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February 2, 2013

Rangers: Two Nights in Tal Afar (Part II)

I headed to the ready room and conducted a Pre Combat Inspection (PCI) on my gear, weapon system, and radio after our team had a look at the imagery of the proposed target building.  As it looked, all the buildings were of similar height in the neighborhood and we would have a difficult time obtaining the preferred advantage point that sniper teams thrive on.

We would need a place close to the target building, probably on the roof of a building similar in height.

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served in 3rd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment. Almost four years of my time in 3/75 was spent in the sniper section. In all, I spent over 11 years in military service. I am a firefighter/paramedic and hold a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Oregon State University. When not working, I spend most of my time rock climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, trail running, and occasionally picking up heavy objects.

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  • Dingo1

    Awesome read so detailed with the smells of the city and preparing mentally to the smile at the end :-) that made me smile. Respect

  • Txazz

    Another excellent article and the end was even better - a good one.  Was another 'felt like I was there' moment.  Am so glad you are here telling your own stories.  Really enjoying the photos with your article.

  • JMO86

    @isaiahzb Greetings for Portland! I have longed to be SOF from the beginning of time however my time in the military and life had a different course for me. I appreciate the work of you and your fellow brethren, the world is a much safer place. I await your future articles with much excitement.

  • StormR

    @isaiahzb Ahhh, that makes sense.  He was more experienced as a sniper than you were and it was primarily a sniper mission.  That was the piece I missed :)   I should tell you that I've worked for a library for over 30 years, am an avid reader and review books as a hobby.  So, my compliment was sincere because I recognize and appreciate good writing.  Great ideas or experiences for stories can go down in flames if the author is not a good storyteller.  You have the 'it' factor :)

  • isaiahzb

    @StormR Many thanks for the compliment. For a sniper team, the security generally doesn't carry a sniper style weapon system. As a security guy I was just a rifleman that night and therefore able to maneuver/engage faster in an urban environment. Hope that helps.