„World Church of God“ Simulation
Military Operations on Urban Terrain (MOUT)
Fort Campbell, Kentucky, 2007
94, 8 x 113,8 x 3,2 cm
plate: 16,6 x 11,4 cm
The Cassidy Military Operations on Urban Terrain (MOUT) training site is a 90,000
square kilometer training facility built for tactical simulations of urban combat.
Cassidy MOUT contains representations of government buildings, a hospital, a
bank, a school, suburban homes, apartment buildings, narrow and wide streets,
a park, and detailed elements such as street signs, sewer covers, utility cables, and
streetlamps. In late 2005, Cassidy MOUT was redesigned to simulate cities in Iraq.
Destroyed cars and other debris were added to the streets, and cement walls were
built around several buildings to resemble clusters of walled Iraqi compounds.
The World Church of God represents a generic religious structure where city residents
meet for collective worship. Recently, Cassidy MOUT constructed a wall around
the church to mimic the set-up of many mosques in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
In training exercises, soldiers are given specific missions and simulated weaponry.
Their actions are recorded on video and reviewed after the mission has ended.
On occasion, private citizens are hired to role-play parts in the simulated training
missions. In mid-2005, before 20,000 Fort Campbell soldiers were deployed to Iraq,
civilians familiar with or native to Iraq were hired to make the training more
Inv. Nr. 2007/68
MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main
Acquired with funding from the Grunelius-Stiftung, Frankfurt am Main
© Taryn Simon
Photo: Axel Schneider