The relentless sun didn't prevent Cpl.
Viljar Kurg nailing 15 targets
at 200 meters in less than five minutes.
40 bullets, he managed along with his
teammates of the Estonian contingent,
to beat the 15 other teams participating
in the multinational Falling Plate Competition
at the NORDPOL HQ last month. His shooting
was so accurate that the Estonian Minister
of Defense, on a recent trip to the
base, presented him with a silver plate
as a reward for his skill.
"We were the only team to hit all
the targets," Kurg said. "We
were afraid because another team had
optical sights and we were really surprised
that they didn't win."
But this is not the first challenge
that 30-year-old Kurg has overcome.
Trained in the Soviet Army for two years,
he was posted in East Berlin during
the Cold War and left the city a couple
months before the collapse of The Wall.
"What made it hard is that you
could feel that people didn't like the
Soviet soldiers," Kurg said. "The
training was not any harder than what
we have now, but we had no vacations."
After the break up of the Soviet Empire,
Kurg enlisted in the Signal Corps of
the new Estonian forces and that's when
he started to learn how to handle the
"In Estonia we shoot quite a lot.
I've had my weapon for three years and
know it pretty well," he said.
"British Marines taught me to shoot
and they were good."
When Kurg is not outshooting other soldiers
he lives in Tallian, Estonia's capital,
where he lives with his girlfriend of
"I miss her but I must say that
the weather here is better," Kurg
said. "At home it's always cold
Nations of SFOR: Estonia