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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About the Author

I served in 3rd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment from 2003-2008. Almost four years of the time spent in 3/75 was spent in the sniper section. I am a graduate of US Army Airborne School, US Army Ranger School, US Army Sniper School, Special Forces Sniper Course, and the US Marine Corps Summer Mountain Scout Sniper Course. I have competed in the US Army International Sniper Competition as well as the US Army Small Arms Championships on three separate occasions. I currently live in Corvallis, Oregon and hold a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Oregon State University.

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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.