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CACTF brings realistic training capabilities to Camp Ripley

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn ­–The Combined Arms Collective Training Facility (CACTF) provides military commanders, civilian law enforcement and emergency management agencies the means to provide realistic and efficient training, with instant video and audio feed back

Twenty-four buildings and over 200 cameras allow users to record live training from almost any vantage point

“We only have two limitations: their imagination and initiative,” says Ron Crosby, Combined Arms Collective Training Facility Manager “From start to finish, initial briefs to the after action review we aim to provide an environment that sounds, smells and looks as close as we can get to a real life scenario”


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The Combined Arms Collective Training Facility is staffed by eight personnel contracted by Raytheon Technical Services Company Crosby spent 29 years in the Marine Corp before retiring as the Personnel Sgt Maj for the Marine Corp He leads a staff of qualified team members that look forward to maximizing the training experience

The facility was opened in October 2011 and has the capability to record training from three exterior and 199 interior cameras with thermal and infrared illuminators Buildings in the facility include a hotel, school, gas station, police department with five jail cells, a 42 room government building complete with a tunnel and elevator shaft, office buildings and various styles of residences

Scenarios can also be tailored to the needs of the user with the ability to utilize blank ammunition and simunitions rounds to increase the realism of the training

Upcoming use of the facility includes training by Army and Marine units as well as use for a tornado disaster exercise by the Central Minnesota Healthcare System Preparedness Program To schedule training at the facility contact Camp Ripley Operations at 320-616-2709

By 1st Lt Blake E St Sauver           
Camp Ripley Public Affairs Officer
May 31, 2012
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