Let’s get down. I knew that if I didn’t flip that around, I was going to go nuts, and if I did, then what would that mean for the rest of the guys? “Motherf—er.”. I ducked back down and Pemberton and Derek were screaming at me asking me if I was hit. His weapon of choice was an Mk 11 rifle a modified version of the  SR-25 sniper rifle, nicknamed Dirty Diana. Brett Johnson of the 1st Ranger Battalion peered through night-vision goggles, slowly moving with his squad toward a house in Iraq with a high-value target inside. $9.95. I rolled over toward Pemberton, and the two of us huddled together, offering whatever cover we could to each other. This unit was inactivated 1 July 1945 in China. I had to stop them. One, two, three. Pemberton raised his head an inch or two and another round impacted danger close. I watched as they turned inward and then outward toward us, pointing our way. $14.95. James "Jamie" E. Smith I aimed my mounted PEQ-15’s visible laser right on the chest of the guy riding on the handlebars, hoping he’d notice that dot. Their eyes were wide and their mouths hung open. The units originally had … (Courtesy of Nicholas Irving) I was already exhausted, had catalogued the memories of the assist we gave to the marines in a mental file called “the Longest Day,” and I knew that it was only going to get longer. Every step we had to lift one foot up, trying to maintain our balance, and then push off and go, all the while fighting our way through one another’s divots. Some of Nicholas Irving accomplishments include: US Army Ranger School US Army Sniper School This is the official 3rd Battalion page. We wanted to mentally mark that location in case we needed it if things went bad. The rest of the recce guys, including McDonald, were pinned down around the hole. He did. $15.95. Those little dunes, the ones that seemed like the ripples on a potato chip, were exhausting. For nearly 18 hours, the Rangers delivered devastating firepower, killing an estimated 600 Somalis in what many have called the fiercest ground combat since Vietnam. Eventually, it didn’t make much sense for us to try to get any farther on four wheels. Make sure to register and login first. The Instant New York Times Bestseller by Co-Star of Fox's American Grit and Legendary Ranger Nick Irving Groundbreaking, thrilling and revealing, The Reaper is the astonishing memoir of Special Operations Direct Action Sniper Nicholas Irving, the 3rd Ranger Battalion's deadliest sniper with 33 confirmed kills, though his remarkable career total, including probables, is unknown. I tried not to think about my wife and my mom and dad, but of course, in telling myself not to think about them, I was thinking about them. They were able to lay down a few bursts of suppressive fire, but the enemy definitely had fire superiority at that moment. He is now the New York Times bestselling author of memoirs The Reaper and Way of the Reaper, as well as runaway hit thriller novel Reaper: Ghost Target. I immediately flashed back to a conversation we’d had with the marines while we were playing poker. Mission: Our national defense requires the 3rd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment to execute any special operations or light infantry mission requiring a mature, competent, highly disciplined, and lethal force to ensure the precise application of combat power in politically sensitive environments. We’re lying in the middle of this open field and we’ve got shaky communications at best. Unfortunately, Reaper never got to whack the Chechen. You never know how stress and sleeplessness are going to affect you. Cpl. During his active duty service, Nick Irving was deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan. 4th Ranger Battalion 1943. In time with my footfalls, I was chanting, “This—sucks. The two companies of the 3rd Ranger Battalion were to secure the northern sector of Eagle to include the NCO academy, the camp headquarters, the airfield operations complex, the motor pools, the communications center…Objectives Dog and Steel, and the ammunition supply point at the far northern end of the runway. It was like I could see every vein, every sinew, every tendon standing out. So I was resting in that hole, closing my eyes, and alternately trying to bring back that entire scene of the village, while also thinking about where I would have chosen to position myself to do what he was attempting to do. I also knew that we absorbed some information subconsciously and it would come back to us if we were in a receptive state. I stuck my head up a bit higher, exposing my entire face, and a loud crack sounded. Army 3rd Ranger Battalion's deadliest sniper. The sniper community now, only taking Rangers with multiple combat deployments, the Ranger Tab, and men who have served in multiple leadership positions.This is key when shaping a great sniper. Let’s start there. Three for three. 1st Ranger Battalion Tunisia 1943. It looks like he was brought to this world to serve, because Nick Irving was born in Fort Meade, Maryland. They were just two weeks away from being out of there and now they were caught up in this shit storm. Almost four years of the time spent in 3/75 was spent in the sniper section. Special Operations Direct Action Sniper Nicholas Irving was the first African-American sniper with the Third Ranger Battalion when he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009. As we both nodded that we agreed on the plan, they clanked together. Random weirdness rattled around in there. He earned the nickname “The Reaper’ after killing 33 enemies is less than four months while deployed in Afghanistan. The higher objective of which is to create an environment which is conducive to allow growth of its members mentally in … The machine gunners were at one o’clock. RKB, Available on amazon.com Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (January 27, 2015), Share this article   Tweet   Perhaps one of the most vitrolic “reporters” from China State media, Chen …, Copyright © 2020 Soldier of Fortune Magazine, THE REAPER: The 3rd Ranger Battalion’s Deadliest Sniper, on THE REAPER: The 3rd Ranger Battalion’s Deadliest Sniper, Army preps Strykers for laser combat shoot-off, A Letter to Vietnam Veterans From Green Beret Captain Don Bendell. I finally managed to crawl my way to the top, and Pemberton and I were up there with Derek underneath us. Nicholas Irving for friends Irv and for all other Rangers, the Reaper is famous Army Ranger sniper who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. I don’t know if it was ours or the Taliban’s, but the sound of multiple grenades going off thumped above the main beat of our weapons. Irving, who served as a direct-action sniper with 3rd Ranger Battalion, saw too much combat during his six years in uniform to give his experiences in … Same thing. About 500 meters away, I caught some motion on top of one of the buildings. $15.95. He becomes widely know after his military r… It was driving me nuts knowing that some guy was able to fire so precisely on us. As we rolled along in the trucks, I was struck by just how beautiful the area was. I was remembering all the times since getting to Afghanistan when I thought about how cool it was that we were doing the things we had been and what it felt like when I took a guy out, and how ludicrous that all seemed to me just then. Select Options. “Let it play out. 3rd Battalion Whiskey Sticker Set. His unconfirmed kill total count could easily be into triple digits. From October 3 to 4, 1993, Rangers from 3d Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment conducted a daring daylight raid with other special operations forces. Select Options. That’s when the recce team and Pemberton and I split off. Finally, we got within a half mile of the objective. The plan had been to check in with the main unit once we’d established ourselves. With my torso pressed to the wall of the hole and my legs on its bottom, I slithered up a few inches. In 2016, Irving was one of four military leaders to serve as coaches on the reality show American Grit with John Cena. What that was doing to us mentally was pretty cruel. He could see a hand or a foot or something, but he wasn’t able to zone in on a body, otherwise one of us would have been hit. During his active duty service, Nick Irving was deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan. 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. Radio malfunctions and radio weirdness plagued us all the time, in a nerve-jangling version of Murphy’s Law. We made our way about 800 meters from the main element. 3rd Ranger Battalion (3rdRB) Website: https://3rdrb.guildtag.com/ Navigate to the “Apply” tab to join the 3rd! The marines added that the Chechen sniper had been around since the Soviet/Afghan days. Isaiah Burkhart I served in 3rd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment from 2003-2008. The higher objective of which is to create an environment which is conducive to allow growth of its members mentally in … Watch out for that dude,” one of the guys told us. “The dude has mad skills and a lot of kills,” a marine said, setting off a round of high fives. SAVANNAH, GEORGIA. We were all freaking out. I am a graduate of US Army Airborne School, US Army Ranger School, US Army Sniper School, Special Forces Sniper Course, and the US Marine Corps Summer Mountain Scout Sniper Course. The M21 was used by the 1st and 2nd Ranger Battalions in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and later the 3rd Ranger Battalion after its activation. Five hours later, all I was thinking was that this just sucked. We were in that hole and the combined energy of our collective fear was radioactive. I compensated for the elevation and windage and fired again. The Army had taught us the Keep in Memory System (KIMS), and I was used to maintaining a high level of observation. 3rd Ranger Battalion Ft Benning Rangers Lead The Way Army Challenge Coin. He was easy, but the third guy, who had been moving forward so that he could help feed the ammo, seeing his other two guys shot dead, grabbed a few belts and took off running. His first stop was at the Navy recruiting office where he comes with an intention to become a Navy SEAL, but he failed a colorblindness test and instead of Navy SEALS, he joined the United States Army Rangers. I am a graduate of US Army Airborne School, US Army Ranger School, US Army Sniper School, Special Forces Sniper Course, and the US Marine Corps Summer Mountain Scout Sniper Course. Special Operations Direct Action Sniper Nicholas Irving was the first African-American sniper with the Third Ranger Battalion when he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009. The bike came to a stop. I pointed it out to Pemberton and he nodded. Irving, who served as a direct-action sniper with 3rd Ranger Battalion, saw too much combat during his six years in uniform to give his experiences in … … “He operates in that area. Even from up top I couldn’t spot any targets while scanning. Just do it.” Pemberton’s voice was high-pitched and it was like you could see a cloud of adrenaline coming out of his mouth as he spoke. Fellow Rangers nicknamed Irving “The Reaper” because of his proficiency for killing. Staff Sergeant Keni Thomas, country music singer who … We were pretty well camouflaged, so I rose up just a bit and signaled to them, making sure to keep the red dot on him, circling it so that he knew exactly where the bullet would impact him. I’d gotten to the hole first, so I was at the bottom, with Pemberton and Derek both on top of me, one to my left and one to my right. The … 5th Ranger Battalion 1944. I could feel it poking out. This was a chess match and understanding your opponent’s position, putting yourself in his shoes, was essential for success. Through his career, he raised up to the rank of Sergeant and has become one of the most famous special operations snipers in the modern U.S. Military. He wasn’t there. 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