The Philippine Army Marksmanship Assessment and Evaluation (PAMAE) 2019 and the Marksmanship Instructor Trainers Forum (MITF) Mindanao Leg, hosted by the Joint Task Force ZamPeLan, kicked off in Zamboanga del Sur on February 18.
The PAMAE, a shooting or marksmanship competition, and the MITF will assess the skills of personnel assigned to the different combat units of the Philippine Army.
“This activity is not only about competitions. As soldiers, we need to continuously enhance our war fighting skills for us to be able to perform best our mandate of protecting our people from any threat,” said Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, the JTF ZamPeLan Commander.
The marksmanship event includes a match for pistol, men’s category; a match for pistol, ladies’ category; a match for rifle/carbine; and a match for machine gun.
The event, which will end on March 2, 2019, is being conducted simultaneously in the three major islands of the country. The best shooters will be selected to augment the pool of quality marksmen to compete in international competitions, such as the ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet (AARM).
Four Infantry Divisions will compete for the Mindanao leg, to wit: the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division based in Cagayan de Oro City; the 6th Infantry (Kampilan) Division based in Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao; the 10th Infantry (Agila) Division based in Mawab, Compostela Valley; and the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.
“Time and again, your valiant soldiers, airmen, marines, and sailors maintain their combat acumen, integrity, and professionalism, as befits a warrior and stalwart,” said Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, the commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“We will remain resolute in our persistence and resolve to attain sustainable peace in Mindanao,” he added.