By Aleah M. Castrejon | Mountaineer editor
FORT CARSON, Colo. — As with many competitions, the U.S. Army’s annual Gainey Cup competition was cancelled due to COVID-19. However, 4th Infantry Division Soldiers reworked the competition, making it possible to maintain the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, and still uphold readiness. This year, the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team took part in the division-level competition Dec. 9, 2020.
In years past, the Soldiers would conduct mentally and physically challenging events, which included an Army Physical Fitness Test, 12-mile ruck march, land navigation, care under fire, vehicle identification and weapon ranges.
The levels of the competition would include a squad that would represent the brigade and then the winner of the brigade-level would compete at division level. After the winners are determined from the division level, they would be sent for a chance to represent at the Gainey Cup Best Scout Competition in Fort Benning, Georgia. Many events have been affected by the pandemic and this is no different, but the 4th Inf. Div. Soldiers learned to find creative ways to train and compete, within their limits.