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Army teams from Fort Benning, Ga., and Fort Bragg, N.C., won first place during the 2012 U.S. Army International Sniper Competition and Symposium Nov. 2-7. The competition at Fort Benning featured 36 two-man sniper teams from around the world.
The winners, some of whom can't be identified because of the sensitive nature of their jobs, are:
1st: A sniper team with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group, Fort Bragg.
2nd: Staff Sgt. Marty Holland and Staff Sgt. Kirby Odom, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 198th Infantry Brigade, Fort Benning.
3rd: Marine Staff Sgt. Francisco Diaz and Marine Staff Sgt. Christian O'Shea, U. S. Marine Corps Scout Sniper School.
1st: Staff Sgt. Daniel Horner and Spc. Tyler Payne, U. S. Army Marksmanship Unit, Fort Benning.
2nd: A sniper team from Ireland.
3rd: A sniper team from U. S. Army Special Operations Command.
This year's competitors represented the Army, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Pentagon Defense Police, state and local police departments, and the countries of the United Arab Emirates, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, England and Ireland.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Monica Gonzales, of F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., was the only female sniper to compete this year. The Air Force team placed 11th. Also, a team from the United Arab Emirates participated for the first time in the competition's history. They came in 12th place.
The competition, hosted by the U.S. Army Sniper School, featured 14 events and took place on multiple ranges on post. The events were conducted continuously over a 72-hour period and included sniper stalk, urban shooting and orienteering exercises, firing under stressful conditions, and other tests of marksmanship and sniper skills.