by Major (Inf) M. Asmi, taken from http://www.tandef.net and from alutsista.blogspot.com (and translated by Indomil)
Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting (AASAM) 2009 was shooting competition and it was the 24th time has been organized by Australian Army with its purpose is to measure soldier’s professionalism on marksmanship shooting. In 2009, they invited and finally attended by armed forces from 10 Asian Pacific neighborhood countries, European and Commonwealth countries, including TNI-AD (Indonesian Army).
Prior to this recent participation in this year, TNI-AD has involved in this AASAM competition three times, first in 1995 in Canungra, Queensland, second in 2005 in Singleton, NSW and then in 2008 in Puckapunyal, Victoria. During those competitions, some competition materials has been applied that strongly challenge soldier’s marksmanship shooting and particularly in 2009, committee created combat shooting challenge.
As per commanding letter from Army Staff Chief number: Sprin/677/IV/2009, dated on April 15, 2009 about an order to follow AASAM 2009 in Australia, 15 Indonesian Army soldiers went to Puckapunyal Victoria Australia. The detail for international contingents as follows: Australia (1 contingent), Brunei (1 contingent), Canada (2 contingents), Indonesia (1 contingent), Malaysia (1 contingent), New Zealands (1 contingent), New Guinea (1 contingent), Philippine (1 contingent), Singapore (1 contingent) and UK (1 contingent) –> total 11 contingents.
Each contingent consisted of 15 personals that comprised of 10 shooters and 5 officials. Indonesian team was led by Let. Col (Inf) Tandyo Budi R. This competition had 41 matches consisted of 16 on riffle, 7 on pistol, 5 on SO, 5 on SO & riffle, and 8 on overall combination. With total 41 matches, therefore there were 41 medals for gold, silver and bronze respectively.
There were some obstacles and challenges faced by Indonesian team related to quick weather changes in Puckapunyal, that was cold air in Puckapunyal and surrounding area which on fall season at that time in May 2009 with detail as follows: night to morning in between 0 – 10 deg C and daytime to evening in between 5 – 18 deg C. It also worsened by windy cold air, with speed ranging from 5 – 20 knots. To overcome those conditions for tropical team like TNI-AD, team did exercise to warm and condition the body, set the telescope referred to wind condition and used distributed jacket to cover from cold weather.
AASAM 2009 in Puckapunyal, Victoria Australia which attended by several unit from Australian Armed Forces and International contingents, has been conducted safely, orderly, smoothly, sportive and well. All contingents has understood the mean of sportivity of this competition, either in individual level or among the contingents. Again like in AASAM 2008, TNI-AD contingent got very good job and proudly achieved the best overall champion in this AASAM 2009. It is an factual evident that TNI-AD has a very high good standard that comes not only from their effective training (their own sole skill) but also contributed from the Indonesian made riffle quality, SS2 V-4 from PT PINDAD. TNI-AD got most gold medals from this competition (59%), 42% silver medals and 39% bronze medals from 41 matches.