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April 08, 2011

Mobilization
Airmen train at McCoy in Joint Sourcing Training Oversight program
PHOTO: Air Force Staff Sgt. Lee Thorp negotiates across a map of areas at Fort McCoy on a classroom Blue Force Tracker. Photo by Tom Michele

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

PHOTO: Airmen dismount from their convoy of Humvee guntrucks to investigate reports of insurgent activity in the area of a rural village on a Fort McCoy training lane. Photo by Tom Michele Airmen dismount from their convoy of Humvee guntrucks to investigate reports of insurgent activity in the area of a rural village on a Fort McCoy training lane. The Airmen were training in preparation for deployment in support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom.
PHOTO: 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. Photo 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.

 

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