Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, utilized live and virtual environments in a training exercise designed to prepare them for combat operations July 1 at Camp Casey.

The goal of the training was to familiarize Soldiers with proper alert procedures, the uploading of equipment and ammunition, and transitioning into a war-time environment.

Once the unit completed its initial transition, Soldiers moved their vehicles to Camp Casey's Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CCTT) and completed the rest of their war-time transition virtually.

"The scenario was a realistic one in which the company might have to conduct a defense in the event of an Armistice violation," said Capt. Jonathan Silk, commander of Co. C.

The CCTT is equipped with the Blue Force Tracker system, which allows Soldiers to train on digital systems, receive orders and updates on enemy activity.

"The transition from live to virtual went smoothly due to prior coordination with the CCTT staff, who were very helpful," said Silk.

Once the unit went virtual, Soldiers conducted several different missions, to include refueling on the move, hasty defense, and offensive operations, all without the waste of actual fuel, gas, and ammunition.

"CCTT is an excellent resource," said Silk. "It allows me to train the company for its wartime mission in a virtual environment with minimal effect on the quality of training."