Audio: C-IED Schoolhouse Story 4 of 5 LONG Version 3:40
Audio by Rick Haverinen
The improvised explosive device is a principal concern for U.S. and partner nation forces operating in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Department of Defense continues to polish counter-IED training to combat the threat. Today’s visit to counter-IED schoolhouses starts in the classroom, and ends up in a sophisticated simulator employing a Humvee mounted on computer-programmed hydraulic shocks, and two-hundred-sixty degree projection. The simulator stays in one spot, but takes vehicle crew members on a virtual mission through the Afghan countryside where they learn to spot potential problems. A second Battle Drill simulator is now operating at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and the unit recorded in this story at Fort Eustis, is being moved to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The next story in the series visits U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico, to see how combat engineers teach counter-IED awareness; and we’ll see how JKnIFE provides detailed information upon request of deployed troops, about all things related to IEDs.