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Minnesota National Guard
Advanced combat simulators utilized at Camp Ripley

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn ­" Simulations have become reality as part of the future of training our Soldiers with ease and efficiency Soldiers of Alpha Company, 134th Brigade Support Battalion became one of the first classes to utilize the Virtual Battle Simulator 2 (VBS2) classroom inside the new Emergency Management Training Center on Camp Ripley May 16, 2012

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"Soldiers can train here with lower risk mitigation prior to performing the task on ground, so they are not doing it for the first time ever when they get out to a training range," said Shawn Frey, Camp Ripley Simulations Coordinator "We train Soldiers using current TTPs (Training, Tactics, and Procedures) and scenarios straight from combat; we want to make the training as realistic as possible at all times"

During training on May 16, 2012, Sgt Patrick Barrett briefed the Soldiers "We will conduct our standard TTPs such as 5- and 25-meter sweeps and Situation Reports" prior to conducting a convoy on the VBS2 system using radios and tracking systems that are similar to those that would be used overseas

Simulators such as the VBS2 can also be used with other systems like FlexTrain to create scenarios where Soldiers are doing a mission in a classroom and other Soldiers are completing the same mission on ground at Camp Ripley's Combined Arms Collective Training Facility These scenarios can then be compared side by side to see variance between simulated movements and actual movements in real life

 The VBS2 system also includes, but is not limited to, scenarios performing cultural engagements, target and terrain recognition, escalation of force, and language training

In 2011 over 4,000 Soldiers were trained on the VBS2 system at Camp Ripley, other simulators include vehicle, convoy and weapons trainers In the current environment simulations will continue to be pushed to make training as realistic as possible for Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines

By 1st Lt Blake E St Sauver 
Camp Ripley Public Affairs Officer
May 16, 2012

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