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Sullivan Cup kicks off at Fort Benning

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) -

The first Sullivan Cup competition kicked off Monday at Fort Benning with the maintenance challenge.

Fifteen Armor crews had the task of changing a broken track on a M-1 Abrams tank. There were a lot of hammering, tightening, and lifting tank tracks.

The crew made up of four soldiers had to change out an eight block section of track weighing 700 pounds.  Although the track looks like a Lego, they don't just snap together. Staff Sergeant Cory Nania says it's not a quick or easy task but it is a team effort.

"If you take a look at these crews [working], their obviously sweating profusely. It's hot out here, and it's extremely physically challenging to do," said SSG Nania.

2nd Brigade 1st Armored Division from Fort Bliss says they're willing to take. "It's a tough job to do. But, we just knew we had to do and suffer through it and get the job done," says Tank Commander Ryan Dilling.

The crew replaced the track in 29 minutes and set the bar high. Sergeant Zachary Shaffer says they have set the tempo for the rest of the competition. "We set the bar high. We came to win and we're going to keep it high."

The competition lasts four days with crews firing rounds from the tanks Wednesday and Thursday.

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