In 2016, reporter Katie Pelton embedded with the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division as they trained at the Army's National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California. The NTC gives soldiers the opportunity to experience what a deployment will be like before going through the real thing. Her coverage includes a series of articles and news stories over her experience, as well as a half-hour special you can watch in its entirety below.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT FORT IRWIN
Located in the middle of the Mojave Desert in California
Training area is roughly the size of Rhode Island
Temperatures in the summer can reach 110 degrees
Every branch of the military including special forces trains on Fort Irwin
Training area touted as "some of the toughest training and toughest terrain on Earth"
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