Fort Riley Brigade Hones Lifesaving Skills

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FORT RILEY, Kan. (AP) _ Soldiers from Fort Riley dodge paint balls and rain to hone combat lifesaving skills and prepare for a yearlong tour of duty in Iraq.

On Friday, 3,700 soldiers were trying to navigate a field littered with several barricades and dodge paint balls and smoke and noisemaking grenades.

The 3,700 soldiers of the 2nd Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division expect to leave for the Middle East in October. They're expected to be deployed to an area near Baghdad.

They'll be working to keep the area stable as the U.S. military tries to hand over security responsibilities to Iraqi soldiers and police.

Part of Friday's exercise involved examining dummies _ standing in for wounded soldiers _ to determine what kind of medical care they needed, then moving them.

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