FORT HOOD — The Austin Police Department’s SWAT team brought their expertise in urban environment sniper action to Fort Hood on Thursday, training soldiers from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment’s 1st Squadron.

In the squadron’s third day of range exercises, snipers from APD drilled soldiers through firing scenarios far different from the long-distance target practice the soldiers are used to. They practiced shorter-range shots that are more prevalent in urban scenarios.

Drills included placing soldiers under physical stress before firing, having them fire at very small targets and setting up shots from different firing positions instead of the prone position, which they typically use.

Officers timed many of the exercises to simulate the narrow windows SWAT officers sometimes have when taking a shot.

“Our targets are a little more challenging,” said APD Senior Officer Jeff Dwyer.

Read more about the 1st Squadron’s training in Wednesday’s Fort Hood Herald.

Contact Philip Jankowski at or (254) 501-7553. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.

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