“Chuck” Mawhinney, Carlos Hathcock, Gary Gordon, Randy Shughart, Chris Kyle… These are the names of a few men that, no matter what community you’re from, we immediately associate with when the topic of sniper gets mentioned. With the war on terror still in full stride there has been a lot of attention brought on to different groups, teams and units throughout the small warfighter community but there is one that is so small and unique it pulls all of these organizations together into an even smaller affiliation. No matter what school house whether it be Army, Navy or Marine Corps there is a group of men who share the mindset, abilities and fieldcraft of a sniper.
I remember specifically while go through the scout sniper basic course the SNCOIC gave us all an assignment in the early days of training. The assignment was to find a sniper who came before us and give a presentation on how he effected the sniper community. He could be from any branch of service and from any conflict. From that day forward, after the presentation, we were to carry this short biography around as a pocket item in order to remember and pay respect to the men who paved the way for snipers on the battlefield.
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