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Close Combat Tactical Trainer


This is the Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CCTT), also known as the Army's $70Million+ Training Facility.  I like to call it an expensive video game (and it needs an update)!



CCTT - The pods/simulatorsCCTT - Inside one part of a bradley simCCTT - Entrance to a Bradley simCCTT - Inside of Bradley sim

It is used for combat training, but we modify it for use for convoy tracking.  In these pictures you will see the facility with big white boxes. Those are pods (or vehicle simulators). Inside the pods that you will see are what it looks like in the actual vehicles! What I believe I have included is both the Bradley (M2A2) and the RVS (reconfigurable vehicle system, looks like a HMMWV [pronounced hummvie]).  On top of the RVS is a .50 cal machine gun.  They replace windows or your view with screens that show the simulator.

CCTT - How the screens are projectedCCTT - .50 Cal Mount on the RVSCCTT - SPC radioing in before firing on approaching enemyCCTT - Door with a good view of the screens



CCTT - Infantry Simulator

This is a picture of the infantry simulator.  Out in a real situation soldiers would have a lot more gear on them.


CCTT - FBCBII (MTS)CCTT - Control centerCCTT - Control center working with the civilian

The above pictures are of the control center where a civilian and those observing monitor everything that is happening.  It is the same area that is used for a retrospective. The Army calls it the After Action Review, or AAR.

As far as learning new technologies goes (or new technologies for me): One of the things I did over the weekend is in a 2-3 hour time frame set up an Active Directory domain (windows 2000), Exchange Server 2000 (and the AD connectors), and had 4 client computers up and running!  That was pretty cool because I had never done anything with Exchange previous to that moment, but that’s what happens when deadlines are imposed on you sometimes. :D  A little while later I had the officer in charge of the operation mobile (set up his PDA so he could send and receive email).  Then I set up my phone to monitor some of the email traffic as well.  Very cool…got called a geek by more than one person. :D

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