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.
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.
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.”