The Rangers I worked with in Sniper Section at 3rd Ranger Battalion used to do a good job of cleaning house out at the International Sniper competition held annually at Ft. Benning, Georgia. This year it was B/2/3 that dominated, the CIF company with 3rd Special Forces Group stationed at Ft. Bragg. While not as widely known as other Direct Action SOF units, each Special Forces Group has one CIF company, which includes snipers, that focuses on Direct Action raids rather than the Unconventional Warfare mission that ODA’s are known for.

The top five at the International Sniper comp this year were:

Champion — Master Sgt. Kevin Owens and Sgt. 1st Class Terry Gower, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C. (585)

Runner-up — Cpl. Michael Craven and Cpl. Lloyd Kenny, Irish Defence Forces (555)