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Fort Hood Field Test

The Integrated Architecture - the key enabler for the Integrated Training Environment - completed its first field test at Fort Hood, Texas, in September 2012. More than 600 Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Cavalry Division participated in the exercise. The exercise tested the computer software and hardware that allow the ITE’s live, virtual and constructive training enablers to work with each other seamlessly. The computer software and hardware also stimulated Mission Command Systems with realistic information about unit actions – both live and simulated.
Click here to see video of the exercise.

Soldiers assault a position as part of the field test of the Integrated Training Environment at Fort Hood, TX. They are wearing MILES gear, which is connected to the new Homestation Instrumentation Training System
LTC Irvin Pete of Fort Leavenworth, KS, shows reporters how constructive simulations fit into the Integrated Training Environment. In constructive training, Soldiers use a computer mouse to move computer screen icons that represent units and equipment
MAJ Michael McCarthy of Fort Leavenworth, KS, explains the Close Combat Tactical Trainer to reporters. Soldiers trained in CCTT as part of the Fort Hood field test. In addition, helicopter crews used the Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer for their part in the exercise.
LTC Shane Cipolla-COL Robert Whittle
LTC Shane Cipolla (left) and COL Robert Whittle answer reporters’ questions during a briefing. Cipolla is the project officer for the Live, Virtual, Constructive Integrating Architecture - the foundation of the Integrated Training Environment. Whittle is the commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. His unit provided the training audience for the ITE.

News Accounts

Fort Hood Sentinel recounts the field exercise involving the Black Jack Brigade.

Austin YNN explains how the Army is using new technologies to train troops.

KWTV-TV shows how the National Simulation is working with the troops at Fort Hood.

Killeen Daily Herald explains how the Army is combining the virtual world with boots on the ground.

KXAN-TV identifies ITE’s advantages.

Army Times explains how the ITE brings training environments together.


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