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Notes from the desert

A blog by Alex Parker

May 28, 2008

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

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

May 28, 2008

Improvisation is the word

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.

May 28, 2008

The (real) first day

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.

May 28, 2008

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

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.