3rd Infantry Division wins best Bradley crew in US Army at Sullivan Cup
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Julian Gaitor, center left, Spc. Tyler McGinnis, center, and Pfc. Patrick Sullivan, center right, assigned to the "Hound Battalion," 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, hold their trophy pistols in the air after winning best Bradley Fighting Vehicle crew at the 2022 Sullivan Cup on Fort Benning, Georgia, May 6, 2022. The Sullivan Cup is a biennial competition which brings tank/Bradley crews together at Fort Benning to test individual and crew level proficiencies in a variety of physical and mental challenges to determine the best tank/Bradley crew across the Army and across the world. (U.S. Army photo by Patrick A. Albright, Fort Benning Maneuver Center of Excellence photographer) (Photo Credit: Patrick A. Albright) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT BENNING, Ga. – An M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle crew and M1A2 SEPv2 Abrams tank crew assigned to the “Spartan Brigade,” 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, from Fort Stewart, Georgia competed in the 2022 Sullivan Cup against six other tank teams and four other Bradley teams from May 2-6 at Fort Benning. The Bradley crew won first place, bringing the Sullivan Cup back to the Marne Division after also winning the competition the last time it was held in 2018 due to the pandemic.

2022 Sullivan Cup Table VI night fire
An M1A2 SEPv2 Abrams tank fires down range during the Table VI night fire portion of the Sullivan Cup at Fort Benning, Georgia, May 4, 2022. The Sullivan Cup highlights and validates training and education required to employ the latest advancements of armor modernization in support of armored brigade combat teams and cavalry formations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William Griffen, 50th Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Sgt. William Griffen) VIEW ORIGINAL

“We believe that winning matters and we believe in competition; competition breeds competence,” said Gen. Paul E. Funk II, the 17th Commanding General of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, during the Sullivan Cup.

The competition embodies its namesake, retired Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, who commanded numerous armored formations throughout his 36 years of service. The biennial Sullivan Cup brings together tank and Bradley crews from across the Army and the world and then rigorously and comprehensively tests their individual and crew level proficiencies.

“It shows what it takes to be an armor crew member in our Army,” said Capt. Matthew Meyer, an operations officer assigned to the 30th Adjutant General Battalion, 194th Armored Brigade, U.S. Armor School, and the officer in charge of the Starry Physical Proficiency Test. “Overall, it brings out the best in each crew and each competitor.”

3rd Infantry Division Soldiers compete in 2022 Sullivan Cup stress shoot
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Julian Gaitor, right, Spc. Tyler McGinnis, left, and Pfc. Patrick Sullivan, right, an M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle crew assigned to the "Hound Battalion," 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, demonstrate their ability to evacuate a casualty during the stress shoot portion of the Sullivan Cup at Fort Benning, Georgia, May 5, 2022. Competitions like the Sullivan Cup serve to recognize excellence throughout the Army. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Duke Edwards, 50th Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Pfc. Duke Edwards) VIEW ORIGINAL

Tank crews, and for the first time Bradley crews, from armored divisions across the Army competed in the competition. The tank and Bradley crews completed the same events but competed separately.

The “Spartan Brigade,” 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID fielded two teams to represent the Marne Division. The Bradley crew included Staff Sgt. Julian Gaitor, Spc. Tyler McGinnis and Pfc. Patrick Sullivan assigned to the “Hound Battalion,” 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID, and the tank crew included Staff Sgt. Steven Shives, Staff Sgt. Colby Kuberski, Sgt. Grant Arnall and Spc. Alejandro Anguiano assigned to the “Panther Battalion,” 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID.

Before the main events, competitors participated in a week of preliminary rounds, which allowed them to familiarize themselves with the vehicles they would use for the competition and earn points towards their overall score.

3rd Infantry Division Soldiers compete in 2022 Sullivan Cup stress shoot
U.S. Army Sgt. Colby J. Kuberski, an Abrams tank crewman gunner assigned to the "Panther Battalion," 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, traverses a rope wearing combat equipment during the stress shoot portion of the Sullivan Cup at Fort Benning, Georgia, May 5, 2022. The Sullivan Cup requires mastery of individual and crew level tasks, technical and tactical competence, and the ability to demonstrate an array of maneuver, sustainment and gunnery skills. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Duke Edwards, 50th Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Pfc. Duke Edwards) VIEW ORIGINAL

The Sullivan Cup began after Operation Thunderstrike, a public live fire demonstration of the Army’s history and evolution of armored warfare and an opening ceremony that introduced the competitors. The following two days tested the crews’ gunnery skills with their respective armored vehicle with day and night live fire.

Sullivan, the Bradley crew’s driver, assigned to the 3rd Bn., 67th AR, 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID, said the most challenging thing about the Sullivan Cup was mentally pushing themselves to do their best and not make mistakes during each event.

The stress shoot and the Starry Physical Proficiency Test evaluated the crews’ physical fitness and team cohesion with back-to-back challenges in hot, humid weather.

3rd Infantry Division Soldiers complete 2022 Sullivan Cup's Operation Thunder Run
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Julian Gaitor, left, an M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle commander, and Spc. Tyler McGinnis, right, a Bradley gunner, both assigned to the "Hound Battalion," 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, sprint during Operation Thunder Run, the final event of the Sullivan Cup, on Fort Benning, Georgia, May 6, 2022. The Sullivan Cup requires mastery of individual and crew level tasks, technical and tactical competence, and the ability to demonstrate an array of maneuver, sustainment and gunnery skills. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William Griffen, 50th Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Sgt. William Griffen) VIEW ORIGINAL

The final challenge was Operation Thunder Run. Competitors ran two and a half miles to Brave Rifles Field to complete several tasks, such as assembling a single channel ground and airborne radio system and reacting to indirect fire.

After the five days of challenges, the Spartan Bradley crew came in first place, making them the first Bradley crew in the Army to win a Sullivan Cup.

“Our Bradley and Abrams crews fought hard the last two weeks, showing grit and stamina,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Jaime Lopez, the senior enlisted advisor for the 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID. “We’re very proud of both teams and excited for our Bradley crew who gets to take home the title as best Bradley crew in the Army.”

3rd Infantry Division wins best Bradley crew in the Army at 2022 Sullivan Cup
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Julian Gaitor, left, Spc. Tyler McGinnis, center, and Pfc. Patrick Sullivan, right, an M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle crew assigned to the "Hound Battalion," 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, receive a trophy for winning the Sullivan Cup for best BFV crew in the Army on Fort Benning, Georgia, May 6, 2022. The Sullivan Cup demonstrated the autonomy and empowerment the Army places on junior leaders, especially our noncommisioned officers, to train and act decisively while operating lethal teams of Abrams tanks and BFVs. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William Griffen, 50th Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Sgt. William Griffen) VIEW ORIGINAL

The winning crews received a trophy and various gifts and Brig. Gen. Thomas M. Feltey, Armor School Commandant, U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, knighted them into the Order of St. George, recognizing their excellence in the U.S. Army Armor and Cavalry branches.

“The Sullivan Cup is a rigorous test of technical skill and physical will,” said Col. Terry R. Tillis, commander of the 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID. “We are extremely proud of our Bradley crew that exemplifies a cohesive, expertly trained team who are true masters of their craft.”

3rd Infantry Division Soldiers complete Starry Physical Proficiency Test
U.S. Army Pfc. Patrick Sullivan, an M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle driver assigned to the "Hound Battalion," 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, lifts a 120 millimeter dummy round over his head during the Sullivan Cup's Starry Physical Proficiency Test on Fort Benning, Georgia, May 5, 2022. The Sullivan Cup requires mastery of individual and crew level tasks, technical and tactical competence, and the ability to demonstrate an array of maneuver, sustainment and gunnery skills. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William Griffen, 50th Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Sgt. William Griffen) VIEW ORIGINAL

The Sullivan Cup highlighted the competency of tank and Bradley crews that got their start at Fort Benning.

“Our crew cohesion and the bond we’ve been from the very beginning has always been strong, but I would definitely say that this competition has brought us a lot closer together,” said Gaitor, the Bradley crew commander from the 3rd Bn., 67th AR, 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID.

3rd Infantry Division wins best Bradley crew in the Army at 2022 Sullivan Cup
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Charles D. Costanza, Commanding General, 3rd Infantry Division and Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, poses for a photo with Spc. Tyler McGinnis, center left, Staff Sgt. Julian Gaitor, center right, and Pfc. Patrick Sullivan, right, an M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle crew assigned to the "Hound Battalion 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd ID, after the team won the Sullivan Cup in the Bradley competition on Fort Benning, Georgia, May 6, 2022. The Sullivan Cup demonstrated the autonomy and empowerment the Army places on junior leaders, especially our noncommisioned officers, to train and act decisively while operating lethal teams of Abrams tanks and BFVs. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William Griffen, 50th Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Sgt. William Griffen) VIEW ORIGINAL

The 3rd Bn., 67th AR, 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID, is the same battalion that won the Sullivan Cup last time it was held in 2018.