ARMY MARKSMEN RECEIVE AWARD FROM ARMY CHIEF
FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City – The crack shooters of the Philippine Army Shooting Team received a military award in a simple ceremony during the Flag Raising at the Army headquarters, today an Army official said.
Major Harold M Cabunoc, the Army Spokesperson, said that members of the shooting contingent were awarded by Army Chief Lieutenant General Emmanuel T Bautista for their meritorious performance during the Australian Army Skills-at-Arms (AASAM) held at the Puckapunyal Military Area in Victoria, Australia last May 1 to 21, wherein they bagged two gold medals.
“Our shooters received the Military Merit Medal for their commendable performance in an international competition, thereby bringing honor not only to the Army but to the entire country as well,” said Cabunoc.
Also known as Triple M (MMM), the Military Merit Medal is usually granted to soldiers who performed meritoriously in various administrative task not related to combat.
“The Triple M can be earned through outstanding performance in office, involvement in community work, or excellence in sports,” added Cabunoc.
The PA Shooting Team is composed of Lt. Col. Ricky P Bunayog as Contingent Commander, Maj. Amelito G Baa, Maj. Charlie C Banaag, Staff Sgt. Jesustino B Agod, Staff Sgt. Armando G Mejia, Staff Sgt. Rudy M Edas, Staff Sgt. Alan G Lao, Staff Sgt Willard B Carrera, Staff Sgt. Jovemar M Rapsing, Cpl. Rodney L Rizano, Cpl. Angelo E Bonagua, Pfc. Jumar B Cenas, Pfc. Hader D Hammara and Pfc. Rosalito A Collado.
In this year’s competition, the Philippine team emerged number seven among the 16 participating countries. Specifically, the team earned two Gold, four Silver and nine Bronze medals.
The AASAM which started in 1984 at North Queensland Australia is an annual event open to international competitors. It is designed to enhance Army operational capability by means of a rigorous, challenging and combat focused skill at arms competition.
It is participated in by the different ASEAN countries, Japan, US Army and Marines, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, French Forces New Caledonia, marking a participation increase this year.