Military Matters: 3rd annual Gainey Cup competition at Fort Benning

Military Matters: 3rd annual Gainey Cup competition at Fort Benning
Updated: May. 3, 2017 at 9:00 PM EDT
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(Source: Rico Mitchell/WTVM)
(Source: Rico Mitchell/WTVM)

(WTVM) – Thursday is the final day of competition in the third annual Gainey Cup competition at Fort Benning.

Click here to follow the Gainey Cup competition and get the results from the competition.

The competition puts soldier's cavalry skills to the test and is the subject of today's military matters segment.

The Four Day event started in 2013 testing six-man scout teams on physical conditioning and team strategies.

There are 24 teams competing: 17 from the Army, three from the Army National Guard and four international teams.

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

"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 316th Calvary Brigade.

"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 William "Joe" Gainey, Retired Command Sergeant Major.

Gainey joined the army in the 1970's and progressed all the way through the Cavalry formation leadership positions and was one of the first senior advisors to the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff.

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