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Army tank named after Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson at Fort Bliss

Actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson took selfies with fans and signed autographs before the screening of his new movie "Hercules" at the base theater here July 24. Some fans lined up as early as 3 a.m. at the theater to meet the actor. (Sgt. Valerie C. Eppler/U.S. Marine Corps)

Movie star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is now the namesake of some U.S. military muscle.

A tank in the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss has been named “Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson” after the WWE champion wrestler-turned movie star.

The Rock tank was the topic of a tweet sent out Tuesday by the 1st Armored Division at the Army post.

The tank, which can layeth the smackdown on the enemy, was named by soldiers with the 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, according to the tweet.

The Blackhawk Squadron is the oldest cavalry squadron and regiment in the Army, dating back to March 2, 1833, and among the oldest units of any type in the Army.

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“If you smell what America’s Tank Division is cooking!” the tweet stated, a riff on The Rock’s wrestling catchphrase “Do you smell what The Rock is cooking?”

Johnson has starred in more than a dozen blockbuster movies with characters ranging from funny muscular guys to serious muscular guys.

Johnson is also the creator and host of NBC’s obstacle-course competition television show “The Titan Games.”

Stars and Stripes reports that it’s a creative process in naming tanks with monikers such as “Big Punisher” and “Big Rooster.”

Another Fort Bliss tank name got some social media love earlier this year — the fearsome “Dropped as a Baby.”

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