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SFS train in simulated space

By Airman 1st Class Javier Alvarez | JBER Public Affairs | June 14, 2017

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Nestled within the confines of the old Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Airman’s Attic rests the latest tool in the security forces training arsenal – the MILO training system.

Through carefully positioned screens and rear facing projectors, the Multiple Interactive Learning Objectives system delivers an immersive training experience through simulated, interactive scenarios designed to evaluate decision-making skills.

The training system provides a myriad of training options to include; active shooter, burglary, domestic violence, dealing with an emotionally disturbed individual, and simulated patrols, among others, said Scott Gardner, 673d Security Forces Squadron training instructor.

MILO comprises five large screens organized in a roundabout design, an improvement from the single screen model acquired in 2004.

From the open end of the hexagonal bubble, trainees enter. Because of its design, the simulator allows for a 300 degree field of view which can deliver the action from virtually any direction.

As it stands the simulator allows for the use of pepper spray, stun gun, flashlight, M4, M9, and modified baton use. Recoil kits powered by CO2 add an extra level of realism.

“It isn’t just about shooting,” Gardner said. “It’s about the proper application of force.”

First responders must be ready to handle whatever situation is thrown at them.

“Everything [we do] is based on a subjects actions,” Gardner said. “What were they doing? What were the circumstances you were called for? We have to base our use of force on what we believe is going on.”

The system replaces the many necessary props, tools and augmentees otherwise required in a training exercise.

“If you were one of my trainees and we were going to train domestic violence scenario, well I’d have to get role players. We have to set the scenario, set an objective. To run 30 people on it, it can take all day. While one is going the rest are awaiting.”

Because of the ease in running the various scenarios, training has increased 400 percent, Gardner said.

“If you visualize a situation – if and when it happens you’re going to be exponentially better because you’ve seen it and are familiar with it,” Gardner said. “If you’ve never experienced that that’s when you freeze. If you’ve already experienced it your body and mind are prepared.
Future plans for the system may involve the installation of a driving force simulator that works in conjunction with the MILO to deliver a full circle training experience.

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