Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, HAWAII-- Soldiers from the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command conducted react to direct fire while mounted as part of their warrior drill training on Jan. 10, 2013 at the Marine Combat Trainer on Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

The training was held to help the Soldiers of the command become more proficient in their warrior tasks and battle drills and as a part of their weekly warrior task training. The Marine Combat Trainer has six octagonal rooms that are equipped with a real High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) minus the engine, wheels and armor plates. It also has projectors that show a 360-degree image on the walls surrounding the vehicle that accurately represents the environments of forward deployed areas such as Afghanistan.Challenging training requires individuals to conduct continuous operations and different elements of full spectrum operations simultaneously. All Soldiers must develop the ability to assess quickly the level of force required.

"This training was definitely a great opportunity to get out of the normal sit down training that we normally do," said Pfc. Chastoni E. Jones, a supply specialist for the 94th AAMDC and a Pleasant, Texas native. "It gave us a chance to get the feel of how things would be if we were in a deployed environment."

The Army's Field Manual 7-0 states effective training builds competent and confident units and leaders. It includes situations where varied and tough conditions test their discipline and resolve. Training under those conditions develop individuals with the ability to remain calm in chaotic uncertain conditions.

"My favorite part about the training was shooting the .50-caliber machine gun," said Spc. Nadine G. Gonzalez, a 94th AAMDC clerk and a native of Mangilao, Guam. "The training was fun and everyone that participated in it had a good time. We also gained a lot of knowledge from the noncommissioned officers in charge of the training."

Training should also challenge commanders. Some training should place them in situations requiring quick decision making based on rapid analysis without staff support. This type of training prepares individuals, organizations and their leaders for the complexities inherent in today's operational environments. Proficiency in full spectrum operations requires leader-trainers who understand the requirements of those environments and effectively train their units for them.

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