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