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Army shooters bring 2 golds from Australia

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Army (PA) shooters bagged two gold, four silver and nine bronze medals in an Australian-sponsored shooting competition participated by military contingents from 16 friendly states.

Army Spokesperson, Maj. Harold Cabunoc, said the Army shooting team finished the competition at No. 7. The competition, called Army Skills-at-Arms Meeting (AASAM), was held at Puckapunyal Military Area in Victoria, Australia.

The competition was joined by contingents from the military of Japan, United States (US), United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, and French Forces New Caledonia.

Cabunoc said that the latest achievement of Philippine Army shooters brings pride not only to the Army, but also to the entire country.

“The team’s victory is another concrete manifestation of your Army’s dynamic nature. We do not only hold guns for bloody war but also for friendly battles,” he added.

Aside from joining shooting competitions hosted by foreign countries, the team is also actively involved in implementing various marksmanship training program in different Army units throughout the country.

In 2010, the team received the Perpetual Trophy for the Rifle Falling Plates Match and recorded the fastest time in the obstacle course race in AASAM history.

In addition, the PA shooting team also won the Meggit International Trophy for the Battle Stimulation.

The AASAM, which started in 1984 at North Queensland Australia, is an annual event open to international competitors, which is designed to enhance Army operational ability by means of a rigorous, challenging and combat focused skill at arms competition.

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Jaime Laude/Aecaya Calero | The Philippine Star | May 21, 2012 | Article Link

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