CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - 10News Anchor Kimberly Hunt received extraordinary access to a high-tech training facility at Camp Pendleton so high-tech that it replicates the sights, sounds and smells of the war zone. The following is her first-hand account.
I was personally escorted by Brig. Gen. Vincent Coglianese. We went inside this mock Afghanistan village with the troops. It's where they encounter insurgents in the marketplace, clear buildings for explosives, and engage in firefights with Afghan avatars.
The infantry immersion training compound is so real that Afghan speakers are roaming the streets. The smells of food, animals and even dead bodies are pumped in.
This intense "real scenario training" teaches troops split-second decision making, the instincts to know the difference between an enemy and an ally and what they need to know that could be the difference between life and death while deployed.
Watch my exclusive video tour of how the Marines are trained for war in the video at the top of the page. And check out the online photo gallery of the behind-the-scenes action.
See more photos of the scene on my Facebook page at Facebook.com/KimberlyHunt10News