Soldiers Train on Fort Irwin, Calif., for Deployment

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Soldiers gather near their bradley fighting vehicles in the Mojave Desert at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb. 20, 2013. The soldiers, assigned to 1st Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, will be the first brigade aligned with U.S. Africa Command. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Soldiers walk through an entryway clouded by smoke in central corridor of the Mojave Desert, at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb. 20, 2013. The soldiers, observer controllers, are assigned to Operations Group, National Training Center, and are documenting the 1st Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team training missions. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • A computer operator watches monitors displaying live interior and exterior images of the training town in the central corridor of the Mojave Desert, at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb. 20, 2013.  DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Clouds pass over Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb. 20, 2013, where the 1st Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team is training as the first brigade that will be aligned with AFRICOM. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Soldiers observe an OH-58D Kiowa helicopter land in the Mojave Desert at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Army Spec. Caroline Slothour unloads a vehicle in the Mojave Desert at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013. Slothour, a linguist, is assigned to the 1st Infantry Division's Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Army Capt. Genaro Prieto arranges placards for a sand table in the Mojave Desert at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013. Prieto, a engineer, is assigned to the 1st Infantry Division's 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Army observer trainers and insurgency role players meet to organize their strategy for the following day's battle in the Mojave Desert at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013. The trainers are assigned to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Opposing Force. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Army Spc. Harold Branyon stays warm by a fire while playing the role of an insurgent at the National Urban Warfare Center in the Mojave Desert at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013. Branyon is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Opposing Force. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • A pyrotechnic explodes at the National Urban Warfare Center in the Mojave Desert at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Army Spc. Eric Winter, left, and Pvt. Devin Williams, right, uncoil concertina wire in the Mojave Desert at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013. Winter and Williams are assigned to the 1st Infantry Division's 299th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Soldiers drive a M2 Bradley fighting vehicle during a training mission in the Mojave Desert at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • M2 Bradley fighting vehicles roll past a simulated city during a training mission at the National Urban Warfare Center in the Mojave Desert at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • A M1-A1 Abrams tank and M2 Bradley fighting vehicles conduct a bounding overwatch maneuver during a training mission at the National Urban Warfare Center in the Mojave Desert at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • A soldier keeps watch from the hatch atop a M2 Bradley fighting vehicle as it maneuvers around during a training mission at the National Urban Warfare Center in the Mojave Desert at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013. DOD photo by EJ Hersom