At Camp Fuji, an exercise in intelligence
Stars and Stripes March 14, 2008
Army Staff Sgt. Kenneth Simpson is the mayor, and his town resembles a war zone.
His “citizens” wear ragged clothing while wandering the streets, passing buildings with windows blown out.
The 441st Military Intelligence Battalion from Camp Zama infiltrated the “town” this week during an exercise at one of Camp Fuji’s Japanese compounds.
“This setting is supposed to mimic what the current environment looks like,” said Lt. Col. John Haynicz, commander of the 441st MIB.
Simpson, an instructor for the 441st MIB, took on the mayoral role to test soldiers in tactical questioning, liaison meeting and information gathering. Finding out what intelligence a new soldier will ask for and what he should be asking for are key components to the exercise.
The training helps the newer troops understand the difficulties they may face in Iraq and other countries to which they deploy, said Capt. Robert Peters, who set up the event.
“The foundation is set for future endeavors,” he said.
The new facility is equipped with video cameras that can record almost every aspect of the training, giving soldiers instant feedback, Peters said.