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Team from Fort Bliss, Texas, team wins 2012 Sullivan Cup competition at Fort Benning

Joe Paull jpaull@ledger-enquirer.com
Winners of the 2012 Sullivan cup, a precision tank gunnery competition, hold up their Colt .45 caliber pistols they received as an award Thursday afternoon on Fort Benning. The four-man tank crew is made up of Sfc. Ryan Dilling, Sgt. Zachary Shaffer, Pfc. Kyle Braun, and Pfc. Mark Backer who represent the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat team from Fort Bliss, Texas.
Joe Paull jpaull@ledger-enquirer.com Winners of the 2012 Sullivan cup, a precision tank gunnery competition, hold up their Colt .45 caliber pistols they received as an award Thursday afternoon on Fort Benning. The four-man tank crew is made up of Sfc. Ryan Dilling, Sgt. Zachary Shaffer, Pfc. Kyle Braun, and Pfc. Mark Backer who represent the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat team from Fort Bliss, Texas.

A team from Fort Bliss, Texas, set the pace early in the 2012 Sullivan Cup competition at Fort Benning and was crowned the winner today.

Members of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team were all smiles during a ceremony a 3 p.m. ceremony a the Digital Multi-Purpose Range Complex in the northeast section of the post. The four-man team is made up of crew chief Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Dilling, gunner Sgt. Zachary Shaffer, loader Mark Backer and driver Kyle Braun.

 Each was presented a new 1911 Colt .45 caliber pistol as the best tank crew in the entire Army.

The competition which started Monday challenged the soldiers skills in maintenance, driving, gunnery and marksmanship abilities. The winning crew set the pace in an exercise that required the crew to change the track on a "disabled" tank. The crew finished in 29 minutes, far below the projected 49 or 50 minutes for most of the other 14 crews.

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