Brazilian officer stands out at the U.S. Army's Armored SchoolBrazilian officer stands out at the U.S. Army's Armored School

Fort Benning, Georgia (United States) – On November 22, Second Lieutenant Sidney Peixoto Azevedo completed the Armor Basic Officer Leader Course at the U.S. Army Armor School.

Aimed at preparing the cavalry officer to command a platoon of combat cars, the course is divided into 19 weeks divided into four phases. The first phase focuses on the basic individual combatant, in which the instructors go through physical, day and night orienteering, and pistol shooting tests.

In the second phase the officers learn the technique of the M1 Abrams fighting car and perform shooting with live ammunition in a day and night environment. The third phase is dedicated to mission planning with armored cars, with the issuance of four operations orders. In the fourth and final phase all the knowledge is put to the test in four weeks of armored operations, with several missions being carried out throughout the day and each student is evaluated on his or her ability to command a platoon of combat cars in the field.

Second Lieutenant Sidney ranked 3rd overall in his class, which consisted of 71 American and five foreign officers. His performance throughout the course earned him the honor of best foreign officer and being included in the Commander’s List, a merit of the top 20% of his class.

Source: Aditância do Brasil nos Estados Unidos da América

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