Air Force Staff Sgt. Lee Thorp
negotiates across a map of areas at Fort McCoy on a classroom
Blue Force Tracker (BFT) system, much like what is in most
combat vehicles, aircraft and command centers. The BFT is one of
several major communications systems that links a company,
battalion and brigade’s vehicles together with near-real-time
data, graphics and map imagery. Thorp, a heavy equipment
operator with the 823rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy
Operational Repair Squadron Engineer (RED HORSE) at Hurlbrut Air
Force Base, Fla., was in a BFT class as part of the Joint
Sourcing Training Oversight program for Airmen preparing to
deploy in support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom.
Photos By Tom Michele
Airmen lead a detainee away from
a rural village house to be interrogated and transferred to
national police during a situational training exercise scenario
on a Fort McCoy training lane. From left were Master Sgt. Jerry
Dunn, Staff Sgt. Steve Brewer (behind suspect), and Tech. Sgt.
Robert Lloyd. The “suspect” is Sgt. LeRoy Dicks, 2nd, 411th
Logistical Support Battalion, 181st Infantry Brigade. He was
with the group of “opposing forces” Soldiers portraying enemy
threats. The Airmen are from the 823rd RED HORSE.