The covid-19 pandemic has not been an impediment to maintaining the operations and training of the soldiers of the Caribbean Geographical Command of the United States Army Reserve in Puerto Rico, since through the use of technology they have maintained a high level preparation from Fort Buchanan.
Yesterday morning THE SPOKESMAN He participated in a tour of the Reserve facilities at Fort Buchanan, where training is being carried out using technological means and simulators. These technologies provide the military with virtual reality scenarios as part of their preparation to face combat situations. At the moment, $ 18 million have been invested for the acquisition of the equipment.
“We are using the simulator of what is the Army qualification system. It is a virtual system where the soldiers have the opportunity to become familiar and practice by then once we go to shoot in Salinas (Camp Santiago), since they can qualify already having an understanding of what the system is, the changes we have with it. new qualification system and obviously getting familiar with the equipment, which are the rifles in this case, ”explained Sergeant Deborah Vega.
According to data from the Reserve provided to this medium, the technological simulations help prepare soldiers in training for shooting with multiple weapons and execution skills, attention to victims of tactical combat, training in heavy-duty vehicles, reaction to improvised explosive devices, ‘convoy’ handling operations, rollover scenarios and survivals in military vehicles.
“We have always had the simulators available. Obviously with the pandemic it is necessary to include what are the security processes to maintain distances, the cleaning of the equipment that is being used and others, ”Vega mentioned.
The 597th Army Reserve Logistics Support Unit is training about 60 soldiers in preparation for the new rifle qualification scheme. During this fiscal year, about 5,000 soldiers will be certifying.
The new firing scheme will replace the system that was in effect for the past five decades. “This is an extremely great benefit because they (the military) will have the opportunity to become familiar and practice for then when it is their turn to qualify in Salinas, they can perform better, since they are becoming familiar,” Vega said. THE SPOKESMAN.
Priority base for the Caribbean
Fort Buchanan, as a facility of the United States Army Reserve, is the Caribbean platform that prepares the soldiers of the Caribbean Geographical Command to mobilize them around the world. Instructor Luis Reyes Arroyo highlighted that Fort Buchanan “is the priority base in all that is the Caribbean.”
“We have different types of simulators so that the soldiers can continue training. This is one of the simulators we have, which is for soldiers to qualify and practice shooting. We have another building with other simulators where they can guide certain vehicles that are not accessible to practice in them, but due to technology the Army has invested approximately $ 18 million in simulation equipment ”, he said.
Reyes Arroyo assured that the covid-19 has not been an impediment for the units to continue training and be prepared when they are needed. “Going to Salinas, for example, at one point when the pandemic started was a bit difficult in that everything was organized. This simulator has allowed soldiers to continue (training) practically. We have not closed at any time since the pandemic began. Obviously, we started with some adjustments at the beginning, ”he said.
Soldiers generally have to go to Camp Santiago to practice with “live bullets,” explained the instructor. “In that sense, this has allowed us to continue practicing without any type of limitation,” stated Reyes Arroyo.