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Gainey Cup competition underway on Fort Benning

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CSM (R) William "Joe" Gainey. (Source: Fort Benning/U.S. Army) CSM (R) William "Joe" Gainey. (Source: Fort Benning/U.S. Army)

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) – Monday was the kickoff for the 3rd annual Gainey Cup on Fort Benning.

The competition is a test to determine who is the best scout squad in the United States Army.

This four-day event was established in 2013, challenging 6-man scout squad teams of their physical conditioning, cavalry skills, and team strategies.

There are 24 teams competing in the competition, 17 from the regular Army, 3 from the Army National Guard, and 4 international teams.

“These right here are you future leaders in the Army. You might have a future Sgt Major Gainey right out here in today's competition,” said Colonel Thomas Feltey, Commander of the 316 Cavalry Brigade.

During Monday’s opening ceremony, there were also reconnaissance demonstrations and an introduction of the teams that will be competing.

Retired Command Sergeant Major Gainey was honored on the opening day of the event.

They decided of all the scouts, they honored me and named it after me but I tell folks they name it after my son Major Gainey, but I'm honored,” said Retired Command Sergeant Major William "Joe" Gainey.

Gainey joined the Army in the seventies and progressed all the way through all the Cavalry formation leadership positions and culminated as the first senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the joint chief of staff.

Click here to follow the Gainey Cup competition on the 316th Cavalry Brigade's Facebook page.

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