Fort Bliss soldiers practice IED clearance virtually

The RG-31 Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle weighs 37,478 pounds – more than eight Ford Explorers – and it can easily pick up speed when going downhill on a dirt road in Afghanistan.

That fact was one of many Pvt. Jaquan Montford, Troop D, 13th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, learned about the RG-31 when his troop visited the Virtual Clearance Training Suite behind the Close Combat Tactical Trainer building on Minue Drive Jan. 28.

"You might want to slow it down a little," Ed Torres, Virtual Clearance Training Suite site-lead and field maintainer, advised Montford. "You don't want it to get away from you."

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