Army training mission gives troops the feel of deployment – in their backyardMarch 8, 2018
More than 2,000 U.S. service members from the Army, Air Force and Marines are in the southern New Mexico desert for a two-week training mission designed to put their skill and stamina to the test. The exercise, called Roving Sands, simulates air threats to fellow soldiers and U.S. allies that Army air defense troops must defend.
“We’ve been working really hard out here. If we keep this up we’ll have no problems anywhere we deploy,” said Cpl. Joseph Stout, who works system maintenance for the 343 Air Defense Unit’s Bravo Battery.
When Fox News met with Bravo Battery at White Sands Missile Range, they had been working 24 hours a day for 10 days. The night before, they received orders to move to a new location. They took everything down, moved overnight, and set their entire Patriot Missile system back up on an empty patch of desert the next morning.