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Sharp shot Cook wins Army shooting competition

A Training and Adventure news article

17 Jul 09

An Intelligence Corps training instructor has beaten 200 fellow competitors to win the coveted Queen's Medal at the new Army Operational Shooting Competition (AOSC) held at Bisley on 6-8 July 2009.

Warrant Officer Class 2 Morgan Cook is carried shoulder high by his fellow competitors in a special chair

With a score of 1,024 points Warrant Officer Class 2 Morgan Cook was the best shot in the competition and is carried shoulder high by his fellow competitors in a special chair
[Picture: Graham Harrison, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

In his ninth year at the Central Skill at Arms Meeting, Warrant Officer Class 2 Morgan Cook from the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre (DISC) secured the title of Champion Shot and the Queen's Medal as well as winning the Rural Contact Match, the Advance to Contact Match and the Service Rifle Championship.

Commenting on his victory, WO2 Cook said:

"I'm honoured to have won the Queen's Medal because there were 15 very experienced, highly competitive shots in the competition, who were all in with a chance at the medal. I managed to hold my nerve and shoot consistently throughout the contest."

His victory makes him the first person to win the medal under the new format for the AOSC, which has been adapted to better replicate the current operational environment.

In contrast to previous years, competitors at this year's AOSC were required to complete more strenuous physical components than in previous years, such as a casualty recovery phase and carrying a weight of 15kg of personal equipment over various distances, before engaging targets. Greater emphasis was also placed on team matches and firing from the standing and kneeling positions.

Major Peter Cottrell, Chief Instructor of Operational Shooting, said:

"Today's competition is far more relevant to soldiers and is used to better prepare them for operational deployments."

WO2 Cook added:

"The AOSC definitely helps you to prepare for operations. The skills learned become second nature and if I was required to engage the enemy, I would be extremely confident of a first round hit."

500 regular and TA soldiers competed for the Queen's medal at the new operational shooting competition

500 regular and TA soldiers competed for the Queen's medal and the right to wear the Army 100 badge at the new operational shooting competition at the National shooting centre Bisley [Picture: Mike Weston, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

The Unit Championship this year went to the team from 1st Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles; Riflemen Suraj Thapa, Dhan Ghale, Kuberjung Gurung and Ashok Thapa Magar:

"It was a very tough competition. It was our first time here and we're a young team, so we're really pleased that we won," said Rfn Thapa Magar.

Commander Regional Forces, Lieutenant General Nick Parker, presented the prizes and congratulated the participants on their performance. He said:

"The rifle is the enduring weapon that is at the heart of what we do, so I welcome your interest in this competition."

The Army Operational Shooting Competition forms part of the Central Skill at Arms Meeting (CENTSAAM), a high-profile annual shooting competition involving some 1,000 competitors from the Regular Army, Territorial Army, Army Cadets and international shooting teams held on Bisley, Ash and Pirbright Ranges during from 3 July - 14 August 2009.

Some 1,000 competitors take part in CENTSAAM, which also comprises the following competitions: The TA Operational Shooting Competition (TAOSC), The Royal Navy/Royal Marines and RAF Skill at Arms Meetings, The International Service Rifle Meeting, The Inter-Service Cadet Rifle Meeting (ISCRM), The Schools Cadet Rifle Meeting, The Army Target Rifle Championship, the Combined Services Target Rifle Meeting, The International Target Rifle Meeting, the Army Junior Small Bore Championship and The Great British Junior International Grand Prix.

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