• BAGHDAD - A golf ball stands in as a suitable target for a mixed crowd of Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment "Paxton Rangers," 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad and the 24th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Division at Forward Operating Base Constitution July 31. The Paxton Rangers spent a week training the IA Soldiers in basic rifle marksmanship.

    BAGHDAD - A golf ball stands in as a suitable...

    BAGHDAD - A golf ball stands in as a suitable target for a mixed crowd of Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment "Paxton Rangers," 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad and the 24th...

  • BAGHDAD - Sgt. Joseph McGowan, of Carlisle, Pa., serving with the 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment "Paxton Rangers," 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad shows a group of Iraqi Army Soldiers with the 24th Brigade, 6th IA Division what could be accomplished when applying proper shooting fundamentals on a properly zeroed weapon at Forward Operating Base Constitution July 31.

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. Joseph McGowan, of Carlisle...

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. Joseph McGowan, of Carlisle, Pa., serving with the 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment "Paxton Rangers," 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad shows a group of Iraqi Army Soldiers with...

  • BAGHDAD - Sgt. Joseph McGowan, of Carlisle, Pa., a sniper from the 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment "Paxton Rangers," 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad demonstrates marksmanship to a group of Iraqi Army Soldiers with the 24th Brigade, 6th IA Division at Forward Operating Base Constitution July 31.

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. Joseph McGowan, of Carlisle...

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. Joseph McGowan, of Carlisle, Pa., a sniper from the 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment "Paxton Rangers," 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad demonstrates marksmanship to a group of...

  • BAGHDAD - A group of over two dozen Iraqi Army Soldiers from the 24th Brigade, 6th IA Division participate in a course designed to improve marksmanship at Forward Operating Base Constitution July 31. The week-long course was instructed by Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment "Paxton Rangers," 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Multi-National Division -Baghdad.

    BAGHDAD - A group of over two dozen Iraqi Army...

    BAGHDAD - A group of over two dozen Iraqi Army Soldiers from the 24th Brigade, 6th IA Division participate in a course designed to improve marksmanship at Forward Operating Base Constitution July 31. The week-long course was instructed by Soldiers from...

  • BAGHDAD - Staff Sgt. Matthew Lynch (foreground), of Mifflintown, Pa. and Sgt. Joseph McGowan (background), of Carlisle, Pa., both snipers from the 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment "Paxton Rangers," 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad watch as their Iraqi counterparts of the 24th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division learn to be teachers in a Basic Rifle Marksmanship course at Forward Operating Base Constitution July 31.

    BAGHDAD - Staff Sgt. Matthew Lynch...

    BAGHDAD - Staff Sgt. Matthew Lynch (foreground), of Mifflintown, Pa. and Sgt. Joseph McGowan (background), of Carlisle, Pa., both snipers from the 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment "Paxton Rangers," 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry...

BAGHDAD - In spirit of the cooperation that has continued well past the June 30 Security Agreement deadline, which detailed the changeover in responsibility for the security of Iraq, U.S. Soldiers are working with their Iraqi partners.

U.S. snipers and squad-designated marksmen worked with their counterparts; giving tips, teaching lessons and allowing the Iraqi Soldiers from the 24th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division to improve their skills as marksmen at Forward Operating Base Constitution July 25-31.

For the past week Soldiers split their time between the classroom and the shooting range.

"Trying to communicate what we expect of them is the biggest problem," said Staff Sgt. Matthew Lynch, a native of Mifflintown, Pa., the lead sniper from the 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment "Paxton Rangers," 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, who are training the IA. "They're just like American Soldiers; they'll do really well, then they might forget a step. They just need repetition."

The class is one of the U.S. Army's "train-the-trainer" classes, designed to saturate the students with knowledge and experience with the intent of having them go back to their units and train their Soldiers.

"The instructors are very knowledgeable and have given us so much to help make us better Soldiers," said Sgt. Mustafa of the 24th Bde., 6th I.A. Div., who shot 37 of 40 targets on his first try.

The targets are 25 meters from the shooters and are sized down to appear they are between 50 and 300 meters away.

"We have a good group of instructors here. We have snipers, squad-designated marksmen and certified instructors. They know what they are talking about," said Lynch. "With the help of some pretty good interpreters we can pass this knowledge onto the Iraqi Army."

The class culminated with every student having passed the class, demonstrating proficiency with the M-4 rifle.

"I'm excited to be part of this," said Sgt. Joseph McGowan of Carlisle, Pa, also a sniper from the Paxton Rangers. "I feel this mission helps cultivate a good joint-forces mindset especially when considering our future together."

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