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SOVIET ARMOR - Here, a T-34, T-55 and T-62 - provides realistic training aids for the OPFOR units at Fort Irwin. Some Soviet vehicles, such as armored troop carriers, are actually used in mock battles against units training with the specialized OPFOR battalions. Hollidaysburg Man Fights For 'Soviets' Army Pvt. Michael D. Kehler of Hollldavsbure, is a typical American soldier— with two exceptions. He sometimes wears a "Soviet- style" uniform and helps maintain a "Warsaw Pact" vehicle where he works. As a member of the recently developed, trained and equipped "Opposing Force" (OPFOR) at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., Kehler helps train other American soldiers In the tactics and equipment of the Soviet Union. To do this, he must think, train and act like his Russian counterpart. American equipment such as the M-551 Sheridan armor airborne reconnaissance vehicles, which are no longer utilized by U.S. a;mor units, have been modified to visually resemble several Soviet armor vehicles. With the addition of a piece here and a part there, from a distance they appear as realistic replicas of the Soviet T-72 tank, M-1974122mm Howitzer, BMP armor personnel carrier and ZSU23-4 anti-aircraft gun. Kehler, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. William L. Kehler, Route 1, Hollidaysburg, is assigned as a mechanic with the OP- COMPANY June 18th Company Field 117th Street • Primes NOW FROM ANY M4.ICM w M44S77 FOR unit. His Job keeps him in the "field" for two weeks of every month when the OPFOR Is In business. "It's a good feeling to know I'm serving my country while learning a skill," Kehler said. "We're on call 24 hours a day — some days 1 get up when it's dark and I don't get back until it's dark again." The OPFOR fields two full battalion's, organized rifle regiments similar to those of the Soviets. The OPFOR goes up against units that come here from all over the country to undergo two weeks of high- intensity training which is as unique as the OPFOR itself. No other place in the nation can provide the realism, scope or intensity of Fort Irwin,. some 577,000 acres of desert and mountains, comparable in size to the state of Rhode Island. "I like serving with the OPFOR," noted Kehler. "I'm able to work at my own pace and move around freely, except when we come in from the field; then we have to clean up the equipment and everyone is tired." The combat battalions of the U.S. Army will soon spend about five percent of their annual training time at Fort Irwin. In the barren Mojave Desert, they will meet their most difficult adversaries — the weather, terrain and the OPFOR - and put the other 95 percent of the training they learn at their home post to the highest test short of combat itself. Celebrities and historical figures who were born on this date include Czar Peter the Great of Russia, in 1672, Mel Blanc, the voice of many cartoon characters, in 1908, and bandleader Benny Goodman, in 1909. Steel Import Levels Rising PITTSBURGH (UPI) Imported steel shipments jumped in April to the highest level in five months due to a sharp .rise in Third World imports, the American Iron and Steel Institute says. But U.S. steel production continued to climb in April, with output exceeding the yearago level for the first time in 1983, the Washington-based trade association said Tuesday. Foreign steelmakers imported 1.182 million tons'to the United States in April; capturing 18.3 percent of the domestic market, the group said. The previous high was 1.258 million tons last November, which accounted for 24 percent of the U.S. market, the group said. The April increase came as Korea, Taiwan,-South Africa, Brazil and several other nations boosted imports to 466,000 tons from 372,000 tons in March and 215,000 tons last April, the A1S1 said. The U.S. steel industry|has long pressed the federal Union Workers Close Club PITTSBURGH (UPI) Members of Local 57, Hotel Club Motel Restaurant & Bartenders union, went on strike today against the Pittsburgh Press Club, forcing officials to close the club. General Manager Jack Weisgerber said the club would remain closed indefinitely. The union's 30-month contract expired at midnight Tuesday. Members of Local 57 had voted 45-0 to strike earlier government for import curbs against such countries, complaining they are governmentsubsidized and enjoy low labor costs. Imports from the European Economic Community rose to 253,000 tons in April from 233,000 in March. But shipments from Japan fell to 256,000 tons from 280,000 tons, while Canadian imports slid to 207,000 tons from 228,000 tons. In March, total shipments of imported steel came to 1.113 million tons, claiming 15.9 percent of the domestic market. Last April, 1.029 million tons of foreign steel — the lowest tonnage in all of 1982 — took a 16.2 percent share. Imports captured 22.3 percent of the depressed U.S. steel market in 1982, an all- time annual record. Domestic steel production in April totaled 7.292 million tons, as mills ran at 58.9 percent of their maximum rate, the trade group said. H was the first time this year monthly; prpfluct jpiv stp&d above the same month a year ago.' Last April,' steelmakers ran at 55.2 percent of capability to produce 7.006 million tons of steel. Last year at this time, major producers were beginning to slide into their worst slump since the Depression. Industry losses in 1982 totaled a record $3.3 billion, as output and shipments fell to 50-year lows. Steelmakers appear to have started a sluggish recovery, though they are expected to break even or turn only marginal profits in 1983. Last week's steel production totaled 1.627 million tons — a 4 percent drop from the previous week but an 18

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  1. Tyrone Daily Herald,
  2. 01 Jun 1983, Wed,
  3. Page 6

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