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Tuesday, May. 06, 2014

Sullivan Cup returns to Fort Benning

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For the second time, the Armor School will host a battle between the Army's best tank crews around the world May 11-15 for the 2014 Sullivan Cup at various locations on Harmony Church.

During the competition, four-man crews will test their Armor Soldier skills against events that will challenge their maintenance, driver, gunnery and marksmanship abilities, as well as their fitness levels and basic Soldier skills.

1st Lt. Andy Bastone, assistant operations officer for the 194th Armored Brigade, said the Sullivan Cup gives the public a unique view of the requirements that real crews are expected to accomplish in the field. The 14 teams will represent the Army, Marines, the National Guard and Canadian partners.

"I think the Armor branch is something people know very little about it," Bastone said. "They know we deal with tanks, but they don't understand what really goes into fielding those tanks and the work that is required to be proficient at it."

Day 1, on Monday, kicks off with the endurance and technical events and a mystery challenge at the Digital Multi-Purpose Range Complex. Tank crews will navigate from various points to complete tasks as quickly as possible.

Day 2, on Tuesday, will include crews in simulators at the Clarke Simulation Center and precision gunnery challenges at the DMPRC.

On May 14, the competition intensifies with a small-arms live fire event at the Digital Multi-Purpose Range Complex, where Soldiers engage targets with M4 rifles and 9 mm pistols.

"They will complete a day fire and a night fire," Bastone said. "This will be biggest part of the events, where people actually get to see the tanks move and fire."

On May 15, the competition will end with the final four teams in a shoot off at the DMPRC, followed by the awards ceremony at 1 p.m.

Retired Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, the competition's namesake will be present to observe parts of the competition and attend the award ceremony. Sullivan is the Army's 32nd chief of staff. During a career that spanned more than 30 years, Sullivan served as the deputy commandant of the U.S. Army Armor School at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and commanded the 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized). As the chief of staff for the Army, Sullivan is credited with leading the Army's transition out of its Cold War posture. He retired from the Army in July 1995.

For more information and updates on Sullivan Cup events, visit www.benning.army.mil/armor or www.facebook.com/USAARMS.

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