February 21, 2007
By Air Force Staff Sgt. Shawn Weismiller
Capt. David J. Smith and 2nd Lt. Mike Barth patrol the vast southern California desert, where the climate and topography is not unlike many areas of the Middle East.
Sgt. George M. Sumrall and Sgt. 1st Class Gary D. Andrade discuss sectors of responsibility during a combat patrol scenario.
Sgt. 1st Class Christopher W. Thorn requests additional support as his unit comes under heavy "enemy fire."
Soldiers are treated after suffering "casualties."
The troopers even train simulated Iraqi army soldiers.
Soldiers practice close-quarter battle tactics.
As the sun sets, the Soldiers are still alert and ready for nighttime operations.