CONSTANTA, Romania - Soldiers from the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 64th Armored Regiment used Bradley and tank simulators on Thursday, July 14, to conduct vital training prior to participating in Exercise Saber Guardian later this month.

"Before you can shoot the actual weapons, you have to qualify on the simulator," said Staff Sgt. Bill Stark, Delta Company, 1-64th AR. "We changed up our tank crews since our last gunnery range, so everyone needs to requalify on the simulators again."

While the simulator is not the same as being in a real tank, Spc. Jordan Hildreth, Delta Company, 1-64, said he enjoyed the experience.

"It's a different way to train," he said. "The simulation makes it easy. It's fun, and I like it."

The unit plans on running all of their tank and Bradley crews through the simulators prior to departing for Saber Guardian next week.

Saber Guardian is a U.S. Army Europe-led exercise, in the spirit of partnership for peace. It is designed to promote regional stability and security, while strengthening partnership capacity, and fostering trust while improving interoperability between Romania, the U.S., NATO and Partnership for Peace member nations.

It will take place July 27 through Aug. 7 at the Romanian Land Force Combat Training Center in Cincu, Romania.

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