Retro Nostalgia 1992: Cutting edge training for Falkirk soldier

Star Wars gadgetry and space invaders technology sum up US army training facilities which are being opened up to the British Army during a month-long exercise called ‘‘Trumpet Dance’’.

Currently serving in Fort Lewis, Seattle, is 23 year old Falkirk man Colin Mackay, a gunner with the 19th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery.

Land surrounding Washington State’s Fort Lewis has been specially adapted to instruct American troops and offers visitors a variety of training facilities.

A firing centre allows infantry, artillery, helicopters and tanks to ‘‘fight out’’ a battle.

Colin has also been to the Central American country of Belize. He is a former pupil of Graeme High School.

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