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Christopher Hayes, chairman of the board and Revere Bank chair for Vistage International, Inc. in Laurel, Md., receives instruction from Sgt. Jason Wattle,a  rifleman, about firing an M-40 sniper rifle aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico on July 18, 2014. Hayes fired the weapon during a portion of the Marine Corps Executive Forum, an event held several times a year to introduce the Marine Corps to civilians in leadership roles.
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Corporal Peyton L. Simmons, a scout sniper with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Ground Combat Element, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, and Tacoma, Wash., native,  sites through an M-110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System, or SASS, during a Visit, Board, Search and Seizure exercise at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., July 17, 2014. During the exercise, scout snipers used the Hueys, from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (Reinforced), to provide cover for the assault force. The exercise was part of Realistic Urban Training, the first major pre-deployment training exercise for the 24th MEU in preparation for their deployment later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dani A. Zunun)
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Cpl. Phillip S. Lilly II, a scout sniper with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Ground Combat Element, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, and a Princewick, W.V., native, looks for simulated targets during a Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure exercise at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., July 15, 2014. During VBSS, scout snipers provided cover from UH-1Y Hueys to the Maritime Raid Force, Force Reconnaissance Company, 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion on the simulated vessel of interest.  The Hueys are part of the organic air assets of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Aviation Combat Element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (Reinforced). The exercise is part of Realistic Urban Training and is the first major pre-deployment training exercise for the 24th MEU in preparation for their deployment later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devin Nichols)
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Walt Sides poses for a photo while on deployment in Vietnam. As a staff sergeant, he did two tours in Vietnam. He was the platoon sergeant of the first Marine Corps scout sniper platoon to be trained exclusively in combat during his first tour. (Photo courtesy of Walt Sides)
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Marine Corps scout snipers sight in during training in Vietnam. The first Marine Corps scout sniper platoon to be trained exclusively in combat would later be nicknamed ‘the Rogues.’ (Photo courtesy of Walt Sides)
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A Marine wrote a letter thanking Sides’ platoon for saving him when he was injured in Vietnam. Sides’ platoon, nicknamed ‘the Rogues,’ was the first Marine Corps scout sniper platoon trained exclusively in a combat zone. (Photo courtesy of Walt Sides)
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A newspaper clipping tells about retired Marine Walt Sides and the sniper platoon under his charge during the Vietnam War. Sides’ platoon, nicknamed ‘the Rogues,’ was the first Marine Corps scout sniper platoon trained exclusively in a combat zone. (Photo courtesy of Walt Sides)
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Cpl. Phillip S. Lilly II, a scout sniper with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Ground Combat Element, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, and a Princewick, W.V., native, sites in with his rifle from a UH-1Y Huey during a Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure exercise at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., July 15, 2014. During VBSS, scout snipers provided cover from aircraft to the Maritime Raid Force, Force Reconnaissance Company, 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion on the simulated vessel of interest.  The Hueys are part of the organic air assets of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Aviation Combat Element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (Reinforced). The exercise is part of Realistic Urban Training and is the first major pre-deployment training exercise for the 24th MEU in preparation for their deployment later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devin Nichols)
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Cpl. Phillip S. Lilly II, a scout sniper with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Ground Combat Element, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, and a Princewick, W.V., native, sites in on a rifle scope during a Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure exercise at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., July 15, 2014. During VBSS, scout snipers provided cover from UH-1Y Hueys to the Maritime Raid Force, Force Reconnaissance Company, 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion on the simulated vessel of interest.  The Hueys are part of the organic air assets of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Aviation Combat Element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (Reinforced). The exercise is part of Realistic Urban Training and is the first major pre-deployment training exercise for the 24th MEU in preparation for their deployment later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devin Nichols)
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A UH-1Y Huey from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Aviation Combat Element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor  Squadron 365 (Reinforced), hovers around a ship while members of the MEU’s Maritime Raid Force provide sniper coverage during a Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure exercise as a part of Realistic Urban Training at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., July 13, 2014. VBSS operations are primarily conducted by the Maritime Raid Force, a unit sourced from 2d Reconnaissance Battalion, for the purpose of Maritime Interdiction Operations.  RUT is the first major pre-deployment training exercise for the 24th MEU in preparation for their deployment later this year.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dani A. Zunun)
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Captain Deed Ziegler, an intelligence officer and platoon commander for Scout Sniper Platoon, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, and a native of Albany, California, pays his respects to Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer during a memorial ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, July 2, 2014. The memorial was in honor of Spitzer, a professionally instructed gunman with Scout Sniper Platoon, 1st Bn., 7th Marines, who was killed while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 25, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan / released)
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Marines with Scout Sniper Platoon, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, pose for a photo around a battlefield cross after a memorial ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, July 2, 2014. The memorial was in honor of Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer, a professionally instructed gunman with Scout Sniper Platoon, 1st Bn., 7th Marines, who was killed while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 25, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan / released)
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Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, stand at parade rest during a memorial ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, July 2, 2014. The memorial was in honor of Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer, a professionally instructed gunman with Scout Sniper Platoon, 1st Bn., 7th Marines, who was killed while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 25, 2014.
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Lance Cpl. Gabriel Krengel, professionally instructed gunman, Scout Sniper Platoon, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, and a native of Chicago, Illinois, speaks during a memorial ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, July 2, 2014. The memorial was in honor of Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer, a professionally instructed gunman with Scout Sniper Platoon, 1st Bn., 7th Marines, who was killed while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 25, 2014.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan / released)
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Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, conduct a 21-gun salute during a memorial ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, July 2, 2014. The memorial was in honor of Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer, a professionally instructed gunman with Scout Sniper Platoon, 1st Bn., 7th Marines, who was killed while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 25, 2014.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan / released)
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Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, salute as the melody "Taps" plays during a memorial ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, July 2, 2014. The memorial was in honor of Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer, a professionally instructed gunman with Scout Sniper Platoon, 1st Bn., 7th Marines, who was killed while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 25, 2014.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan / released)
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