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Playas Training and Research Center
Date: 10/7/2010 Album ID: 1092213
At the Playas Training and Research Center, owned and operated by New Mexico Tech, soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, got a lesson in "graduate level warfare," as Lt. Col. Paul Cunningham described their counterinsurgency training exercise. Photos by U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. John D. Ortiz.
Market goers play volleyball in the street as soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment patrol during immersive training where Soldiers learn how to interact with role players during the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division's Counter Insurgency training program.  The brigade is the first conventional brigade to undergo training at the Playas Training and Research Center.  Photos by U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. John D. Ortiz.
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Role players, who are in large part native Afghanis, help provide immersive training for American service members who will soon find themselves deployed to Afghanistan as part of the International Assistance Security Force. Here role players read over a paper telling them to look out for IEDs.  Photos by U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. John D. Ortiz.
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Capt. Cassidy Dauby, a company commander and his fire support officer 1st Lt. Hymen, look over market incidents plotted on a map to gain situational awareness. Counter Insurgency training put on with a partnership between the 'Bulldog Brigade' and PTRC provides company commanders the opportunity to train both protecting a population and themselves from insurgents.  Photos by U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. John D. Ortiz.
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Soldiers assigned to Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment start their morning on patrol as they walk down from their combat outpost to a market during Counter Insurgency Training, known as COIN. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division and Playas Training and Research Center partnered together to bring realistic training to the brigade's Soldiers in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan.  Photos by U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. John D. Ortiz.
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A view from the rooftop looks down into a traditional Afghanistan village built on the Playas Research and Training Center complex. The replicated villages are with a closed television camera network to film how  Soldiers react to situations and with engineered bricks that use building materials native to Afghanistan.  Photos by U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. John D. Ortiz.
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Pfc. Christopher Rivers, a medic from Wadesboro, N.C., hands out information papers that tells market goers to look out for Improvised Explosive Devices or IEDS, during his company's three-day simulated training where soldiers learn the 'softer' side of combat.  Photos by U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. John D. Ortiz.
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Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, live and work inside a combat outpost near a mountain village in Afghanistan. This simulated training held here was part of the brigade's mission to train Soldiers in Counter Insurgency techniques in three-day iterations.  Photos by U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. John D. Ortiz.
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Zoe Wakili looks out from the side of her sunglasses in traditional afghani dress during her role as an afghan woman in the market. Wakili's family emigrated to the U.S. after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and settled in California. Both her and her mother's wish is to help train service members to recognize the cultural differences in Afghanistan.  Photos by U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. John D. Ortiz.
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A role player finishes reading an informational paper posted on a market wall telling passing market goers to look out for IEDs. Many role players have emigrated to the U.S., while also holding dreams of one day returning to their country.  Photos by U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. John D. Ortiz.
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Capt. Cassidy Dauby, the commander for a weapons company with the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment talks to his interpreter during a discussion with the market elder flanked by the market police captain. Immersive training provides Soldiers the ability to learn how to effectively use interpreters to communicate with individuals who do not speak any English. Photos by U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. John D. Ortiz.
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Pfc. Mitch Junker shows a village role player the picture shown from the optic mounted on top of his assigned M4 carbine. Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division were training on Counter Insurgency techniques throughout a company's three-day rotation into immersive training learning cultural aspects and how to protect the population and themselves from enemies. Photos by U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. John D. Ortiz.
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An Afghanistan role player works to clean a meeting area where Shuras, or traditional Afghanistan meetings take place. Shuras combine executive, legislative, and judicial powers into long, sometimes two-plus hours, meetings that can often decide the future of a village.  Photos by U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. John D. Ortiz.
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Pfc. Caverin Phillips, a native from Smackover, Arkansas lays down in place after returning from a patrol through the market village. Phillips, 21, is an infantryman assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. Phillips was taking part in a three-day counter insurgency scenario learning a different way of combat. Photos by U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. John D. Ortiz.
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