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Sullivan Cup to test Army's best tanker crews

The inaugural Sullivan Cup will test the Army's best tanker crews in a competition at Fort Benning.

Made up of four-man crews, the May 6-10 competition will test armor soldier skills against events to challenge their maintenance, driver, gunnery and marksmanship abilities. Basic soldier skills and fitness also will be tested.

Fort Benning will send teams from its 194th Armor and 316th Cavalry Brigades. Other challengers include the 81st Washington National Guard, the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment from Fort Irwin, Calif., the 1st Armored Division from Fort Bliss, Texas, 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas, the 2nd Infantry Division from Korea, the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart and Fort Benning and the 4th Infantry Division from Fort Carson, Colo.

Many events may be watched by the public. The live-fire portion of the competition will be held at the Digital Multi-Purpose Range Complex at Harmony Church.

The event is named for Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, whose career spanned more than 30 years, serving as the Army's 32nd chief of staff, deputy commander of the U.S. Armor School at Fort Knox, Ky., and commander of the 1st Infantry Division (mechanized).

Sullivan is credited with leading the Army's transition out of its Cold War posture.  He now serves as president and chief operating officer of the Association of the United States Army and lives in Alexandria, Va.