Thursday, July 27, 2006


The New York Air National Guard's 174th Fighter Wing is ramping up for a deployment in support of the GWoT. In preparation for the deployment, they're practicing on ranges at Ft. Drum, NY.
Controllers in the tower use TV's, microphones and sensors to score the accuracy of the pilots. Part of the training is to help soldiers identify what sites are of historical significance.

This kind of training is essential for soldiers headed to the Middle East.

"It's extremely unique, it's the only place with most of the capabilities in the whole Northeast, really the east coast north of Florida. There's some ranges bigger down in Florida, but north of Florida and east of the Mississippi we're pretty much the best capabilities out there," said Adirondack Range Operations Officer Lt. Col. Fred Tomaselli.

As part of their training, a simulated archaeological ruin and Muslim cemetary have been built so pilots can identify them and avoid them as targets.

(emphasis mine)

Kind of an odd way to train for a military that supposedly has no regard for the Laws of Armed Conflict, don't you think? Which of our adversaries, or potential adversaries, do you think spend time training to avoid hitting inappropriate targets? Al Qaeda? The Taliban? Iran? North Korea? How about "none of the above?"

You can read the rest of the story and watch the video from News10 Now here.

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