(Photo by Rachel Cox)
FORT HOOD (September 25, 2012) --- The Army's National Simulation Center came to Fort Hood to develop a new integrated training environment exercise.
More than 600 soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, took part in the exercise, which lasted for about three days.
The idea was to create a realistic battle environment for soldiers to train in using high-tech tools that will be utilized by other soldiers Army-wide.
Director of the National Simulation Center Col. John Janiszewski said now that more soldiers are returning from deployments these simulated training environments will be a cost-effective alternative to sending units to different installations to train.
"This capability is going to enable home station training and they're going to improve it towards what the CEO for the Army wants so the answer is yes, it is a major milestone," Janiszewski said.
Some of the high-tech tools used in the training were vests that tracked when a soldier or enemy target was hit and advanced pilot headgear.
Soldiers who used the gear said it gave them a better outlook on how to improve.
"Without a doubt this gives us real-time feedback of what soldiers are actually getting shots onto the enemy target and where our fires and maneuvers are actually going when we're out there in the field," 1st Lt. Charles Foy said.