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Military training helps prepare for possible attack

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EDINBURGH, Ind.  (WDRB)--For the next several days members of the United States military will be dealing with everything from injured civilians to wide spread loss of life.  But it is all fake.  It's part of a military training exercise.

At the Muscatatuck Urban training Complex in Edinburgh, Ind., the smell of smoke and fire are just a few of the examples the military is using to help simulate a real life terrorist attack.

The scene is chaotic.  And that's exactly what the military wants.

"As it would be in any disaster.  You could imagine you'd have chaos," says Col. Theresa Schneider, with the United States Army 62nd Medical Brigade.

Sure, it all looks real but it's not.  The buildings, the bodies, the injured... it is all part of the military training exercise.

Col. Schneider says,"Today's (Wednesday) exercise is a simulation of what can happen in a disaster here in the United States and what that means to the people of a given community."

The exercise is taking place in Southeastern Indiana.  At one local hospital patients are being evacuated after a nuclear attack at a major Midwestern city.

"People are hurt, they're confused, they're hungry they're tired, they're thirsty," says Col. Schneider.

And it is all as close to the real thing are you can get.  There are dozens of actors who have been injured and wounded dealing with all sorts of medical issues.  "And then the live actors help to simulate that human aspect of well you have to talk to folks will be anxious and it gives the medics a chance to practice those skills," says Col. Schneider.

Several thousand military and civilian personnel are taking part in the training.  Military officials say it will help them be better prepared if and when there's another terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

"It's very important to do this because the real world threat is always out there," says Major Gregory Daniel, United States Army.

As many as 9-thousand military and civilian personnel are taking part in the training exercise.  It will last for the next several days.

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