Full story: 1st Tanks Rolls Through Largest Steel Knight
First Tank Battalion, along with other units from 1st Marine Division, completed Steel Knight, a Marine Corps Air Ground Task Force level exercise, at the Combat Center Nov. 26.
The combined arms exercise was the biggest yet, said Lt. Col. Tom Gordon, the commanding officer of 1st Tanks and native of Boston.
This photo reminds me of a question I’ve been meaning to ask for some time. Are any of the TUSK upgrades going to made to Marine M1s? The photo below shows a tank with a shield from an Armored Turret System on the loader’s machine gun, but, as the others in the photo gallery don’t have one, I suspect it’s a personal upgrade.
I’ve seen those shields used in a number of applications, and I don’t know if they were designed as part of the Armored Turret System or if they were adopted for it. My thinking is that they are a huge bonus when involved in they type of combat our tanks have found themselves in over the past few years, whether in urban settings or in the open.