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Posted: April 26, 2018 3:33 p.m.
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"Hounds of Hell" unleashed

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Armor crewmen with 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID, take turns raising a 50 pound dummy round over their head during the tanker fitness assessment portion of the tank competition, April 18, at Fort Stewart.

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A crew with Bravo Company, 3rd Combined Arms Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, was triumphant following the 2nd ABCT Tank competition April 18 at Fort Stewart.

Two tank crews from both 3-67 AR and 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment competed to determine which unit would advance and represent the 3rd ID at this year's U.S. Army Sullivan Cup competition.

Best tank crews from across the Army, the Marine Corps, and international partners will travel to Fort Benning, Georgia, to compete in the upcoming Sullivan Cup competition April 30 to May 4.

The Sullivan Cup serves to recognize excellence throughout the force and across the armor branch. It also highlights the importance of mastering the fundamentals that the military must preserve as a fighting force to maintain a lethal edge over potential adversaries.

B Co, 3-67 AR, tank commander, Staff Sgt. Jonathan Werner is no stranger to the Sullivan Cup competition. 

"I've been in the Army for eight years," he said. "When I was a gunner back in 2012, my team was selected to attend the Sullivan Cup, but we were unable to compete."

This week Werner's team won the competition with a score of 1567.5 points out of 2000, and a crew with Delta Tank, 6-8 Cav., placed second with a score of 1329.5. 

"We have been training for about a month and a half during the equipment fielding and training process," said Werner. "Our brigade recently received the first shipment of tanks earlier this year after converting from a light to an armored brigade combat team."

During the competition, the crews were scored on their ability to accomplish eight tasks. 

"We had to mount a mine plow, break track, perform recovery operations, and complete additional gunnery tables with new engagements that half of my crew had never experienced," said Werner. "Fortunately, my guys were up for the challenge."

The Spartan Brigade is the Army's 15th and most recent armored brigade combat team. Earlier this spring the fleet of armored and tracked vehicles began to arrive.  The 'Hell Hound' Battalion (3-67 AR) is one of four battalion-sized elements in an ABCT that have tanks in their formations.  

Cpl. Justin Harris, gunner of winning crew, said, "Our goal is to set the standard for all armored brigades. We may be the newest armored brigade combat team in the Army, but we plan to release 'Hounds of Hell' at the competition."


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