2015 Hide Cup with the Scout Sniper Assoc

The 2015 Hide Cup is honoring Sergeant Robinson, Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device posthumously for heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy while serving as Assistant Team Leader, Scout Sniper Team 2 (SST2). See the award and the Stage we will use to copy his actions in combat.

This year at the 2015 Sniper's Hide Cup we are honoring Sgt Robinson with a match stage based on his actions in Combat. As a member of the USMC Scout Sniper Association, I spoke to them about supporting their efforts as well as tapping the vast knowledge found within the group to develop a stage based on a real Marine Sniper Experience in combat.   Reaching out to GySgt Shawn Hughes the SNCOIC of the Camp Pendleton Scout Sniper School, we were able to put together a great Stage as well as Honor a Marine Scout Sniper, Sgt Robinson. This stage will honor his service and sacrifice. 

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The Stage, will start with the shooter back in the staging area, they will move forward 50m, Locate, ID, then range two sets of targets.  Then from a HOG Saddle and Tripod will enage the targets under time through an aperture in a wall.  The stage is being supported by Shadow Tech the maker of the Hog Saddle as well as US Tactical Supply who will provide the tripod along with the Hog Saddle to winner of that particular stage. 

The Scout Sniper Association raises money to help families of fallen Marine Scout Snipers and we will use our venue to help promote their cause.  Supporting the troops does not end when combat is over, there is a lot of collateral damage and lives touched after the fighting is done. The USMC Scout Sniper Association is upholding the tradition of never leaving a man behind. Please support their efforts and follow the links to their page. 

Sgt Robinson's Citation 

Sergeant Robinson, Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device posthumously for heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy while serving as Assistant Team Leader, Scout Sniper Team 2 (SST2), Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 8, 2d Marine Division (Forward), II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) on 10 June 2011 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. 

 Sergeant Robinson exemplified the composure, mental fortitude, battlefield awareness, and leadership of an experienced infantryman and Scout Sniper.  He was the quintessential fighter-leader and repeatedly demonstrated his technical and tactical proficiency at the art of locating, closing with and destroying the enemy with precision fires and effectively supporting squad maneuvers under fire.  Sergeant Robinson’s continuous inspections, debriefs and mentorship ensured his Marines meticulously prepared to execute or support combat operations in Company B’s Area of Operations (AO).

On 10 June 2011, SST2 conducted a reconnaissance mission within Company B’s AO.  At 0800, as SST2 was executing a long security halt, multiple enemy fighting positions engaged the team with medium machine gun (MMG) and small arms fire (SAF) from 200 meters away.  Heavy fire was striking in the immediate proximity of Sergeant Robinson and his radio operator’s position.  As an indication of the accuracy of fire, the radio operator was struck in the face by a bullet ricochet off an adjacent wall.  In order to deceive the enemy of the team’s size and exact location, SST2 split into two elements, Alpha and Bravo.  The Team Leader led the Alpha element and Sergeant Robinson led the Bravo element.  Both elements maneuvered into two separate positions and gained fire superiority.  With the team split, enemy fire shifted predominately to the Alpha element in an open tree-line.  Recognizing the heavy volume of fire directed at the Alpha element, Sergeant Robinson immediately led the maneuver of the Bravo element against the enemy.  He directed the suppression of the enemy positions and identified targets to be engaged with the M110 sniper rifle, M203 grenade launcher and Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW).  Sergeant Robinson’s bold action proved decisive as it allowed the Alpha element to maneuver out of the kill zone to a position of cover.  The engagement continued for 15 minutes until the Bravo element’s violent and effective fires overwhelmed the enemy.  

Once the fire ceased both elements then linked up and Alpha element led the team across an open area to maneuver on the enemy positions.  Halfway across the 250-meter open area, enemy fighting positions engaged the squad with MMG and SAF from multiple positions 200 meters to the north and east.  Sergeant Robinson’s rear element was under the heaviest fire with rounds striking within feet of the Marines.  Sergeant Robinson identified the nearest position of cover and immediately maneuvered the element into a canal 15 meters away.  He remained exposed to the enemy as he provided suppression until all Marines of the Bravo element were safely behind cover.  Once in position, Sergeant Robinson again directed the precision and automatic fires of the team.  After 15 minutes, the enemy broke contact and egressed.  Sergeant Robinson was then able to bound his element the remaining 100 meters across the open field and link up with the Alpha element.  Following linkup, SST2 egressed from the field across an unavoidable open area.  Meanwhile, the enemy had regrouped, reinforced and maneuvered along the abundant dead-space to establish an ambush.  SST2 was again engaged from multiple fighting positions with MMG and SAF as they were moving across the open field.  As the enemy was closing on the team’s position, Sergeant Robinson established a support by fire position to repel the enemy’s assault.  His quick action and bold refusal to concede any ground to the enemy allowed SST2 to hold in place and coordinate close air support and reinforcements.  He continued to expose himself to direct enemy fire to identify and communicate target locations to his Marines.  Enemy fire raged on for 20 minutes until rotor wing aircraft came overhead and ceased the enemy fire.  Sergeant Robinson’s sheer presence and bravery in the face of the third enemy contact in the same day continued to inspire his Marines. 

At approximately 1130, SST2 linked up with 1st Squad, 3d Platoon, Company B to return to Patrol Base (PB) Transformer.  400 meters south of PB Transformer, both elements began to cross a large open area.  While exposed in the field, the enemy engaged the squad a fourth time with heavy MMG and SAF that immediately struck 1st Squad’s point man.  The enemy occupied multiple firing points, with four distinct positions 200 meters to the north and east.  Sergeant Robinson observed a Marine wounded and saw that the squad was pinned down by heavy fire.  Without hesitation, he moved forward under fire to lead his element and half of 1st Squad to establish a support by fire position to provide vital suppression for the pinned down element.  He assigned sectors of fire and identified enemy locations to maximize the effects of their fire.  This allowed the Alpha element and a corpsman to move to the casualty and provide treatment.  With only 10 rounds remaining for the M110 sniper rifle, Sergeant Robinson observed the Company B Mobile Assault Platoon (MAP) approaching and he signaled the lead/trace of ground forces with a red star parachute from his M203 grenade launcher.  Sergeant Robinson’s unit remained in contact with the enemy for more than one hour.  Following MAP’s support to evacuate the casualty, Sergeant Robinson coordinated with the Alpha element and 1st Squad to suppress the enemy positions in order to allow Bravo element and six Marines of 1st Squad to cross the open area and enter PB Transformer.

Over the course of the six hours of repeated engagements with enemy forces along SST2’s patrol route and maneuvering hundreds of meters, Sergeant Robinson decisively engaged the enemy, exposing himself countless times to enemy fire in order to direct fires on enemy positions.  His daring leadership and bold actions as he controlled his element enabled them to gain fire superiority and supported the evacuation of a wounded Marine under heavy enemy fire.

Sergeant Robinson continued his courageous and inspired leadership during many other direct engagements with the enemy until he was struck down by enemy SAF while on a dismounted patrol in the vicinity of Kotozay Village.  Sergeant Robinson was Killed in Action on 7 August 2011 while engaging enemy forces in Sangin District, Helmand Provence Afghanistan. 

Sergeant Robinson’s Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device Award Citation. (Posthumously)

FOR HEROIC ACHIEVEMENT IN CONNECTION WITH COMBAT OPERATIONS AGAINST THE ENEMY AS ASSISTANT TEAM LEADER, SCOUT SNIPER TEAM 2, HEADQUARTERS AND SERVICE COMPANY, 1ST BATTALION, 5TH MARINES, REGIMENTAL COMBAT TEAM 8, 2D MARINE DIVISION (FORWARD), II MARINE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (FORWARD) AFGHANISTAN, ON 10 JUNE 2011 IN SUPPORT OF 

OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.  SERGEANT ROBINSON’S SCOUT SNIPER TEAM CAME UNDER HEAVY MEDIUM MACHINE GUN AND SMALL ARMS FIRE FROM MULTIPLE ENEMY POSITIONS ON 10 JUNE 2011.  HE IMMEDIATELY MANEUVERED HIS ELEMENT TO A POSITION OF ADVANTAGE, DIRECTED PRECISION FIRES ONTO THE ENEMY LOCATIONS, AND COURAGEOUSLY EXPOSED HIMSELF COUNTLESS TIMES TO WITHERING FIRE TO INSPIRE HIS MARINES AND REPEL THE ENEMY’S ATTACK.  WHILE RETURNING TO BASE, HIS TEAM AND A SUPPORTING SQUAD WERE ENGAGED IN OPEN TERRAIN BY AN ENEMY AMBUSH.  THE OVERWHELMING FIRE IMMEDIATELY WOUNDED THE POINT MAN AND PINNED DOWN THE REMAINING MARINES.  WITH COMPLETE DISREGARD FOR HIS PERSONAL SAFETY, HE LED HIS MARINES TO ESTABLISH A SUPPORT BY FIRE POSITION TO ALLOW THE CORPSMAN TO REACH THE WOUNDED MARINE.  DURING THE HOUR-LONG ENGAGEMENT, HE DIRECTED FRIENDLY FIRES, COORDINATED WITH REINFORCEMENTS, AND FACILITATED THE RAPID EVACUATION OF THE CASUALTY.  THROUGHOUT SIX HOURS OF INTENSE CONTACT WITH THE ENEMY, HIS TIRELESS ACTIONS, BOLD LEADERSHIP, AND RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF THE ENEMY ALLOWED THE MARINES TO RETURN SAFELY TO FRIENDLY LINES AND DECISIVELY REPEL EACH ENEMY ASSAULT.  BY HIS EXTRAORDINARY GUIDANCE, ZEALOUS INITIATIVE, AND TOTAL DEDICATION TO DUTY, SERGEANT ROBINSON REFLECTED GREAT CREDIT UPON HIMSELF AND UPHELD THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE MARINE CORPS AND THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE.