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FEATURE | SNIPER

Ghillie suits and firearms in tow, the world's
elite snipers submerse themselves into
grueling days of stalking, shooting, skulking,
and evasion. Each two-member team aims
to emerge from the woods of Fort Benning,
GA, to capture the International Sniper
Competition trophy.
"This is something everyone wants to
compete in," said Sergeant First Class Eric
Doolittle, operations officer for the U.S.
Army Sniper School,
which runs
the contest.

"We're not the only long range competition out
there." But, he indicated, this one ranks high on
professional snipers' to-do lists.
The contest has been held annually since 2001,
pulling in military and civilian agency competitors
from around the world. Competitors go muzzle to
muzzle according to type of firearm (service class or
open class), and in sniper-specific categories, such as
best live-fire stalk.
"The purpose and scope is to bring people from
all communities," said Doolittle. "It's not just the
Army that has snipers. It's not only military, but law
enforcement also."
The 2017 overall winners were Staff Sgt. Jonathan
Roque and Sgt. Brandon Kelley from the 3rd
Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning.
The "home town" shooter-spotter pair outscored
29 other teams. Other competitors hailed from the
U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard;
the Army National Guard; American law enforcement
agencies; the U.S. Department of Homeland Security;
and military units from Canada, Denmark, Germany,
and Norway.
"We try to make it battlefield relevant and challenging,
within the scope of a shooting sport," Doolittle said.
"We have different events depending on each range
we can use." Each event is developed by the senior
sniper on the ground, and is unique to the
person creating it, Doolittle said.
Competitors fired through
the haze of a simulated
gas attack while wearing
protective masks.

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PHOTO BY PATRICK A. ALBRIGHT/FORT BENNING

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hey work in the shadows, but once a year
convene openly to compete against one
another at a famed U.S. Army post.


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