Staff Sgt. John Browning was born in Jackson, Georgia. He joined the Army in May 2015 with an inter-service transfer from the Marine Corps. He was assigned to the United States Army Marksmanship Unit Action Shooting team in May 2015 as a shooter/instructor.
After graduation from the School of Infantry, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, he was assigned to 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines. Initially assigned to the Scout Sniper Platoon after passing selection, he served as an RTO and deployed to Habinnyah, Iraq in 2006. During the next pre-deployment cycle he graduated from the Scout Sniper Basic Course and the Urban Sniper Course. He deployed again to Al Qaim, Iraq in 2008 where he served as a team leader in the Scout Sniper Platoon. He then graduated SERE school and SOTG Reconnaissance and Surveillance Course. In 2009, he deployed with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, to the Persian Gulf and served as team leader in the Scout Sniper Platoon. Browning was then reassigned to 3rd Battalion 5th Marines, Camp Pendleton in the beginning of 2010. He deployed six months later to Sangin, Afghanistan, as a team leader in the Scout Sniper Platoon. In 2011, Browning was accepted and reassigned to the Marine Corps Combat Shooting Team, Weapons Training Battalion, Quantico, Virginia. In conjunction with his duties as a competitor, Browning has graduated from Foreign Weapons Instructor Course, Methods of Entry School, Combat Marksmanship Coaches Course, and Sergeant’s Course.
Staff Sergeant Browning competes in USPSA pistol competitions throughout the country and is a master class competitor. Browning has competed in many major 3 Gun matches across the country to include Northwest Multi-gun (2nd place), Rockcastle 3 Gun (5th place), FNH 3 Gun (2nd place), Rocky Mountain 3 Gun (5th place), and multiple High Military trophies.