Working in virtual reality had numerous advantages, said Maj. John Basso, plans and operations, 1st Squadron, 10th Calvary Regiment.
“We can train the crews together,” said Basso in commenting on the multi-location exercise.
“There are no distracters,” added Andy Stilley, Hood 2 site manager, close combat tactical trainer. Training in the center removes factors that can affect training, such as weather, insects and general discomfort, which cannot be controlled when training outdoors. “In here, the soldiers only focus on training.”
Medics of 1st Squadron, 10th Calvary Regiment were also able to practice with simulators. SimMan, a patient simulator controlled by software, was used when tanks were “hit” in the virtual exercise.
The 4th Infantry Division has three of the simulators, which were purchased for $36,000 each.
“It shows where the treatment is going,” said Sgt. 1st Class Dicky Strayhorn, medical platoon sergeant, 1st Squadron, 10th Calvary Regiment.
The medics also trained in reality, rushing to the scene of “tanks” that had been damaged, evacuating the drivers from their chambers.
“We’re getting as many experienced as possible,” said Strayhorn.