Major Michael Abell is with the Kentucky National Guard. He says, "They are the most instrumented advanced warfare training centers that we have."
Combat training centers are set up to submerge soldiers in the culture of the country where they will be stationed. The three combat training centers have so many soldiers to train before deployment that they created a new traveling combat training system. It's called Exportable Combat Training Center, or XCTC. In the exercise, soldiers travel to the fictional city of Medina Jabal. The military hires actors to pose as Iraqis.
Roberto Dagado is one of those actors. He says, "I'm usually the interpreter. When I'm not an interpreter I'm the holy man."
Major Abell says, "He is a hired actor. He'll work with them to tell them where a wanted terrorist is in the town."
Soldiers then surround the city and search it until the terrorist is found. During the exercise they learn to enter and clear a room. All the while they are being tracked by a global positioning system called MILES 2000.
It may look like a video game, but it's actually unique warfare training that our soldiers will use over seas. It's called an After Action Review. When they come back from the battlefield soldiers can watch what went right and what didn't.
Darien Wade is with the Kentucky National Guard. He says, "Reinforces what's right and wrong. Eyes in the back of their head. Shows what other soldiers are doing while he's focusing on this task."
Those who have been to Iraq say this Exportable Combat Training Center will prepare National Guard soldiers for whatever they may encounter when they are deployed.