Trainees visit Calico, a ghost town, in Mojave, California during an armored combat training. The trainees read the inscriptions on a wall. Civilians on horses. Some civilians on mules. Mountains in the background. The trainees are greeted by a civilian. The trainees visit the town on a mule pulled wagon.
The series 'The Big Picture' talks about armored combat training at Fort Irwin and the National Training Center (NTC) in Mojave, California. A rocket is launched. Artillery mounted on a tank is fired. Helicopters land. Soldiers fire guns. Master Sergeant Stewart Queen speaks about 6 weeks armored combat training that includes tank firing and maneuvering. A trainee writes a letter to his parents. The trainees get into buses. The buses are driven to Camp Irwin. Mountains near the training center. A board reads 'Headquarters the armored combat training center Camp Irwin California'. Cars driven on a road. The tanks fire at a firing range. The trainees march. The trainees enter a service hall. Colonel Holmes gives an orientation lecture. The trainees sit and listen. They are taken in trucks to a gunnery range. They jump out of the trucks. They attend a lecture on a training program. The trainees march. The tanks lined up in the background. The trainees are lectured on what not to do near the tanks. Firing from the tanks. The trainees observe. They check oil in the engine of a tank. Wheels of the tanks.
Armored combat training at Fort Irwin and the National Training Center (NTC) in Mojave, California. An instructor teaches trainees to turn the turret on a tank manually. Another instructor explains about the engine. The trainees repair the wheels of a tank. They enter a range finder building. The trainees sit on chairs and learn. A trainee looks through a range finder. The trainees sit on benches in groups. The instructors teach them about 30 caliber machine guns. The trainees learn on a cut away model of M-48 tanks. The instructor teaches them about radio communication. The trainees on a communication equipment.
Armored combat training at Fort Irwin and the National Training Center (NTC) in Mojave, California. Lined up tanks. U.S. Sergeant Brewer gives signals. U.S. trainees stand in front of the tanks and learn to mount them. The tanks are moved. The trainees give hand signals for tank maneuvering. A trainee sits near a swimming pool and writes. The trainees mount the tanks and work on them. A trainee places bullets in belts. The trainee carries an elevation marker. A flag is waved from a control tower as a signal for firing. The trainee fire from the tanks.
Armored combat training at Fort Irwin and the National Training Center (NTC) in Mojave, California. U.S. trainees fire from tanks on targets. An officer in a control tower. The trainees bring their targets for scoring. A trainee points to the hits on a target. The trainees stand near a score board at the base of the control tower. They are in a line for lunch. The trainees sit on the ground and eat lunch.
Armored combat training at Fort Irwin and the National Training Center (NTC) in Mojave, California. U.S. trainees fire from guns mounted on tanks. The trainees fire on targets at a firing range. An officer gives a signal from a tower and speaks into a radio device. The trainees clean the guns.