ATS in the News

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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."