Last month, the cadets and senior members of the Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, got the opportunity to have a guided tour of the Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center, in Newton Falls. Throughout the day they had the opportunity to climb inside of a M1A1 Abrams tank, listen to one start, and watch a practice exercise. They also were able to get a good look at a Bradley troop carrier. The tour gave members insight and a new appreciation as to how the troops in the tank and carriers live while deployed. Cadets were also given hands on training on the use and care of an M16 rifle via simulators. At the end of the shooting practice, they were dubbed to be "qualified turkey shooters."
Additionally, the cadets went through a Virtual Convoy Operations Training exercise, set in Iraq, in which the cadets drove virtual Humvees and had to deal with real-life situations including driving through populated towns of non-combatants and even encountered hostiles which gave the cadets experience with handling themselves and their virtual .50-caliber machine gun in a combat situation as convoy members. This Virtual Convoy Operations Training exercise is used by the Army National Guard to train their soldiers in many different types of convoy combat scenarios and the cadets had a great time experiencing this piece of Army life.
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Members of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station's Civil Air Patrol squadron got the feel of real combat situations last month when they visited the Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center in Newton Falls. Pictured are Cadet 1st Lt. Megan Beatty of Austintown, and Cadet 2nd Lt. Nat Forrider of Leetonia, learning about the operation of M1A1 Abrams tank from Sergeant First Class Mark D. Hutton of the Ohio Army National Guard.