Training Doesn't Get Any Better Than This

By Air Force Staff Sgt. Shawn WeismillerFebruary 21, 2007

Capt. David J. Smith and 2nd Lt. Mike Barth patrol the vast southern California desert, where the climate and topography is not unlike many areas of the Middle East.
1 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Capt. David J. Smith and 2nd Lt. Mike Barth patrol the vast southern California desert, where the climate and topography is not unlike many areas of the Middle East. (Photo Credit: Air Force Staff Sgt. Shawn Weismiller) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. George M. Sumrall and Sgt. 1st Class Gary D. Andrade discuss sectors of responsibility during a combat patrol scenario.
2 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. George M. Sumrall and Sgt. 1st Class Gary D. Andrade discuss sectors of responsibility during a combat patrol scenario. (Photo Credit: Air Force Staff Sgt. Shawn Weismiller) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. 1st Class Christopher W. Thorn requests additional support as his unit comes under heavy "enemy fire."
3 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. 1st Class Christopher W. Thorn requests additional support as his unit comes under heavy "enemy fire." (Photo Credit: Air Force Staff Sgt. Shawn Weismiller) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers are treated after suffering "casualties."
4 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers are treated after suffering "casualties." (Photo Credit: Air Force Staff Sgt. Shawn Weismiller) VIEW ORIGINAL
The troopers even train simulated Iraqi army soldiers.
5 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The troopers even train simulated Iraqi army soldiers. (Photo Credit: Air Force Staff Sgt. Shawn Weismiller) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers practice close-quarter battle tactics.
6 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers practice close-quarter battle tactics. (Photo Credit: Air Force Staff Sgt. Shawn Weismiller) VIEW ORIGINAL
As the sun sets, the Soldiers are still alert and ready for nighttime operations.
7 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – As the sun sets, the Soldiers are still alert and ready for nighttime operations. (Photo Credit: Air Force Staff Sgt. Shawn Weismiller) VIEW ORIGINAL