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Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 12:00 pm

By Rose L. Thayer

Fort Hood Herald

After shooting at virtual bad guys in three different training facilities on Fort

Hood, Dave Robshaw admitted this was far different than his normal day in the real estate world.

As the chief executive of AIC Ventures, he said the only time he'd seen anything close to the Warrior Skills Training Center was on his son's Xbox.

"It's fascinating," he said, of the way the Army incorporates technology into training. "It's the use of software - I had no idea how much it was utilized."

Robshaw was one of 60 CEOs with the Young Presidents' Organization who traveled from Austin for Fort Hood's CEO Day on Oct. 26. The event allowed the visitors to learn

about Fort Hood and the training soldiers undergo through hands on experience.

"What we wanted to do is put this together to showcase what we do here at Fort Hood and what our soldiers do to provide safety,"

said Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr., commander of III Corps and Fort Hood.

With unemployment rising, particularly within the veteran population, Campbell said this is also a way for employers to see what former soldiers have to offer.

"Responsibility, discipline, standards. These men and women are what CEOs are looking for to build their companies," said Campbell.

Several armored vehicles were also on display for viewing, with soldiers on hand to answer questions.

"It's part of the job," Spec. Nathan Topper, 401st Military Police Company, 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, said of showing off his vehicle. "I enjoy them coming out and seeing what we do."

Campbell said CEO Days were held on post a couple times year, but because of III Corps' deployment cycle, it's been a while since he's hosted one.

Contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHreporter.

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