The picture of the tank is great, but that tank won't be seeing action in Iraq anytime soon. It is one of the early model M-1 Abrams tanks. It's main gun is a rifled 105mm gun, unlike the smoothbore 120mm of the M-1A1, M-1A1HA and M-1A2 SEP which are in use over in Iraq now. It also lacks the digitized commo and IVIS gear of the M-1A2. This baseline M-1 also lacks the heavier turret armor of the later M-1's. It belongs to the 5th Squadron, 117th Cavalry of the NJARNG, 50th Brigade of the 42nd Infantry Division. If and when the 5/117th Cav is sent to Iraq, they will use M-1A1HA's or M-1A2 SEP's previously used in-country by another RA or ARNG tank outfit. These baseline M-1's at Fort Drum are just used for training. Ultimately, though, these baseline M-1's and IPM-1's from the early Eighties are sent to the Lima Army Tank Plant and Anniston Army Depot to be re-manufactured into M-1A2 SEP's.