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 September 24, 2010

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Wisconsin Military Academy to field new rollover training equipment

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.

PHOTO: Sgt. William Bacon checks out the new Wisconsin Military Academy mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle Egress Trainer. Photo by Rob Schuette
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 (MET).

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 equipment.

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 vehicles.

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 training possible.

Any military units that need or want the MET training at Fort McCoy can call 608-388-9908 to schedule a session.

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