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Featured Image: First Lt. Amber English wins gold medal in skeet shooting at Tokyo Olympics. (U.S. Army Released)

An Army officer earned the gold medal in women’s shotgun skeet shooting at the Tokyo Olympics today, becoming the first U.S. service member to win the top prize in the Summer Olympics.

1LT Amber English, a member of the Army Marksmanship Unit (and logistics officer), defeated Italy’s Diana Bacosi. The Colorado Springs native hit 56 of 60 targets during the event, just three short of the world record.

The U.S. Army also chimed in with their congratulations on Twitter.

The heroes that I served with wouldn’t want another wreath-laying ceremony. Sure, they would certainly want to be remembered, but why not celebrate everything America is about: Our shared value system, our fierce desire for individual freedom and, of course, hamburgers on the grill.