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Army May 26, 2011
By Maj Ian Toohill
A FULL-TIME farmer and former
ARA soldier, Maj Kirk Stone, has
taken out the Army's Champion
Shot at the Australian Army Skill at
Arms Meeting (AASAM), beating
147 other entrants on the way to the
top.Now in the ARes with LWDC
Puckapunyal, Maj Stone has been a
regular competitor at AASAM and is
part of the Army Shooting Team.
"I have represented the team in
the UK, USA and South Africa," Maj
Such is his devotion to shooting,
he first competed at AASAM in 1996
and has always placed in the top 10
shooters. He has also written the Army
Combat Shooting Manual.
"AASAM is an excellent training
opportunity and a chance to compete
internationally with the best marks-
men from other defence forces in our
region and allies around the world,"
Puckapunyal played host to 314
top shots from around the world
from May 5-18 as they competed in
the Australian Army's annual quest
for best individual shooters and best
There were 125 international com-
petitors from 12 countries with a con-
tingent of Japanese observers.
Australian Army and Navy contin-
gents selected the champion shot of
each service, as well as the best shoot-
ing unit or formation. The RAAF is
yet to join the competition.
Champion Shot for Navy went
to PO Gordon Orr and International
Champion Shot was scooped up by
visiting Indonesian Army air dispatch-
er Second Corporal Wolly Hamsan.
AASAM CO Lt-Col Wally Jensen
said he couldn't be happier with
Puckapunyal as the location for host-
"It's an ideal venue and this event
continues to grow each year," he said.
Comprising a series of team and
individual activities, including day
and night shooting and a bayonet
assault course, this year's event proved
demanding for shooters.
Computer simulation and advanced
moving targetry for snipers were also
introduced for the first time.
Matches were designed to replicate
some of the conditions and stressors of
current operational environments and
helped validate current doctrine and
marksmanship training standards.
Since 1984, AASAM has been
Australia's premier military shooting
event with a growing reputation world-
wide as more countries send their top
military shooters to Australia for the
A more comprehensive report and photos
from this year's AASAM will be published in
the next issue of Army.
Rock-solid crack shot
Accuracy: The Champion Shot of the Australian Army for 2011, Maj Kirk Stone, HQ CATC Puckapunyal, competes at the Classification Range. Inset,
International Champion Shot Indonesian Second Corporal Wolly Hamsan is chaired on to the parade ground by his team.
Photos by Sgt John Waddell
New joint ops chief
CDF ACM Angus Houston has announced
Lt-Gen Ash Power as the new Chief of
Joint Operations (CJOPS). Lt-Gen Power
has held several key operational and
staff appointments including commander
of 1 Bde and 1 Div; director Coalition
Planning Group at Central Command in
the USA; and Head of Military Strategic
Commitments. ACM Houston also
thanked outgoing CJOPS Lt-Gen Mark
Evans for his work in the position over the
past three years.
Cuppa for mates
A NUMBER of Army and Air Force fami-
lies in the Ipswich and Amberley areas of
Queensland remain in need of additional
assistance after the devastating January
floods. From May 30-June 4, Frontline
Services will donate 10 per cent of all
retail sales to the Help a Mate in Need
appeal to raise money for families still
struggling to recover from the devastation.
Frontline encourages personnel to buy a
coffee and a meal during this period. More
information can be found at www.front-
lineds.com.au/helpamate.php or by visiting
your local base canteen.
THE Gaythorne RSL in Brisbane has
received medals belonging to the late
Frank Lawrence Boyd. The club is trying
to contact the next of kin to pass on the
medals. Mr Boyd was reported missing,
believed killed in action, on January 21,
1943. The medals are: 1939-45 Star; Air
Crew Europe Star Defence Medal; War
Medal 1939-45; and Australia Service
Medal 1939-45. For more information con-
tact the Gaythorne RSL President, Merv
Brown, on (07) 3355 4655 or email
Correcting the record
ON page 6 of the May 12 edition of Army,
two phone numbers listed in the article
"Review contacts" were incorrect. The cor-
rect numbers are:
Review of the management of com-
plaints -- 1800 688 042
Review of allegations of sexual abuse
or misconduct by independent DLA
Piper review team -- 1800 424 991
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