Marine Sniper Receives Bronze Star Medal for Valor

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    Marine Sniper Receives Bronze Star Medal for Valor

    By Sgt. Stephen D'Alessio, USMC
    Special to American Forces Press Service


    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., Feb. 22, 2004 - In the early morning
    hours of April 9, 2004, a Marine sniper and his spotter crawled on top of an
    abandoned oil storage tank in Lutafiyah, Iraq. Their mission was routine, as
    they covered their squad's patrol movement through the small town during the
    Arbaeen pilgrimage. But it became a mission that will go down in the annals
    of Marine Corps history.



    Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Steve Reichert, a 25-year-old scout sniper with Headquarters
    Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, was recently awarded the Bronze
    Star with a combat 'V' for valorous action in Iraq in April.



    Staff Sgt. Steve Reichert, a 25-year-old scout sniper with Headquarters
    Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, was recently awarded one of the
    Corps' top medals, the Bronze Star with a combat 'V' for valorous action,
    for his actions that day.


    During this particular mission atop the oil tank, Reichert settled himself
    in a very exposed position -- though he was able to prop up a few steel
    plates on some sand bags. He and his spotter occupied that position knowing
    they were extremely vulnerable to enemy fire.


    "I didn't really think about it at the time," said Reichert. "But when we
    heard the (.50-caliber) rounds impacting the oil tank, we took what little
    cover there was."


    As the patrol moved toward the town, Reichert observed a dead animal located
    in the patrol's path. It was then when he recalled his training in enemy
    tactics, techniques and procedures for improvised explosive devices and made
    radio contact to redirect the patrol. The patrol leader radioed back to
    Reichert and confirmed his suspicion that two wires were leading out of the
    dog carcass.


    "We encountered IEDs daily," said Reichert. "The IED that the squad came up
    on was in a dead animal, and with my spotting scope I could see the slight
    reflection of the wires coming out of the animal."


    But despite the squad's preventive measures, a routine situation turned
    treacherous. Arocket-propelled grenade was fired at the Marine patrol, and
    seconds later enemy machine-gun and small-arms fire pinned them down,
    according to Reichert. The Marines couldn't effectively engage the enemy
    machine gunner on the rooftop of a nearby building, so they radioed to
    Reichert on the oil storage tank. He took one shot and missed, then made the
    proper wind and elevation calculations to make his mark. A moment and a
    trigger pull later, Reichert took out the gunner.


    In the after-action report, the platoon leader made a remarkable account:
    that Reichert made the shot from 1,614 meters - about a mile away. His
    accuracy was the deciding factor in the outcome of the firefight.


    Soon after, a few insurgents began to climb a set of stairs on the backside
    of the building where the firefight was taking place. Reichert aimed into
    the brick wall where he thought the men were and fired. All three of the men
    dropped. Reichert's armor-piercing round penetrated the wall and killed one
    man -- possibly wounding the other two with bullet and brick fragmentation.


    "I could see that two Marines got separated (from the platoon) and saw that
    a small group of insurgents were maneuvering into position to ambush the
    Marines. Once they stopped moving I shot one; the other two ran."


    Reichert looks back at his mission as a learning experience - not only for
    him, but also for others who follow in his footsteps. "I've learned a few
    lessons in life that I think helped me along the way," said Reichert. "Never
    quit, no matter how tough life can get."


    (Marine Sgt. Stephen D'Alessio is a 2nd Marine Division combat
    correspondent.)
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    Great Story

    "In the after-action report, the platoon leader made a remarkable account:
    that Reichert made the shot from 1,614 meters - about a mile away. His
    accuracy was the deciding factor in the outcome of the firefight."

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    Looks like he may have some Badger rings holding his glass in place. Nothing but the best.

    I recently finished my Remington 700 PSS project that I spared no expense on, building it right. You should see the look on people’s faces when you tell them the Badger Scope rail and rings alone cost $300.
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