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Air Force Pararescuemen Training Support

Air Force Pararescuemen Training Support

Aptima Supports Air Force Pararescuemen Training at Calamityville

Dayton, OH, March 31, 2014 – Air Force pararescuemen (PJ), recover and treat victims of combat and disasters, will descend upon Calamityville this month to train and help demonstrate new military technology that combines live and simulated experiences.

The week-long training session held March 25-28, 2014 at Wright State University’s National Center for Medical Readiness (NCMR) at Calamityville involved pararescue jumpers, or PJs, from the Kentucky Air National Guard based in Louisville.

Pararescuemen are parachute-jump qualified trauma specialists who perform life-saving missions in the world’s most remote areas. Units include PJs, combat controllers, who deploy into battle zones to establish assault landing areas or airfields; and special operations weathermen trained to operate in hostile territory.

This event was a technology demonstration for Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) training tools jointly hosted by Wright State University and the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Fortis Angel is supported by technologies from Aptima, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Black River Systems Company, CAE, Cubic Inc., Lumir Research Institute, Real Time Immersive, Inc., and the University of Toledo.

The scenario, developed by AFRL and its contractors, involved PJs coming in, rescuing some people, providing medical care, and pulling them out of the situation they were in. The event demonstrated LVC integration of technology. LVC combines training capabilities to provide more efficient and effective training opportunities. The scenario combined live participants and elements of a live event to populate a computer-generated virtual world. The PJs were outfitted with sensors during the training so that they could be tracked and then pulled into the virtual world.

The complete training mission, which included both live/virtual training environments, was recorded and then played back to the trainees to allow for an after action review that has been linked to enhanced learning.

The National Center for Medical Readiness at Calamityville is a 52-acre disaster training zone with concrete passageway-filled buildings, silos, tunnels, ponds, cliffs and wooded areas. It prepares the civilian and military medical communities to work with traditional disaster responders and provides the nation with a more complete approach to finding patients, offering initial care, and safely evacuating them from disaster-related environments.