Skip to comments.US army builds fake city to shoot at during training
Posted on 02/15/2014 11:49:38 AM PST by shove_it
The US army has built a fake city designed to be used during combat training exercises. The 300 acre 'town' includes a five story embassy, a bank, a school, an underground subway and train station, a mosque, a football stadium, and a helicopter landing zone.
Located in Virginia, the realistic subway station comes complete with subway carriages and the train station has real train carriages. The subway carriages even carry the same logo as the carriages in Washington DC. There are also bridges and several other structures which can be transformed into different scenarios. The $96 million is designed to meticulously "replicate complex operational environments and develop solutions"...
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
It would have been cheaper to just use Detroit. :)
I hope they aren't planning to go into Iraq in force again.
I never realized there were so many terrorists in the USA.
Why not use Detroit? Seems to me our troops got plenty of urban training when we were in Iraq. Maybe this is used to impart that training to newbies.
The 300 acre ‘town’ includes..... a mosque
Yeah but the troops wont be allowed to shoot up even the fake one...
I’m counting the days until 0bummer leaks the photos of it to the world so we won’t have an advantage.
They keep mentioning that it has a mosque, with no mention of a church, but right there in the video, front and center, is a church, unless mosques are now sporting steeples.
In several reports now, not one has mentioned the church.
What an inactivation idea. You would have thought they would have thought of it a long time ago.
FedGov views anyone to the right of Mao Zedong as a potential terrorist. Seriously, conservatives, libertarians, Constitutionalists, evangelical Christians, anti-abortion activists, 2nd Amendment supporters, tax protestors have all been listed in official training documents as potential domestic terrorists. Basically anyone who doesn't want to live under an authoritarian Globalist government.
It’s nice that 0bummer makes sure the world knows all what we’re doing with our military.
From “law and order” to “law and slaughter” in a generation. Wow.
I guess if the Commander in Chief cannot win an ongoing war the best you can do is Fight Your own self Stateside!
Hey Guys you have a whole Country you can conquer that has been sucking the life out of America! Hey Obama take the gloves off!
AWG...why am I not surprised? That retirement home for Rangers really needs to just go away.
Great idea! :-)
“So when you think about the transition that we're gonna go through here. Is to transition from an Army of execution; doing what we've got to do. To an Army of preparation. To be ready for what comes next. That's where the importance of this facility really comes in.”My, my, my...
Col John P. Petkosek
Asymmetric Warfare Group Commander
Ft. A.P. Hill VA
I assaulted a fake Vietnamese village at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia in 1970.
ABOUT THE AWG:
I was stationed at Ft. A.P. Hill Va. for the last three months of my tour of duty with the US Army. Sept. 1969 to Jan. 1970. At the time, it was approximately 15,000 acres of real estate located off Rt. 301 in Bolling Green, Va. It was used as a reserve training base. The military also maintained a beautiful hunting lodge that was used by the elites. (military and civilian) It doubled as a game preserve. Quail hunting was a popular sport. Deer hunting was also popular. The US Army had a taxidermist on staff at this place. I was in the Military Police at the time and was transferred there for the hunting season in the fall of 69. Prime Virginia property as I recall, and a good place to train troops. Many good times were had in Fredericksburg Va. As I recall, there were about 3000 girls at the Mary Washington College.(now University)It was a nice place to spend the last three months of a miserable three years.
Yep. The profile and architecture is domestic.
I trained for riot control at Fort Myer, VA in August 1963. Thankfully we didn’t have to use it.
“I assaulted a fake Vietnamese village at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia in 1970.”
Remember the Green Beret base in “The Green Berets”? I’m talking the one with the pagoda where John Wayne lead the relief party?
Well, I defended that hill complete with Pagoda in 1971. Little known fact, “The Green Berets” was filmed at Fort Benning. We defended the hill in “mech infantry platoon in the delaying operation” training.
I lived in proximity to A.P. Hill for many years. Helicopter assault night ops made the entire house shake as they thundered overhead shuttling between Quantico and Hill. They’ve been doing this for years, and I’ve always believed it to be for CONUS ops. Help or subdue us? Time will tell. Soon.
It’s been there for years. We trained there when I was a cadet at VMI.
It’s an update to the old city that was there 20 years ago.
I spent a delightful couple weeks at A.P. Hill in the winter of 1962-63 maintaining my infantry readiness while serving with The Old Guard. There were no girls involved although I did pull debutant escort duty a few times. The most memorable one was a niece of LBJ’s who, thankfully I didn’t have to arm wrestle for the bar tab.
That’s the set for “Blazing Saddles”. The landscape didn’t look like Ft. A.P. Hill.
I was at Fort Riley in the late 60’s. Several riots had taken place across the U.S. They had an area of old WWII barracks that were abandoned. We practiced riot control in the streets around these buildings. There was another area out in the boonies that had a couple of buildings where we would practice. My last official duty in the service was as a rioter.
I assaulted real VN villages in 1965 to 1968, learning experience.
“There are also bridges and several other structures which can be transformed into different scenarios.”
Especially warfare agains’t the real terrorists. The American public.
Ditto that! My brief experience in the military is that soldiers follow orders, period.
This one may be the latest, and bigger that most, but this is not a new idea. The U. S. Army has been training it’s soldiers to fight for many years. They train to fight in the mountains, the desert, rolling plains, woodlands, in and around rivers, in extremes of cold and heat, and sometimes in urban areas. Most Army vets, especially infantry, who spent any real time in service have probably been through MOUT training, or the more descriptive “Combat in the City”.
Well, unless you can guarantee our forces will never have to fight in an urban environment, they need something like this.
LOL, maybe we should suggest to name the fake town at A.P. Hill “Rockridge”.
They been doing this for years.
I helped build the town at FT Lewis.
Before that happens will the patriots in the military please(!) get off your asses.
You're already more that a year late.
Back in 1992 a Lt. Col. (USAF I think) wrote about the future that many back then envisioned.. political corruption, neglect of national issues and existential threats, neglect of military preparedness as the military was used to handle domestic chores neglected by the corrupt ruling class.. until a crisis forced sending a hollowed out military to the Middle East after years of neglect by successive corrupt U.S. administrations. Disaster resulted and the military finally! acted in 2012.
If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!
Turrentine Hill. Made many a night combat equipment jump into that DZ. Still had strands of concertina wire from the movie set sticking out of the sand in spots. It looks like it's a Multi-Purpose Range Complex (MPRC) now.
“Includes a mosque, eh? How intolerant. /sarc “
That’s so they can practice not hitting it and bowing to it as they pass.
I'm glad they're only training to kill civilians in Washington, DC...
If they'd just build a replica of the white house and congress, I'd give them a standing O to blow them to hell - and then go do it for real!
Rock Ridge—the fake version!
They built that overnight, too!
First, I laughed.
Then, I cried.
In today’s Army, you’d be charged with assault!
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.