Army Tanker

This is what I do for a living. I ride around on these behemoths and scare the bejesus out of the infantry (ours and the bad guys). Tankers love to fight. Most tankers really hate working on their tanks, but if there's a fight somewhere, they're on their way. As a modern day General stated (this is paraphrased) "Armor guys will hurt you". This machine is outfitted with a 120mm Main Gun firing Armor Piercing Fin Stabilized and Cone Stabilized Discarding Sabot (Tank Killer Ammunition) and High Explosive Anti-Tank (Lighter armor vehicles, trucks, bunkers,etc.) . The tank is also armed with two 7.62mm machine guns (for killing infantry), a .50 caliber machine gun (12.7mm) for destroying trucks, lightly armored vehicles, and the occasional ground pounder that accidentally gets in the way. The crew consists of four people, the Tank Commander, the guy in charge of everything, usually a Staff Sergeant or above, a Gunner, responsible for aiming at (and killing) the bad guys, usually a Specialist or above. The Loader, who loads the main gun and assists the TC and the Gunner in finding enemy targets, usually in the rank of Private to Specialist. Last but not least, the Driver, who (duh!) drives the tank and maintains the track. These a just general descriptions of their jobs and does not encompass everything that they must do on their tank or as a part of their daily activities as a soldier in the U.S. Army. There are many missions that must be accomplished every day and each soldier must be a "Jack of all Trades".

Awards and Decorations

U.S. Army Unit Awards

United Nations Awards

Excellence in Armor

The NCO Creed


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February 5, 2000