US Navy Providers, 10 International locations Compete in 18th Annual Worldwide Sniper Competitors

FORT BENNING, Ga. — The 18th annual Worldwide Sniper Competitors opened at Fort Benning, Georgia, throughout a ceremony on the Sniper Compound Oct. 15.

The occasion brings 30 two-person groups from throughout the Military, Division of Protection, civilian legislation enforcement businesses, and world wide to find out who’re the very best two-person sniper groups globally.

Thirty sniper groups run towards their tools on the opening of the 18th annual Worldwide Sniper Competitors, Fort Benning, Ga. (Photograph Credit score: U.S. Military photograph by Markeith Horace)

Col. J. Frederick Dente, U.S. Military 316th Cavalry Brigade commander, spoke throughout the opening ceremony.

“I do know that you simply’re prepared,” stated Dente to the assembled groups. “You’ve been issued your tools, been briefed on the course of the competitors, and I do know that for every of you, right this moment is the end result of weeks and months of onerous coaching and preparation.”

This 12 months, 10 groups signify the international locations of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Eire, Israel, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and the UK. U.S. navy providers are represented by groups from the Military, Military Nationwide Guard, Military Reserve, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Air Pressure. One group is joint service with each a Sailor and a Soldier. A group from the Federal Bureau of Investigation is representing civilian legislation enforcement.

Thirty sniper groups run towards their tools on the opening of the 18th annual Worldwide Sniper Competitors, Fort Benning, Ga. (Photograph Credit score: U.S. Military photograph by Markeith Horace)

“Immediately is a as soon as in a lifetime alternative to fulfill your friends,” stated Dente. “I do know that they’re your opponents this week, however in a bigger sense, they’re your comrades in arms, they’re your allies and your companions. And after we depart the sphere of pleasant strife on Friday, they would be the males that combat alongside you within the first battle of the following conflict.”

The 2-man groups lined up subsequent to a digital timer behind a pink line. On the conclusion of the ceremony, the groups have been to start their first occasion, a simulation the place they ran to a constructing, climbed the constructing and engaged a hostile goal earlier than the goal killed a hostage.

Over the course of greater than three days, starting Oct. 15 and concluding Oct. 18, the groups are scheduled to compete in occasions that can take a look at their talents in long-range marksmanship, commentary, reconnaissance and reporting, and stealth motion.

“Push your self, push your tools, push your group to its limits, after which set a brand new commonplace,” stated Dente. “Push your self, so that every of us, whether or not within the entrance of the sphere of opponents or at the back of the pack, every of us leaves right here higher ready to combat and win the nation’s wars within the unforgiving crucible of battle.”

By Mr. Bryan Gatchell (Benning)

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