Team Room, I just found Nick’s bio in my Inbox. Thought you might like to read a proper cover letter.
Nicholas Irving is a former U.S. Army Ranger with multiple combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. During his service within the 75th Ranger Regiment, Nicholas served as an Assaulter, Heavy and Light Machine Gunner, and Designated Marksman.
His proudest and most notable position was serving as Sniper. During his time in the Sniper Section, Nicholas attended and completed multiple Sniper Schools and Courses such as U.S. Army Sniper School, Long Ranger Sniper Course, High Angle Sniper Course, and Extreme Range Sniper Course. While his time within the Sniper Section, Nicholas also served as Sniper Team Leader, Squad Leader, and Master Sniper.
During a deployment in 2009-2010 as a Sniper, Nicholas earned the nickname “The Reaper,” after achieving a large number of enemy kills on a short 3 ½ month deployment, making him the deadliest sniper in 3rd Ranger Battalion. Not only is he the deadliest, a little known fact about Nicholas is that he is also the first African American Sniper to serve in 3rd Ranger Battalion.
Nicholas has received a variety of awards throughout his time deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. One of his proudest awards is the Valorous ARCOM Medal, which he received after a sniper mission where he found his element in a close ambush in Afghanistan. Nicholas successfully eliminated enemy targets, not only with his rifle, but by also calling in close air support where 105mm rounds landed less than 100 yards away from his team. His actions saved the lives of 5 men.
After his time in the 75th Ranger Regiment, Nicholas worked in Iraq as a private contractor.
Nicholas has since moved on with his career, where he currently instructs individuals in the art of precision rifle, carbine, shotgun, and pistol. His clientele includes members of JSOC, various SWAT teams around the U.S., D.O.D. members, etc. He has recently taken his special skill set abroad, instructing Special Operations members in Finland, Estonia, and other countries.
Nicholas also runs and owns his own website and shooting school, HardShoot, and is a contributing writer for the website SOFREP, run by Brandon Webb and Jack Murphy.
When Nicholas is not on the shooting range, he is putting his time in Battalion and in combat on paper. He has self-published three books, Team Reaper and Precision Rifle B.I.B.L.E., volumes 1 and 2. He is currently working on another book with St. Martin’s Press.