ARMY SNIPER ASSOCIATION

OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS

Your Army Sniper Association officers, board of directors and staff are committed to serving our members and supporting the sniper community.





PRESIDENT

Ron Kuykendall

Ron is a graduate of Marine and Army Sniper Schools. He was one of the first Senior Sniper Instructors at the Army Sniper School and supported its founding in 1987. As Ron progressed through his Army career, he graduated from the Army’s Bradley Master Gunner course and served as Master Gunner at all echelons in Germany. Returning to CONUS, he served as the Master Gunner Technical Advisor for TRADOC and the Bradley Program Manager. After retiring, Ron  became a Department of the Army Civilian serving as Chief of the Bradley New Equipment Team, Technical Advisor for TRADOC’s Capability Managers for Armored and Striker Brigade Combat Teams. Ron retired in December 2019 as Technical Advisor for the Army Capability Manager for Armored Brigade Combat Teams. 




VICE PRESIDENT

James Harris

James is a former unit sniper, sniper section leader and a graduate of the US Army Sniper School. He served as one of the original instructors at the school and was later selected as the operations NCO and Senior Instructor. James separated from service after nine years and pursued a law enforcement career. He worked extensively in a number of supervisory assignments at the local level as well as with federal agencies and the US Department of Justice.  He retired from full time law enforcement after 25 years as a master sergeant and the supervisor of a violent crime task force. He remains active as a part-time officer. James was the winner of the 1990 All Army Sniper Competition. He attended Troy University where he studied business.



SECRETARY

Dr Lonny Wright

Dr Wright is a graduate of the US Army Sniper School where he also served as the original NCOIC . Dr Wright served on active duty for 32 years. He is the former Command Sergeant Major for the Infantry Center and the Sergeants Major Academy. Dr Wright was also in charge of detainee operations in Iraq before his retirement. Dr Wright served in a number of federal and contract positions after his retirement, the most recent being at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico. Dr Wright is currently a professor for  UMGC and St Leo University.

TREASURER

Jonathan Payne

Jonathan is a group vice president with Synovus Bank in Columbus, Georgia. He is currently managing a commercial loan portfolio of approximately 210 million dollars, comprised of businesses in numerous industry sectors. He is an ardent supporter of our armed forces and the Army Sniper Association.


BOARD MEMBER
I.T. and E-Commerce

John Meyer

John is a graduate of the US Army Sniper School. He served as one of the original instructors for the school. John served on active duty for over 14 years and transitioned to the reserves, where he eventually retired. After separating from service, John became involved in the computer field. He has over 27 years of IT and tech experience working for a goverment agency in the Washington DC area.

BOARD MEMBER
External Activities

Art Prieto

Art is a graduate of numerous military and civilian sniper schools to include the US Army Sniper School and Marine Corps Sniper School. He is the former NCOIC of the U.S. Army Sniper School and the original president of the Army Sniper Association. After retiring from active duty, Art worked extensively as a civilian instructor and as a contractor. Art just completed a lengthy term serving as the Army Sniper Association President for the second time.

BOARD MEMBER
National Guard Affairs

Butch Cady

Butch is a graduate of the US Army Sniper School and a former instructor. He has worked extensively with national guard and reserve components training teams that have competed in the International Sniper Competition. Butch also serves as the association’s National Guard Liaison. He is the former Vice President of the Army Sniper Association.

LEGAL ADVISOR

Shawn Rhodes

Shawn has been practicing law in Georgia since 2007. He currently serves as a sitting judge in Wilcox County. Shawn is one of the founders of the annual Liberty Bell shoot and he is an advocate for the sniper community and the Army Sniper Association.

LIBERTY BELL CHALLENGE COORDINATOR

Matt Brown

Matt is an avid shooting sports enthusiast. He has been involved with the annual Liberty Bell Challenge shooting competition for years and he is one of the coordinators for this event annually. Matt co-sponsors this event with the Army Sniper Association in support of our causes.

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