To meet qualification standards, soldiers from Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, started the live-fire portion of their M1A2 Abrams tank gunnery, also known as Table VI, Sept. 16.

The soldiers started with individual soldier and crew basic gunnery skills to engage targets. While staying both day and night in the training areas, the soldiers’ only focus was to ensure efficiency and effectiveness with their crews and tanks.

Soldiers then advanced to qualify the crew’s capability to engage stationary and moving targets.

“We’ve had plenty of opportunity to get trained up on (gunnery) and we have a lot of new guys but we are ready,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jose Padilla, a platoon sergeant with Delta Company.

Weapons mounted to the battle tank must also be evaluated.

“It wasn’t easy ... the range was set up different. It was difficult.” Padilla said. “At the same time, I think it’s got us ready for this range. I think it’s going to work out just fine.”

The final qualification consists of eight tasks that vary from precision and timeliness while engaging a stationary or moving target. The main gun is fired.

“The first engagement pretty much shows you how you’re going to do the rest of the time,” said Sgt. Jonathan Scott, a tank gunner with Delta Company. “I’m pretty confident in how well my crew, the turret crew, will do.”

Not only are these crews qualifying on their tanks but they have worked up a healthy competition as well, all shooting for “Top Tank.”

To achieve top tank a crew must have the best overall qualification.

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