DVIDS – News – 3rd Infantry Division Wins US Army’s Top Bradley Crew at Sullivan Cup
FORT BENNING, Ga. – An M2A3 Bradley fighting vehicle crew and an M1A2 SEPv2 Abrams tank crew assigned to the “Spartan Brigade,” 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, from Fort Stewart, Wash. Georgia, competed in the 2022 Sullivan Cup against six other tank teams and four other Bradley teams May 2-6 at Fort Benning. The Bradley Crew took first place, bringing the Sullivan Cup back to the Marne Division after also winning the competition the last time it was held in 2018 due to the pandemic.
“We think winning is important and we believe in competition; competition breeds skill,” said Gen. Paul E. Funk II, the 17th commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, during the Sullivan Cup.
The competition embodies its namesake, retired General Gordon R. Sullivan, who commanded numerous armored formations throughout his 36 years of service. The biennial Sullivan Cup brings together tank and Bradley crews from across the Army and the world, then rigorously and comprehensively tests their individual and crew-level skills.
“It shows what it takes to be an armor crewman in our military,” said Capt. Matthew Meyer, an operations officer assigned to the 30th Adjutant General’s Battalion, 194th Armor Brigade, U.S. Armor School. , and the officer in charge of the Starry Physical Competency Test. “Overall, it brings out the best in every crew and every competitor.”
Tank crews and, for the first time, Bradley crews, from Army armored divisions participated in the competition. The tank and Bradley crews completed the same events but competed separately.
The “Spartan Brigade”, 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID, fielded two teams to represent the department of Marne. Bradley’s crew included Staff Sgt. Julian Gaitor, SPC. Tyler McGinnis and PFC. Patrick Sullivan assigned to “Hound Battalion”, 3rd Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID, and the tank crew included Staff Sgt. Steven Shives, Staff Sgt. Colby Kuberski, sergeant. Grant Arnall and SPC. Alejandro Anguiano assigned to the “Panther Battalion”, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID.
Prior to the main events, competitors took part in a week of preliminary rounds, which allowed them to familiarize themselves with the vehicles they would use for competition and earn points towards their overall score.
The Sullivan Cup began after Operation Thunderstrike, a public live-fire demonstration of Army history and the evolution of armored warfare and an opening ceremony that introduced the competitors. The next two days tested the gunnery skills of the crews with their respective armored vehicle with day and night live fire.
Sullivan, the Bradley crew pilot, assigned to 3rd Bn., 67th AR, 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID, said the hardest thing about the Sullivan Cup was mentally pushing yourself to do your best and not to make mistakes at each event.
The stress shoot and Starry Physical Proficiency Test assessed crew fitness and team cohesion with back-to-back challenges in hot and humid weather.
The final challenge was Operation Thunder Run. Competitors traveled two and a half miles to Brave Rifles Field to complete several tasks, such as assembling a single-channel ground and airborne radio system and reacting to indirect fire.
After the five days of challenges, the Spartan Bradley Crew came in first place, making them the first Bradley Crew in the Army to win a Sullivan Cup.
“Our Bradley and Abrams crews have fought hard for the past two weeks, showing courage and endurance,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Jaime Lopez, the Senior Advisor enlisted for 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID. “We are very proud of both teams and thrilled for our Bradley Crew winning the title of Best Bradley Crew in the Army.”
The winning crews received a trophy and various gifts and Brig. General Thomas M. Feltey, commandant of the School of Armor, the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, knighted them in the Order of St. George, recognizing their excellence in the branches of the US Army armor and cavalry.
“The Sullivan Cup is a rigorous test of technical skill and physical will,” said Col. Terry R. Tillis, commander of 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID. “We are immensely proud of our Bradley Crew who exemplify a cohesive, expertly trained team who are true masters of their craft.”
The Sullivan Cup showcased the skill of the tank crews and Bradleys who made their debut at Fort Benning.
“The cohesion of our crew and the bond that we have had from the very beginning has always been strong, but I would definitely say this competition has brought us a lot closer together,” said Gaitor, the Bradley crew commander from 3rd Bn., 67th AR, 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID.
3rd Bn., 67th AR, 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID is the same battalion that won the Sullivan Cup the last time it was held in 2018.
|Date posted:||05.09.2022 10:12|
|Location:||FORT BENNING, Georgia, USA|
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