FORT BENNING, Ga. -- A team from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit is the best sniper duo in the world.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Horner and Spc. Tyler Payne outlasted 35 other teams from around the globe to win the 2012 International Sniper Competition. The field included entries from Ireland, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Denmark, Army Special Forces, the Air Force, Marine Corps and Army National Guard. There were state police tandems from Las Vegas, Chicago and Florida.
"It feels awesome to win," Horner said. "I've wanted to compete in this event my whole life. We didn't have a slot to compete in the last few years so when we got in this year we trained hard the past few weeks to get prepared."
The competition is hosted by the U.S. Army Sniper School, whose mission is to hone warrior skills, exhibit the Warrior Ethos, determine the world's best snipers, and further the warrior mindset across the Army. The Sniper School develops Warriors who are part of the Strategic Squad and are able to dominate while conducting wide area security and combined arms maneuver.