Television studio plays vital role at the Army's National Training Center

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FORT IRWIN, Calif. (KKTV) - Thousands of Fort Carson soldiers are preparing to deploy this winter. We got a chance to embed with some of them recently when they went to the Army's National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California.

Sgt. Tyrone Marshall sits in the television studio set-up at Fort Irwin.

You may not think of a TV station in the middle of a training center, but journalism plays a vital role there.

"We're INN, the International News Network. That's the name of our news agency," said Sgt. Tyrone Marshall with Operations Group, National Training Center at Fort Irwin.

Every day our soldiers are tuning into the news in the middle of the desert.

You see, the Army's National Training Center has its very own television studio that's dedicated to covering what's going on in the arena.

"We'll get it out to the unit, out in the field, and they'll look at it and they'll glean whatever information they can from it. Sometimes it's operational information, sometimes it's just getting a feel for what's going on here," said Sgt. Marshall.

Marshall is stationed at Fort Irwin and is a journalist there.

"We send out two-person media teams. They'll capture what they need to capture on the battlefield, reporting only what they see. Once we do that, we bring it back, we build our newscast," Marshall said.

We got a chance to go behind the scenes while we embedded with the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

"Commanders also need to learn how to deal with media, how to interact with them properly, how to kind of conduct interviews," Marshall added.

You may not think of a newsroom when you think of Fort Irwin, but it's an important piece of what happens on the battlefield.

"Absolutely, what goes on out there that we report on, it can potentially drive the unit to change the course of their operations and it's the same thing out in the real combat environment," said Sgt. Marshall.

The International News Network, intensive training and mass casualty scenarios go hand-in-hand.

"Everything that's done here, is done in the interest of making sure it's as authentic as possible to prepare the units... when they go to wherever they're going to deploy," he added.

Fort Irwin is training our troops in every aspect imaginable before they get deployed.

The 3rd Brigade Combat Team will deploy to Europe in January.