|Donning combat gear|
They took a ride in a Humvee IED simulator.
"It simulates convoy operations facing the threat of improvised explosive devices (IEDs)," Department Commander Kenneth Governor said.
|Commander Governor in Humvee simulator.|
Photos by DOUG MALIN
He added: "All they did for us was turn us upside down, but the soldiers get the realistic training as if it were actually happening.."
Next was a shooting range. "It was straightforward, almost like a video game, with enemy soldiers attacking your position. The computer automatically scores the shooter's results."
There also was an artillery simulator with call-for-fire training.
|Trying out the shooting range.|
|Soldiers train at medical battlefield center.|
What really impressed him was the medical battlefield, filled with "very lifelike dummies" displaying an array of wounds and injuries.
"Soldiers enter the battlefield, again chaos reigns with machine gun and small arms fire going on, and some kind of explosives going off. Soldiers take up defensive positions, clear the area and then work on the wounded."
Governor, along with a group of Legion Family members that included Department Auxiliary President Barbara Corker and Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Detachment Commander John Chang, also got to visit the memorials to 10th Mountain Division soldiers killed in action.
"They are located across from the Headquarters in a very dignified and solemn setting," Governor said.
|Entering solemn ground dedicated to fallen warriors.|
Another highlight of the Fort Drum tour was getting the opportunity to dine with soldiers who came to meet the Legion Family members on their day off.
The day culminated with dinner at William C. Dexter American Legion Post 673 in Black River, where Governor presented the Department Commander's Award of Excellence to John B. Lyman Post 904 of Alexandria Bay for dedication to service members, veterans, families and community, and its support of American Legion Children and Youth Programs.