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Sullivan Cup wraps with live tank firing

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) -

The Sullivan Cup wrapped up Thursday with the last live tank firing competition. 15 teams from all over the world were part of weeklong event.

"Tank crews from all over the world competing with each other…After being here for three days each one of these crews will be better when they leave than they were when they came," General Gordan said.

Retired General Gordan Sullivan, the namesake of the competition, was at Thursday's final live fire.  He says it's an honor to have the cup named after him. It is even more full-filling to have these teams come together and use the competition as form of training.

Sullivan awarded Lieutenant Cornel Mike Bramblett with a special belt buckle earlier in the day for the 316th Brigade's hard work pulling off a flawless competition.

"It's their efforts and their energy that allowed this event to be an overall success," Bramblett said. 

Earlier this week, teams had to go through a number of tactical events with tanks like a maintenance challenge, shooting competition, fitness tests and live fire.

Lieutenant Cornel Mike Bramblett says the competition helps get U.S. Soldiers ready for real life combat.

"When Army and Calvary are on the ground, American's enemies know that we are committed and we mean business," says Cornel Bramblett.

Sergeant First Class Ryan Dilling, Sergeant Zachary Shaffer, Private First Class Mark Backer and Private First Class Kyle Braun from the 2nd Brigade 1st Armor Division out of Fort Bliss, Texas is this year's Sullivan Cup winner.

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