Pathfinder Snipers Train on Aerial Platform Firing

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A team of snipers today trained on aerial platform firing in Logar province, Afghanistan.

The training allowed the snipers to familiarize with the effects of bullet drop when firing from different altitudes.

Snipers were required to fire at targets while moving at different speeds in a UH-60 Blackhawk as part of an aerial firing platform exercise.

U.S. Army Cpl. William Hopkins, a spotter with 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Pathfinders, looks through the scope of the Barrett .50 Cal. while U.S. Army Sgt. Lucas Cordes, a sniper team leader waits for the Uh60 Blackhawk to turn around.
U.S. Army Cpl. William Hopkins, a spotter with 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Pathfinders, looks through the scope of the Barrett .50 Cal. while U.S. Army Sgt. Lucas Cordes, a sniper team leader waits for the Uh60 Blackhawk to turn around.

U.S. Army Cpl. William Hopkins, a native of Clovis, Calif., a spotter with Company F, 2nd Aviation Assault Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade’s Pathfinders, looks through the scope of the Barrett .50 Cal. while U.S. Army Sgt. Lucas Cordes, a native of Hillman, Mich., a sniper team leader with Co. F, 2-82 CAB, waits for the Uh-60 Blackhawk to turn around so they can commence an aerial firing platform exercise.
Photo: Spc. Cody Barber, 11th Public Affairs Detachment

U.S. Army Cpl. William Hopkins, a spotter, takes aim at a target with the Barrett .50 Cal., as Sgt. Lucas Cordes watches.
U.S. Army Cpl. William Hopkins, a spotter, takes aim at a target with the Barrett .50 Cal., as Sgt. Lucas Cordes watches.

U.S. Army Cpl. William Hopkins, a native of Clovis, Calif., a spotter with Company F, 2nd Aviation Assault Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade’s Pathfinders, takes aim at a target with the Barrett .50 Cal., Jan. 26, while U.S. Army Sgt. Lucas Cordes, a native of Hillman, Mich., a Co. F, 2-82 CAB sniper team leader, watches to see if he hits it.
Photo: Spc. Cody Barber, 11th Public Affairs Detachment

U.S. Army Sgt. Lucas Cordes, a sniper team leader, fires a customized M16 at a target while hovering in a UH 60 Blackhawk during an aerial firing platform exercise.
U.S. Army Sgt. Lucas Cordes, a sniper team leader, fires a customized M16 at a target while hovering in a UH-60 Blackhawk during an aerial firing platform exercise.

U.S. Army Sgt. Lucas Cordes, a native of Hillman, Mich., a sniper team leader with Company F, 2nd Aviation Assault Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade’s Pathfinders, fires a customized M-16 at a target while hovering in a UH-60 Blackhawk during an aerial firing platform exercise.
Photo:Spc. Cody Barber, 11th Public Affairs Detachment