Army paratroopers are now learning how to respond to what's become a frequent danger in Afghanistan and Iraq -- roadside bombs -- before they deploy.
The 82nd Airborne Division is incorporating the attacks into its training. New exercises seek to help soldiers get their bearings and fight back against the attacks. Roadside bombs may pose the biggest threat to soldiers, especially in Iraq.
"The lessons learned will save lives and make the soldiers more lethal," said Maj. Trevor Bredenkamp, chief of training for the 82nd.
The division's three brigades have been at the center of the war on terrorism. The 1st Brigade and 3rd Brigade have each deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. The 2nd Brigade was one of the first units to stay in Iraq for a year.
Division officials have not received orders to deploy again. Army planners told Congress in July an 82nd brigade will go to Afghanistan next spring.