FORT MCCOY, Wis. — In a combat theater soldiers face small arms fire and exploding ordnance attacks, but for Reserve Soldiers it can be difficult to simulate these real world threats during monthly battle assemblies.
FORT BENNING, Ga., (July 27, 2016) — Students from the Infantry and Armor Basic Leaders courses were tasked with the objective of seizing or defending the installation at the Patriot Military Operations in Urban Terrain site July 20.
The Sullivan Cup, held every two years, is a precision gunnery competition and showcases the best Armor Soldiers the U.S. Army and international partners have to offer.
The competition is a rigorous six-day event designed to test tank crew members on problem solving, physical fitness, maneuver, sustainment, and gunnery skills, according to the Fort Benning Sullivan Cup website.
While the competition checks how well tank crews work together as a team, it will also test the individual skills of each Soldier.
“It’s designed to test tank crews in their ability to work together as a team, but also test their Armor crewmen skills, individually,” said 1st Lt. Cole Taylor, public affairs officer for 194th Armor Bde.
Taylor said that the competition spotlights the caliber of Armor Soldiers that the Army is producing.
“It’s actually showcasing the Armor Corps talent. Divisions are sending the best tank crews they have. This reflects back on the division that sent them. These crews are proof that the home unit is training Armor crewmen who are proficient in their craft as well as lethal and precise tank crews who can work together to effectively maneuver the battlefield and destroy the enemy,” said Taylor.
The Sullivan Cup is named after Retired Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, known for his commitment to the Armor force, according to the Sullivan Cup website. Sullivan served for more than 36 years as an Armor officer and was the 32nd Chief of Staff of the Army.
The competition kicks off May 1 and will include events such as land navigation, tactical combat casualty care, maintenance, and squad tactical exercises. It will conclude with the top four teams conducting a shoot-off on Friday before the top teams and winning team of the competition are announced.
The community is encouraged to come out and cheer on the teams throughout the competition. There will be a special lane at the main gate for Sullivan Cup traffic and numerous signs will be posted guiding spectators to Davis Hall, building 5205, where spectators can catch a shuttle that will take them to the competition. Spectators are also encouraged to use GuideOn, a free app that will help navigate Fort Benning.
Photo caption: The best tank crew and winners of the 2014 Sullivan Cup display their trophy. The 2014 winners were Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. The 2016 competition will be held May 1-6. U.S. Army photo by Patrick Albright.
FORT BENNING, Ga., (Feb. 24, 2016) — Fort Benning Commanding General Maj. Gen. Scott Miller told Infantry Soldiers early on in their training that the Soldiers in the Armor Basic Officer Leader Course are their brothers.
2nd Lt. Zachary Bates, Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course student, said that idea came together when he worked with ABOLC students Feb. 22-24 during a combined competitive maneuver exercise at the Good Hope Maneuver Training Area.
“It’s a real good experience, especially working with the ABOLC students,” Bates said. “Some of the guys I was with in (Officer Candidate School), a lot of guys were with West Point and (went through) ROTC together, so a lot of our experiences have been parallel in our training here at Fort Benning.”
Additionally, captains from the Maneuver Captains Career Course and NCOs from the Warrior Leader Course were brought in to serve as mentors for the future leaders.
“Just really getting a feel for how a unit is going to work together – that’s been the best part of the training,” Bates said.
“This kind of training … the combined arms maneuver exercises really facilitates smart, fast, lethal and precise Soldiers and the development of those traits in new lieutenants,” said 2nd Lt. Bryan Carroll, ABOLC student.
Students in the offensive role seized an objective, using Infantry and Armor tactics to maneuver. Carroll said his platoon’s objective was to establish a support by fire position to engage and destroy enemy Armor on the objective.
As an Armor Soldier, Carroll said he learned about Armor and Infantry integration, specifically how to incorporate dismounts and their capabilities when breaching.
“Being out here gives us an idea of the realities of combined arms maneuver,” he said.
He said he found value in the live exercise versus working in a simulated environment at the Close Combat Tactical Trainer.
“(In a simulated environment) you don’t feel the engine of the tank, you don’t hear the impact of the rounds, you don’t have to maneuver an actual tank,” Carroll said. “(CCTT) is perfect for learning the fundamentals of maneuver. However, when you get out here you really have to employ the fundamentals of really being a Soldier – how to fight from your vehicle, how to live from your vehicle and to maintain your vehicle.”
He said his situational awareness was expanded in the real-world environment because he had to use terrain to his advantage, whereas in a simulated environment, it is hard to understand the nature of the terrain.
The training is beneficial for those Soldiers who will go to a mechanized unit and work with other branches outside their own, Bates said.
“The combined arms is probably one of, if not the most rewarding experience in IBOLC so far,” Bates said.
Armor School instructor Capt. Thomas Powers said this particular class is the best he had seen.
“They are not masters, yet, but they’re learning how to employ the fundamentals and they are showing great skill at it,” Powers said.
Photo caption: Second lieutenants of the Armor and Infantry schools collaborated with captains of the Maneuver Captains Career Course and NCOs of the Warrior Leader Course for a combined competitive maneuver exercise at the Good Hope Maneuver Training Area. U.S. Army photo by Markeith Horace.
FORT BENNING, Ga., (Feb. 24, 2016) — The latest collaboration between Maneuver Center of Excellence and operating force leaders paid off with the recent publication of Army Techniques Publication 3-90.1, Armor and Mechanized Infantry Company Team.
The new manual provides techniques for the employment of Armor and Mechanized Infantry company teams within combined arms battalions in a brigade combat team.
“As the Army prepares for the next operation, it is critical to provide current and relevant doctrine to our maneuver formations. Our Soldiers have adapted well to the operating environment over the years. As leaders, it is our responsibility to consolidate these successful techniques in one place,” said Col. Marty Barr, chief of MCoE Doctrine.
The ATP, published Jan. 27, replaces the 2002 version, Field Manual 3-90.1. It presents new information on warfighting functions, unified land operations, information collection and transitions between operations.
“Soldiers on the battlefield must think faster than the enemy,” said Bruce Moore, Armored Brigade Combat Team Doctrine Branch. “Updated doctrine gives them a framework to start from. It is also how we provide years of experience to our Soldiers.”
This new manual combines traditional and effective techniques with current methods from all aspects of the fight. It will provide doctrinal guidance to commanders, staffs and leaders who execute future operations. “This sharing of information allows for shared understanding and is what makes our Army so successful,” said Barr.
ATP 3-90.1 is available for download (with CAC card access), from the Army Publishing Directorate at: https://armypubs.us.army.mil/doctrine/.
Photo caption: Second Lieutenants of the Armor Basic Officer Leader Course and Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course collaborate with Captains of the Maneuver Captains Career Course to hold a Combined Competitive Maneuver Exercise February 22, 2016. (Photo by: Markeith Horace/MCoE PAO Photographer)
FORT BENNING, Ga. — The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), in conjunction with the Maneuver Center of Excellence, will host the 2016 U.S. Army Small Arms Championship (All Army) March 13-19.