A peculiar quiet hung over a Fort Bragg training field at dawn, broken only by the intermittent rustling of leaves as soldiers crawled across the dirt.
Unlike the artillerymen and mortarmen who are accustomed to firing off loud explosions, or even the infantrymen ready to strike with multiple rounds of ammunition, these soldiers quietly stalked the area, carefully choosing the opportune moment to fire a lethal shot.
Sergeants Brandon Spann and Rory Ponte, a sniper team from the 82nd Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, crept ahead together slowly, never losing track of the enemy and the dangerous objects surrounding them, like the concealed mines and mortar tubes. They lurked carefully, knowing the enemy was searching for them through magnifying optics.
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