In honor of our 15-year anniversary, we would like to take the time to spotlight one of our longest-term employees, Dusty Hoesly. Dusty has worked at Applied Training Solutions since June 2009 and one of the first employees the company hired.
He is currently serving as the Installation Management Command Senior Modeling and Simulations Engineer at Joint Base San Antonio- Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Dusty says he has assisted with over 100 military training exercises between IMCOM and U.S. Army North during his tenure at ATS.
Dusty has a military background, serving over 15 years in the U.S. Army as a legal specialist and then as a Russian linguist and analyst. He says the highlight of his military career was being able to perform courier duty support for the State Department escorting professional couriers from Finland into Moscow and providing translation support for them.
When it comes to describing the work ATS does, Dusty states that ATS provides an invaluable service to the government and industry clients by providing them the tools and exercise support to test their plans, policies, and procedures to ensure they are prepared to effectively cope and deal with emergency situations as they may arise in an exercise environment prior to something occurring real-world.
“I am extremely proud to be part of a team that designs and facilitates realistic exercises for military installations across the world and the emergency response communities here in the United States and provides them the opportunity to test and verify their emergency response plans,” he says.
When he is not working hard with IMCOM, he says he is usually watching sports and spending time with his family and pet. He also says he cannot live without his baseball cap collection.
He says one thing people may not know about him is the fact that growing up, his parents were certified house parents, and he grew up with people with special needs living with his family. Over the years, he has also helped with the Special Olympics and worked in group homes for people with Downs Syndrome at varying degrees and levels of mental capacity.
Last, Dusty says he would love to learn how to fly planes. He defines success by being part of a good team, enjoying his work, staying healthy and having financial security.
Overall, Dusty works hard and continues to show his dedication to ATS and our mission, so we thank him for all he contributes day in and day out! Thank you, Dusty!