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the morning cram [I’m gonna come at you like a spider monkey edition]

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Quick –  Puff out your chest, it’ll scare him away!

NPR reports Iran stands defiant amidst Israel’s threat of strikes against their nuclear program.

OVC Scores…

Kentucky~ River levels are on the rise.  A McCracken Sheriffs Deputy resigns after visiting his lady friend on the clock.  Mammoth Cave is a moneymaker for the Commonwealth. Smart kids rejoice;  you can get out of high school early. Pill mill legislation is working its way through the legislature.  The state wants to make substantial budget cuts to post-secondary schools. Lawmakers may be through with the redistricting fight.

the morning cram [spare rib edition]

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A T-Rex is now united with a long lost rib.

NPR reports the first complete Tyranasaurus Rex skeleton discovered in 1902 has been without a rib since the second world war. That is until now.

Western Kentucky and Tennessee are eyeing river port development.

Kentucky~ A fatal accident closed I-24 in McCracken yesterday. A Judge says kidnapping case stays in McCracken. If you need eye surgery, an optometrist can do it.

Illinois~ Those who were adopted will be able to see their original birth certificate. There are more poor people in the state. Gov Quinn says casinos could hurt education. Lt Gov Simon says she opposes utility rate increases.

Tennessee~ A Clarksville women’s clinic is getting bigger. Harwell hit back on voter ID comments.

Virtual Battle Space 2 at Fort Campbell

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Fort Campbell recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Virtual Battle Space 2 training facility. The building was opened after a year of development and increases Fort Campbell’s ability to train soldiers on tactics and procedures. Around 100 soldiers (a company) can log-in to the VBS2 game at once now.

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Virtual Team Chief Adam Williams said that the main advantage of using video games to train soldiers is efficiency. “We only have so much space for training out in the field. And training’s expensive with fuel costs, ammo,” he said. Because of space and seasonal limitations, a unit typically books only 3 days of field training at a time.  If they’ve already learned the standard operating procedures on a video game, troops won’t waste time in the real-world drill. At least, that’s how it goes in the best case scenario.

Williams said in the days before video games, soldiers did basic rock drills. “You’d have a sand table set up,” he explained, “And you can get a whole bunch of matchbox cars, and pull things around a sand table and practice it that way, or stand there with three by five cards.” The army pays homage to those days with a sand-table filled with plastic  army men in one corner of the facility.

VBS2 is not available for retail, but the military offers other games to the public. America’s Army has been an educational and recruitment tool since the early 2000’s.

Written by Angela Hatton

April 15, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Inside a Shoot House

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by Angela Hatton 

Last week, I visited Fort Campbell and got to see first-hand some of the training soldiers there go through before deployment. The story aired on Sunday’s Front Page, but I think to get the full effect of what military officials called, “the shoot house” you need to see pictures from the inside. I and a few other reporters got a chance to follow the drill sergeant and the trainees through. The shoot house is pretty bare bones with walls made from plywood, and a sand floor. With the soldiers running through and stirring up dust, it can get hard to breathe. Below are a few pictures I took. 

Shawn Graham

Soldiers keep their guard up as they enter the shoot house.

After they secure a room, soldiers "stack" against one wall before continuing their assault into other rooms.

More stacking.

Drill Sergeant Hatch follows the team into the room.

Observation decks allow other soldiers to watch the drill from above.

The short video below shows Drill Sergeant Hatch explaining what the team is doing during the training exercise. Forgive the shoddy camera work; there’s a reason I work in radio! 

Written by Angela Hatton

March 8, 2010 at 1:52 pm