Staff Sgt. Ian Brown sneaks a grin thinking of his M1 Abrams firing superheated tank rounds at targets 2½ miles away.
The deafening blasts shake the earth and turn enemy vehicles into twisted hunks of metal.
"It doesn't get old," he said.
Despite having just returned from months in Eastern Europe, the tankers of the 4th Infantry Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team are keeping their skills sharp on the post's shooting range.
While the 4th Infantry Division's 1st and 2nd brigade combat teams head to Afghanistan this year, the 3rd Brigade - it's most heavily-armored unit - is staying home. It's mission: Be ready to deploy on short notice anywhere in the world, said Col. Michael Simmering, the brigade's commander.
"There's enough problems in the world right now," Simmering said. "It's our job to be ready to go at any moment, no matter what."
The 4,200-soldier brigade returned last fall from a nine-month tour across Eastern Europe aimed at showcasing the United States' military prowess amid simmering tensions with Russia.
The last of the brigade's equipment arrived back at the post on Jan. 8, Simmering said. And his troops were back at the firing ranges two weeks later.
Through March, his tank crews will practice firing live rounds and coordinating attacks down range. That means residents in Colorado Springs should expect to hear several low rumbles coming from the post over the next several weeks.
On Friday, Dakota troop from the brigade's 4th Squadron of the 10th Cavalry Regiment rolled its tanks two at a time down one of the shooting ranges.
As plywood targets popped up in the distance, the tank crews had 50 seconds to peek their 120 mm smoothbore cannons over several small berms and take them out.
Score enough points, and the tank crews would be ready for battle.
"You never know when you're going to be called off the bench," said Lt. Col Ryan Kranc, the squadron's commander.