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Applied Training Solutions, LLC selected for Emergency Management Support Services Task Order

Posted on: October 3rd 2018

​ATS (Applied Training Solutions, LLC) is pleased to announce that it was recently awarded the Task Order for Emergency Management (EM) Planner Support for Commander Naval Region South East (CNRSE) in Jacksonville, FL for all hazards preparedness.ATS was selected to: support to develop and maintain the Region and 17 installation-level Emergency Management and Mission Assurance (MA) plans;support the Region Operations Center (ROC) operations during periods of Crisis Action Team (CAT) activation. ATS Staff will fill the Exercise Manager position within the CAT organization, providing procedural and technical expertise during all-hazards exercises and real-world incidents;support to Emergency Response Group (ERG) operations by deploying to the designated Continuity of Operations (COOP) site and supporting Region command and control, and reporting functions as required;support to on-site Region and higher headquarters assessments of 16 installation Emergency Management Programs; and,support to develop and execute at least two integrated exercises per year by developing emergency management-related injects and objectives for integration in the Master Scenario Events List (MSEL). ATS was selected via the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) set-aside for this task order. The task order consists of a one-year base, plus two (2) one (1) year options, with a value of $850,698.00. ATS is a national leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness. ATS is actively engaged with the Department of Defense to provide innovative and cost-effective training solutions to ensure combat readiness in support of current and future operations. ATS supports federal, state and local agencies to deliver disaster-preparedness exercise solutions that provide the experience to protect communities. For additional information about ATS and ATS Solutions please visit: www.appliedtrg.com/contact

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Applied Training Solutions, LLC Awarded Installation Management Command Exercise Modeling and Simulation Support Services Task Order

Posted on: September 23rd 2018

​ATS (Applied Training Solutions, LLC) is pleased to announce the recent award of the Task Order to provide exercise modeling and simulation support services in support of HQ Installation Management Command (IMCOM), Protection Division, Fort Sam Houston, JBSA, Texas.ATS was selected by IMCOM to: support the HQ IMCOM Protection Division in the monitoring, oversight, and evaluation of the IMCOM Full Scale Exercise (FSE) program;assist in exercise design and planning, coordination and facilitation;provide white cells to drive FSEs through models, tools, and simulations;assist the government with the monitoring of the annual IMCOM FSE schedule, collection, and filing of FSE evaluation materials, preparation of the AAR/IPs. IMCOM Protection Division has the requirement to conduct an externally-evaluated full-scale integrated exercise for each of 63 installations every other year. The Task Order is part of an Indefinite Duration Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with NORAD-NORTHCOM (N-NC). ATS provides commercial off-the-shelf and customizable disaster management and media emulation software (DMS-MES) to support modeling and simulation (M&S) for exercises, experiments and training events. These events are conducted by HQ N-NC, its Components and Subordinates, the National Guard Bureau (NGB), Department of Defense (DOD) partners, and training and exercise participants in other federal departments and agencies, states, tribal authorities, non-Government organizations, faith-based organizations, the private sector, and partner nations. ATS is a national leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness. ATS is actively engaged with the Department of Defense to provide innovative and cost-effective training solutions to ensure combat readiness in support of current and future operations. ATS also supports federal, state and local agencies to deliver disaster-preparedness exercise solutions that provide the experience to protect communities. For additional information about ATS and ATS Solutions please Contact Us

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Applied Training Solutions, LLC Awarded FEMA Qualification System Blanket Purchase Agreement

Posted on: September 23rd 2018

ATS (Applied Training Solutions, LLC) has been awarded the FEMA Qualification System (FQS) Incident Workforce Course Strategy, Planning, Mapping and Development Support Blanket Purchase Agreement. FEMA has selected ATS to: develop a written strategic plan to address course creation, development, and management; develop a plan and schedule for course revisions that include all FQS courses and all Incident Workforce positions; support the ongoing requirement to maintain the mapping of tasks to course objectives; support course development and revision efforts per the FQS Training Development Prioritization Plan and Schedule. In 2017, the FEMA Qualification System (FQS) initiated a multi-phase process of revising and improving the way FEMA qualifies its Incident Workforce, with the goal of making the qualification system more efficient and effective, while reducing the complexity of the system and decreasing the time it takes personnel to become qualified. The purchase agreement for Course Strategy, Planning, Mapping and Development Support program is the culmination of planning process initiated in 2017. The Task Order consists of a one-year base, plus four (4) one (1) year options. ATS is a national leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness. ATS is actively engaged with the Department of Defense, Federal and State Agencies to provide innovative and cost-effective training solutions to ensure awareness, preparedness and readiness in support of current and future operations, including emergency disaster management and preparedness of critical infrastructure and communities. For additional information about ATS and ATS Solutions please Contact Us

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US Army Garrison Japan (Camp Zama): Full Scale Exercise (FSE)

Posted on: September 21st 2018

US Army Garrison (USAG) Japan (commonly referred to as Camp Zama) conducted their Full Scale Exercise (FSE) from August 20-23, 2018 in close coordination with Applied Training Solutions (ATS) and Camp Zama’s exercise planning team. This year’s exercise took eight months of planning, design, and development, for an event that included host-nation fire and police from the neighboring cities of Zama and Sagamahara. The focus was on threats disrupting normal Camp operations, including an active shooter, downed aircraft, and armed incursion with an explosive device followed by a lockdown of the installation. The exercise also utilized real time continuity of operations table-top exercises. The exercise successfully tested, over four-days, the installation’s ability to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond, and recover from man-made and other natural disasters so as to help maintain critical installation mission assurance. The results provided an insightful evaluation of Camp Zama’s Emergency Operations Center’s on-going ability to mobilize organic resources and emergency management and coordinate with host-nation through procedures found in applicable Memoranda of Agreement and Understanding with local communities. This dynamic exercise encouraged cooperation among neighboring emergency first responders from neighboring cities. It facilitated the Camp’s ability to achieve four primary training objectives coupled with an evaluation of 13 core capabilities by the Installation Management Command’s (IMCOM) external evaluation team. The exercise improved critical operational elements to help assure that the Garrison Commander’s training intent and objectives comply with IMCOM and Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) standards. ATS simulation technology and expertise closely monitored response operations throughout the exercise events, and controlled the tempo, pace and intensity of events through the use of its proprietary Emergency and Disaster Management Simulation (EDMSIM) and Master Scenario Events List (MSEL) tools. Additional analysis was provided post-event with observations in support of a formal After Action Review assessment to document the results. Simulation technology provides realistic disaster scenarios without the impact of an actual event. It shapes the environment to allow the units to exercise and validate the Camp’s Emergency Response plans without shutting down the entire Camp simply to provide a training event. Camp Zama is home to Headquarters, US Forces Japan (USARJ) and I Corps (Forward), the US Army Aviation Battalion Japan, the 441st Military Intelligence Brigade, the Japan Engineer District (USACE), the 78th Signal Battalion, and the Central Readiness Force and 4th Engineer Group of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. Camp Zama is located on the former site of the Imperial Japanese Army Academy, and is located in the cities of Zama and Sagamihara, in Kanagawa Prefecture, about 25 miles southwest of Tokyo. As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS actively works with local, state and federal agencies to deliver disaster-preparedness exercises solutions that are innovative and provide the experience to protect communities. For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please Contact Us For more information about the Camp Zama FSE, see the related article : https://japan.stripes.com/base-info/camp-zama

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2018 FORT LEONARD WOOD FULL SCALE EXERCISE

Posted on: August 24th 2018

Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, conducted a biennial Full Scale Exercise (FSE) from 21-26 July 2018. Fort Leonard Wood is home of the US Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, which includes the US Army Engineer school, the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear school, and the Military Police school. The installation encompasses approximately 62,000 acres, 2,355 buildings, 89 training sites, 35 ranges, and an airfield. The FSE combined a hostage situation and a simulated Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) detonation to focus on local emergency response procedures, mass casualty management, public affairs, and law enforcement operations. This complex exercise tested 14 core capabilities and achieved the installation’s six primary training objectives, directly supported by military police, emergency response personnel, local medical personnel, and local police and fire agencies. ATS provided planning and simulation assistance throughout the exercise life-cycle through the use of unique proprietary software capabilities (EDMSIM and MSEL Tool) and through close integration with the installation’s WebEOC system months in advance to ensure the exercise design achieved the commander’s training objectives and complied with Installation Management Command (IMCOM) and Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) standards. During the exercise, ATS led the exercise operations cell, metering the exercise tempo in coordination with the Emergency Operations Center by providing rigor to ensure directorate and installation-level training objective achievement. As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS actively works with local, state, and federal agencies to deliver disaster-preparedness exercises solutions that are innovative and provide the experience to protect communities. For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please Contact Us.

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Fort Knox: Full Scale Exercise (FSE) - July 31-Aug 3, 2018

Posted on: August 24th 2018

US Army Garrison (USAG) Fort Knox conducted their biennial Full Scale Exercise (FSE) from July 31 to August 3, 2018 at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Fort Knox is the home for the US Army Armor School in addition to hosting the US Army Recruiting Command (USAREC), the US Army Cadet Command (USACC), the US Army Human Resources Command, and the 1st Theatre Sustainment Command (1TSC). The post encompasses over 109,000 acres and is a diverse multi-component installation whose primary mission is to enable the Army’s readiness. The four-day exercise encompassed full-spectrum operations in identifying a suspicious package and a progressively-increasing threat presence that culminated in the detonation of a vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) at the installation’s soldier processing center by a domestic terrorist. The FSE evaluated USAG Fort Knox Emergency Operations Center’s (EOC’s) ability to exercise local and federal emergency response coordination, execution of Memorandums of Agreement (MOA’s), Memorandums of Understanding (MOU’s), mass casualty medical treatment, evacuation and tracking, and the proper flow of both internal and external communications throughout both the response and recovery aspects of the incident. This complex exercise facilitated the testing of the installation’s five primary training objectives resulting in the evaluation of 18 core capabilities by the US Army Installation Command’s (IMCOM) evaluation team. The exercise was supported by numerous Fort Knox mission partners as well as local, county, and federal agencies (Air Methods Air Medical Transport, Hardin and Meade County medical, fire, and law enforcement, and the Louisville FBI Office), which further promoted and improved relationships established between the installation and its external partners. Using the results of USAG Fort Knox’s internal risk management process, ATS supported the six-month sequence of exercise planning, design, and scenario development. ATS coordinated with the exercise planning team to ensure exercise tasks provided both rigor and stimulus within USAG Fort Knox’s Incident Command Post (ICP) and EOC, ensuring that the exercise design achieved the commander’s training objectives and complied with Installation Management Command (IMCOM) and the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) standards. ATS continuously controlled the tempo and intensity of the exercise by closely monitoring expected exercise events and critical decision points throughout ICP and EOC response and recovery operations. ATS employed the Emergency Disaster Management Simulation (EDMSIM) and Master Scenario Events List (MSEL) Tool, proprietary software applications to drive simulation cell intervention, transportation asset tracking, patient flow, and post-event analysis. Employment of these tools assisted in the achievement of realistic efficiencies in support of the Fort Knox and its surrounding community partners. As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS actively works with local, state, and federal agencies to deliver disaster-preparedness exercises solutions that are innovative and provide the experience to protect communities. For more information about the Fort Knox FSE see the related article: Several participate in four-day Fort Knox emergency response exercise.

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ATS Supporting Local School Supply Drive

Posted on: August 21st 2018

​The Downtown Greensburg Project and Hugo’s Taproom hosted a School Supply Drive in early August 2019 in support of the students in the Greensburg Salem School District.The supply drive collected much-needed school supplies in advance of the new school year which begins in September. The ATS Team in Greensburg, PA joined the drive, in support of the School District, from which several team members graduated. The Team spent time on the supply drive, shopping and collecting supplies from the list of needed items.Schawn Thropp organized the effort, acknowledging that, “This is a great opportunity for ATS to maintain its support of the community in which we work. It feels good to give back to the school district that supported some of us in our pursuits of knowledge".ATS employees donate school supplies to Greensburg Salem School District School Supply Drive​

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Annual Community Service Project: Men’s Community of Discovery Church Colorado and Crossfire Ministries

Posted on: August 21st 2018

​In July 2018, Brent Ruhlen of ATS, led a group of 25 men from Discovery Church Colorado in their annual community service project. The Men‘s Community of Discovery Church Colorado helped complete a lengthy list of maintenance items at the Crossfire Ministries facilities. Crossfire Ministries is dedicated to offering hope and encouragement for a changed life by furnishing the daily necessities to those in need in Colorado Springs.  Some of the accomplished tasks included grounds maintenance, painting of the exterior of the building, installing a thermal barrier on their cold storage trailer and cutting a trench across the parking lot to facilitate installation of power lines for lighting and security cameras.Renee Beebe, Crossfire Executive Director, was very appreciative of the work that was accomplished.  "We were so blessed - you will never know how much this meant to us (I say that as my eyes fill up!).  THANK YOU!!!” The leadership of ATS team members is demonstrated in efforts to support those organizations and ministries that are so focused on delivering their mission, they often are challenged to maintain and sustain some of their infrastructure. The actions of Brent and his team in the Men’s Community of Discovery Church of Colorado is one of the extraordinary efforts made by ATS Staff in the communities in which we live and work.

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ATS Evolution Company Supporting Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

Posted on: July 17th 2018

​​Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on August 25, 2017 as a Category 4 hurricane.  This devastating hurricane caused about $125 billion in damage and is ranked the second-most costly hurricane to hit the United States mainland.    As part of the 2018 Evangelical Lutheran Churches of America (ELCA) Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas, ATS Evolution Employee Schawn Thropp and youth members of his church volunteered their time to help continued recovery efforts.  They spent their time painting the exterior of a house, picking up trash in the area and performing minor exterior house repair.  During their work the 83-year old homeowner shared stories of the hurricane and was genuinely thankful for the work that was performed that day.  On his return, Schawn stated that "It was a very hot but rewarding day serving the Houston Community.  Our church and their youth members were happy to help out in any way we could." 

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ATS (Applied Training Solutions, LLC) selected for U.S. Army III Corps Mission Training Complex Capability Support (MTCCS III Corps)

Posted on: June 25th 2018

​Falls Church, VA June 25, 2018 The US Army has selected Northrop Grumman Corporation for the III Corps Mission Training Complex Capability Support (MTCCS III Corps) Task Order. ATS (Applied Training Solutions, LLC) is a subcontractor to Northrop Grumman for the Unrestricted Pool opportunities.The Task Order provides top-tier training for US military service members at Fort Hood, Fort Carson, Fort Riley, Fort Bliss and Fort Sill. ATS supports the task order requirements at Fort Hood and Fort Bliss, supporting the training in Army Mission Command and Information Systems (MCIS), unit collective training (Platoon through Corps levels), simulation and network technical support, course instruction, and facilities management. Unrestricted Pool Task Orders for the 18th Airborne Corps and US Army Pacific (USARPAC) are still to be awarded. ATS President Jason Bewley stated “ATS is proud to support Northrop Grumman as a subcontractor in this multiple award indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity, (IDIQ) which provides Northrop Grumman the opportunity to compete for more than $500 million in task orders to operate Army training centers across the nation.” The task order is a single base period and four option year award that conclude on March 22, 2023. ATS is also a Prime contractor under the MTCCS Restricted Pool which provides ATS the opportunity to compete for award task orders for support at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) and Fort Polk. ATS is a national leader providing emergency preparedness, training and readiness services and is supported by its proprietary technology. ATS is actively engaged with the Department of Defense and other Defense contractors to provide innovative and cost-effective training solutions to ensure combat readiness in support of current and future operations. ATS also supports federal, state and local agencies to deliver disaster-preparedness exercise solutions that provide the experience to protect communities.For additional information about ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit http://www.appliedtrg.com/contact

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Applied Training Solutions, LLC selected for U.S. Army Enterprise Training Services (ETSC)

Posted on: June 22nd 2018

​ATS (Applied Training Solutions, LLC) is pleased to announce that it was recently awarded the Enterprise Training Services (ETSC) Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract.ATS was one of five (5) successful small business contractors selected in the Small Business Set-Aside (SBSA) Lot to provide training and training assistance in military and civilian-related subjects, specifically to:Provide exercise development and support to Army and partner nations to ensure effective combat readiness in support of current and future operations;strengthen the Warfighter skills required to successfully perform mission requirements and bolster US foreign relations and national security objectives;provide Operations and Maintenance (O&M) support of training aids and ancillary equipment to ensure the long-term effectiveness of Army and partner nation’s military forces.Each contract will have a five-year ordering period, consisting of a one-year base, plus four (4) one (1) year options. The SBSA Contract Ceiling is $888,000,000.00.ATS is a national leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness. ATS is actively engaged with the Department of Defense to provide innovative and cost-effective training solutions to ensure combat readiness in support of current and future operations. ATS also supports federal, state and local agencies to deliver disaster-preparedness exercise solutions that provide the experience to protect communities.For additional information about ATS and ATS Solutions please visit:http://www.appliedtrg.com/contact​

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US Army Garrison - Bavaria: Full Scale Exercise (FSE) – June 21 – 23, 2018, Grafenwoehr, Germany

Posted on: June 19th 2018

​The US Army Garrison (USAG) – Bavaria conducted their biennial Full Scale Exercise (FSE) from 21-23 June, 2018 in Grafenwoehr, Germany. The two-day exercise scenario involved an insider threat to a communications node inside the Network Enterprise Center (NEC)—a critical mission facility—and a helicopter accident. These incidents developed into a complete network outage crisis. The exercise focused on local emergency response coordination, critical decision making, public notifications, and host nation (Germany) emergency response integration of outlying communities, while operating in a near cyber-zero environment.This complex exercise tested 18 core capabilities and achieved the installation’s four primary training objectives. The exercise was directly supported by US Army Europe; Installation Management Command – Europe; the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command; the Joint Multinational Readiness Command; the host nation German Police (Polizei); and the Bavarian Red Cross (Bayerische Rote Kreuz).ATS supported the development and planning of the exercise over the seven months prior to exercise in June 2018. During this period, ATS provided expertise to create a realistic scenario based upon the results of the internal risk management process. ATS coordinated with the exercise planning team to ensure events during the exercise met the installation’s training objectives at both the Incident Command Post (ICP) and at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), providing realistic information and challenges to solve the complex scenario events.ATS successfully facilitated the exercise, controlling the tempo and intensity of the exercise through close monitoring of exercise events, decisions, and command post and emergency operations centre activities. EDMSIM and MSEL Tool were critical to the event analysis and after-action review efforts, supporting the exercise objectives by replaying incident events that create and develop alternative decision-making results for process improvement within the EOC, including the emergency management plan, resource planning, and updates to training and equipment requirements.​

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Detroit Arsenal: Full Scale Exercise (FSE), June 19 – 20, 2018, Warren, Michigan

Posted on: June 21st 2018

​The Detroit Arsenal conducted their biennial Full-Scale Exercise (FSE) in June, 2018 in Warren, Michigan.  The scenario involved an active shooter incident.  This scenario created conditions for the Arsenal’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and first responders to validate their emergency response and mass casualty management contingency plans.  This event tested 14 core capabilities and achieved the installation’s 12 primary training objectives. Detroit Arsenal’s objectives were focused on first-responder actions and emergency operations centre management of a complex event.  The design and execution of the experienced-based learning throughout the full-scale exercise provided the installation with complex challenges that demanded involvement from agencies across the entire facility as well as local civilian responders.  This approach reinforced the “whole of community” concept which is essential for effective interagency emergency response.The exercise was directly supported by the City of Warren and Michigan State Police; The Federal Bureau of Investigations; Warren, Shelby, Armada, and Harrison Township Fire Departments; Macomb County Medical Control Authority and St. John Providence Hospital; the Community Emergency Response Team; and the Salvation Army.ATS was engaged throughout the exercise life-cycle, providing comprehensive and subject matter expert planning and exercise development support, modeling and simulation, facilitation and control during the full-scale exercise. EDMSIM and MSEL Tool were critical to the event analysis and after-action review efforts, supporting the exercise objectives by replaying incident events that create and develop alternative decision-making results for process improvement within the EOC.

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Employees Volunteer at 2018 SOPA Summer Games

Posted on: June 8th 2018

EVO employees Adam Feather and Jeff Hutchinson along with ATS employee Mike Suman recently served on the Evaluation Team for the 2018 Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) Summer Games held at Penn State University in State College May 31 – June 2, 2018. The event brings over 2,000 athletes and 750 coaches from across the state. SOPA’s largest event of the year features three days of intense competition in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, softball and tennis.ATS Staff supporting the 2018 SOPA Summer Games at Penn State UniversityFeather, Hutchinson and Suman were tasked with evaluation of the Summer Games. The team visited all competition venues as well as the behind-the-scenes operational support (e.g. transportation, security, housing, equipment, food and beverage, etc.). During their interviews with key volunteers, coaches, athletes and spectators, the team assessed their experiences to document successes, lessons learned and recommendations for improvements. The team submitted a final report to the Games Organizing Committee.“The main goal of the Evaluation Team is to document the good and bad of the Games to make future events even better for the athletes. This was Jeff and Adam’s first exposure to Summer Games and I am so proud of their hard-work and dedication to this movement.”, said Suman.“It was a lot of fun, Jeff and I learned a lot from the athletes and the volunteers! As someone who has played sports all their life it was awesome to see these athletes competing and working their hardest but also not forgetting the most important rule to enjoy everything you do to the fullest. “, said Feather.​​​​

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Employees Support 2018 SOPA Winter Games

Posted on: February 2nd 2018

ATS and EVO employees recently volunteered their time to assist with the 2018 Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) Winter Games held at 7 Springs Mountain Resort Jan 28-30, 2018. Over 350 athletes, 200 coaches and over 800 volunteers participated in the 3-day event. The ATS family of volunteers provided event management, clerical, competition and technology support to the 3 day event. ATS’s VP and Chief Technology Officer, Mike Suman, was honored by SOPA’s CEO Matt Aaron during the Opening Ceremonies and presented with a plaque for his 25 years of volunteer service to the Winter Games event.ATS an ATS EVO Staff supporting the 2018 SOPA Winter Games at Seven Springs Mountain Resort“I am humbled to be honored for something I love doing and to have our ATS and EVO staff support this cause puts a huge smile on my face and reinforces the fact that we honestly have the best people on the planet working on our teams.”, said Suman.​​​​

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SOPAwg mobile app for the 2018 Special Olympic Pennsylvania Winter Games, now available for iOS and Android

Posted on: January 19th 2018

A mobile app designed for the SOPA Winter Games that provides unique competition data, news and updates, via live push notification service. Available today, SOPAwg is a new event management mobile app, developed for the 2018 Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) Winter Games, available for iOS AND Android. SOPAwg was developed by Applied Training Solutions (ATS), to fulfill the need for a more user-friendly and fun way for athletes, coaches and volunteers to gain access to the latest schedules, weather and directions, safety and contact information and real-time push notifications. SOPAwg's comprehensive functionality ensure the athletes, coaches and volunteers never have to worry about when the next event starts or where the event is located. It's the best resource for all things Winter Games. Get important updates and competition information right in the palm of your hands and in one convenient location. Use this app to find out when the next competition takes place. You have access to first aid and emergency contact information, and can even find out if bad weather is on the way! Plus, the app offers push notifications for reminders, last minute changes or alerts. "Our interest in smart technology and improving efficiency, combined with our passion for the Special Olympic movement was what brought this vision to reality, "said Mike Suman, Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer at ATS.

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ATS Congratulates Its Newest HPAC Certified M&S Experts

Posted on: December 8th 2017

Recently, Applied Training Solutions staff members Mike Croyle, Ryan Robinson, Jeff Galbraith, Bryan Smith, Rick Adams and Jim McGowan joined Jean Newman-O'Neill and Rick Paige as graduates of the rigorous Hazard Prediction and Assessment Capability, Level 1 (HPAC-1) course. Armed with expertise in the modeling of hazardous material releases using the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) HPAC software package, these graduates strengthen ATS's ability to recognize and understand capabilities and limitations of material sources and weather data, apply Consequence Assessment (CA) methodology, model Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) hazards, and develop plume overlays. These capabilities are then used to input real-world data into ATS's proprietary and military exercise support tools, providing an unprecedented level of realism to customers' Consequence Management training and exercises.

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Visit ATS at I/ITSEC 2017 in Orlando

Posted on: November 21st 2017

ATS (appliedtrg.com) will be participating in the Interservice/ Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, 2017 (I/ITSEC). ATS is a small business leader in command and staff training for Federal and Commercial activities. We will be located in booth #1158 of the exhibit hall. I/ITSEC will be held from November 27th to December 3rd in Orlando, Florida. We hope to see you there! Register or learn more about I/ITSEC at http://www.iitsec.org/

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Applied Training Solutions, LLC selected for U.S. Army Mission Training Complex Capabilities Support (MTCCS)

Posted on: November 21st 2017

Applied Training Solutions, LLC ("ATS") announced today that its Modeling and Simulations Team was selected to support the $150,000,000 U.S. Army Mission Training Complex Capabilities Support (MTCCS) Contract. The ATS selection qualifies it as one of four (4) Small Business Contractors eligible to compete for upcoming Small Business Set-Aside MTCCS Task Orders to provide individual, leader, small unit, battle staff and simulation-driven Mission Command (MC) training to the United States Army. This Contract, No. W900KK-18-D-0004, is a hybrid (cost, firm-fixed-price, and time and materials) Contract for mission training complex capabilities support. Work locations and funding will be determined with each Task Order, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 14, 2022. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Orlando, Florida, is the Contracting Activity. ATS is a Northern Virginia Technical Services company with proprietary technology, making it one of the nation's leaders in man-made and natural Disaster Emergency Management (DEM). It's unique modeling and simulation support technology allows development of superior and cost-effective planning, training and operating capabilities to mitigate and manage disasters such as floods, hurricanes and terrorist activities. Contact Jason Bewley at 571 992-8343 for further details.

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NORTHCOM SuperBus Contract Bundles Industry-Leading Exercise Platforms

Posted on: September 15th 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS - The Air Force's 21st Contracting Squadron at Peterson AFB, CO has awarded a $76M single award IDIQ contract to Applied Training Solutions, LLC ("ATS") in support of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) to provide modeling and simulation support and associated software services to train Federal, state, local, and non-government organizations. ATS will provide its Emergency and Disaster Management Simulation (EDMSIM) and Nusura Inc.'s social media emulator, SimulationDeck, to train and coordinate government responses to natural and man-made disasters such as tornados and hurricanes, earthquakes, active shooters, dirty bombs, and disease outbreaks. The software is also used to test and improve organizational response procedures in a variety of contexts. The new contracting vehicle now makes this proprietary software available to DoD entities, federal agencies, and state and local government and non-government organizations. "This contract vehicle offers a uniform environment for disaster management training and planning as well as for testing an organization's ability to deal with external and internal stresses using an accurate simulation of real-world events" said Jason Bewley, ATS President and Managing Member. Simulation is a technique that allows realistic training without participants suffering an actual disaster event. Simulated components in a training exercise replace some live aspects of the event, thereby reducing travel as well as staff and required resources while maintaining the full scope of the training. Applied Training Solutions, LLC is a veteran-owned small business (VOSB) with its corporate office located in Leesburg, Virginia. Nusura, Inc. is headquartered in Denver, Colorado and is also a small business. Both companies' software offerings make disaster management and crisis training exercises more realistic, more engaging, and more effective. Contact: Jason Bewley, President, Applied Training Solutions, LLC. 571 992 8343. 602 South King Street, Leesburg, VA 20175; jbewley@appliedtrg.com.

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Lessons Learned - Vigilant Guard (Vermont)

Posted on: September 15th 2016

US Northern Command's VIGILANT GUARD disaster response training program has just completed its latest exercise in Vermont. Supported by an ATS team of experts, this event brought together National Guard, active duty forces and numerous state and federal agencies to complete training in a combined live/simulated exercise. The Vermont training scenario was a very complex sequence of simulated disasters, starting with an epidemic of pneumonic plague, followed by leaking radioactive substances and later suffering a 6.0 magnitude earthquake followed by a 5.8 magnitude aftershock. Both military and civilian participants left with very useful lessons learned and sharper response instincts to help improve their future disaster response capabilities. Higher level training objectives for this exercise were made possible by adding a simulated response component to replicate both high level military command and involvement of a large military force normally involved in disasters of this magnitude. The technique of adding simulated training components provides exponential value at a low cost. In Vermont, actual participation of higher commands or a large military force were neither practical nor affordable. In providing a solution to this training capability gap, however, ATS has helped ensure that the participants continue to receive high training value from VIGILANT GUARD events. ATS team expertise regularly provides support to replicate involvement of simulated exercise components, such as here with large force simulation and a higher level military command. ATS is pleased that for the Vermont exercise, ATS' military response experience supporting this and other simulated roles helped result in a successful, high value training exercise.

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Earthquake Simulations, a Lifesaving Tool

Posted on: September 13th 2016

An earthquake just rattled the southeastern part of the United States. Along with all of the typical damages someone would expect, there have been multiple locations in which people are trapped and exposed to hazardous materials. Civilian response agencies are overwhelmed and unable to continue life saving operations without assistance. This is obviously a fictional scenario, but what if it did happen? What would we do and who would be there to lend the assistance needed to continue to safe lives? Those questions lead to the formation of the Homeland Response Forces, National Guard Forces that are designed to respond to these types of incidents and support civilian response agencies in mitigating the loss of life and suffering. The above scenario was played out from August 16th through the 18th at Ft. Hood, Texas. The FEMA Region VI (TX) Homeland Response Force conducted a Collective Training Event in which their command and control of this type of incident was evaluated along with their ability to conduct Search and Rescue and Decontamination of victims. Evaluating Search and Rescue and Decontamination is rather easy as Observer Controllers are able to simply watch teams break through concrete and run role players who claim to be contaminated through their decontamination sites. Evaluating the Homeland Response Force's ability to conduct command and control can be much more difficult, as the Homeland Response Force is designed to have eighteen units reporting to them. Budget constraints make it nearly impossible to have this many units train at the same time and location. Without all of those units able to attend a training event how then can unit's abilities to control them accurately evaluated? The answer comes in the form of Applied Training Solutions (ATS) and the Emergency Disaster Management Simulation (EDMSIM). ATS is contracted by US Army Northern Command to use EDMSIM and other tools to replicate these units that are unable to attend the training. EDMSIM is an entity based constructive simulation tool that is limited only by imagination. ATS uses EDMSIM to produce realistic reports and data that are sent to the unit being evaluated. Jason Usher from ATS was quoted as saying, "the only difference between the units we simulate and a live unit is that our reports are on time and accurate." ATS has run the simulations cell for all Homeland Response Force evaluations since 2013 and has been integral in the development and readiness of these units. ATS is currently working on bringing EDMSIM to FEMA and civilian agencies to assist in their disaster preparation planning and standard operational procedure validation. According to Mr. Usher EDMSIM is customizable and transportable enough that it can be used to train organizations as small as a dozen individuals or as large as a state Emergency Operations Center. ATS and EDMSIM are two acronyms that the average citizen has never heard of, yet they have played a big part in ensuring that if the unspeakable happens in the United States, response agencies will know what to do and be able to reduce the loss of life.

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Lessons Learned - Cascadia Rising (Oregon)

Posted on: July 13th 2016

A tsunami caused by an earthquake in the Pacific allows approximately four hours to evacuate a target area running from the Northern California coast to British Columbia. A tsunami from the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a 600-mile fault line running along the same coast, provides only minutes to evacuate. The Oregon National Guard, Oregon Office of Emergency Management and other emergency response organizations recently completed a four-day exercise to train how to respond to such a disaster and to assess their readiness and preparedness levels. These organizations were able to successfully train and assess preparedness only because potential disasters can be modeled and simulated in a training exercise. Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) a Virginia company that provides such services, allowed the participating organizations to gain a clear understanding of what would be involved in managing the response to such an event. "We can provide participants with a clear understanding of the effort that would be involved in any natural or man-made disaster" explained Jason Bewley, President of ATS, adding "Such models allow participants to train, and train again, in a cost effective manner to allow them to be fully prepared when the real deal happens." Training allows many organizations to efficiently practice working together for a more effective response. To obtain the full story please visit: Pamlin Media (Achen, 2016)

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DOOMSDAY DRILL - Cascadia Subduction Zone (Washington)

Posted on: July 13th 2016

In January, 1700, well before European settlers reached the Pacific Northwest, a tsunami devastated the Quileute, Hoh and other Native American tribes living along the coast from Northern California to British Columbia. Other tsunami's often reach this area from earthquakes in the Pacific Ocean, the most recent and destructive of which resulted from the 1964 Alaskan earthquake. An earthquake and tsunami will certainly strike again. This June over 20,000 individuals and organizations participated in disaster training drills located in Shelton, Washington to practice emergency management and response to the effects of tsunamis and other similar natural disasters. If such an event is suffered today, over eight million people in the Pacific Northwest could be affected. One key participant in this exercise was Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) a training services firm from Virginia that utilizes modeling and simulation techniques to permit emergency responders to train for natural disasters without having to suffer an actual disaster event. Jason Bewley, President of ATS, stated "Training is critical to understanding and perfecting the operational requirements needed to properly manage, respond and recover from natural disaster events. We cannot wait for these events to occur to provide on the job training." Modeling and simulation is a critical technique to allow cost effective training for such events without the loss of life and property that would follow if responders are not well prepared. ATS techniques result in a properly trained, effective emergency response force at an affordable price. response force at an affordable price. See the full article at: Associated Press (Corte, 2016)

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California Homeland Response Force EXEVAL

Posted on: April 26th 2016

The California National Guard Homeland Response Team (HRF) has conducted disaster evaluation exercises at Camp Roberts. Approximately 524 Army and Air National Guard were at Camp Roberts for an external evaluation exercise to hone the skills and operations needed following a chemical, biological, or nuclear incident. The exercise, which ran around the clock until Tuesday, included lifesaving search and extraction, security, decontamination, medical treatment teams, and command operations.

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Vigilant Guard Louisiana 2016

Posted on: April 3rd 2018

PINEVILLE, La. - The Louisiana National Guard participated in Vigilant Guard 2016 with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to prepare for all-hazards response and emergency operations, April 10-16. Vigilant Guard is a federally funded exercise program that is supported by the National Guard Bureau and sponsored by the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), whose mission is to provide homeland defense, civil support and security cooperation to defend and secure the United States and its interests. The overall exercise scenario tested the LANG's response to a simulated Category 3 or 4 hurricane that made landfall on the Louisiana coast.

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Vibrant Response 2016

Posted on: April 3rd 2018

CAMP ATTERBURY, Indiana - If there were ever another disastrous attack on U.S. soil, joint forces would have to combine their professional techniques and put them into action. In order for that to happen, realistic annual training is needed. Service members, government officials and agencies across the nation participated in the Vibrant Response Training Exercise, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana on May 11, for simulated training in responding to a catastrophic domestic incident. "Vibrant Response is an exercise to confirm three two-star headquarters," said Kevin Kirmse, a senior exercise planner for U.S. Army North out of Fort Sam Houston Texas. "Once a year they have to be confirmed to take the [mission] starting on June 1 of every year. Basically, that is what we are here to do to build the exercise."