On the firing range of Unit M13, under the Commando Corps, there is a Second Lieutenant, but a woman, along with other male gunners. Her name is Pham Thi Hang, aged 24, a K54 shooting-coach of the Commando Corps.
Born and raised in Ung Hoa District (former Ha Tay), Hanoi, she joined the army, like her brother, after graduating from high school in 2006. Showing an aptitude for short-gun shooting, Hang became an athlete of the female shooting team at the Mieu Mon Training Centre. In each competition, she often won high prizes.
In 2009, Second Lieutenant Pham Thi Hang was chosen to participate in the ASEAN Army Rifle Meet shooting competition held in Singapore, and she won third place for the team prize in the MK3S military gun category. Besides, she also competed and was highly appreciated at many contests in Thailand, The Philippines and Malaysia.
She said that her success came from aptitude and hard training. To hold firm a short-gun and keep straight a line of sight, Hang had to carry bricks and stones while training. Besides, physical strength and good warm-up also played an important role in her shooting results, added Pham Thi Hang.
With accumulated experiences and achievements, in July 2011, Hang was appointed the K54 shooting coach, directly guiding five athletes of the Corps for the upcoming military sports festival. She is also the only female officer out of more than 70 coaches and athletes of the Corps’s team to join the event.
At present, Pham Thanh Hang is working as an office employee at the Commando Officer College.
Translated by Van Hieu