Military Using Urban Structures at Eglin for Improvised Bomb Training

A fake airport, library, gas station and bank will help train troops on how to deal with roadside bombs and other improvised explosive devices.

They are among six urban structures at the new Advanced Improvised Explosive Device Training Facility in a remote area of Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle. They're set to open this week.

The facility is part of the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal School at Eglin, which trains bomb squad members for all services.

Military officials have long recognized the need for such training, but the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan helped propel funding for the multimillion-dollar facility.

Classes of about 25 each will face scenarios at the training sites that mimic what they're likely to see in the real world, including domestic terrorism. The course will take about three weeks.

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