US Soldiers to participate in International ‘Sullivan Cup’ Tank Competition

By U.S. Army Public AffairsApril 30, 2024

WASHINGTON — Fort Moore, home to the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, will host the biannual Sullivan Cup best tank and Bradley crew competition, April 29 to May 3.

The Sullivan Cup provides an opportunity for crews to validate tactics, techniques, and procedures, evaluate the latest doctrine, highlight Army Armor initiatives, and build esprit de corps through competition and camaraderie. Points are awarded based on factors such as time, precision, and successful completion of each task.

“Armor Week is a celebration of what we do in the Armor community,” said Brig. Gen. Michael J. Simmering, U.S. Army Armor School Commandant and Chief of Armor. “Sullivan Cup is a chance for Abrams and Bradley crews to show their mastery of combat skills and demonstrate the lethality of our maneuver force,”

During the competition, armored vehicle crews will compete against one another in technical, physical, and mental challenges — all vying for the prestigious title of best armor crew in the world. This year’s Sullivan Cup competition consists of crews from various U.S. Army and international partner armored formations.

Competition events are held in a controlled, high-pressure environment where crews endure and overcome physical and mental strain while emphasizing mastery of individual tasks and a range of maneuver, sustainment, and gunnery skills crucial to combat effectiveness.

Competition success hinges on the training provided at competitors’ home stations by unit non-commissioned officers where competitors serve in the roles of master gunners, tank commanders, and as advisers to the crews. Competition tank commanders oversee crew training, ensuring proficiency in assigned roles and conduct cross-training in alternate positions.

The competition pays homage to retired Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, who served as an Armor officer and commanded various Armor formations during his esteemed military career. Sullivan retired from the Army July 31, 1995, after more than 36 years of active service, rising to the position of the 32nd Chief of Staff. This will be the first competition since he passed away earlier this year.

Media interested in covering the competition should contact Fort Moore’s Maneuver Center of Excellence Public Affairs Office at or 618-979-6058, to receive coordinating instructions.