Soldiers participate in live-fire training on Fort Carson


The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, hosted a media day on Friday, Mar. 3 to highlight the 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment’s live-fire training. 

“Fundamentally, a tank crew is on for one reason, and one reason alone, and that’s to destroy the enemies that they encounter,” LTC Ryan Kranc said. 

In the field on Fort Carson, “They’ve got 14 crews out here to qualify their tanks and show their proficiency and gunnery,” Kranc said. 

“It comes down to the ability of four people, four soldiers, inside a tank, to coordinate their actions to make the tank move quickly, fire quickly, and destroy whatever targets are presented,” COL Michael Simmering said.

When the target comes up it’s game on. 

“Each one of those targets is exposed for about 50 seconds, so there’s a time limit, and they’re graded depending on how fast they can engage the target, or identify the target and engage the target, destroy the target, then get back down,” Kranc said.

The Iron Brigade is proud of their squadron.

“It’s been pretty impressive to see so far,” Simmering said. 

But they make sure to have some fun, too.

“This is fun, it’s sometimes hard to believe that we get paid to do this,” Kranc said.

They’re preparing to be ready whenever duty calls.

“There’s enough problems in the world right now, and the world is complex enough,” Simmering said. “That what we’ve told our soldiers is, it’s our job to be ready to go at any given moment.” 

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