Members of the 4th Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division who are at Fort Polk are getting two hours of classroom instruction and then frequent tests and training during exercises meant to replicate likely incidents, he said.
The teams get an eight-day course on security force training and then spend 14 days on exercises out in the training area, which includes mock Afghan towns and facilities. In one exercise an Afghan role player comes into a meeting with allied troops and is hiding a pistol. The team has to be able to screen the Afghans and find the one with the gun.
Camp’s presentation offers a more personal message.
He tells them what happened to him, that he was lucky to be close to some security barriers he could crawl behind, and that even as he and a team member started performing first aid, he could hear bullets flying.
He remembers calling for help and that the quick reaction forces came right away. He knows that a medic was there and that when he got into the back of an armored truck, his body armor was pulled off and his wound was stuffed with gauze to stop the bleeding.
Only later, when Camp was in the hospital in Germany, did his team members fill him in with more of the details when they called to check on his injury. He said they all figure it had to be an Afghan they had known for a while because no one new had come in. But to this day, he doesn’t know why.
‘‘I'll be honest, I probably play this back in my head every single day, to think what could we have done to avoid this, could anything have been done to avoid it,’’ said Camp. ‘‘But I feel like everything that my team and I did, and the training we received was spot on, so I'm not going fault anything that we did out there that day. It’s probably just one of those that was unavoidable.’’