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CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — Preparations kicked into high gear this week for the 2nd Infantry Division’s Warfighter simulation, which begins Thursday.

About 1,200 soldiers are participating in the large-scale computer war simulation, which pits 2nd ID against a “world-class enemy” in battle.

Last month, 2nd ID held a similar Warpath exercise as a dry run in preparation for Thursday’s test. Personnel from the Battle Command Training Program in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., will run the exercise.

“This exercise represents an important step in the division’s readiness,” said 2nd ID spokeswoman Maj. Kimeisha McCullum. “The Battle Command Training Program will make this training tough and challenging, but as the division saw in Warpath III, we are well-trained and committed to achieving all of our objectives.”

The BCTP’s computers combine satellite data with photos of actual terrain where the scenario takes place, giving the war a more realistic feel.

U.S. soldiers also will work directly with 300 South Korean soldiers during the exercise, McCullum said. Soldiers will be holed up in field tents during the around-the-clock simulation. Staff officers and soldiers will receive battle updates from a variety of communications sources. They must then issue orders to lower levels, where soldiers input their decisions and opposition forces respond.

The 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team held a brigade-level warfighter exercise run by BCTP in October.

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