A modified version of the interactive computer game [I]Operation Flashpoint[/I], with the assistance of some Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans, is training Marines preparing to deploy to Iraq.
“This training allows units to run through an endless amount of scenarios to prepare them for the unexpected,” said Cpl. Gary W. Hogue, a 21-year-old from Saint Louis, Mo.
“The unit leaders tell us what they want their Marines to experience and we plan out combat scenarios for them on the computer system,” he said.
“It’s OK to make mistakes here. We can find out what problems we’re going to have before we ever hit the ground in Iraq,” said Staff Sgt. Brad R. Reichard, the maintenance chief for the unit. The Boone, N.C., native added, “The best part about this program is when a mistake is made here, no one dies.”