|Story & photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Military personnel who want to train on the latest techniques to escape
from a vehicle rollover soon will have a new training opportunity at the
Wisconsin Military Academy (WMA) at Fort McCoy.
Sgt. William Bacon checks out the
new Wisconsin Military Academy mine-resistant ambush protected
vehicle Egress Trainer.
Sgt. William Bacon, a weapons/simulation instructor for the
Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 at WMA, said the facility recently
received a mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle Egress Trainer
The MET complements training on the Humvee Egress Assistance Trainer,
also known as HEAT, Bacon said.
“Almost all of the people in the theater of operations now are traveling
in an MRAP or a similar-type vehicle because it has more protection than
the Humvees,” Bacon said. “The MRAP is bigger than the Humvee and can
seat more passengers, so the escape procedures when it rolls over are
different than those in a Humvee.”
Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Koch, a WMA Simulation Center specialist, said the
WMA is one of the few Army National Guard organizations to have the
Currently, the equipment is being tested and undergoing maintenance.
The company that supplies the equipment to the WMA is providing an
instructor/maintainer/operator (IMO) for the next two years. This person
will be the main IMO. An IMO class will be offered through the WMA, but
the numbers will be limited and determined by the WMA staff. The WMA
will offer its first instructional course on the equipment in October.
“This course will help personnel experience what it would be like to be
in a rollover,” Bacon said. “It will be good training so they’ll know
what to do in wartime.”
Bacon said the training also will be valuable at any time, as personnel
may experience rollovers during training or using their privately owned
WMA staff meticulously ensure military personnel receive proper training
in each of the academy’s training courses. For the MET course, the
training will be similar to that of the HEAT course, Koch said.
“This course will be a good complement to the other simulation training
we offer,” Koch said. “It will benefit a large number of Soldiers.”
The training will include an explanation of all the physics and factors
involved in a MET rollover, Bacon added. Videos of the equipment in use
from around-the-world also will be used to ensure the most thorough
Any military units that need or want the MET training at Fort McCoy can
call 608-388-9908 to schedule a session.