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.