FORT RILEY, KA – On July 21st, 2021, Applied Training Solutions (ATS) successfully designed and supported an emergency training exercise for the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Riley in Kansas.  ATS facilitated the Full-Scale Exercise (FSE) as part of the Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Military Installation Exercise Program.

ATS was the prime contractor and led this exercise by providing exercise planning, design, control, support, and simulation services.  ATS design staff utilized industry leading techniques, experience, and products 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.  The design allowed Fort Riley to train on 17 IMCOM core capabilities and resulted in the installation’s ability to meet their five primary training objectives.

The purpose of the exercise was to test the installation’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to a tornadic weather event causing damage to critical infrastructure, fatalities, displaced families, soldiers and animals, environmental damage containment issues, and a loss of power to the EOC.  It also tested Fort Riley’s ability to transfer command and control from the Fort Riley Operations Center (FROC) to its EOC.

The scenario centered around an F3 tornado traveling northeast across the garrison causing fatalities and injuries, as well as damaging housing areas and critical infrastructure.  This required the garrison to implement procedures to aid displaced personnel, perform search and rescue operations, process and handle injured and deceased personnel, clear damaged infrastructure, restore essential services and attempt to return the garrison to a fully mission capable status as quickly as possible to minimize operational degradation.

The rigor provided by the ATS team prompted the installation to stand up its Emergency Family Assistance Center, Recovery Working Group, Threat Working Group and Crisis Action Team, guiding the installation to ensure that directorate and installation-level training objectives were achieved.


“As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver innovative, experience-based disaster-preparedness exercises solutions for local, state and federal agencies to protect communities. 

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