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Fort Hood soldiers test new training software

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The Army's existing high tech training tools are being utilized in a new way at Fort Hood.

New software makes it possible to link live, virtual and computer-based training systems together. In the past, these systems were run separately.

"This system, it lets us know if we are hitting the enemy and if they're making good contact and who exactly is hitting who," Lt. Charles Foy said.

The tools have sensors that not only track, but document, their movement for review and assessment.

On land the technology uses tank and infantry fighting vehicle simulators, and in the air, through helicopter simulation, recreates missions which otherwise may be limited.

"Six different air crews flying together, that's a very expensive operation, to get six helicopters in the air and to do high risk maneuvers and high risk missions is possible in here," Lt. Col. Duke Samouce said.

For the last several weeks, more than 600 soldiers with the First Cavalry Division's Second Brigade Combat team have been testing out the new computer software.

"The timing for us is perfect, we just had a turnover of 80 percent of our staff and 100 percent of our commanders and command sergeant majors all within the last 190 days," Col. Robert Whittle said.

It’s an opportunity for a larger scale training exercise now available at their home post, instead of an out of state training center.

"To take an entire brigade combat team and try to train them, that would of course cost taxpayers an enormous amount of money,” Whittle said.

Once the field testing is complete, the National Simulation Center will analyze the data and input collected at Fort Hood.

From there, the necessary changes and improvements will be made before it is released Army-wide.

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