The Strong Europe Tank Challenge is designed to project a dynamic presence, foster military partnership, promote interoperability, and provide an environment for sharing tactics, techniques and procedures. Participating units are tested on offensive and defensive operations as well as tasks including vehicle identification, battle damage assessment and precision maneuvers. With platoons from Austria, France, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and the United States scheduled to take part in the challenge, the U.S. Army Europe and the German Army co-hosted the Strong Europe Tank Challenge at Grafenwoehr Training Area, from May 7-12, 2017.
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment competed in the Strong Europe Tank Challenge 2017 on behalf of the U.S. Armed Forces. The 66th Armor Regiment is the oldest armored unit in the United States Army, tracing its lineage to the 301st Tank Battalion which served with distinction soon after it was formed in the First World War. The 301st trained at Camp Meade, MD, where then Cpt. Dwight D. Eisenhower was an instructor. The U.S. battled it out to claim the prize of being called the best tank crew in Europe.
Watch U.S. soldiers compete in the Strong Europe Tank Challenge below: