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  November 25, 2011

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McCoy’s MSTC hosts pre-acquisition conference for industry

Companies interested in bidding on a contract to construct and equip new medical simulation training centers (MSTCs) and replace worn equipment in existing MSTCs attended a pre-acquisition conference at Fort McCoy’s MSTC Nov. 16.

MSTCs provide integrated medical simulation capabilities that allow cadre to conduct standardized combat training for medical and nonmedical personnel to support current and future requirements across the full spectrum of care.
PHOTO: Fort McCoy MSTC contractor site lead Cory Lamoreaux (right) and MSTC medical instructor Luis Illescas (left) at the main simulator control room. Photo by Rob Schuette
Fort McCoy Medical Simulation Training Center (MSTC) contractor site lead Cory Lamoreaux (right) and MSTC medical instructor Luis Illescas (left), are pictured in the main medical simulator control room giving a demonstration of the system’s capabilities to personnel who attended a pre-acquisition conference. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

Fabi Hollman, the MSTC project director for the Program Executive Office Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO-STRI) of Orlando, Fla., said Fort McCoy was chosen to host the conference because its facilities are a representative sample of the Army’s MSTCs.

Forty people representing 15 companies voluntarily attended the conference.

Hollman said they already had applied and showed interest in bidding for the contract and paid their own expenses to attend the conference.

“Some of the people here had never seen a medical simulation training center,” Hollman said. “This allowed them to see the building, what we do and the equipment we have to support the exercises.”

Hollman said the contractors were given guided tours of the facility, and statements of work done, equipment needed and what capabilities the equipment is required to possess.

The next step in the process is to return to PEO-STRI and submit a request for proposals to do the work, she said. The contractors present will return to their home firms where they will review the information and decide if they will bid for the contract.

Having a contractor for the entire realm of services will help ensure the MSTCs have greater standardization of facilities and support equipment to instruct Soldiers, Hollman said.

Master Sgt. Bruce Kaufman, the Fort McCoy MSTC noncommissioned officer in charge, said the facility was glad to host the conference.

The Army has 18 MSTCs with plans for new ones, as well. The new contract will help ensure all the MSTCs have the same equipment, with Fort McCoy being used as a prototype, Kaufman said.

Kaufman said having one company responsible for the construction also will make it easier to bring a site on line.

In the past, the person in charge has been brought in two years ahead of time to ensure all the items were procured on time. This often led to equipment being procured on a piecemeal basis, he said.

With a single contractor for the MSTC program, the person in charge of a new MSTC can be brought in six months ahead of time and can concentrate on the administrative tasks needed to get the site up and running, he said.

The goal of the training at the MSTCs is to prepare warfighters to perform necessary medical skills under combat conditions.

Supporting technology/equipment in MSTCs includes audiovisual enhancements, camera surveillance capability, computer labs, and control rooms with a remotely managed training platform. Available training components include a computerized bleed-breathe mannequin that is weighted and airway equipped, partial task trainers and associated equipment.

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