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24 - CAPES, Friday, May 2- May 8, 1997 umane Sty to hold benefit yard sale MayY " ....... The Humane Alternativ Society will hold acharity yard sale on Sat- urday, May 3 across from Green Acres Farm (Hopkins Farm) on Route 9 about three miles west of Five Points. All proceedS from the event will go toward low-cost spaying and neutering of companion animals, vany gmtw pho New Delaware Army National Guard recruits join a seasoned guardsman to learn the Pirearm Training System (PATS). Shown shooting at video targets (l.r) are Joe Starkey of Wilmington, Laura Drake of Newark and First 8gt. Phil Hickman of Wilmlngtol. The three were amongst many who trained on the system at the Bethany Beachfacility on April 19. FATS offers state-of-art training in weaponry at Nattonal Guard camp By Kerry Kester cost for the computer system was truly in enemy territory One of Delaware's newest Army National Guard units, the 160th Combat Engineer Compa- ny, sharpened its combat readi- ness skills on Saturday, April 19 when the guard unit trained with the new Firearms Training System (FATS) in Bethany Beach. The 160th joined other compa- nies throughout the state for a statewide military field training exercise that was supported by Delaware Army National Guard helicopters and offered laser guid- ance system testing at the rifle ranges. Six units throughout the state drilled in camouflaging tech- niques, Concealment and enemy infiltration practices. According to Capt. Michael Berry, FATS is not only one of the most innovative and effective training system available to the guard; it may also prove to he one of the most cost-effective training options. FATS, similar to the FATS used by the Delaware State Police Academy to train police cadetsl is a computerized video system that allows participants to experience virtually real combat scenarios without the threat of accident. Additionally, through using dif- ferent programs, participants are exposed to a greater variety of sit- uations, including such scenarios as mnbushes, patrols or defending a position. "We want them to train to the real thing," said Berry. Training, he explained, is not just for wartime. Learning to correctly handle weapons is also essential for safety on the live fn'ing ranges on which the guard must also practice. On the live ranges, said Berry, 'Where is no excuse for an injury. We're very careful-about safety procedures." FATS mirrors real combat The 160th unit received its FATS in January of 1996. The approximately $115,000. The unit created the camouflaged in- door facility where the FATS sys- tem is housed by collecting prop- erty from a military property dis- posal yard2 The damaged property provided the perfect fodder for the dark room that exudes a jungle-like at- mosphere. Once inside, soldiers must step down into deep fox holes and face a large movie screen, where either targets are es- tablished or a movie-like scene will flash before them. Participants may train with a vast array of weaponry, including pistols, M-16 rifles, or even grenade launchers. All the weapons used in training are actu- al weapons that have been modi- fied to work with the computer system. In order for participants to expe- rience recoil from the weapons, small canisters of CO 2 are loaded into the weapons, and when they fire, shooters experience actual re- coil. During the first round, the com- puter "zeros", or adjusts the weapon to the shooter's eyesight and angle. Then, the shooter be- gins the qualification courses, shooting targets and meeting army standards in the process. When a round of fire is com- pleted, each shooter's score is re- flected on the screen, with nota- tious reflecting areas of strength and weakness as they pertained to the targets. For example, if a hu- man too image appears, red or green dots will show where the target was hit. "It's really good training for them, because they can see where the shots are going," said Berry. Those who are successful with the marksmanship qualification then move on to the combat scenario, and with such a large screen and life-like sound, the participant is likely to feel as though he or she is Continued on page 9-5 Visit us at our new location. (Behind the Roadhouse Steak Joint) in the MIDWAY SHOPPING CENTER Home & Gtrden at J. Conn Sc ,t% Inc. Selections from... BROWN JORDAN LLOYD FLANDERS WOODARD TROPITONE Quality, Service, and Brand Name Selection You've Come to Expect. 1924...