Fort Hood tests soldiers with realistic wartime simulations

Fort Hood is conducting a special war exercise on post.

FORT HOOD - Fort Hood simulated a Pentagon Press Corps briefing Monday to prepare Army spokespeople for combat situations.

Colonel Ryan Dillon was the spokesperson for Monday's simulation. He will serve in Baghdad in May.

"There are reporters in this scenario. They are actors in this particular exercise, but they all have backgrounds at Fox, CBS," Col. Dillon said. "Their goal is to prepare me or others for what we could potentially do."

The simulation was part of Exercise Courageous Hammer, which began April 3 and continues through Wednesday. The exercise tests and builds soldiers' skills in planning and executing military operations under realistic wartime conditions. In one part of the exercise, soldiers practiced establishing a command post -- complete with generator power, a mess hall and communications systems.

Maj. Gen. (promotable) Paul E. Funk II was assigned to command the exercise, which leads up to his formal promotion to Lieutenant General and III Corps Commander on Wednesday.

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