Soldier Survives Sniper Attack


July 20, 2005, 05:06 AM
256th Brigade Combat Team
Camp Tigerland
Baghdad, Iraq
APO, AE 09326
RELEASE 20050705-01
256th BCT Soldier survives sniper attack Spc. Chris Foster 256th Brigade
Combat Team PAO

BAGHDAD -- Being able to react to and maintain control of a situation in
a combat environment can be a difficult task for Soldiers. They must be
able to quickly react and assess a situation, in order to ensure their
survival and the safety of those around them.
"Stay alert, stay alive" is the reminder that is driven into the minds
of Soldiers since the first day of basic training and echoes throughout
their military careers.

This axiom was driven home for at least one Soldier on June 2.
Pfc. Stephen Tschiderer, a native of Mendon, N.Y., and a medic with E
Troop, 101st "Saber" Cavalry Division, attached to 3rd Battalion, 156th
Infantry Regiment, 256th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, was
shot in the chest by an enemy sniper, during a routine patrol in west
While Tschiderer was relaying information to the truck commander of his
M114 Humvee, an enemy sniper team prepared to engage him from inside of
a cushioned silver van being used as a mobile sniper's nest. This nest
was lined with numerous bed mattresses to muffle the sound of a
Dragonoff sniper rifle fired through a hole just big enough for the
shooter to engage his target of choice.

Tschiderer was knocked to the ground from the sudden impact of the
sniper's bullet. The bullet only seemed to have fazed this Soldier as,
adrenaline pumping, he sprang right back up in order to take cover and
locate the enemy's position.

The sniper was unsuccessful in his mission, due to the stopping force of
the Tschiderer's daily wardrobe, his protective body armor, which saved
his life.
"I knew I was hit, but was uncertain of the damage or location from the
hit," Tschiderer said. "The only thing that was going through my mind
was to take cover and locate the sniper's position."

"The shot came from my 12 o'clock position from a silver van parked
across an intersection about 75 meters from my location." said
After Tschiderer alerted his fellow Soldiers of the enemy location, they
immediately began to pursue the terrorists.

Due to his heroic actions and quick decisions, Tschiderer located the
enemy while he took cover and alerted the rest of his team on patrol. As
the Saber team engaged and disabled the sniper's position, two
terrorists fled on foot, leaving a blood trail that came from the wounds
of the enemy sniper.
A cordon and search was immediately set up and Tschiderer assisted his
team in the search of the two terrorists. The driver of the silver
vehicle was detained by a team from B Co. 3-156th Inf. Bn. while
Tschiderer and a team from B Company, 4th Battalion, 1st Iraqi Army
Brigade, continued to follow the blood trail which led them to the yard
where the wounded sniper lay in pain.
As Tschiderer secured the terrorist with a pair of handcuffs, he gave
medical aid to the wounded terrorist*the same one who'd tried to take
his life.

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July 20, 2005, 08:18 AM
Rock On. good work. all i have to say to all in this hell hole is to stay safe and get home.

July 20, 2005, 09:52 AM
Is that the guy from this video?

Sounds like it...

July 20, 2005, 10:27 AM
What's a Dragonoff? :D

pete f
July 20, 2005, 11:39 AM
why did we detain anyone. they shot at us we should have hit the "silver van" with a handfull of 203 rounds.

we are fighting too nice

time to teach them a lesson.

July 20, 2005, 11:55 AM
Duplicate thread.

What's a Dragonoff?

I think it's like Off spray, but for dragons.

July 20, 2005, 04:45 PM
Too bad those yahoo's in Reign of Fire forgot to pack any, eh ?


July 20, 2005, 06:05 PM
I think it's like Off spray, but for dragons. No, I believe it's for cleaning up the little Dragon messes off the carpet... :p

Sorry about the dup :banghead:

July 21, 2005, 10:29 AM
Thank God for the ceramic interceptor vests that our troops have!!

brad cook

July 21, 2005, 01:04 PM
They must be pretty stout to stop 7.62x54 at point-blank range...that's just above the normal Level III rating, yes?

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