lol, you never know. You get 2 great shooters/snipers together, the Boy Scouts could win this.

              Similarly, the guys who win the national SWAT competitions are usually state university teams.

              Congrats to the Rangers!
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              - U.S. Marines

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                #8
                Nice to see some real Army Rangers putting in work.
                “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are." - Benjamin Franklin

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Dan 0351 View Post

                  Lol, you never know. You get 2 great shooters/snipers together, the Boy Scouts could win this.

                  Similarly, the guys who win the national SWAT competitions are usually state university teams.

                  Congrats to the Rangers!
                  True!

                  I remember when adventure racing first started. Everyone was intimidated when some regiments of the special forces showed up to participate. With their rigorous standards to get in, everyone thought they would clean house. Yet they got their ass kicked in, even green peace placed higher. This happened year after year. But the Air Force special ops stole the show when they abandoned the race one year to go rescue other teams that got into trouble during the race.
                  The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule ...Samuel Adams, "The Rights of the Colonists" page 419

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