MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (March 10, 2004) -- Marines are facing rocket propelled grenade attacks, improvised explosive devices, suicide bombers and many other threats found in Iraq, all from the comfort of a computer screen in an air-conditioned cubicle. A modified version of the interactive computer game Operation Flashpoint, with the assistance of some Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans, is training Marines preparing to deploy to Iraq. This training allows units to run through an endless amount of scenarios to prepare them for the unexpected, said Cpl. Gary W. Hogue, a 21-year-old from Saint Louis, Mo. The 2nd Marine Division field wireman was with Task Force Tarawa when the first Marine ground forces hit Iraq in 2003. He uses his firsthand knowledge of war to plan and execute combat missions on the Virtual Battlefield System. The unit leaders tell us what they want their Marines to experience and we plan out combat scenarios for them on the computer system, he said. Hogue works with Marines and a team of computer technicians to develop and execute the combat missions. The hazel-eyed Marine and his comrades man computers where they control the movements of insurgents. This means the unit undergoing the training has to think on their feet. It isnt just a computer program theyre up against, its a real person. http://www.marines.mil/marinelink/mcn2000.nsf/main5/F343762F9E059D2685256FC000469CB4?opendocument I've been playing 1st person shooters for some time now, give it a few more years and I'll be a supersoldier!