|New Virtual Convoy Operations Trainer (VCOT) computer
software, equipment and trailer at the Wisconsin Military Academy (WMA)
will help support training needs for the Wisconsin Army National Guard
and other servicemembers.
Master Sgt. Joshua Koch, an Army National Guard Range Operations
Specialist for the 426th Training Site Command (WMA), said the system is
an upgrade from the previous VCOT system at the WMA.
Staff Sgt. Mel Owen of C Company,
Warrior Training Center at Fort Benning, Ga., performs quality
control on the new Virtual Convoy Operations Training equipment
received at Fort McCoy. William Bacon, a Mine Resistant Ambush
Protected Vehicle instructor, maintainer, operator, observes the
process. (Photo by Rob
The equipment features many updated capabilities, such as a
dismounted scenario and a turret that includes a tethered M16, which
allows for a more-dependable power source. The trailer is more
winterized and will provide additional comfort for training during
colder weather, Koch said.
VCOT has the capability to replicate specific locations and battlefield
terrain in a computer projection program. Koch said the new equipment
was fielded by Raydon, and was taught to WMA staff.
Staff Sgt. Mel Owen of C Company, Warrior Training Center at Fort
Benning, Ga., provided quality control and ensured the new system and
equipment did what it was supposed to do before the transfer to the
426th was completed and approved.
“When the facility is open for training, it can provide training with
four weapons systems, in a crawl, walk and run scenario,” Owen said.
“Trainees can use the weapons to acquire and engage targets.”
William Bacon, a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle instructor,
maintainer, operator, said the weapons include MK19 Grenade Launchers,
and M2 .50-caliber, M249 and M240B machine guns.
Students using the equipment can determine how accurately they are
firing the equipment and also can use the system for qualification
training, Bacon said.
Owen said the system also offers individual gunnery training, where
students can go through a lesson plan to learn the capabilities and how
to use different weapons systems to engage the enemy.
“The computer simulation equipment can tell the students if they’re
firing high or low,” Owen said. “Different weapons also can be used in
each of the four vehicle options.”
The new setup has four simulated vehicles to be used in convoy
operations. The vehicles are interchangeable between two types of
Humvees, a Heavy Equipment Mobile Transport (HEMT) vehicle and a HEMT
Koch said Wisconsin Army National Guard personnel will have priority use
of the system, however, other military personnel and other agencies also
can schedule its usage.
For more information about the system or to schedule training with the
VCOT, call Koch at 608-388-9908.