As three brigades from the 3rd Infantry Division are working hard in Iraq's desert sun, members of the 4th Brigade Combat Team are busy training hard to join their fellow soldiers in the upcoming months.
Part of that training is a trip to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. There, soldiers simulate what maneuvers, scenarios and battles might be like on any given day in Iraq. With the help of native-born Iraqis, soldiers train and role-play to learn how to better deal with the people of Iraq on a daily basis.
Located in the Mojave Desert, Fort Irwin is the perfect place for soldiers to acclimate to hot and sandy conditions before a deployment. And although working on a condensed timeline, these 3,500 soldiers will spend a month getting the proper training they need to be ready when their boots hit the ground.
Tune in to THE News at 6 for Dal Cannady's special series, Back to the Front: Training with the 3rd ID.