DVIDS – News – 11th ACR Ranks Third in US Army Tank Competition


Soldiers assigned to Hawg Company, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR) placed third in the 2022 Sullivan Cup competition at Fort Benning, Ga., April 24-May 6. The Sullivan Cup, named for General (Retired) Gordon R. Sullivan, is a biennial competition hosted by the Commandant of the United States Army Armor School.

The competition consists of physically and mentally challenging events while evaluating rig operation, sustainment and lethality of competing crews. This year’s event brought together participants using the M2A3 Bradley fighting vehicle for the first time in the competition’s history, as well as M1A2 Abrams main battle tank crews from across the U.S. military.

The 2022 Sullivan Cup kicked off on April 24 with preliminary tasks such as vehicle issuance, skill tests and shooting tables, to set the conditions for the main competitions from May 2 to May 6. The official opening ceremony began on May 2, prelude to the Bradley and Abrams Crew Shot, a stress shot, physical skill test and culminating with the “Thunder Run” later in the week.

To qualify for the Sullivan Cup, crews assigned to 11 ACR at Fort Irwin were assessed through four rigorous months of physical training, basic soldier duties, tank maintenance, weapon systems included in tank shooting, small arms qualification, stress shooting. and tank firing tables.

Competing this year as a tank crew of the 11th ACR was Master Sgt. Alex Jobe, tank commander, Sgt. Fernando Medina, gunner, Spc. Arath Flores, loader, and Spc. Driver Joshua Kramer, who all crewed an M1A2 SEPv2 Abrams main battle tank.

Crew firing has begun for Master Sgt. Jobe’s team on May 3 at the Digital Multi-Purpose Range Complex. The multiple firing engagements evaluated all competitor crews in their ability to engage stationary and moving targets laid out in offensive and defensive positions day and night. Following the gunnery iterations, the Sullivan Cup framework held an after action review with crews to discuss US Army crew-based scoring and qualification standards, including the use of modes normal and degraded on the fire control system.

“Tensions were high and the pressure was on,” Spc recalled. Flores after seeing their crew’s ranking in last place at the start of the Table VI shooting. In the previous competition held in 2018, the 11th ACR finished in last place overall. “I made sure I hit all my targets and reloaded when I needed to. I feel like I did that to the best of my ability,” Flores said.

On the morning of 5 May, the 11th ACR team moved to the Simpson and English ranges to be evaluated on their ability to quickly and accurately engage targets with small arms and crew-served weapons. The stress session began with an obstacle course involving running, jumping, jumping barriers, balancing and climbing a rope. After clearing the obstacles, the competitors engaged downriver targets with the M17 pistol, M4 rifle, and crew-served weapons. Before crossing the finish line, two ranges with simulated losses had to be fired for about 100 meters.

The official rankings were released this afternoon, showing that the 11th ACR had risen from 7th to 6th place.

“It was really good not to be last, but we still had some work to do. The competition wasn’t over,” said Spc. Kramer. “The stress session was much harder than expected. . You had to think about everything you were doing at that time.

After the stress shot, the 11th ACR aircrew moved on to the physical proficiency test at Stewart Field. Competitors were tasked with completing five stations: an ammunition lift, a tow rope, a mix of track blocks, a wheel roll, and a one-mile run.

This part of the competition focused largely on individual physical ability. “We already knew where we were at each individual event. We knew where everyone’s strengths and weaknesses were and we built on that,” Spc said. Flores. Of the five stations, SPC. Kramer thought mixing the track blocks was the most difficult. “It was the intermediate event and the most physically demanding. It was a mental battle and also a physical battle to fight,” Kramer said.

The final event, on May 6, was the “Thunder Run,” a foot race to Brave Rifles Field where competitors then performed a series of physical and tactical tasks such as using a radio, reading maps , call for fire, medical evacuation and weapons. skill.

“I’m proud that the crew was able to keep their spirits up every day through every event or obstacle that was in front of us,” said Spc. Flores.

During the awards ceremony, the 11th ACR Tank Crew was recognized for their excellence by placing first in both the Gunnery Skills Test and the “Thunder Run” events.

“I can’t express how proud I am of my guys,” said the master sergeant. Alex Jobe. “They have worked tirelessly to prove they can compete with the best. They have exceeded expectations and persevered despite all the uncertainties.”

With the end of this year’s competition, the 11th ACR crew attests that the Sullivan Cup this year would not have been a possibility for them without the right planning, training and maintenance team to prepare and support them. sustain.

“While our primary mission here is to provide a world-class opposition force at the National Training Center, with the proper motivation, training and equipment, we can compete with anyone in the military” , said Sgt. 1st Class Travis Daddato, regimental master gunner and trainer for this year’s crew.

The next Sullivan Cup is scheduled to take place the first week of May 2024 in Fort Benning, Georgia.

Date taken: 05.06.2022
Date posted: 16.05.2022 17:09
Story ID: 420839
Location: FORT BENNING, Georgia, USA

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