By SGT. 1ST CLASS RAYMOND PIPER
Army News Service
Five cavalry scouts from U.S. Army Alaska won the inaugural Gainey Cup Competition, earning the right to call themselves the best cavalry scout team in the Army.
The five-day event held at Fort Benning, Ga., March 1-5, tested the Soldiers physically and on the basics of being a cavalry scout. The competition was named for retired Command Sgt. Maj. William Gainey, who was the first senior enlisted adviser to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—a position created in 2005.
“It re-established all of the fundamentals of my job with me,” said Staff Sgt. Justin Miller, a team leader with 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. “It was just a great training experience, and I’ll take it back to my unit and teach it to my guys and make them a better team.”
The competition began with the “Disciplus Validus,” a four-hour physical test that incorporated trad-itional exercises, such as pull-ups, dips, push-ups and sit-ups, with nontraditional challenges, such as tire-flipping, pulling a wounded person on a casualty sled and pushing a Humvee uphill. The teams started at 10-minute intervals and were awarded points for each station based on their overall performance.
After the last obstacle, the scouts completed a written exam that tested their knowledge of the fundamentals of reconnaissance. With the tests completed, they completed the final three miles that took them to the finish line.
No matter what, win or lose, the experience is one that the scouts can use to hone their individual and unit skills.