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Training

MILES equipment familiarization training helps units succeed

By Rob Schuette, Triad Staff

      Military personnel who need training on Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) equipment can get instruction at the Fort McCoy Training Support Section.

Photo: Kenny Shivler (left), DPTMS MILES instructor, shows MILES equipment to Sgt. 1st Class Max Prosser of the Recruiting and Retention Command at Camp Grayling, Mich. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Kenny Shivler (left), DPTMS MILES instructor, shows MILES equipment to Sgt. 1st Class Max Prosser of the Recruiting and Retention Command at Camp Grayling , Mich. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

      Kenny Shivler of the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS) at Fort McCoy said the familiarization training is presented in a four-hour block. Shivler and John Braman are the primary instructors. The training includes three videos, a classroom presentation and a question-and-answer session. The course length can be altered to fit the needs and experience of the Soldiers, he said.

      "If the personnel have never used it, we'll get the equipment out and let them use a hands-on approach to get familiar with the it," Shivler said.

      MILES is a force-on-force training system used by both dismounted infantry and mobile weapon crews to increase combat readiness and fighting effectiveness.

      The system uses laser light in the form of pulses to transmit weapon information to a target. Information contained in the pulses includes player identification and type of weapon used. The target entity processes the information to produce a casualty. Basic MILES simulates the firing and effects of actual weapons systems. Among the simulated weapons available are anti-armor weapons, machine guns and rifles.

       The system also can simulate the M1 Abrams tank, Bradley infantry fighting vehicle, M113 armored personnel carrier, wheeled vehicles and other nonshooting targets.

      "MILES is an excellent tool to use for simulated combat engagements," Shivler said. "It's as close as you can get to the real thing."

      Sgt. 1st Class Max Prosser of the Recruiting and Retention Command at Camp Grayling, Mich., took a recent course in MILES operation.

      His unit is in charge of a Regional Support Battalion, which trains new Soldiers. Prosser said the Soldiers often are personnel who will take basic training and then have a time lapse before they attend advanced individual training.

      "This system is better than what our Soldiers are using now, so it should be a good training aid," he said.

      Military personnel can make reservations to take the course at Fort McCoy by calling (608) 388-4142 or visiting the DPTMS Scheduling Section in building 2113.

    Reservations also can be accomplished by  using the RFMSS (Range Facility Management Support System), which is available through the Scheduling Section. The classes are scheduled every other Tuesday, Shivler said.

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