Engineering & Computer Simulations (ECS) is working with the U.S. Air Force to modernize and advance the use of innovation and emerging educational technologies for its training programs at the Expeditionary Operations School (EOS) at JB Dix/McGuire/Lakehurst.
The upgrades will allow Airmen to safely prepare for in-garrison and deployment operations. Current projects include applications, courseware, and simulation that directly support the Air Force’s combat support mission in the full range of expeditionary operations, including deployment planning, logistics readiness, air transportation, maintenance, and command and control. In addition, ECS is under contract to develop new simulation and application projects.
Through its EOS contract, ECS is developing animated models of relevant equipment and environments that mirror real-world operations in the academic environment. The overall goal for this training is to provide a controlled environment that simulates the logistics settings and aviation equipment to effectively prepare trainees for real-world situations.
Shane Taber, ECS Vice President and Development Director, is overseeing the EOS project. “We are proud to provide critical support for the EOS in their effort to modernize and advance the use of innovation and emerging educational technologies in the development of their training programs,” he said. “This allows ECS to develop relevant equipment and environments that mirror dangerous situations in an academic environment. Our priority is help prepare our Airmen to remain safe and unharmed in these hazardous conditions.”
Many EOS projects are in various stages of their lifecycle. Current projects include Aerial Port Expeditor, Installation Deployment Officer, Air Mobility Command & Control, Pallet Build-Up, Air Terminal Operations Center, Passenger Service, Unit Deployment Manager, and a Customer Service course, as well as Center-of-Balance and Cargo Restraint applications. New projects, including the Aviation Resource Management and Joint Inspection simulators, are in the early stages of development and are projected to be released in 2020.
“These EOS projects are primarily centered around operations within the DOD logistics community; however, the projects demonstrate the capability to provide an immersive training tool that could be used in practically any industry that has an appetite for training and simulation,” said Joe Neubauer, who is serving as the Project Manager and Subject Matter Expert.
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