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Notes from the desert

On patrol, danger is around the corner and over the hill

May 28, 2008

On a desert road, soldiers in training learn lessons that should serve them well.

Notes from the desert

Improvisation is the word

May 28, 2008

Troops I followed on Monday had to make quick decisions to encounter and defend against possible insurgents. That included two who set and tried to detonate improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. And Sunday night my tent almost blew over.

Notes from the desert

The (real) first day

May 28, 2008

Here at Fort Irwin, what was once a mock battlefield between American and Soviet forces, depicted by U.S. Army units dedicated to playing the enemy, is now a plot of 1,200 square miles made up to look like Iraq.

Notes from the desert

Reporter reflects on Memorial Day as he prepares to join Army units in training

May 28, 2008

Reporter Alex Parker reflects on Memorial Day as he prepares to join the 1st Infantry Division as it goes through desert warfare training in California.

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