Army Reserve Soldiers complete Virtual Battle Space Training in Daegu
By 1st Lt. Brandon Fambro, 368th Engineer Detachment (FEST-M)September 11, 2014
DAEGU, Republic of Korea - U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with the 368th Engineer Detachment (Forward Engineer Support Team-Main), 412th Theater Engineer Command, successfully completed Virtual Battle Space 3 training while participating here in this year's Ulchi Freedom Guardian Exercise.Retired Army Lt. Col. Michael Horn, senior training specialist for VBS3 here at Camps Carroll, George, Henry, Walker and Busan, said "students learn from a variety of training platforms, including convoy operations, convoy live fire, and [Improvised Explosive Device] Defeat."Horn teaches in honor of his sister-in law, an Army Reserve Soldier killed by a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device while serving in Iraq in 2006.Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Barnes, 368th Information Systems noncommissioned officer-in-charge, said the training was excellent and the instructor did a great job. Barnes said the training was a "realistic idea of actual convoy operations" and enjoyed the real-world scenarios.Spc. Kelley Thornton, 368th human resource assistant, was excited to have an opportunity to participate in the VBS3 training while in Korea. Thornton attended UFG for the first time this year and was somewhat familiar with VBS3."I had very similar training when I attended Warriors Leaders Course (WLC) and loved the instructor's passion," said Thornton.Spc. Sheena Gamblin, supply specialist with the 368th, liked the hands-on aspect and knowledge of the instructor and had an opportunity to attend the training twice during UFG14. Gamblin previously attended UFG in 2012 and looks forward to future opportunities to train on VBS3.Staff Sgt. Tim Jones thought the training was a great way for team members to build camaraderie and depend on each other. Jones liked the realistic look of the computers and thought it "seemed as if you were really driving in a convoy."The VBS3 training provided 368th Soldiers an opportunity to sharpen their skills and be ready and trained future operations. It is offered at least 100 times per year to U.S. service members and Korean Augmentees to the United States Army.
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