HomeNewsArticle Display

Hill AFB aims to improve vehicle ops training with state-of-the-art simulator

Staff Sgt. Andrew Bagley, training validation and operation NCOIC for the 75th Logistics Readiness Squadron, practices driving in rain on the unit's new vehicle training simulator.  Drivers can use the state-of-the-art simulator to practice on about 30 different vehicles in nearly every driving condition imaginable.   (U.S. Air Force photos by Cynthia Griggs)

Staff Sgt. Andrew Bagley, 75th Logistics Readiness Squadron, training validation and operation noncommissioned officer in charge, practices driving in the new vehicle training simulator. Drivers can use the state-of-the-art simulator to practice in more than 30 different vehicles in nearly every driving condition imaginable. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Staff Sgt. Andrew Bagley, training validation and operation NCOIC in the 75th Logistics Readiness Squadron, practices night driving in snowy conditions with the unit's new vehicle training simulator. Drivers can use the state-of-the-art simulator to train for nearly any driving condition imaginable and on nearly 30 different vehicles.  (U.S. Air Force photos by Cynthia Griggs)

Staff Sgt. Andrew Bagley, 75th Logistics Readiness Squadron, training validation and operation noncommissioned officer in charge, practices driving in snowy conditions at night with the new vehicle training simulator. Drivers can use the state-of-the-art simulator to train for nearly any driving condition imaginable and in nearly 30 different simulated vehicles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AFNS) --

Hill AFB civilians and military Airmen in need of ground transportation training now have an option other than real-world driving thanks to a new simulator purchased by the 75th Logistics Readiness Squadron.

“It’s a great training tool,” said Master Sgt. Stephen Baskiewicz, ground transportation section chief. “It provides the most realistic experience I’ve seen in helping drivers learn how to operate specialized vehicles before operating the real deal.”

The state-of-the-art simulator offers training on nearly 30 different vehicles, from fire trucks, police cars, buses, tractor- trailers and military vehicles such as humvees and mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles, or MRAP. The simulator offers more than 150 preset scenarios and can generate nearly any driving condition imaginable, as trainers control variables such as weather, road conditions, visibility and malfunctions.

Three 55-inch screens and surround sound gives trainees an interactive experience very similar to real-world driving.

“The biggest thing this will do is get people used to a vehicle before getting in that vehicle,” said Chase Terry, vehicle operator training leader. “Their training will be so much more successful if they have a general knowledge of how a vehicle works before actually trying to drive.”

Terry said the difference in driving ability between those who train on the simulator before driving and those who don’t is “mind-blowing.”

“It’s crazy just how much they learn on this simulator and how proficient they become before even getting behind the wheel of a real vehicle,” he said.

The acquisition, spearheaded by Baskiewicz, saw firsthand the advantages of a driving simulator while stationed at a base with a simulator. The Air Base Wing approved his purchase proposal, and paid for the $140,000 machine. Baskiewicz estimates the simulator will provide the base a savings of approximately $50,000 to $100,000 annually in preventive maintenance costs, fuel savings and accident-repair costs.

The simulator was purchased with Squadron Innovation Funds. These funds directly support innovative ideas pitched by Airmen, giving units the power to solve problems and make incremental, cutting-edge technological improvements without having to rely on approval from leadership at the Pentagon.

Engage

Twitter
RT @HQUSAFEAFAF: ✈️Planes in the air....Maintenance put them there! https://t.co/gtxVl4klLU
Twitter
RT @RamsteinAirBase: No airfield? No Problem. The 435th CRG enhances their ability to build expeditionary airfields on demand during exerc…
Twitter
Load 'em up! The 60th Aerial Port Squadron is the @US_TRANSCOM's primary west coast aerial port, providing global… https://t.co/MRtQdKCK7h
Twitter
RT @AFWERX: 1 week until #AFWERXAccelerate! We've got networking opportunities each day, as well as the chance for government, industry, an…
Twitter
Maintaining base readiness 👨‍🚒 👩‍🚒 Firefighters assigned to the 48th Civil Engineering Squadron conducted a joint… https://t.co/mMSCCVSR4U
Twitter
RT @cmsaf_official: Happy Monday! Read this over the weekend. I don’t know about you, but I appreciate & enjoy peace of mind, & peace in li…
Twitter
Delivering rapid air power The 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron conducted hot-pit refueling in sup… https://t.co/6Q0obGCu5q
Twitter
Congratulations, MSgt Roslyn Ball! Ball credits the mentorship and bonds she’s shared with her fellow military tra… https://t.co/z4QZhr8Pek
Twitter
A passion for aviation and space A1C Sourav Basu Roy, an air transportation specialist assigned to the 482nd Fight… https://t.co/hd6hdkYpIa
Twitter
Joint training Two U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress aircraft participated in “Brother’s Shield,” a Colombian Ai… https://t.co/DErzNXkFQM
Twitter
#SundayRead SSgt Elizabeth McJannet-Bratton was crowned Miss Alaska Collegiate 2021; her platform, Combat Boots to… https://t.co/v99jOVmOkZ
Twitter
Celebrating service @USArmy retired Maj. Anthony Grant has given 45 years of service between the Army and Air Forc… https://t.co/Yzz8IWbaXM
Twitter
#AimHigh! TSgt Kayla Castagnetta helps Airmen deploy and creates them as well. She is the only qualified Airman wh… https://t.co/Xg7Z1GErZ4
Twitter
In today’s competency-based approach to Force Development, the #USAF will now be able to capture an Airman’s knowle… https://t.co/Uem2kWikrw
Twitter
Because the 97th Air Mobility Wing’s focus is on training mobility Airmen, the intel flight generates training miss… https://t.co/PG4doMIqvO
Twitter
Col David S. Miller, 377th Air Base Wing commander, recognizes the contributions of Native Americans in honor of Am… https://t.co/8wYjxE8iWO
Twitter
'Tis the season ❄️ Special warfare Airmen conduct training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The small… https://t.co/SGjNKpNdYf
Twitter
RT @USAFCENT: ICYMI: F16s from @Spangdahlem_AB are in the @CENTCOM AoR as part of a dynamic force employment to deter aggression & promote…
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,314,236
Follow Us