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Sniper Competition Improves ‘Collective Lethality’

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U.S. Army
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

A two-man team from the 75th Ranger Regiment took first place at this year’s International Sniper Competition, shooting their way past 29 other pairs in a grueling contest.

Staff Sgts. Brandon Kelley and Jonathan Roque of the regiment’s 3rd Battalion at Fort Benning, Ga., where the contest has been held for 18 years, won the weeklong competition for the second consecutive year.

In what some contestants have called the “Super Bowl of our profession,” the contest attracts the best single-shot professionals from the Army, its sister services and allied military and law enforcement sniper teams from around the world.

“Working together in this venue is a great way to share ideas, build rapport and train our forces,” Brig. Gen. David Hodne, commandant of the U.S. Army Infantry School, said in a news release. The international competition improves “our collective lethality,” he said.

Claiming second place was a team from the Colorado Army National Guard; a team from Sweden’s 17th Wing Air Force Rangers took third place; a pair of snipers from the 82nd Airborne Division came in fourth; and the Wisconsin National Guard team took fifth place. A U.S. Coast Guard team placed ninth; the U.S. Marine Corps team came in 10th; and a team from the U.S. Navy SEALs placed 21st.

Contestants were judged on day and night events, which included long-range marksmanship, observation, reconnaissance and reporting skills, reacting to contact, and concealment, among others.