NATIONAL TRAINING CETNER, Calif. - Intelligence analysts from 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, geared up their Humvee for the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) to be installed at the National Training Center Aug. 5.
NTC is located near the Nevada border and provides the Army with over 1000 square miles of California desert to simulate combat scenarios. The rugged, isolated terrain of this training center allows Soldiers to conduct missions in conditions similar to those during deployments.
Rotations in this training environment are designed to evaluate Soldier’s performances in live situations, and the MILES gear augments that mission by detecting when Soldiers have come under enemy fire, including near misses and direct hits from IEDs on their Humvees.
“The simulation is supposed to actually be as close as we can get to a deployment,” said Spc. Theodore Durbin, intelligence analyst, 1-37 FA.
The system alerts teams from a remote display that rests in the Humvee’s dash, said Durbin, and will signal the seriousness of the attack.
The intelligence analysts will train to react to IEDs according to the specific type of attack based on the MILES gear feedback, said Durbin.
Intelligence analysts have the opportunity to experience what infantrymen go through, which will prove beneficial in relaying information, said Sgt. Clifton Pettway, intelligence analyst, 1-37 FA.
“We’re trying to get information for them and from them,” said Pettway. Understanding exactly how infantrymen operate will further assist in intelligence gathering, said Pettway.
The MILES gear offers a system of simulating live combat to any Soldier on the road, from the infantryman to the intelligence analyst.