New outdoor infantry trainer at Lejeune to immerse Marines in sounds, smells of battle
The Marine Corps is building a new infantry immersion training complex that will bring the sights, sounds and smells of the urban battlefield to squads and platoons at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The Corps recently awarded a $28.3 million contract to Sauer Inc. to build the outdoor infantry immersion trainer — a five-acre complex of 51 buildings with 129 rooms scheduled to be completed in 2021, Brian Thompson, who oversees range training systems and support for the Marine Corps' Range and Training Program Division, told Military.com. Marine units will work with the IIT's training support center to craft a training scenario geared toward the needs of the unit's squads and platoons.
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