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STAND-TO! Edition: Wednesday, December 19 2012

Today's Focus:

Europe's Military Vehicle Driver's Training Complex

Senior Leaders are Saying

A World War II veteran of the legendary 442nd Regimental Combat Team, his display of leadership and valor in a gun battle that cost him his arm rightfully earned him the Medal of Honor. His determination to recover and his extraordinary career that followed continue to inspire wounded warriors today.

- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, pays tribute to U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, a World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient

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Today's Focus

Europe's Military Vehicle Driver's Training Complex

What is it?

The JMTC Military Vehicle Driver's Training Complex is a sequence of 11 obstacles representing difficulties a driver faces on the battlefield or when operating in hostile environments around the globe. Spread over a 7.6 km area, the new complex located in Grafenwoehr, Germany, is designed to train Soldiers navigating in a variety of U.S. and/or multi-national military vehicles, vehicles from the common HMMWV to U.S. and European model NATO tanks. Each obstacle requires Soldiers to possess an accurate knowledge of their vehicles' capabilities, specifications and limitations. The complex is designed to address a wide array of circumstances culled from three years of statistical data that identifies the most likely Soldier injuries. The complex's obstacles replicate the dangers and challenges Soldiers encounter when driving in diverse battlefield environments with a focus vehicle roll-overs.

What has the Army done?

The Military Driver's Training Complex was created specifically to train and challenge the skills of U.S. and multi-national military vehicle drivers. The course includes arid and eroding terrains as well as wet areas that require fording, urban operation sites, bridges and overpasses, steep grades that require quick judgment and sharp curves and roadways ideal for concealing IEDs.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Lessons-learned from driver's combat experiences downrange are incorporated into the continuous development of the complex's terrain. The obstacles and the features of the JMTC Driver's Training Complex were conceived to be modified in order to mirror specific terrain or set of circumstances that military drivers may encounter in future day or night missions. The complex is designed to evolve and is the result of collaboration between Master Drivers with experience in combat zones, instructors and training professionals in the U.S. and multi-national military communities. Instructors, training professionals and students are regularly invited and encouraged to review and improve the utility of the complex.

Why is this important to the Army?

Training military vehicle drivers in a realistic environment prior to deployment saves lives and significantly reduces Soldier casualties. According to DA statistics, between Jan. 2009 and July 2012, there were 618 vehicle rollovers in Afghanistan alone. Twenty-three Soldiers lost their lives in these rollovers and more than 500 were recorded as injured. Also, the cost and time to repair or replace vehicles directly affects readiness, force capability and mission success.

What are senior leaders saying?

Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno on predeployment training:
&hellip what we do now is get people ready as they deploy... so the forces, when they leave, are the most ready forces around. Those who are just coming back and are ready to go to other contingencies or might be called to other places - they're not as ready - the goal is to turn the process around more quickly and make sure troops are ready all the time.
- Interview transcript Federal News Radio, October 10, 2011


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