On Friday, April 30, 2010 Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) visited Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Arizona where he was briefed on how we train our Army’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and intelligence operators. Smith was also briefed on the work being done at the fort to provide soldiers with cultural and language training. This training helps to ensure soldiers are aware of the cultures in which they will be deployed.

Smith, chairman of the Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces and member of the Intelligence committee, said the trip provided valuable insight into what is done on the Arizona post and the important roll it plays in our national security.

“The work being done at Fort Huachuca is extremely important to our national security,” said Congressman Smith. “Our UAV and intelligence operators play an important roll in protecting our national security and they are receiving some of the best training in the world at Fort Huachuca. Additionally, the training being done at the fort provides our soldiers with the knowledge and understanding of other cultures that can often times be the different between a community supporting U.S. efforts abroad or the mission of our adversaries.”

The nearly daylong tour of the post included visits to a new training village built on the post that will provide more realistic experience for soldiers who will go to Iraq or Afghanistan. The day also included touring unmanned aerial systems and a stop at the Training and Doctrine Command’s Culture Center, which helps soldiers understand the importance of cultural differences.

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