|A CH-47 "Chinook" from the Maryland National Guard's B Co, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation, prepares for takeoff at the Army's Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael Davis)|
By: Wording OD
Two dozen New York U.S. Army National Guard air crew and aviators from Rochester are preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan early in 2017 while also participating in the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Teams Joint Readiness Training Center exercise here with 5,000 other Soldiers. The Joint Training Center allows Army units to conduct combat training in a realistic environment which features a well-trained opposing force, civilian role-players on the battlefield, high-tech systems which monitor the action and observer-controllers to evaluate unit actions.