GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- U.S. and partner-nation soldiers will soon have ability to train on convoy live-fire scenarios on Grafenwoehr without shutting down large sections of the training area.

The Joint Multinational Training Command's Training Support Activity Europe will officially open a new Convoy Live Fire Course with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and demonstration on Dec. 18, 2013. Media interested in attending should contact the JMTC Public Affairs Office no later than Dec. 13.

The new course will provide soldiers the opportunity to train on the skills necessary to detect, identify, engage and defeat stationary and moving targets while in convoy, and will alleviate one of the major issues with the old course.

"There was only one official convoy live fire course in U.S. Army Europe, and when used, it shut down most of the other ranges in the Grafenwoehr Training Area -- and that made the course unusable," said Keith Dunson, manager of the U.S. Army Europe Range and Training Land Program.

The new convoy live fire course will only close ten adjacent ranges while in use, allowing units to continue live fire training on the other 34 ranges within the Grafenwoehr Training Area.

The course consists of six objectives along a 8 kilometer road. Soldiers will be tested by a variety of situations, including an enemy rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) team, snipers, and several different types of ambush.

"With a dedicated facility for convoy live fire, units in Europe will be able to conduct better convoy live fire training prior to exercises and deployments," said Dunson.

Existing targetry infrastructure on nearby Range 206 and Range 213 can also be incorporated into the convoy life fire training, enhancing the capabilities of the course and providing training units with flexibility in developing training scenarios, said Dunson.