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Feb 4, 2010 7:51 PM by Jim Hummel

Technology Helps Train the 256th for Iraq

Advances in technology are helping soldiers in the 256th Infantry Brigade prepare for the streets of Baghdad from a trailer on the grounds of Camp Shelby.

A simulator, called a Virtual Convoy Operations Trainer (VCOT) allows the soldiers to ride in a virtual convoy, and creates scenarios the soldiers could face when they deploy next month.

"You do a virtual convoy and you interact with live fire, pretty much anything that we're going to be doing on our actual missions in Iraq," said SPC. Kelly Jenkins from Lafayette.

Once the simulated mission is complete, members of the unit then have a chance to take a look at their work, evaluate what they've done and how they may be able to improve it the next time around.

"This is invaluable because it saves us time, money and energy in making sure that the soldiers are trained properly for the mission in Iraq," said Capt. Joe Carey, Commander of the 256th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Bravo Company.

An invaluable, virtual experience, preparing soldiers for the real experience, just a few weeks away.

Jim Hummel

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