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ATS Assists ARNORTH in Nationwide Vibrant Response Exercise

Posted on: October 14th 2020

FORT EUSTIS, Virginia – Applied Training Solutions, LLC. (ATS) - U.S. Army North’s Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS) conducted Vibrant Response-Lite, Sept. 11-18, with critical support from Applied Training Solutions (ATS).The exercise was conducted to prepare JTF-CS and its Defense Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Response Force (DCRF) units to react to a large-scale CBRN event; coordinating with and supporting other federal agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency in disaster response. The exercise took place at JTF-CS’s home station at Fort Eustis, Va., along with its four subordinate Task Forces at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash. and Fort Bliss, Texas. A white cell, located in San Antonio, Texas, provided exercise control.Using ATSsim Verity, the exercise simulated the detonation of an improvised nuclear device in downtown Phoenix, Ariz., which resulted in 97,000 fatalities, and estimated double that number in injuries. Verity was successfully deployed to perform the scenario across the complex distributed simulation environment. The simulation platform allowed for the coordination of participating JTF-CS units and the white cell, to fully participate and train with each other as if they were in one location.ATS and its partner, PAE, managed and steered the exercise in the White Cell, allowing JTF-CS and its TFs to fully engage in the deployment and response to the CBRN event within the simulated environment.Vibrant Response-Lite was an exceptionally successful distributed exercise, preparing ARNORTH and JTF-CS to plan for larger future simulation-driven exercises such as Sudden Response, Determined Response and Vibrant Response.ABOUT ATS:As a leading provider of training and operational support technologies for national defense and emergency management, ATS conducts more than 100 State and Federal interactive and immersive crisis response and consequence management training exercises annually. Staffed by former emergency management and military leaders, ATS delivers cutting-edge technology and innovative solutions to save lives by building resilient organizations. ATS is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business offering technology and services to increase effectiveness in planning, training, and operations. Learn more at https://appliedtrg.com​

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ATS Supports North Carolina with Hurricane Preparedness Exercise

Posted on: September 21st 2020

​HAMPTON, Virginia – Supporting the North Carolina Joint Task Force and state emergency response agencies, Applied Training Solutions, LLC., executed a Hurricane response exercise August 17-23 at the JTF headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina.“This training exercise was critical for the organization to develop and improve operations in preparations for civil support operations in a natural disaster,” said Mike Croyle, ATS program manager. “Additionally, the exercise was instrumental in the development of junior leaders to understand how the successful execution of staff functions and tasks save lives.”Critical Ops, LLC., a service-disabled veteran-owned small business partnered with ATS to execute project assurance on the exercise.“Over the past 10 years, 15 hurricanes and almost as many tropical storms have ravaged the state,” said Dan Maurer, Critical Ops Senior Trainer. “Preparedness for this event is forefront in every soldier and commander’s mind.”Using Fusion, an enhanced web-based table-top exercise tool and staff trainer, ATS provided a simulated training environment to increase effectiveness and cohesion of response operations and enable testing and validation of response plans and operational procedures through realistic scenarios. The Fusion software enabled North Carolina JTF participants to update standard operating procedures for natural disaster response for this exercise.“Fusion-led activities are an effective resource and combat multiplier, which States can utilize in their staff development,” said Maurer. “This event pays dividends to the organization immediately and instills training value into each soldier, which materializes tenfold throughout their careers.”“We cannot stop natural disasters, but we can arm ourselves with knowledge,” said Croyle. “With enough disaster preparedness, lives are saved.” ABOUT ATS: As a leading provider of training and operational support technologies for national defense and emergency management, ATS conducts more than 100 state and federal interactive and immersive crisis response and consequence management training exercises annually. Staffed by former emergency management and military leaders, ATS delivers cutting edge technology and innovative solutions to save lives by building resilient organizations. ATS is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business offering technology and services to increase effectiveness in planning, training, and operations. Learn more at https://www.appliedtrg.com​

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ATS Secures Army-Wide Training & Risk Management Contract

Posted on: September 8th 2020

​HAMPTON, Virginia – ATS (Applied Training Solutions, LLC) is pleased to announce the recent award to provide exercise Modeling & Simulation services and Critical Infrastructure Risk Management support for the U.S. Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) located at Fort Sam Houston, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.ATS was selected by IMCOM to:Provide modeling and simulation capabilities to facilitate Full Scale Exercises (FSEs) through advanced digital tools.Assist in FSE design, development, and delivery for IMCOM installations.Cultivate a critical infrastructure risk management program.Under the contract, ATS will assist IMCOM to conduct required externally-evaluated FSEs, including risk management convergence, for approximately 75 military installations/municipalities on three continents.ATS integrates commercial off-the-shelf and customizable disaster management simulation and media emulation software (DMS-MES) to support modeling and simulations for exercises, experiments, and training events. These events are conducted by U.S. Northern Command, 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.ABOUT ATS:As a leading provider of training and operational support technologies for national defense and emergency management, ATS conducts more than 100 state and federal interactive and immersive crisis response and consequence management training exercises annually. Staffed by former emergency management and military leaders, ATS delivers cutting edge technology and innovative solutions to save lives by building resilient organizations. ATS is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business offering technology and services to increase effectiveness in planning, training, and operations. Learn more at https://www.appliedtrg.com

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ATS Climbs Inc. 5000 List

Posted on: August 14th 2020

​HAMPTON, Virginia – Applied Training Solutions, Inc. (ATS) announced today that the company is among Inc. Magazine’s annual Inc. 5000 list – the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Ranking 3997 on the list, ATS claims its spot because of dedicated support to the Department of Defense and Homeland Security missions, according to ATS president, Jason Bewley. According to Inc.5000, the list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. “ATS provides a number of services and support to our government partners,” Bewley said. “We’ve grown quickly because of our experience and effective support providing emergency response training to the Armed Forces, both stateside and abroad.” “ATS is humbled by Inc. 5000’s recognition. We plan to continue our growth in emergency response, as well as cyber security, software development and mission support for the DOD and other government departments and agencies. We look forward to being on the list next year,” said Bewley. According to Inc., not only have the companies on the 2020 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but the list shows staggering growth compared with prior lists as well. The 2020 Inc. 5000 achieved an incredible three-year average growth of over 500 percent, and a median rate of 165 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $209 billion in 2019, accounting for over 1 million jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000. The top 500 companies are also being featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 12. ABOUT INC. 5000: Since 1982, the Inc. 5000 list has honored the extraordinary journeys of the fastest-growing companies in America. It is the most prestigious honor for growing private businesses and business leaders. The Inc. 5000 represents nearly 40 years of exceptional American growth stories. Past honorees include Microsoft, Under Armour, Pandora, Chobani, and Facebook. ABOUT ATS: As a leading provider of training and operational support technologies for national defense and emergency management, ATS conducts more than 100 State and Federal interactive and immersive crisis response and consequence management training exercises annually. Staffed by former emergency management and military leaders, ATS delivers cutting edge technology and innovative solutions to save lives by building resilient organizations. ATS is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business offering technology and services to increase effectiveness in planning, training, and operations. Learn more at https://appliedtrg.com ​​​​​​​​

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ATS Employees Earn Homeland Security Certification

Posted on: July 29th 2020

​Six ATS employees graduated from the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Course conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute (EMI) from July 13-16.The HSEEP Course provides a comprehensive overview of emergency exercise design along with practical skill development in accordance with current HSEEP doctrine. It offers current HSEEP methodology and terminology for designing, developing, conducting and evaluating exercises to measure progress toward building, sustaining and delivering core capabilities in support of mission assurance.The six graduates, all from the Army North Team of our Homeland Security Division, are Ethan Duck, Keva Nalls, Jean Newman-O’Neill, Rick Paige, Mike O’Neill and Steve French. The ATS graduates provide exercise modeling and simulation expertise to the U.S. Army North (ARNORTH) at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA). The HSEEP graduates strengthen ATS and ARNORTH’s collective ability to provide challenging, simulation-driven and supported full-scale exercises to ARNORTH and its subordinate units.“This certification helps ATS support ARNORTH in its training mission to prepare its units to execute their ongoing Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA),” said Keith Ladd, director of the ATS Homeland Security Division. “ATS congratulates and thanks all of the graduates for their accomplishment, especially since they completed this important course during such a challenging time in America’s history.” 

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ATS Selected as MS&T Outstanding Service and Support Program Finalist

Posted on: July 14th 2020

​HAMPTON, Virginia – The Halldale Group's MS&T Magazine Industry Simulation & Training Awards program announced that Applied Training Solutions is a finalist for the "Outstanding Service and Support Program" category for our disaster response training platforms and services.  “We believe our efforts to help military servicemembers, first responders and operational response personnel across the country develop awareness, preparedness and readiness in the face of disaster is important and meaningful work,” said Jason Bewley, ATS president. “To be recognized by the modeling and simulation community is truly humbling and exciting and we hope to represent our industry as the winner.” ATS was recognized for outstanding support provided to Department of Defense organizations, other federal agencies, states, tribal authorities, non-Government organizations, faith-based organizations, the private sector, and partner nations using Disaster Management Simulation and Media Emulation Software and Simulation. ATS’s support helped personnel train and prepare for a full spectrum of manmade and natural disasters. Voting for the MS&T awards program is open through 9 p.m., July 16 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MSTAwards2020.  ABOUT ATS:  As a leading provider of training and operational support technologies for national defense and emergency management, ATS conducts more than 100 State and Federal interactive and immersive crisis response and consequence management training exercises annually. Staffed by former emergency management and military leaders, ATS delivers cutting edge technology and innovative solutions to save lives by building resilient organizations. ATS is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business offering technology and services to increase effectiveness in planning, training, and operations. Learn more at https://appliedtrg.com

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ATS Launching Collaborative Web-Based Training Tool to Address Critical Training Gaps

Posted on: July 14th 2020

​HAMPTON, Virginia – The implementation and expansion of telework programs during the pandemic is presenting new challenges for emergency response organizations around the world. Collaborative staff training is particularly difficult to accomplish in geographically distributed environments. ATS is launching a solution – equipping its staff training tool with web-based and real-time collaboration features. “The importance of continued meaningful staff training in this environment cannot be understated,” said Jason Bewley, ATS president. “That’s why we wanted to address the collaboration gap, and we are pleased to announce ATS is launching a completely web-based, immersive, and collaborative version of our staff training tool, Fusion, to respond to the need.” Fusion increases the effectiveness and cohesive response operations of personnel while validating plans and procedures in an immersive scenario-based training environment. The new features include a distributed exercise environment; web-based planning and training functions; real-time, web-based ESRI GIS mapping; video and voice conferencing; and virtual session break out and collaboration rooms.  The new capabilities complement Fusion’s original features, which include tailored hazard, threat and planning scenarios; decision-making and planning assumption assessment and validation; automated and flexible exercise injects aligned with training objectives and critical tasks; observation and afteraction reports; and dynamic geospatial event and inject mapping.  “While the world assimilates to the immediate impacts of the pandemic, it’s important to remember that future disasters await,” said Bewley. “This new version of Fusion allows emergency responders to maintain their awareness, preparedness and readiness for whatever may come.” For a demonstration of Fusion’s new features, visit appliedtrg.com.   ABOUT ATS:  As a leading provider of training and operational support technologies for national defense and emergency management, ATS conducts more than 100 State and Federal interactive and immersive crisis response and consequence management training exercises annually. Staffed by former emergency management and military leaders, ATS delivers cutting edge technology and innovative solutions to save lives by building resilient organizations. ATS is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business offering technology and services to increase effectiveness in planning, training, and operations. Learn more at https://appliedtrg.com.

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ATS Supports California Army Installation with Earthquake Response Exercise

Posted on: July 1st 2020

​FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, California – U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett conducted a response operations exercise for a simulated earthquake at the installation, Feb. 25-26, with the full support of ATS - a leading provider of training and operational support technologies for national defense and emergency management.During the exercise, ATS facilitated a two-day simulated natural disaster designed to test response and recovery operations at multiple incident locations across the installation. The scenario encompassed a 6.0 magnitude earthquake in the region that resulted in personnel injuries, structural damage, disruption to critical resources, and degraded installation services at Fort Hunter Liggett.For the event, ATS provided expert design, modeling and simulation, and exercise control augmentation for the installation’s Full-Scale Exercise (FSE) under their Military Installation Exercise Program contract with the U.S. Army Installation Command (IMCOM). The purpose of the exercise was to test the installation’s ability to effectively respond to emergency events. The scenario triggered the installation’s demonstration of Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activation; medical support operations; search and rescue operations; and the establishment of primary and secondary safe havens, an emergency family assistance center and a joint information center. Fort Hunter Liggett leadership also placed strategic emphasis on emergency recovery operations throughout the FSE.ATS planned, designed, and developed the scenario over a six-month period to align with training objectives that were approved by the Fort Hunter Liggett Garrison Commander. Additionally, the scenario exercised 14 IMCOM core capabilities and five primary training objectives. ATS employed the Verity and Compass simulations applications – exclusive industry-leading technologies that simulate and facilitate the response to natural and man-made disasters. The web-based software also allowed U.S. Army leaders and the external evaluation team to review installation staff decisions and responses to the scenario. ABOUT ATS: As a leading provider of training and operational support technologies for national defense and emergency management, ATS conducts more than 100 State and Federal interactive and immersive crisis response and consequence management training exercises annually. Staffed by former emergency management and military leaders, ATS delivers cutting-edge technology and innovative solutions to save lives by building resilient organizations. ATS is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business offering technology and services to increase effectiveness in planning, training, and operations. Learn more at https://appliedtrg.com.

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ATS Supports Army Garrison with Wildfire Exercise

Posted on: July 1st 2020

​FORT HUACHUCA, Arizona – U.S. Army Garrison Fort Huachuca conducted a wildfire response operations exercise, March 11, with the help of ATS staff and its exclusive simulation software.ATS led the design and delivery of the Full-Scale Exercise (FSE), which simulated a dry lightning strike resulting in a wildland fire. ATS provided the support under their Military Installation Exercise Program contract with the U.S. Army Installation Command (IMCOM). During the exercise, the simulated wildland fire rapidly traveled across the installation threatening an ammunition supply point, a recreational vehicle park, residential areas, and installation entry and exit points. The scenario required intense fire and emergency services response, search and rescue, and evacuation operations. The purpose of the exercise was to test the installation staff and tenant organizations on their ability to  stand up Incident Command and Unified Command systems; provide operational coordination through the Emergency Operation Center; implement Emergency Action Plans and Memorandums of Agreement and Understanding with adjacent communities; and develop shelter locations and operations with an Emergency Family Assistance Center and Evacuee Processing Center.ATS facilitated the FSE with Verity and Compass – exclusive industry-leading technologies that simulate and facilitate the response to natural and man-made disasters. The web-based software also allowed U.S. Army leaders and the external evaluation team to review installation staff decisions and responses to the scenario. For the exercise, ATS also provided media emulation interaction, injecting TV newscasts, radio reports, newspaper stories and social media posts in real time. Months of ATS planning allowed Fort Huachuca to successfully train their staff on 15 IMCOM capabilities and five training objectives during the rigorous one-day training event.ABOUT ATS: As a leading provider of training and operational support technologies for national defense and emergency management, ATS conducts more than 100 State and Federal interactive and immersive crisis response and consequence management training exercises annually. Staffed by former emergency management and military leaders, ATS delivers cutting-edge technology and innovative solutions to save lives by building resilient organizations. ATS is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business offering technology and services to increase effectiveness in planning, training, and operations. Learn more at https://appliedtrg.com.

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ATS Supports Army Garrison with Terrorist Attack Exercise

Posted on: July 1st 2020

​FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – U.S. Army Garrison Fort Wainwright exercised response operations for a terrorist attack Feb. 25-26 with the full support of ATS - a leading provider of training and operational support technologies for national defense and emergency management.During the exercise, ATS provided expert design, modeling and simulations, and exercise control augmentation for the installation’s Full-Scale Exercise (FSE). ATS provided the support under their Military Installation Exercise Program contract with the U.S. Army Installation Command (IMCOM). The purpose of the exercise was to test the installation’s ability to effectively respond to emergency events. The exercise began with intelligence reports indicating a local extremist group was active in the vicinity and may take action against the installation. The scenario involved a vehicular terrorist attack that created a mass casualty, multiple fatality event, followed by damage to the installation power plant, which resulted in the loss of power and heat to several buildings and residences.  ATS facilitated the FSE through a 12-month planning effort that aligned with the Garrison Commander’s intent and operational requirements. The scenario exercised 15 IMCOM core capabilities and helped Fort Wainwright meet their training objectives. ATS employed its exclusive Verity and Compass simulations applications to add realism to the FSE, immersing installation staff in the exercise and allowing oversight of response actions to the assessment team.  ABOUT ATS: As a leading provider of training and operational support technologies for national defense and emergency management, ATS conducts more than 100 State and Federal interactive and immersive crisis response and consequence management training exercises annually. Staffed by former emergency management and military leaders, ATS delivers cutting-edge technology and innovative solutions to save lives by building resilient organizations. ATS is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business offering technology and services to increase effectiveness in planning, training, and operations. Learn more at https://appliedtrg.com.

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ATS Wins Grant to Enhance Training Suite for First Responders

Posted on: June 11th 2020

​HAMPTON, Va. – Epic Games MegaGrants awarded ATS $100,000 to further develop ATSsim Suite with Unreal Engine technology, making the web-based training solution a more immersive experience in an augmented reality ecosystem.“To say ATS is excited about this opportunity is an understatement,” said Jason Bewley, ATS president. “The grant will enhance the capability of our signature software, but more importantly, it will enhance response training for military, disaster and healthcare first responders serving on the frontlines.”Currently, ATSsim Suite is used by commercial, government, and military organizations to prepare for a wide range of natural and man-made emergencies. It creates realistic, personalized and dynamic training experiences with analytics capabilities. The dynamic capabilities within ATSsim Suite allow information to be actively shared and provide the ability to deliver insights to what is being learned and what gaps remain.With the grant from Epic Games, ATS will evolve ATSsim from a two-dimensional, map-based training and constructive simulation software to an augmented reality, virtual simulation experience that will enhance training for emergency management, first responder and military communities.“Adding Unreal Engine technology and integrating augmented reality and virtual simulation is the next step in the evolution of ATSsim Suite,” said Mike Suman, ATS Chief Operations Officer. “We’re very proud of the emergency response training suite we’ve developed and we’re equally excited to expand its capabilities.”The Epic MegaGrants program encourages projects that will benefit the Unreal Engine ecosystem or the 3D graphics community.According to Unreal Engine, the technology is a suite of development tools for anyone working with real-time technology. From design visualizations and cinematic experiences to high-quality games across PC, console, mobile, virtual reality, and augmented reality, Unreal Engine gives you everything you need to start, ship, grow, and stand out from the crowd.ABOUT ATS:As a leading provider of training and operational support technologies for national defense and emergency management, ATS conducts more than 100 state and federal interactive and immersive crisis response and consequence management training exercises annually. Staffed by former emergency management and military leaders, ATS delivers cutting edge technology and innovative solutions to save lives by building resilient organizations. ATS is a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business offering technology and services to increase effectiveness in planning, training and operations. Learn more at https://appliedtrg.com​​

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Federal Aviation Administration Certifies ATS Commercial Drone Pilot

Posted on: June 8th 2020

​SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Armed with over 10 years of expertise in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), ATS employee Robert Bunnell was certified as a Commercial FAA Drone Pilot, May 27.  The certification is achieved through the successful completion of the Unmanned Aircraft Knowledge Exam, which tests a candidate’s understanding of UAS devices, operating requirements, safety procedures, and FAA regulations.  UAS technology is a helpful tool for disaster response, crisis management, and public safety since they  provide rapid situational awareness to emergency responders.   “Unmanned aircraft are used to identify hot spots in wildfires, collect information vital to search and rescue operations, and assess damage to infrastructure after a disaster,” said Mike Dolata, ATS program manager. “Recognizing the capabilities and limitations of these technologies and aerial data enhances ATS’s support to the emergency response community.”  Bunnell, who also received the FAA Airman Certificate, is a modeling and simulations engineer with ATS working in San Antonio, Texas. “Robert Bunnell is an extremely talented modeling and simulations engineer who achieved this FAA certification through a self-directed education program. We’re proud of Robert for achieving his personal and professional goals, as well as enhancing the ATS portfolio,” said Dolata. ABOUT ATS:  As a leading provider of training and operational support technologies for national defense and emergency management, ATS conducts more than 100 state and federal interactive and immersive crisis response and consequence management training exercises annually. Staffed by former emergency management and military leaders, ATS delivers cutting-edge technology and innovative solutions to save lives by building resilient organizations. ATS is a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business offering technology and services to increase effectiveness in planning, training and operations. Learn more at https://www.appliedtrg.com. 

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Department of Homeland Security Certifies ATS Employees

Posted on: June 3rd 2020

​HAMPTON, Va. – Several ATS employees graduated from the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Course conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute, May 18-21.  The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Course provides a comprehensive overview of emergency exercise design along with practical skill development in accordance with current HSEEP doctrine. It offers current HSEEP methodology and terminology for designing, developing, conducting and evaluating exercises to measure progress toward building, sustaining and delivering core capabilities in support of mission assurance. The six graduates are Robert Bunnell, Gerald Hoesly, Michael Houston, Kevin Lowe, Joe Roberts and Rob Waarvik. The ATS graduates provide exercise design, control, modeling and simulation expertise to the U.S. Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM). The HSEEP graduates strengthen ATS and IMCOM’s collective ability to provide tailored, rigorous, full-scale exercises, while shaping exercise planning, assessing, and validating of capabilities.  “This certification helps ATS support IMCOM and the dozens of military installation planning teams ATS augments,” said Mike Dolata, Program Manager, ATS-IMCOM team lead. “ATS congratulates and thanks all of the graduates for their accomplishment, especially since they completed this important course during such a challenging time in America’s history.”   ABOUT ATS:  As a leading provider of training and operational support technologies for national defense and emergency management, ATS conducts more than 100 state and federal interactive and immersive crisis response and consequence management training exercises annually. Staffed by former emergency management and military leaders, ATS delivers cutting-edge technology and innovative solutions to save lives by building resilient organizations. ATS is a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business offering technology and services to increase effectiveness in planning, training and operations. Learn more at https://appliedtrg.com.

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ATS Employee Returning from Reserve Activation for Pandemic Operations

Posted on: May 27th 2020

​HAMPTON, Va. – ATS modeling and simulations engineer, Keva Nalls, is returning from her activation with the U.S. Army’s 4th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC), 300th Sustainment Brigade in support of the national effort to fight COVID-19.A captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, Nalls served as the brigade support operations officer. She was activated on April 17.“During this mobilization, I was determined to use my knowledge to help wherever needed,” said Nalls. “It has always been a pleasure to serve our nation using my military skills and experience at ATS.”Nalls’ support to the brigade resulted in her selection as the 4th ESC team chief for future pandemic missions, where she will direct Army logistical support to pandemic hotspots around the country.Nalls began working with ATS in February 2019, providing modeling and simulation support to U.S. Army North in San Antonio, Texas. “As I’ve been proud to serve the U.S. Army throughout my career, I’m extremely proud to serve our country during this challenging and important time in our nation’s history,” said Nalls. “I believe my experience during this activation will assist with future response efforts as I bring back lessons learned and best practices to U.S. Army North.”ABOUT ATS: As a leading provider of training and operational support technologies for national defense and emergency management, ATS conducts more than 100 State and Federal interactive and immersive crisis response and consequence management training exercises annually. Staffed by former emergency management and military leaders, ATS delivers cutting edge technology and innovative solutions to save lives by building resilient organizations. ATS is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business offering technology and services to increase effectiveness in planning, training, and operations. Learn more at https://www.appliedtrg.com

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Delaware Agencies Exercise Civil Disorder with ATS

Posted on: May 27th 2020

​NEW CASTLE, Del. – Delaware state agencies and the National Guard trained on their response to civil disorder Mar. 12, in an exercise planned and led by ATS. Delaware’s Joint Forces Headquarters, Army National Guard, Emergency Management Agency, and State Police along with the Dover Police Department exercised standard operating procedures, response operations and multi-agency communications during the simulated civil disorder event.Using Compass and Fusion, two emergency response training tools in the ATSsim Suite, the participants learned joint operations center processes and procedures, emergency response operations and mission support operations. Compass is an exercise and scenario management tool with events and injects correlated to training objectives. Fusion is an enhanced web-based table-top exercise tool and staff trainer. It provides a training environment to increase effectiveness and cohesion of response operations for individuals and teams. The ATS tools provide exercise control, evaluation, after action review support, and exercise management. They also enable testing and validation of response plans and operational procedures. A crucial aspect of the training was the multi-agency interaction and engagement. Many of the participants were training in emergency response operations for the first time, but the ability for so many agencies to train on this important aspect of public safety together was a key success of the exercise. ABOUT ATS: As a leading provider of training and operational support technologies for national defense and emergency management, ATS conducts more than 100 State and Federal interactive and immersive crisis response and consequence management training exercises annually. Staffed by former emergency management and military leaders, ATS delivers cutting-edge technology and innovative solutions to save lives by building resilient organizations. ATS is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business offering technology and services to increase effectiveness in planning, training, and operations. Learn more at https://www.appliedtrg.com

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ATS Employee Called to Support Ohio National Guard Pandemic Operations

Posted on: April 20th 2020

​HAMPTON, Va. – ATS expert and retired U.S. Army Col. Jeff Suver was hand-selected to provide strategic and operational-level support for the Ohio National Guard and Ohio State Emergency Management Agency during the COVID-19 pandemic.Suver’s longstanding experience with emergency response planning, Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) processes, and military operations made him a desired candidate to support the COVID-19 response for the state of Ohio.Suver joined ATS in 2019 and has served as a Homeland Security emergency response planner. In this position, Suver offers strategic planning and support to military and municipal organizations across the United States.Suver retired from the Ohio National Guard as an Active Guard Reservist after a 25-year career. His last assignment with the Ohio National Guard was as director of joint operations. During his career he also served as the deputy director of joint operations and the commander of the 52nd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team.Suver is expected to now serve with the Ohio National Guard for 30-90 days depending on the length of the pandemic and the need for his expertise.“When I return to ATS, I look forward to bringing customers best practices, lessons learned and insights of the strategic, operational, and tactical actions of military and civilian operators responding to this pandemic,” said Suver.ABOUT ATS:As a leading provider of training and operational support technologies for national defense and emergency management, ATS conducts more than 100 State and Federal interactive and immersive crisis response and consequence management training exercises annually. Staffed by former emergency management and military leaders, ATS delivers cutting-edge technology and innovative solutions to save lives by building resilient organizations. ATS is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business offering technology and services to increase effectiveness in planning, training, and operations. Learn more at https://appliedtrg.com.​​​

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Web-Based Pandemic Response Training Prepares Organizations for the Future

Posted on: April 2nd 2020

HAMPTON, Va. – Web-based pandemic response training is available now through a collaborative platform to help organizations plan, prepare, and mitigate the impacts of a pandemic.“Businesses and government agencies are working now to determine how to continue operations while keeping employees healthy during this pandemic,” said Jason Bewley, ATS president. “This training platform offers an opportunity to examine impacts, decisions and operating procedures and determine the best ways to respond to future waves of the virus.”The training is offered through ATSsim Suite - an online virtual collaborative environment where organizations and staff can develop and validate plans, conduct training and exercise events, gather and review facts, and develop lessons learned.“The world is changing all around us and things won’t ever be the same. Even in the midst of crisis, it’s important to think about the future,” said Bewley. “Sadly, this virus is expected to return over the next year and it’s important for organizations to learn how to respond effectively.”ATS’ Pandemic Response Planning and Training can be accessed by employees in distributed environments simultaneously.  Anyone with a computer and internet access can participate in the training, from anywhere.The Pandemic Response Planning and Training through ATSsim Suite meets DoD and DHS requirements and offers crisis planning and response training in simulated environments with progressive options, controls, and complexity.“The training platform that has helped the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security for a decade, should be used to help save lives and prepare us for the next disaster” said Bewley.To obtain the training visit:  Pandemic Response TrainingABOUT ATS:As a leading provider of training and operational support technologies for national defense and emergency management, ATS conducts more than 100 State and Federal interactive and immersive crisis response and consequence management training exercises annually. Staffed by former emergency management and military leaders, ATS delivers cutting edge technology and innovative solutions to save lives by building resilient organizations. ATS is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business offering technology and services to increase effectiveness in planning, training, and operations. Learn more at https://appliedtrg.com.​​

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Joint Forces Headquarters – Nevada Supports Fijian Military Training With ATS Support

Posted on: March 24th 2020

​CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A massive power outage occurred across the southwest US. By mid-morning, these cyberattacks penetrated the defenses of key electric power transmission components in the southwest which resulted a wide-area, power outage affecting southern California, southern Nevada, portions of Arizona and several FEMA Region IX States.This blackout scenario was the basis for an exercise with Joint Forces Headquarters-Nevada and Fijian military members, Feb. 25. The focus of the exercise was supporting the training of Fijian military members to conduct Civil Support Operations (CSO), Joint Operations Center (JOC) functions and learning the Military Decision-Making Process (MDMP)/Rapid Decision-Making Synchronization Process (RDSP).The Binary Power Outage exercise consisted of multiple massive power outages taking out the power across much of Southern Nevada and Las Vegas. The power outage was caused by a coordinated cyber-attack. For this exercise, ATS’ staff training tool “Fusion” supported training of the Nevada National Guard (NVNG) JOC and the Fijian military under the State Partnership Program (SPP).Fusion is a web-based collaborative training environment in which staffs can exercise their processes, test their SOPs, and/or validate plans.  The tool enables tailored scenarios that aligns injects to training objectives and critical tasks, automated delivery of injects, dynamic changes in order to control exercise complexity, and the collection of observations for After Action Reviews.In addition to facilitating interagency communication and coordination, training participants executed tasks including:Speed of execution and rapid integration of forces to augment state and local efforts.Professional and positive public communication.Sustained ability to execute missions in a State Active Duty or Title 32 status.Response to state emergencies without serious injury, loss of life, or significant equipment damage.The exercise allowed the JFHQ-NV to identify potential NVNG missions to assist the state during a blackout. In addition, the exercise provided an opportunity to establish a collaborative learning environment between the NVNG and their SPP partners from Fuji.ABOUT ATS:As a leading provider of training and operational support technologies for national defense and emergency management, ATS conducts more than 100 State and Federal interactive and immersive crisis response and consequence management training exercises annually.  Staffed by former emergency management and military leaders, ATS delivers cutting edge technology and innovative solutions to save lives by building resilient organizations. ATS is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business offering technology and services to increase effectiveness in planning, training, and operations.​

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Joint Forces Headquarters North Dakota Exercises Flood Recovery with ATS Tool

Posted on: March 24th 2020

​Bismark, N.D.-- North Dakota is no stranger to flooding caused by snowmelt. On average each year, the state gets approximately 80 inches of snowfall and 1-2 inches of rainfall a day during spring months.The North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) recently conducted an exercise to remain prepared to mobilize for State Active Duty (SAD) when requested and authorized to aid and support civil authorities across the full spectrum of emergency events.During a flood, NDNG will provide essential support to protect life and property and preserve peace, order and public safety. Their support will allow local and state authorities to regain the capabilities required to manage the effects of the emergency and provide long term recovery.During the exercise, NDNG members used ATS’ staff training tool “Fusion” to provide timely effective civil support; accomplish unity of effort with interagency partners; and minimize suffering, loss of life and significant property damage. Fusion is a web-based collaborative training environment in which staffs can exercise their processes, test their SOPs, and/or validate plans.  The tool enables tailored scenarios that aligns injects to training objectives and critical tasks, automated delivery of injects, dynamic changes in order to control exercise complexity, and the collection of observations for After Action Reviews.NDNG members learned effective civil support training including:Providing forces and resources to support civil authorities in accordance with authorized requests.Maintaining Freedom of Movement (FOM), collaborative information sharing, and support across the flood impact area for all NG forces.Establishing and maintaining a Common Operating Picture (COP) at the local, state, and federal level.Shaping a positive public perception of NG efforts.The Fusion-empowered exercise allowed the JFHQ-ND to identify planning shortfalls and review their standard operating procedures as related to flood response. As a result, JFHQ-ND is increasing their planning efforts and improving their state of readiness.ABOUT ATS: As a leading provider of training and operational support technologies for national defense and emergency management, ATS conducts more than 100 State and Federal interactive and immersive crisis response and consequence management training exercises annually.  Staffed by former emergency management and military leaders, ATS delivers cutting edge technology and innovative solutions to save lives by building resilient organizations. ATS is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business offering technology and services to increase effectiveness in planning, training, and operations.​​​

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National Emergency Management Association and ATS to Train the National Guard's AITEC Exercise Support on EMAC

Posted on: March 19th 2020

​Hampton, Virginia, Feb 25, 2020 – Applied Training Solutions LLC (ATS) has partnered with the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) to provide the technical and operational force behind NEMA's ongoing efforts to expand Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) familiarization, operational proficiency, and audit phase awareness under the existing National Guard exercise program. ATS currently supports the National Guard's (NG) Homeland Response Force, Vigilant Guard, and Special Focus Exercise programs through its real-time, web-based modeling and simulation tool suite, ATSsim. To accomplish NEMA's goal of increased EMAC exposure and proficiency within all phases of applicable NG exercises, ATS will deploy: ATSsim, software developers, modeling and simulation engineers, and its organic staff of domestic operations consultants and subject matter experts. In coordination with NEMA's EMAC Instructor, Kim Ketterhagen, ATS and NEMA began phase 1 of this multi-faceted mutual support endeavor. On behalf of Mr. Ketterhagen, ATS facilitated the execution of the NEMA 2-day EMAC course held at the Saint Albans NG Armory, Saint Albans, WV, Feb. 4-5, 2020. Attendees of the course included; Army Interagency Training and Education Center (AITEC) assigned National Guard personnel, and commercial contracting staff. Executing an EMAC course with both uniform and ATS contractor support created a synchronous training environment. This venue and delivery accomplished NG EMAC process understanding and familiarization, and it promoted AITEC team cohesion across the exercise evaluation support element of NGB - AITEC. Participants left the event capable of understanding and providing: more adept and developed EMAC exercise injects; EMAC oversight and mentorship to NG units participating in future exercises; and a basis for EMAC train-the-trainer capabilities, which can now be disseminated across those NG units and exercises AITEC and ATS supports in the coming years. "We are committed to both NEMA and NGB success, which inherently translates into a stronger and more efficient recovery from disaster by those affected and those supporting crisis response," stated Jason Bewley, president of ATS. "With decades of expertise in Domestic Operations and Emergency Response, ATS delivers unsurpassed modeling and simulation training capabilities to all supported NG exercises. We look forward to building upon the momentum with NEMA and the NG gained during this training event as we support additional military services in the future." ATS and NEMA will collaborate beyond this singular event, as they facilitate and visualize EMAC course material, policy, and processes into fully-developed and multi-dimensional exercise injects that force more participant effort and informed decision making by the States, the units, and the leadership. EMAC is proven to be a concept and process in which the NG can increase its understanding and procedural execution. Under the EMAC framework, NEMA is joining ATS and exercise developers to ensure future injects, content, and delivery are consistent with NEMA policy and process. ATS will also synchronize these efforts with applicable NG directives and customer requirements into a blended operational inject and delivery system, ATSsim, which is the most developed EMAC inject experience available on the market.

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Long-Standing Joint Task Force Exercise to Maintain Readiness

Posted on: February 19th 2020

​Members of Joint Task Force Empire Shield (JTF-ES) at Ft. Hamilton, NY recently conducted an exercise empowered by Fusion, Applied Training Solutions’ cutting-edge web-based staff training tool. An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) set the stage for this exercise scenario which helped train the Joint Task Force-ES C2.The JTF-ES is a full time Task Force of the NY National Guard (NYNG) with 800 Members of State Active Duty since the 911 attacks in New York City. The goal of this exercise was to prepare the NYNG’s Joint Task Force-Empire Shield (JTF-ES) to respond to a State or regional Improvised Explosive Device (IED). A complex event of this nature would involve NYPD, FDNY, Amtrak Police, Port Authority Police, FBI and Con ED (Utilities), as well as all security, search and rescue of injured and deceased individuals at the explosion site. During an event of this magnitude Empire Shield would have a requirement to assist law enforcement and first responders as well as provide liaison officers (LNOs) to several key Emergency Operations Centers across the five boroughs. If the event is large enough the Joint Task Force (JTF) would transition and expand from their daily missions to be able to support additional incoming service members.The primary tasks that the JTF accomplished during the exercise were to develop staff battle drills and operational efficiency, develop orders and a Common Operational Picture off limited initial information, maintain situational awareness, and deploy LNOs.This Fusion event provided an opportunity for NYNG JTF-ES to train on civil support operations in their urban environment. The staff was able to review plans and Standard Operating Procedures, identifying areas where updates were required, and thereby increasing their readiness.“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."For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit www.appliedtrg.com

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Region VI Texas Homeland Response Force Evaluation Week

Posted on: December 17th 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) has successfully facilitated a training exercise for the members of Region VI Texas Homeland Defense Response Force (HRF) External Evaluation (EXEVAL). Specifically, the training audiences included the Texas HRF, Texas Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Task Force, and the Louisiana CBRN Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP). ATS provided the training audiences with Verity, a web based distributive entity-based simulation tool to support the exercise. In addition to providing the technology ATS also coordinated, established, and ran the Simulation Cell (SIMCELL). Created and managed the Master Scenario Events List (MSEL). Designed the Verity scenario to meet the Exercise Planners design and intent. Trained role players on use of Verity and other created products and manage all simulated unit actions throughout the course of a three-day Collective Training Exercise and two-day EXEVAL. This scenario, which was centered around the simulation of an Improvised Nuclear Device-10Kt Nuclear Detonation in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, allowed the members of Region VI to be more well equipped to handle this type of disaster. “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.  For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit appliedtrg.com”

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Exercise Validates 94th TC Battalion's Transition to JTF-WY

Posted on: December 17th 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) is proud to announce the success of another exercise. This exercise was conducted in Laramie, Wyoming for the Joint Task Force in Wyoming (JTF-WY). Wyoming’s semi-arid climate and rural character make the state vulnerable to catastrophic wildland fires, which comprise more than 50 percent of all fires in Wyoming. These conditions have resulted in WY developing a State mitigation Forest Action Plan identifying fires in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) as a threat that is significant and expanding. According to the Wyoming State Forestry Division, the majority of wildfires in the state are started naturally by lightning. This makes Wyoming dissimilar to more heavily populated states, as those states with higher populations find their wildfires are more likely to be human-caused. The exercise focused on the WY JTF supporting the needs of the state as outlined in the mitigation plan. The scenario was a fire, sparked by a series of lighting strikes, has now been burning for nearly a week. It continues to expand and has taken control of the east side of Medicine Bow Mountain. The dry weather conditions and the spruce beetle that has rapidly killed many trees have contributed to the fire’s abilities to grow. This exercise scenario allowed the JTF-WY to: develop and maintain a user-defined operating picture (UDOP), respond to state of FEMA’s request for support, stress development of staff battle drills and operational efficiency, develop orders and COP off of limited initial information, maintain situational awareness, maintain appropriate hardware/software to facilitate staff communications and situational awareness. This exercise supported the commander’s intent to test and challenge the 94th TC Battalion JTF-WY staff in order to continue improving as they transition to validation as the JTF for Wyoming. Because of this exercise, the 94th TC Battalion was able to validate its mission and staff functions that enable it to protect life and property and preserve peace, order and public safety in order to allow local and state authorities to regain the capabilities required to manage the effects of the emergency and provide long term recovery. “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.  For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit appliedtrg.com”

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JFHQ-ND Prepares for Cascading Effects of Massive Winter Storm

Posted on: December 17th 2019

​During disasters in North Dakota, the North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) responds to protect life and property and preserve peace, order and public safety in order to allow local and state authorities to regain the capabilities required to manage the effects of the emergency and provide long term recovery. The complexities of these missions demand that they NDNG practice their response to disasters, like they recently did during an exercise for the Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ) in Bismarck, North Dakota that was empowered by Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS). The scenario for this exercise was a massive winter storm forecasted to impact the entire state with blizzard conditions and heavy snowfall leading to significant power outages and trafficability challenges. Beyond the concerns for the citizens of ND, the NDNG must be prepared to support the state in its efforts to preserve livestock. The loss of livestock is serious, and the mission of mitigating the loss of livestock is complex, ranging between barns which became completely sealed in by huge snowdrifts leading to the suffocation of animals, to collapsed structures resulting in many dead and injured animals. This exercise directly supported the North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) commander’s intent is for the NDNG to remain prepared to mobilize for State Active Duty (SAD) when requested to aid and support civil authorities across the full spectrum of emergency events from initiation to completion. Thanks to the industry-leading technology and services provided by ATS, the NDNG accomplished all their exercise objectives and are better prepared to handle the event of a severe weather event. “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.  For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit appliedtrg.com”

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ATS Facilitates the Region II Collective Training Event

Posted on: December 17th 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) has led a successful exercise for members of the NY Homeland Response Force (HRF) and the NY Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) task force. The purpose of this exercise was to train members of the Region II NY HRF staff. ATS coordinated, established and ran the Simulation Cell (SIMCELL). Created and managed the Master Scenario Events List (MSEL). Designed the scenario, utilizing Verity, a web-based constructive simulation software, to meet the Exercise Planners design and intent. Trained role players on the use of Verity and managed all simulation unit actions throughout the two-day exercise. This training was centered around a simulated Improvised Nuclear Device – 10Kt Nuclear Detonation in Albany, New York. Thanks to ATS’ industry-leading technology and services, the participants of this training are much better equipped to handle the threat of an Improvised Nuclear Device. “As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver to innovative, experience-based disaster-preparedness exercise solutions for local, state and federal agencies to protect communities. For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit appliedtrg.com”

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JFHQ-NJ Prepares for Complexity of Massive Winter Storms

Posted on: December 17th 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) is proud to announce another successful exercise, this one for the Joint Force Headquarters New Jersey (JFHQ-NJ) Joint Staff members. This exercise was centered around a massive winter storm forecasted to impact the entire state with flooding and heavy snowfall leading to significant power outages and trafficability challenges. During this type of event, the NJ National Guard (NJNG) expects to receive missions for search and rescue of stranded motorists, POD resupply, sheltering operations, wellness checks, points of distribution, and imagery requests. Based upon the anticipated scope and duration of the mission, the NJNG expects to seek assistance from out of state forces through Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) agreements, and potentially activate a Dual Status Commander to provide command and control of any federal forces responding to FEMA mission assignments. Effective and efficient Joint Reception Staging Onward Movement and Integration (JRSOI) operations would be critical to ensuring that other State and Federal military forces responding to the disaster get to their designated incident sites as quickly as possible to begin saving lives, reducing suffering and mitigating property damage. This exercise provided JFHQ-NJ with an opportunity to work with their Major Subordinate Commands (MSC) to review mission assignments and reporting requirements. The exercise provided an opportunity to establish a common operational picture between the MSCs and JFHQ-NJ Joint Operations Center (JOC), as well as test plans for use of MSC Liaison Officers (LNO). The event also provided the staff with a scenario to validate their all-hazards plan winter weather appendix and JRSOI plans, increasing the readiness of the NJNG. “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.  For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit appliedtrg.com”

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JFHQ-IL Prepares for Threat of Election Day Cyber Attack

Posted on: December 17th 2019

​The sanctity of elections is foundational to our democracy, and cyber-attacks present a significant threat to fair and free elections. Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) recently empowered the Joint Staff at the Joint Force Headquarters in Illinois (JFHQ-IL) to prepare for this threat by exercising their response to an election day Cyber event. In Illinois voting is conducted by 108 election authorities, the county clerks or election panels in the state’s 102 counties as well as six special election commissions in Chicago, Bloomington, Danville, East St. Louis, Galesburg, and Rockford. It is the individual election authorities, not the state board, that run the polls and tally the ballots. On election days, polling places are staffed by five judges representing both major parties in each of the approximately 10,000 voting precincts in Illinois. Poll watchers also are eligible to be present. After the polls close, election judges process the ballots in the presence of all the judges and any authorized poll watchers. Results from each precinct are totaled by each election jurisdiction without the use of the internet. Moreover, there is a paper trail for each ballot cast regardless of the type of balloting system used. After elections, the systems go through a random audit process. Despite expressing confidence in the actual voting process, state election officials acknowledge that the bulk of the voting machinery in Illinois is at least 15 years old. It would cost $175 million to replace the machines with more modern, secure devices that are easier to audit. Officials are moving ahead with acquiring new voting machines and want to have them back in place before the March primary at a cost of about $60 million. There is a cyber-attack concern expressed by the election authorities and NG assistance is anticipated to be requested at polling locations. This exercise provided an opportunity for JFHQ-IL to review what the impact of a cyber event would have, with relation to election day and the concerns of the citizens of IL. The exercise provided an opportunity to draft plans and validate assumptions for planning purposes. This exercise allowed the JFHQ-IL to practice: deploying ILNG units to obtain incident awareness and assessment, deploying liaison element into the operational area, deploying capabilities and conducting operations, and demobilizing ILNG forces once state, local, and county agencies are capable of meeting all disaster response and short-term recovery requirements and the ILNG are no longer required. “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.  For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visitappliedtrg.com”

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JFHQ-CO Continues its Preparation for Winter Storms

Posted on: December 17th 2019

​For the second time in two months, the Joint Staff at the Joint Force Headquarters in Colorado (JFHQ-CO). completed a successful exercise enabled by Applied Training Solutions, LLC (ATS). This exercise built on the previous winter weather scenario and provided an opportunity for JFHQ-CO to validate their standard operating procedures and winter weather plans to include Joint Reception, Staging, Onward Movement, and Integration (JRSOI) operations. This exercise also identified gaps in their JRSOI plan and created an increased awareness to review and validate the plan. The facilitated scenario, empowered by Fusion, ATS’s staff training tool, ensured that Joint Task Force – Centennial (JTF-C) was able to incorporate lessons learned and make procedural adjustments to their winter storm plans. Through this complex domestic response CPX that stressed the staff to react to a primary disaster and plan for the cascading or secondary effects, JTF-C was able to increase their readiness and resiliency. “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. For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit appliedtrg.com”

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JFHQ-IN Increases Resiliency for Multiple IED Scenario

Posted on: December 17th 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) is proud to announce another successful exercise, this one for the members at the Joint Force Headquarters Indiana (JFHQ-IN). This exercise was centered around the scenario of multiple IED explosions, which allowed the personnel at the JFHQ-IN to: practice establishing and maintaining a Joint Operations Center, conducting Interagency Communication and Coordination, conducting Joint Force Staff Operations, ensuring Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence, and supporting Provost Marshall and Antiterrorism Program Coordination following attacks. This tabletop style exercise provided an opportunity for JFHQ-IN Joint Staff to review their plans and standard operating procedures. The exercise identified gaps in their COOP plan while increasing awareness to review and validate the COOP plan. Based on lessons learned from this exercise JFHQ-IN is able to increase real-world readiness and resiliency of the JFHQ-IN Joint Staff. “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.  For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit appliedtrg.com”

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Region IV Collective Training Event

Posted on: November 14th 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) has successfully led an exercise for the members at Camp Blanding in Florida. Camp Blanding is a Joint Training Center and the location of the Natural Guard’s premier training site in North Florida. The 73,000-acre post provides resources to enhance joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational training in support of our nation, state, and communities. This scenario surrounded a simulated Improvised Nuclear Device-10Kt Nuclear Detonation in Columbia, South Carolina. This scenario helped the members of the Region IV Homeland Response Force (HRF) CTE, which included Georgia (GA) HRF, GA Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN), 44th Civil Support Team (CST) of Florida, 48th CST of Florida, Alabama CERFP, and Florida CERFP, be more equipped to handle this disaster scenario. The tool that ATS provided to facilitate this exercise was Verity, a new tool created by ATS, which helped meet the demand for a distributive entity-based simulation. ATS coordinated, established and ran the Simulation Cell (SIMCELL). Created the and managed Master Scenario Events List (MSEL).  Designed the Verity scenario to meet the Exercise Planners design and intent.  Trained role players on the use of simulation and other created products and managed all simulated unit actions throughout this two-day exercise. Overall, Verity met expectations with no crashes and minimal slowdowns, which allowed the training audiences to effectively prepare for this emergency scenario. “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.  For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit https://www.appliedtrg.com/”

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Colorado National Guard Exercises to Prepare for a Massive Winter Storm

Posted on: November 12th 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) is proud to announce another successful exercise, this one for Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ) in Centennial, Colorado. This scenario was centered around a winter storm scenario and allowed the Colorado National Guard at the JFHQ to exercise; Command and control Joint Force Headquarters, Maintaining Force Readiness, Synchronizing Military Efforts with the Interagency, and Deployment of Forces. While the Colorado National Guard was the primary training audience, the exercise was supported by: The US Department of Agriculture, Colorado Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs, Colorado Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Colorado Dept of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Dept of Transportation, Boulder County Incident Management Team, Douglas County Officer of Emergency Management, City of Denver Office of Emergency Management and Denver International Airport Emergency Management. Thanks to the industry-leading technology and services provided by ATS, the Colorado National Guard was able to successfully achieve all the primary tasks and be better prepared for a Winter Storm disaster. “As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver innovative, experience-based disaster-preparedness exercise solutions for local, state and federal agencies to protect communities. For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit www.appliedtrg.com”

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Active Shooter and Mass Causality Exercise at Fort Jackson, SC

Posted on: November 12th 2019

Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) successfully designed and supported a critical training event for the Fort Jackson military community in South Carolina. ATS facilitated the Full Scale Exercise as part of the Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Military Installation Exercise Program. The exercise involved Fort Jackson employing an active shooter scenario to activate response, recovery, and protection actions. ATS initiated actor-led suspicious activities on the installation, which escalated into a simulated terrorist incident (small-arms fire and improvised explosive detonation), resulting in notional mass casualties. ATS augmented the complete sequence of exercise planning, design, and scenario development to align with approved training objectives, which included: Demonstrate the ability to notify the protected populace in a timely and efficient manner; display the ability to analyze, share, and disseminate intelligence; demonstrate active shooter response capabilities; demonstrate appropriate procedures to establish a casualty collection point, conduct triage, transport casualties, and conduct mass care; display the ability to establish, operate, and update a common operating picture; demonstrate incident command communications interoperability; display the proper utilization of Incident Command System; demonstrate PAO coordination with the Incident Command Post; and demonstrate the ability to establish and operate a Joint Information Center. The ATS team utilized Verity to replicate and archive live play throughout the exercise while providing a dynamic incident map to the exercise control cell. ATS also leveraged Compass, formerly MSEL Tool, to execute and manage 83 MSEL injects, which continuously set and reinforced scenario conditions for the exercise participants. Additionally, ATS provided the IMCOM external evaluation team with MSEL inject observations and insights based upon interaction with FSE participants. COL Hankins, Garrison Commander, expressed his appreciation for the ATS team’s ability to deliver a challenging and insightful training event for Fort Jackson. “As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver innovative, experience-based disaster-preparedness exercise solutions for local, state and federal agencies to protect communities. For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit www.appliedtrg.com”​

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Emergency Management Capabilities Tested at USAG Aberdeen Proving Ground

Posted on: November 12th 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) proudly announces the success of another exercise, this time for the members at U.S. Army Garrison Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) in Maryland. The one-day Full Scale Exercise (FSE) tested APG’s ability to effectively implement response and recovery operations in multiple locations during a tornadic weather event, utilizing organic and local assets. The exercise also tested APG’s ability to activate Emergency Operations Centers (EOC), implement shelter in-place operations, respond to mass casualty events, implement fatality management operations, perform search and rescue operations, and respond to an environmentally hazardous material (HAZMAT) incident. The scenario was centered around continuous weather reports for 48 hours prior to the start of the exercise that indicated inclement weather would be in the immediate area of APG. The day then began with the issuance of a severe thunderstorm warning with tornado activity being possible. Half an hour after the severe thunderstorm warning was issued, a tornado warning was issued for the APG area along with several accounts of tornado sightings, indicating a possibly dangerous location on the APG North installation in the vicinity of the Soldier Support Center and Recreation Center. Simultaneously, reports were coming in from APG South (Edgewood) describing heavy winds and microburst type activity in the vicinity of an Army Public Health Command (APHC) building. APG North and Edgewood activated their EOC’s and began response operations with both entities implementing shelter in-place operations. Edgewood began accountability and evacuation operations with APG North conducting damage assessments, mass casualty operations, fatality management, and search and rescue operations with organic and local assets. Concurrently, APG North also dealt with a HAZMAT incident resulting from the spillage of fuel from a punctured fuel tank as a result of the tornado. This exercise tested many aspects of the installation’s response, recovery, and protection actions. ATS utilized industry-leading technology to support the installation-level exercise. Verity is a web-based constructive support simulation platform that facilitated exercise execution, and Compass, previously known as MSEL Tool, helped support implementation of MSEL injects in support of approved training objectives. “As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver innovative, experience-based disaster-preparedness exercise solutions for local, state and federal agencies to protect communities. For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit www.appliedtrg.com”​

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ATS Facilitates USAG Rheinland-Pfalz Full-Scale Exercise

Posted on: November 12th 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) successfully led a Full Scale Exercise at U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Rheinland-Pfalz, located in Kaiserslautern, Germany. USAG Rheinland-Pfalz is the Army’s premier strategic readiness platform overseas in delivering unmatched mobilization and installation support services to enable readiness for a globally-responsive Army. The two-day exercise encompassed a severe weather scenario, which involved multiple incident sites concentrating on the Kleber Gym collapse, Daenner Kaserne fence line damage, Baumholder wind damage, a MASCAL event, and a suspicious package occurrence. These incidents required integration of MOU/MOA partners along with higher headquarters and civilian response entities. The training objectives that USAG Rheinland-Pfalz accomplished included: Validate the emergency management plan; deter, detect, interdict, and protect against domestic terrorist activities; demonstrate the ability to provide life-sustaining and human services; demonstrate the ability to deliver coordinated, prompt, reliable, and actionable information; demonstrate the ability to integrate other MOU/MOA partner command structures; and conduct a recovery planning process. ATS provided industry-leading technology and services to support numerous installation and local stakeholders. ATS utilized Verity to replicate and archive “live” play throughout the exercise, and executed 78 MSEL injects in support of exercise objectives utilizing Compass, previously known as MSEL Tool, to initiate and synchronize efforts across installation directorates. Of the 78 injects, many applied to a varied number of response operations in support of multiple training objectives. “As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver innovative, experience-based disaster-preparedness exercise solutions for local, state and federal agencies to protect communities. For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit www.appliedtrg.com”​

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Full-Scale Exercise Replicates Weather-Related Disasters

Posted on: November 12th 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) facilitated a successful exercise at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield (HAAF), GA.  The two-day exercise tested the ability to effectively implement response and recovery operations in multiple locations during a tornadic weather event utilizing organic and local assets and agencies.  The exercise also tested the ability to activate two Emergency Operations Centers (EOC), respond to mass casualty events in two separate locations, implement fatality operations, perform search and rescue operations, establish an Emergency Family Assistance Center (EFAC), respond to an environmental HAZMAT incident, respond to an insider threat, and implement the Winn Army Community Hospital’s Continuity of Operations plan. The complex scenario involved weather reports that indicated inclement weather would be in the immediate area, which set the stage for the exercise.  The first day began with a C-130 aircraft from Pope Air Force Base filled with soldiers from Fort Bragg performing a “touch and go” operation on HAAF.  While taking off, the aircraft was hit by a microburst that slammed it into the ground and severely damaged it, injuring numerous personnel on board.  HAAF activated its EOC and began response and recovery operations, conducting mass casualty, fatality management, and aircraft recovery operations with organic and local assets as well as dealing with a HAZMAT incident resulting from the spillage of fuel from the aircraft.  Shortly after the microburst occurred, the weather in the Fort Stewart area spawned a tornado just south of the Winn Army Community Hospital, damaging its emergency room and forcing a relocation of medical assets and personnel to a field hospital.  The tornado also demolished some buildings in the area requiring search and rescue operations, plus the twister damaged other buildings and injured personnel in the area with flying debris.  The Fort Stewart EOC was also activated and began response, search and rescue, mass casualty, and fatality management operations.  An EFAC call center was established and commenced with telephonic support for the populace.  The day ended with social media postings indicating that a possible insider threat existed. The second day of the exercise continued with patient tracking, accountability, HAZMAT clean-up operations, and Public Affairs closely monitoring social media in response to the possible insider threat. Continued postings revealed that an attack was imminent and with assistance from the Network Enterprise Center, investigators isolated and pinpointed the location of the perpetrators, and neutralized the threat.  Simultaneously, the EFAC maintained operations assisting family members and soldiers affected by the aircraft mishap and tornado.  The multiple event, multiple location exercise tested both Fort Stewart and HAAF EOCs, challenged their combined communications, and stressed their organic assets to the limit of their capabilities. As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver innovative, experience-based disaster-preparedness exercise solutions for local, state, and federal agencies to protect communities. For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit www.appliedtrg.com

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Simulated Severe Cold-Weather Challenges

Posted on: November 12th 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) has led another successful exercise for the Installation Management Command (IMCOM) at Fort Drum, NY. ATS provided design, planning, control, white cell operations, and evaluation expertise, combined with advanced modeling and simulation tools, all critical segments of the Military Installation Exercise Program. The Fort Drum Full Scale Exercise (FSE) incorporated a simulated ice storm, power outages, and a mass-casualty incident to exercise response, recovery, and protection actions. ATS supported the six-month sequence of exercise design and scenario development collectively with installation directorates and tenant partners to align with the Garrison Commander’s training objectives. This exercise allowed for the members at Fort Drum to meet six primary training objectives. These objectives included: Evaluate the delivery of prompt, reliable, and actionable information to the community; Evaluate the ability to integrate all critical stakeholders; Demonstrate delivery of essential items, equipment, and services in support of impacted communities and survivors; Provide life-sustaining and human services to the affected population; Evaluate the capability to effectively direct and control activities in response to an emergency or disaster; and Perform lifesaving medical treatment via coordinated medical operations. The ATS team utilized Verity to replicate and archive live play throughout the exercise, while pushing simulated Doppler weather graphics to the installation Emergency Operations Center. ATS leveraged operations with the Compass to execute and manage 81 injects, which continuously set and reinforced scenario conditions for all exercise participants. ATS also provided the IMCOM evaluation team with MSEL inject observations and insights based upon interactions with FSE participants during the exercise. As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver innovative, experience-based disaster-preparedness exercise solutions for local, state and federal agencies to protect communities.For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit www.appliedtrg.com​

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Active Shooter Exercise Presents Relevant Lessons

Posted on: November 12th 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) successfully led a Full-Scale Exercise (FSE) at Fort Riley, Kansas. ATS facilitated this exercise by providing industry leading technology and services to the members of the Installation Management Command (IMCOM). The technology that ATS provided was Emergency & Disaster Management Simulation (EDMSIM), Compass, and ATS Gateway. These products supported the Fort Riley team as they tested seven training objectives, while focusing on 14 core capabilities. The training objectives included: Establish and maintain a unified and coordinated operational structure; Demonstrate the ability to integrate Unified School District 475 and MOU/MOA partners; Deter, detect, interdict, and protect against domestic terrorism; Provide and maintain on-scene security; Demonstrate the ability to deliver timely, actionable information to the community; Provide lifesaving medical treatment; and Provide fatality management services. The FSE scenario that enabled the installation to achieve all these objectives was based around an active shooter situation. This involved multiple incident sites primarily focused on the Fort Riley Middle School. This simulated event resulted in mass casualties that required integration of MOU/MOA external partners along with higher headquarters and civilian response entities. “As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver innovative, experience-based disaster-preparedness exercise solutions for local, state, and federal agencies to protect communities. For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit www.appliedtrg.com”​​​

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ATS Creates New Business Development Group

Posted on: November 4th 2019

In October, ATS created a new business development (BD) group to increase our BD capabilities. Harry Thompson was hired to lead the new group as the Director of Business Development. The BD team will be located in the corporate office in Hampton, VA. Mary Flanary and Adam Bewley will serve as BD Associates under Harry’s leadership.Harry Thompson Director of Business DevelopmentIn other news...As we continue to implement our strategic plan, the Homeland Security, Defense, and Technology Divisions now report directly to the Chief Operations Officer (COO) Mike Suman. We look forward to the leadership that Mike will bring to his new role.Jon Ford will transition to the Information Technology (IT) Division. In his new role, Jon will lead product sales engineering, product documentation, and the continued evolution of our Scrum and Product Owner processes. Additionally, he will continue his role of providing leadership and mentorship of Modeling and Simulation Engineer, and his other roles in support of the Homeland Security Division customers.Melissa Williams will assume the position of Training and Development Manager in the Hampton Office.About ATSAs a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver innovative, experience-based disaster-preparedness exercise solutions for local, state, and federal agencies to protect communities. For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit: https://www.appliedtrg.com

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Applied Training Solutions Ready to Expand to New Markets

Posted on: November 1st 2019

​ Applied Training Solutions (ATS), an emergency management and preparedness company, is proud to announce a major rebrand to reflect the company’s strategy to evolve and grow into new markets. ATS has served the Army, National Guard, and FEMA as its primary customers for over a decade. ATSsim, one of ATS’ core products, provides web-based software solutions adaptable for consumers' planning and/or training requirements for mitigation, response or recovery operations. Effective immediately, the rebranded names and logos of these core products provide a cleaner and more modernized look and feel. The adaptability of the ATSsim platform provides ATS with the unique ability to expand services to the private and public sectors. ATSsim can simulate any and all hazards, CBRN, or terrorist attack to provide companies and organizations a low overhead way to ensure that their members are trained and ready to act when disaster strikes. ATSsim products support any scenario and or event to enable training or planning to improve an organizations resilience. The products that comprise the ATSsim platform include: Compass, previously known as MSEL Tool, is our distributed web-based master scenario of events list management capability. This tool enables a collaborative training and exercise evaluation environment while fulfilling training requirements in the critical infrastructure, homeland security, and defense sectors. Fusion, previously known as CMST, is our web-based collaborative and interactive simulation that creates a robust training environment for staff and teams to manage incidents and validate the consequences of their actions. Verity is a brand-new product that is being introduced for the first time. Verity is our web-based constructive or decision support simulation platform that delivers dynamic real-world simulated scenarios for audiences to safely train and build capacity while reducing expenses and improving fidelity. “This rebranding was important and necessary for ATS. As we look to expand our solutions into new channels, this change was vital,” says Mike Suman the COO of ATS who led this effort. Suman also added, “We are very excited about the release of Verity as our web-based constructive simulation tool. Verity is fully equipped to handle the disaster preparedness needs of any organization.” As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver innovative, experience-based disaster-preparedness exercise solutions for local, state, and federal agencies to protect communities. For additional information on ATS and to Demo any of these products, please visit: https://www.appliedtrg.com/ ​​​

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ATS Wins Determined Response Exercise Series Contract

Posted on: October 29th 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) is proud to announce being named as the contract winner for the Determined Response (DR) exercises series. ATS was named as the prime contractor and will be carrying out the tasks alongside two partner firms. Arrow Security and Training, LLC, (AST) and Critical Ops will help support the efforts of ATS to successfully facilitate this annual exercise series. DR will build and maintain operational readiness for the four Task Forces that report to the Joint Task Force – Civil Support (JTF-CS) in executing their mission to serve as the Defense CBRN Response Force (DCRF) for the US Army North (ARNORTH) and US Northern Command (NORTHCOM). DR nests within the Sudden Response (SR) exercise which maintains operational readiness for JTF-CS. Within DR, ATS will provide expert exercise design, planning, development, execution, control, observation, evaluation, and After-Action Review (AAR) support. The ATS team represents a robust, highly experienced and qualified group of training subject matter experts (SMEs) with the background and knowledge to apply the best methods and systematic process to ensure the government receives the greatest support at the best value. Along with providing USARNORTH with high quality support, planning and execution of the DR exercise series, ATS’ technical expertise, experience and knowledge of the National Response Framework (NRF), National Incident Management Systems (NIMS), Incident Command Systems (ICS) and Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) sets ATS apart from the competition. We specialize in missions that cover the entire spectrum of support for Federal disaster response operations, support of Federal law enforcement operations, and support for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) planning, evaluation and training programs. Jason Bewley, President of ATS stated, “We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to continue to work alongside with and support U.S. Army North. We look forward to the Determined Response exercise series and enabling training members to be well equipped to handle any disaster scenario imaginable.” “As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver innovative, experience-based disaster-preparedness exercise solutions for local, state and federal agencies to protect communities.” For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit https://www.appliedtrg.com/​​

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JFHQ-Iowa Trains for Response to Multiple Hazards

Posted on: October 7th 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) led a tabletop exercise for members of the Joint Force Headquarters Iowa (JFHQ-IA) in Johnston, IA. The JFHQ, which consists of members of the Iowa Air National Guard (ANG) and the Iowa Army National Guard (ARNG), was able to train and prepare for a multiple element scenario. This multiple event scenario included major flooding throughout Iowa, a place crash into a private chemical plant releasing hazardous chemical into the environment requiring the deployment of Nebraska and Iowa CSTs, and evacuation of the local area due to levee breaks and flooding. This multiple-hazard event exhausted state and local resources resulting in a request for National Guard support. The exercise also included a simulated fire in a Joint Operations Center (JOC) facility which caused the organization to exercise their COOP plan. This event was enabled by the industry-leading expertise and technology of ATS. In this case the Consequence Management Staff Trainer (CMST) tool was used to empower the development and execution of the exercise, enabling the JFHQ to meet all its training objectives associated with the tasks of - Establishing and maintaining a Joint Operation Center (JOC) - Conducting Interagency Communication and Coordination - Developing movement requirements Unified Command - Conducting Joint Force Staff Operations - Ensuring Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) - Conducting Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Response. This tabletop exercise provided an opportunity for military and civilian partners to exercise their plans and standard operating procedures. The exercise increased capabilities awareness between organizations as well as the streamlining of communications. Modifications to plans and procedures based on lessons learned from this exercise will improve the real-world readiness and resiliency of all the organizations involved. “As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver innovative, experience-based disaster-preparedness exercise solutions for local, state, and federal agencies to protect communities.” For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit https://www.appliedtrg.com/​

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Weather Emergency Management at the US Army's Largest Installation in the Pacific

Posted on: September 30th 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) led the Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Military Installation Exercise Program at US Army Garrison (USAG) Humphreys, in the Republic of Korea. ATS provided exercise design, planning, control, simulation cell operations, and evaluation expertise, along with advanced modeling and simulation tools and services in support of the biennial Full-Scale Exercise (FSE). This two-day exercise tested USAG Humphreys’ ability to effectively implement recovery operations in a post-typhoon environment utilizing organic assets and agencies. The exercise also tested USAG Humphreys’ ability to activate their Emergency Operations Center (EOC), establish a Safe Haven and Emergency Family Assistance Center (EFAC), respond to an environment HAZMAT incident, implement the Continuity of Operations (COOP) plan, as well as responding to an immediate threat (gate runner). ATS utilized Emergency & Disaster Management Simulation (EDMSIM) as well as Google Earth to facilitate this successful exercise. The scenario involved weather feeds leading up to the start of the exercise, shaping the foundation for typhoon recovery operations. On Day 1, the installation activated the EOC, established Safe Haven and EFAC operations in support of the local populace, and responded to a fuel spill that necessitated the need for an environmental/HAZMAT response. On Day 2, the loss of power resulted in the need for the EOC to activate its COOP plan and relocate to its alternate EOC location. Upon successful re-establishment of communications at the alternate EOC location, a “gate runner” incident occurred, necessitating the need to respond and establish an Incident Command Post while simultaneously conducting recovery operations following the typhoon event. Thanks to ATS’ industry-leading technology and expert support services, USAG Humphreys exercised 14 core capabilities resulting in the installation’s ability to achieve four primary training objectives, which encompassed: Assess the capability to activate, staff, and operate the EOC; Evaluate emergency management plans and capabilities to respond and recover from multiple incidents; Assess the ability to integrate emergency management operations with incident site operations, multi-agency coordination systems, continuity operations, evacuation operations, and mass care operations; and Evaluate the EOC’s ability to coordinate and communicate in order to develop a common operating picture within and between USAG Humphreys, higher headquarters, and host nation partners. “As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver innovative, experience-based disaster-preparedness exercise solutions for local, state, and federal agencies to protect communities.” For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit https://www.appliedtrg.com/​​

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Severe Weather and Emergency Management in the Republic of Korea

Posted on: September 30th 2019

​Applied Training Solutions (ATS), LLC, successfully led another Full-Scale Exercise (FSE) for the Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Military Installation Exercise Program. The exercise was conducted at US Army Garrison (USAG) Daegu, in the Republic of Korea. The FSE scenario utilized a simulated typhoon, power outages, and a gate-runner incident to exercise response, recovery, and protection actions. ATS, who was the Prime Contractor, led this exercise by providing exercise planning, design, control, support, simulation services, and simulation cell management. ATS’ industry leading technology and services permitted the members of the USAG Daegu to train on 15 IMCOM core capabilities, which also resulted in the installation’s ability to meet five primary training objectives. The Garrison Commander approved training objectives included: Assess the ability to establish and operate the Incident Command Post, Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and Temporary Safe Haven; Evaluate the response capabilities necessary to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs after an incident has occurred; Evaluate the EOC’s ability to coordinate and communicate in order to develop a common operating picture within and between USAG Daegu, higher headquarters, and the host nation; Validate emergency management plans and capabilities to respond and recover from multiple incidents; and Evaluate the delivery of coordinated, prompt, reliable, and actionable information to the community through the use of clear, consistent, accessible, and culturally and linguistically appropriate methods. This scenario was made possible thanks to the proprietary technology provided in the form of two ATS tools. ATS utilized Emergency & Disaster Management Simulation (EDMSIM) to replicate and archive live play throughout the exercise, while publishing simulated Doppler weather graphics to the installation EOC. ATS specifically utilized EDMSIM to model/simulate ground medical evacuation operations to mission partner/local medical treatment facilities. ATS also utilized the Master Scenario of Events List Tool (MSEL Tool) to initiate, execute, and synchronize efforts across installation directorates and sister-service elements. Collectively, ATS executed 108 MSEL injects to simulate exercise participant actions, which continuously set and reinforced scenario conditions for exercise participants. ATS also provided the IMCOM evaluation team with MSEL inject observations and insights based upon interaction with FSE participants during the exercise. “As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver innovative, experience-based disaster-preparedness exercise solutions for local, state and federal agencies to protect communities.” For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit https://www.appliedtrg.com/​​​

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New York Agencies Improve Response and Recovery Plans

Posted on: September 27th 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) has successfully facilitated an exercise at the Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany, NY. Training during this two-day exercise was members of the NY Homeland Response Force (HRF) and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) teams. This exercise scenario helped members improve response and recovery plans in the event of an Improvised Nuclear Device. Specifically, in this case, a 10Kt Nuclear Detonation in Syracuse, NY was simulated. ATS utilized READIsim to support this exercise. This was the second time the tool was used during an HRF exercise as a distributive entity-based simulation software. The industry-leading technology and services provided by ATS allowed the exercise to run successfully. ATS coordinated, established, and ran the Simulation Cell (SIMCELL); created and managed the Master Scenario of Events List (MSEL); designed the READIsim scenario to meet the Exercise Planners design and intent; trained role players on use of simulation and other products and managed all simulated unit actions throughout the course of this two-day exercise. “As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver innovative, experience-based disaster-preparedness exercise solutions for local, state and federal agencies to protect communities For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit https://www.appliedtrg.com/​

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ATS Facilitates Another US Army Installation Management Command Full Scale Exercise in Europe

Posted on: September 6th 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) successfully designed and facilitated another Full-Scale Exercise (FSE) in Europe. The FSE was conducted at US Army Garrison (USAG) Wiesbaden, in Germany. USAG Wiesbaden, also home to US Army Europe, provides efficient and effective infrastructure and services ensuring US Army Europe’s readiness in support of a Strong Europe while enhancing the quality of lives of soldiers, families, civilians, and retirees throughout the community. This FSE, which was conducted for the Installation Management Command (IMCOM) under the Military Installation Exercise Program, was centered around multiple disaster events. The first of the simulated events was a microburst in the Hainerberg military housing area that tested installation response and recovery operations. Additionally, a UC-35 aircraft mishap occurred on the Wiesbaden Army Airfield/General Lucius D. Clay Kaserne. The exercise scenario provided USAG Wiesbaden with the ability to train on 17 core capabilities and enabled the assessment of six primary training objectives. The six objectives included evaluate the installation’s ability to manage incident response and support the Incident Commander; demonstrate the ability to establish the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) within two hours and develop a coordinated response strategy; provide instructions in a clear, understandable, common language and keep installation tenant units informed of the situation; demonstrate the ability to evacuate damaged structures and coordinate transportation of displaced residents to an established Safe Haven; conduct 100% accountability of USAG Wiesbaden personnel via CAT and ADPASS; and finally, evaluate the installation’s capability to restore health and social services to the community after an emergency or disaster in accordance with the installation recovery plan. ATS employed Emergency & Disaster Management Simulation (EDMSIM) support as well as the Master Scenario Events List Tool (MSEL Tool) and Simulation Deck, which is a social media emulation tool developed to rehearse critical strategic communications and social media messaging with the public. The ATS team utilized EDMSIM to replicate and archive “live play” throughout the exercise while publishing simulated Doppler weather graphics for the installation EOC. ATS leveraged the exercise with MSEL Tool to execute and manage 155 injects, which continuously set and reinforced scenario conditions for exercise participants. ATS also provided the IMCOM external evaluation team with MSEL inject observations and insights based upon collaboration with FSE participants during the exercise. During the formal out-brief, Colonel Cloud (Garrison Commander) expressed appreciation to the ATS team for designing and controlling a very rigorous exercise. “As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver innovative, experience-based disaster preparedness exercise solutions for local, state, and federal agencies to protect communities.” For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit www.appliedtrg.com.​

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ATS Supports Full-Scale Exercise for Ohio Agencies

Posted on: August 27th 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) is happy to announce the success of another Full-Scale Exercise (FSE). This exercise was conducted at the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) in Columbus, OH and numerous field sites across the state. The primary mission of the EMA is to coordinate activities to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. This mission is carried out by closely interfacing with local, state and federal agencies in an effort to bring resources and recovery and support to Ohioans impacted by the disaster. Training alongside the members of the Ohio EMA were members of the Ohio National Guard, Ohio State Departments & Agencies, US Northern Command, US Army North, Region V Defense Coordinating Officer & Element, and USAF Radiological Assessment Team. Along with the members of these groups various National Guard Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear units from Arkansas, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Washington. The ability to conduct this FSE was possible thanks to the industry-leading technology and expertise provided by ATS. The tools that ATS provided for this exercise were READIsim which delivered modeling and simulation capabilities in a constructive simulation environment, as well as MSEL Tool which allows for easy and automated management in the delivery of situational injects to exercise participants. The exercise complex catastrophe scenario started with cyber-attacks on the power utilities that caused blackouts across Ohio following the end of the Republican National Convention hosted in Ohio. In the following days, numerous events compound the state’s response requirements. These events include a barge filled with coal breaking away from its moorings due to flooding on the Ohio River and causes damage at the Willow Island Locks and Dam, an airplane carrying radiological materials crashes just outside Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, a barge hits the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge on the Ohio River during heavy fog and causes a chemical spill, a simulated riot takes place at a looted and burned out Wal-Mart, a small plane disperses a chemical agent over a populated area causing numerous causalities, and the Key Train derails and causes a chemical spill. For the National Guard, this exercise was to develop cooperation and enhance relationships between the Ohio National Guard and the local, state, and federal emergency response partners during a complex catastrophe scenario. For the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, the purpose of this exercise was to provide participants with an opportunity to review response and recovery protocols, plans, and capabilities and to realistically assess their overall preparedness in the event of a large-scale, all-hazard event. Ultimately, thanks to the technology and services provided by ATS, The Ohio National Guard, Ohio EMA, and all participants are better prepared to respond to natural or man-made disasters in the future. As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver innovative, experience-based disaster-preparedness exercise solutions for local, state and federal agencies to protect communities. For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit www.appliedtrg.com.​​​​​

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Alabama National Guard Tests CBRN Disaster Response Plans

Posted on: August 19th 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) is proud to announce the success of another exercise, this one at Fort McClellan, AL for the members of the Alabama Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Enhanced Response Force Packages (CERFP). The Alabama National Guard’s state mission is to provide trained and disciplined forces for natural disasters, domestic emergencies, or as otherwise prescribed by law. This exercise was designed and executed around the scenario of an Improvised Nuclear Device (IND). This event was enabled by the industry-leading expertise and technology of ATS; in this case the Consequence Management Staff Trainer (CMST) tool was used to empower the development and execution of the exercise. The primary tasks for this exercise were to Conduct Command Post Operations, Conduct Tactical Deployment/Redeployment Activities, and Provide Command and Control. In addition to successfully achieving all training objectives, the AL CERFP was able to leverage this exercise to review current plans and standard operating procedures. Updates and modifications from lessons learned will increase the readiness of the AL CERFP, and their ability to support the Governor and the citizens of Alabama. 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. For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit www.appliedtrg.com​​​

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ATS Lands on Inc. 5000 List for 2019

Posted on: August 14th 2019

Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) is proud to announce being named to the Inc. Magazine “Inc. 5000” list for the second time. Inc. Magazine’s prestigious list has been honoring the fastest-growing private companies since 1979. The companies named to this list represent a unique cross-section of the most successful small businesses in the country – each with its own formula for success. Small business represents the most dynamic economic segment in America and is often said to be the most important source of economic strength and innovation. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow and many other well-known names first gained their national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000. “Being named to the Inc. 5000 list for a second time is a huge milestone for us,” says Jason Bewley, ATS’ president. “I am very proud of the collective effort of our entire team to help make this achievement possible.” One key component of ATS’ success is its most important product -- a suite of proprietary tools designed to ensure emergency preparedness for the Defense Department, the Department of Homeland Security and disaster sensitive commercial industries such as the gas, oil and chemical sectors. ATS’ solutions and services provide one of the most cutting edge low-overhead solutions to this critical market sector. Over the last decade, ATS has created three software tools that simulate any natural or man-made emergency scenario and train key personnel on how to adequately respond and sharpen their management expertise. Instead of hard-learned lessons during an actual disaster and unnecessary loss of life and property, ATS tools provide clients with a safe environment to practice their response scenarios and improve response protocols. The result is that emergency managers are well equipped to handle any situation, saving time, money, and lives in the process. Inc. Magazine listed ATS as number 4277 on the list with a 3-year growth rate of 72%. The three ATS tools include: Consequence Management Staff Trainer (CMST), a low overhead staff training tool; Master Scenario of Events List Tool (MSEL Tool), which permits those planning the training to collaborate off-site and save valuable travel dollars; and the actual simulation tools themselves, comprised of “READIsim” or the more scaled-down EDMsim. “Moving forward we will continue to improve upon and create new technology to further provide our consumers with the ability to train and prepare for any situation imaginable,” Bewley added. “As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver innovative, experience-based disaster-preparedness exercise solutions for local, state, and federal agencies to protect communities.” For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit http://www.appliedtrg.com/​

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Florida National Guard Exercises Response to an Improvised Nuclear Device

Posted on: August 5th 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) is proud to announce the success of another exercise, this one at Camp Blanding, FL for members of the Florida Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CNRN) Enhanced Response Force Packages (CERFP). The Florida National Guard provides military units and personnel ready to support United States national security objectives; to protect life and property; preserve peace, order, and public safety; and, to contribute to such national, state, and local programs that add value to the United States of America and the State of Florida. This two-day exercise was based on the scenario of a threat from an Improvised Nuclear Device (IND). The event was enabled by the industry-leading expertise and technology of ATS; in this case, the Consequence Management Staff Trainer (CMST) tool was used to empower the development and execution of the exercise. The primary training tasks for this exercise were to Conduct Command and Control, Establish and conduct TOC Operations, Conduct Tactical Deployment/Redeployment Activities, and Integrate LNOs from all simulated subordinate units. In addition to successfully achieving all training objectives, this exercise also provided an opportunity for the FL CERFP to review current plans and standard operating procedures utilized to conduct command and control. Updates and modifications from lessons learned will increase the readiness of the FL CERFP, and their ability to support the Governor and the citizens of Florida. “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.” For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit www.appliedtrg.com​

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Iowa National Guard Trains with Multiple Agencies

Posted on: August 5th 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) is proud to announce the success of another tabletop style exercise. This exercise was led at the Joint Force Headquarters Iowa (JFHQ-IA), which consists of the Iowa Air and Iowa Army National Guard. The Iowa National Guard trains, mobilizes, deploys, sustains and reconstitutes units, providing ready forces in defense of our nation and the state of Iowa. In addition to the members of the JFHQ-IA Joint Operations Center, members of the Civil Support Team- IA, and Civil Support Team- NE, Woodbury County Emergency Operations Center, multiple Woodbury County emergency responders and local medical centers also participated in the event. This exercise, which was a rehearsal exercise for the Stable Mercury Full- Scale Exercise that will take place in September 2019, was a multiple-element scenario. The key elements of this scenario included flooding, a cyber-attack, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear events (CBRN), and mass casualties. Exercise participants responded to a cyber-attack, a Chemical plant disaster, a flood, a large mass causality accident, and a possible levee breach within Cedar Rapids. These events allowed the JFHQ-IA to accomplish their primary training objectives to include exercising Unified Command, establishing a Joint Information Center, ensuring Command, Conducting Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Response, and ensuring interoperable communications. This exercise was enabled by the industry-leading expertise and technology of ATS; in this case, the Consequence Management Staff Trainer (CMST) tool was used to empower the development and execution of the exercise. This tabletop style exercise provided an opportunity for military and civilian partners to exercise their plans and standard operating procedures. Additionally, the exercise increased capabilities awareness between organizations and streamlined communications. Modifications to plans and procedures based on lessons learned from this exercise will immediately increase real-world readiness and resiliency of all the organizations involved. “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.” For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit www.appliedtrg.com​

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USAG Benelux and ATS Partner to Train for Contingency Operations

Posted on: July 31st 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) successfully completed another Full-Scale Exercise (FSE) for the Installation Management Command (IMCOM) under the Military Installation Exercise Program. This two-day scenario exercised 14 IMCOM core capabilities resulting in the installation’s ability to achieve six primary training objectives. This exercise was conducted at USAG Benelux, Belgium, which strives to provide integrated base operations to diverse, multi-national, geographically dispersed communities to enable readiness and resiliency in support of a “Strong Europe.” The scenario involved a small cell terrorist attack/radicalized insider threat, including an active shooter and a Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED). These threats occurred on multiple incident sites causing damaged and collapsed buildings, fuel storage tank damage, a MASCAL event, and an unexploded VBIED. These incidents required integration of MOU/MOA partners along with higher headquarters and host nation response entities such as LE, EOD, and EMS units. ATS provided industry-leading training expertise that ensured operational success by providing exercise design, planning, control, and white cell operations, along with advanced modeling and simulation tools and services. ATS utilized three proprietary tools to achieve mission accomplishment. These included Emergency & Disaster Management Simulation (EDMSIM), Master Scenario of Events List (MSEL) Tool, and ATS Gateway. The ATS led white cell executed 120 MSEL injects in support of exercise objectives, heavily utilizing MSEL Tool to initiate and synchronize efforts across installation directorates. Thanks to the assistance of ATS, USAG Benelux was able to accomplish their six primary training objectives that encompassed validating the USAG Benelux Emergency Response Plan; the Public Information and Awareness Plans; the Casualty Notification and Assistance Plans; the Fatality Management Plan; the Recovery Working Group process; and the ability to operate in near cyber-zero conditions. Ultimately, the command and installation at USAG Benelux were able to successfully train for and handle a multi-attack scenario over multiple incident sites. “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.” For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit www.appliedtrg.com​

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Fort Hamilton and New York City Combine to Conduct a Full-Scale Exercise

Posted on: July 29th 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) successfully led another Full-Scale Exercise for the Installation Management Command (IMCOM) under the Military Installation Exercise Program. This exercise was conducted at Fort Hamilton, NY, which strives to deliver and integrate base installation services to the military community and stakeholders while supporting Accessions and on order Defense Support to Civil Authorities in the New York City area. The purpose of this exercise was to test Fort Hamilton’s ability to effectively control multiple emergency events on the installation through their Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in cooperation with the New York Police Department (NYPD), New York Fire Department (FDNY), New York Emergency Services, and the FBI. Accordingly, ATS augmented the installation staff by providing industry-leading technology and technical proficiency over a six-month period. ATS utilized Emergency & Disaster Management Simulation (EDMSIM) along with Google Earth to provide exercise design, planning, control, white cell operations, and evaluation expertise, along with advanced modeling and simulation tools and services. This one-day exercise involved a scenario that indicated a local anti-military group was active in the vicinity of Fort Hamilton and there was a credible threat regarding threatening action(s) against the installation.The scenario was comprised of three timed and concurrent events. A vehicle carrying two active shooters entered the installation through the 101st Street gate, by-passing the Visitor Control Center and continuing to the Post Exchange (PX) parking lot where they exited the vehicle. One assailant entered the PX and the other assailant entered the Military Entrance Processing Services (MEPS) building. While both assailants were positioning themselves, a third individual with possible hazardous materials (HAZMAT) in his vehicle ran the 7th Avenue gate and drove to the Army Corps of Engineers building. He parked his vehicle and exited, then continued on foot to the PX to join the assailants positioned there. The assailants began shooting, causing several injuries and fatalities in the PX and MEPS building. The area around the abandoned vehicle was cordoned off and the NYPD Bomb Squad was notified. Upon inspection of the vehicle, they discovered possible HAZMAT and the FDNY HAZMAT Team was notified, later arriving on-scene and neutralizing the material. Simultaneously, responding installation and local assets neutralized the assailants in the PX area. As they moved against the lone assailant in the MEPS, the situation morphed into a hostage crisis. FBI hostage negotiators on-scene communicated with the assailant to de-escalate the situation, which eventually resulted in the final assailant being neutralized. Ultimately, thanks to the help of ATS, Fort Hamilton was able to effectively control multiple emergency events on the installation. “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.” For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit www.appliedtrg.com​

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ATS Leads Successful Full-Scale Exercise at Fort Bragg

Posted on: July 24th 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) has successfully led another Full-Scale Exercise (FSE) for the Installation Management Command (IMCOM) under the Military Exercise Program. This exercise was conducted at Fort Bragg, NC, which encompasses 251 square miles in four counties and is home to Airborne and Special Operations Forces. The June 2019 exercise, that tested 16 core capabilities, resulted in the installation's ability to achieve their six primary training objectives. Fort Bragg achieved these training objectives thanks to the expertise and industry-leading technology of ATS. The tools that ATS provided for this exercise were Emergency & Disaster Management Simulation (EDMSIM), Master Scenario Events List Tool (MSEL Tool), and ATS Gateway. These tools allowed ATS to provide exercise design, planning, control, white cell operations, and evaluation expertise, along with advanced modeling and simulation tools and services to support this FSE. The technology and tools ATS provided ensured the installation staff remained focused on the training objectives while also maintaining day-to-day operations. These were: (1) Validate the Installation Emergency Management Plan through an active shooter event at an on-post DoDEA facility. (2) Validate the Installation EFAC Call Center, Safe-Haven, and Shelter Operations/Reunification Plan. (3) Validate the DES Emergency Response Plan (LE-Fire) and transition scene to Crime Scene Investigation. (4) Validate the Incident Command and Unified Command plan and transition to Recovery Operations via the RWG in coordination with CID. (5) Validate Installation MOUs/MOAs for accuracy. (6) Validate the Installation Public Awareness and Information Plan. The exercise scenario involved a 30-hour continuous operation that primarily encompassed two delusional and radicalized parents following the suicide of their bullied child, multiple incident sites, escalation to FPCON Delta, and an active shooter and hostage consequence ultimately ending at the Albritton Middle School on Fort Bragg. The scenario also included a MASCAL event and a suspected chemical attack with a terrorism nexus that involved nearly 40 role players and numerous stakeholders, including DoD EOD, Fayetteville HAZMAT, CID Hostage Negotiations, and the FBI. These incidents required integration of MOU/MOA partnerships in coordination with higher headquarters as well as city, county, and federal response agencies. The scenario tested all military and civilian participants, who quickly governed the multiple and complex scenario events, and attained operational control while achieving approved training objectives. Collectively, thanks to ATS’s assistance, the scenario successfully tested Fort Bragg's holistic ability to conduct an integrated emergency response and recovery exercise, and achieve all the training objectives the installation set out to accomplish. “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.” For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit www.appliedtrg.com​

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IED Simulation Improves National Guard Response Plan

Posted on: July 23rd 2019

​Applied Training Solutions (ATS) is proud to announce the success of yet another exercise. The ATS team led this exercise at the Joint Force Headquarters Indiana (JFHQ-IN) located in Indianapolis, IN on June 19th, 2019. This exercise scenario was centered around the threat of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).Training on this day were members of the JFHQ-IN Joint Staff, which included the directorate Level, and the Indiana National Guard (INNG). The members of the INNG were not the only organization participating in this event. Indiana State Police, Wayne Township Fire & EMS, and IDHS all provided valuable input during the duration of this exercise. Their input and comments provided insight into the ways to improve integration, communication, and public information sharing to improve the existing INNG IED response plan. This exercise was designed and produced with input, advice, and assistance from the JFHQ-IN Joint Staff, Anti-Terrorism Officer (ATO), Garrison Commander, and Exercise Planning Team to provide Guardsmen with all the necessary tools to achieve the exercise training objectives. Critical Ops and Applied Training Solutions facilitated the exercise design and development of exercise support documentation. This was accomplished using two products offered by ATS. The exercise was built using the Master Scenario of Events List tool (MSEL Tool) and facilitated utilizing the Consequence Management Staff Trainer (CMST). All the primary tasks were accomplished during this exercise. The key tasks that ATS was able to assist the INNG in improving upon included: Public Information and Warning, Intelligence and Information Sharing, Access Control and Identity Verification, Operational Communications, Screening, Search, and Detection. This tabletop style exercise provided an excellent opportunity for key civilian, military, contractors, federal technicians, and state employee leaders to all work together. They were able to review current plans and procedures, as well as make recommendations that will increase the readiness and resiliency of the INGG. Overall, with the help of ATS, the INNG was able to improve its readiness and ability to recover from an IED threat.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.For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit:  https://www.appliedtrg.com​

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Tornadic Weather Simulation Assists Army's Preparedness

Posted on: July 23rd 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) successfully led another Full-Scale Exercise (FSE) for the Installation Management Command (IMCOM) under the Military Installation Exercise Program. This exercise, located in Ansbach, Germany, was a scenario centered around a series of severe weather events occurring over a two-day period which affected four separate locations.The May 2019 exercise was to test the installation’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to a tornadic weather event causing damage to critical infrastructure, mass casualties, fatalities, HAZMAT incidents, and a loss of power resulting in the need to re-locate the EOC to an alternate location and exhibit the ability to execute the Continuity of Operations (COOP) plan. ATS provided exercise design, planning, control, white cell operations, and evaluation expertise, along with advanced modeling and simulation tools and services in support of this FSE. ATS provided these thanks to industry-leading technology and expertise. ATS utilized its Emergency & Disaster management Simulation (EDMsim) and Master Scenario Events List Tool (MSEL Tool), as well as Google Earth to successfully simulate this FSE. The three-day exercise tested 16 core capabilities resulting in the installation’s ability to achieve three primary training objectives: (1) Validate USAG Ansbach’s emergency response plans, policies, and procedures. (2) Validate USAG Ansbach’s ability to integrate tenant, regional, command organizations, and host nation resources. (3) Assess health and social services networks to ensure well-being (identification, notification, and notionally requesting assistance). ATS tools allowed this FSE to begin with tornadic activities passing through the Stork and Katterbach Kasernes resulting in damage to critical infrastructure, fence lines, the collapse of barracks buildings and an aircraft hangar, and a weather-related movement of an airframe off installation onto German jurisdiction. These events led to the activation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which then coordinated with Host Nation Search and Rescue, law enforcement, and medical transport agencies to assist in recovery and mass casualty operations. The events further required the installation to execute HAZMAT operations and fatality management as well as activate a shelter and conduct Emergency Family Assistance Center (EFAC) Operations to assist displaced soldiers and families. The final day of the exercise included sustaining EOC and EFAC operations following the inclement weather that caused power outages on Barton Barracks and the Bleidorn housing areas. The loss of power at the EOC location caused the re-location of the EOC to its Continuity of Operations (COOP) location to resume operations. Once re-located, the EOC continued response and recovery operations and initiated the activation of the Recovery Working Group (RWG). Ultimately, the exercise scenario tested all participants, who were able to govern scenario events, attain operational control, and achieve the commander’s training objectives.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.For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit: https://www.appliedtrg.com​​​​

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Joint Base Military Members Train with Aircraft Mishap Simulation

Posted on: July 23rd 2019

​Applied Training Solutions, LLC, (ATS) successfully led another Full-Scale Exercise (FSE) for the Installation Management Command (IMCOM) under the Military Installation Exercise Program. This exercise that simulated an aircraft mishap, was conducted at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), WA. JBLM provides state-of-the-art training and infrastructure, responsive quality of life programs, and fully-capable mobilization and deployment operations for the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.The April 2019 exercise facilitated and tested the installation's nine primary training objectives while focusing on 17 core capabilities and supporting tasks. ATS' industry-leading capabilities provided this FSE with all the necessary tools to succeed. ATS supported this exercise by providing the design, planning, control, white cell operations, and evaluation expertise, along with advanced modeling and simulation tools and services. The capability to assist in all these ways was possible thanks to two tools offered by ATS, Emergency & Disaster Management Simulation (EDMsim) and Master Scenario Events List Tool (MSEL).The scenario for this two-day FSE encompassed response and recovery operations following a simulated C-17 aircraft mishap on McChord Field, which caused a MASCAL event, environmental contamination, and extensive damage to nearby installation structures. The aircraft mishap severely damaged Chapel #2 where the Air Force was hosting a prayer breakfast, resulting in mass casualties and fatalities. ATS utilized EDMsim to model, simulate, and support ground medical evacuation and casualty management within JBLM’s local area hospitals. ATS also utilized MSEL Tool to initiate, execute, and synchronize participant actions across installation directorates and sister-service elements. These tools and capabilities allowed JBLM to establish an Emergency Operations Center (EOC), execute Multi-Agency Coordination (MAC) with federal, state, and local agencies, and meet Air Force Major Accident Response Exercise (MARE) requirements. This FSE also allowed JBLM to conduct Fire and LE “On -Scene” operations (fire suppression, search & rescue, and security), medical care / evacuation for (mass) casualties, facility management services, local area evacuations and mass sheltering, Incident Command (IC) transfer to Recovery Operations Officer / Interim Safety Board (ISB), and Operational Communications – establishing a JIC.The exercise also incorporated and combined two major exercise events: The 62d Airlift Wing Major Accident Response Exercise (MARE) to meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) compliance for certifying McChord Field for commercial aircraft and the Madigan Army Medical Center satisfied its annual Joint Commission accreditation requirement for a mass casualty exercise.Ultimately, the scenario successfully tested JBLM’s collective ability to conduct an integrated emergency response and recovery exercise, while conducting mass-care services, fatality management, and public information operations.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 communitiesFor additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please visit: https://www.appliedtrg.com​​​​​

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Another Vibrant Response Success

Posted on: June 5th 2019

​How do you train to provide an effective response to a natural or man-made disaster without having to suffer an actual disaster? Applied Training Solutions, LLC’s (ATS) proprietary training tools and support save lives without endangering lives and can effectively improve response skills and teste the effectiveness of response policies and procedures. Recently, ATS supported U.S. Northern Command’s annual simulation training exercise called Vibrant Response to successfully achieve these objectives.Vibrant Response is a national program executed by NORTHCOM’s Land Component Command (Army North). Army North designed the exercise to train and test the three division-level task forces that conduct Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) missions. These are the forces that respond to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) natural or man-made incidents. These task forces are the active duty Joint Task Force – Civil Support (JTF-CS), the Army Reserve’s 76th Operational Response Command (ORC), and the National Guard’s 46th Military Police (MP) Command. The Vibrant Response exercise, with support from ATS, provides unmatched training and testing for the skills required to effectively provide command and control (C2) over military forces executing short-notice response to such CBRN disasters.ATS’ tools, such as EDMSIM, are unique and highly effective in replicating the DSCA environment. EDMSIM also replicates military and first response units deploying by air or ground into the designated Joint Operations Area (JOA) and tracks those units as they execute their mission assignments. In addition, EDMSIM stimulates the NORTHCOM Common Operating Picture (COP) tool of record (Google Earth with SAGE – Situational Awareness Geospatial Enterprise) and other COP tools such as JTF-CS’ internally developed ARCGIS-based Joint Holistic Understanding Application (J-HUA). These simulation-fed COP tools allow shared situational awareness and enable trained decision making by leaders at all levels.Jason Bewley, ATS President, commented that “ATS is proud to provide critical exercise support for Vibrant Response. We look forward to implementing the next generation of ATS simulation models -- READIsim -- which will bring to the table even greater DSCA simulation training capabilities.”This year’s Vibrant Response exercise occurred from April 29 to May 15, 2019 and was primarily conducted at Camp Atterbury, Indiana (CAIN) with additional training locations at Lansing and Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan. The exercise brought together service members and civilians from military, federal, state and local agencies from throughout the continental United States. The exercise was done in conjunction with the U.S. Forces Command's (FORSCOM’s) Guardian Response exercise, an annual field training event conducted at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC) Indiana; Guardian Response is designed to both train and then confirm the readiness of the brigade and below level units that respond to CBRN events under the C2 of the three task forces.The combined Vibrant Response – Guardian Response scenario was executed in two phases with each phase starting with simulated detonations of 20-kiloton improvised nuclear devices (INDs). Ground Zero for Phase 1 was Detroit, Michigan and saw JTF-CS responding to the incident. After resetting, Phase 2 had two Ground Zeroes (Detroit and Phoenix, AZ), requiring both the 46th MP Command and the 76th ORC to respond to the respective incidents. In each phase, EDMSIM created simulated damage situations in which to train local, state and federal agencies’ response skills and most important, their ability to provide a coordinated response. Whenever disasters involve multiple levels of government and disparate agencies, the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) becomes the lead federal response agency, which then requests and receives the support of the DoD via NORTHCOM. Through exercises like Vibrant Response, ATS supports our military’s ability to provide trained and ready forces to support FEMA in effectively dealing with the unknown disasters that may affect our Nation in the future.ATS' Gregg Munroe Operating EDMSIM and Google Earth in support of Vibrant Response 2019 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. For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please Contact Us.​​​

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ATS Announces New Organizational Structure

Posted on: May 15th 2019

Today ATS is pleased to announce a strategic re-organization that will better position ATS for the future. As part of this reorganization, Mike Suman will take the helm as the company’s new Chief Operating Officer, transitioning from his current role as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Mike will be helping to spearhead ATS’s expansion and growth into 2020 and beyond. Mike will spearhead and focus corporate operations, revamp corporate communication while supporting corporate growth in current and new markets. He brings over 25 years of technical and operations experience to his new position, guaranteeing ATS’ customer success. Charles “Chip” Camp will lead the corporate administrative and support functions as the new Chief of Staff. Moving from his current role as the ATS Homeland Security Division Deputy, Chip brings over 30 years of leadership and experience to the position as a retired Coast Guard Captain. As part of the organizational changes, ATS is creating a new Technology and Infrastructure Division to complement our Homeland Security and Defense Services Divisions. Tim Carrington has been promoted to Division Manager of the newly established Technology and Infrastructure Division. Under Tim’s leadership the new division will lead ATS software development, IT support, and ATS infrastructure support. Tim brings over 15 years Technology experience and leadership to his new position. “I am looking forward to the new leadership and congratulate Mike, Chip and Tim on their new positions. These new changes will propel ATS into the future, expanding capabilities, and tackling new markets.”, said Jason Bewley, President of ATS.

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Applied Training Solutions (ATS), LLC Opens Hampton, Virginia Office

Posted on: April 8th 2019

ATS has reached another milestone with the opening of its new corporate office in Hampton Virginia. As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS actively works with local, state, and federal agencies to deliver training exercise solutions that are cutting edge, cost effective, and provide the hands-on experience necessary to protect communities.The Hampton Corporate Office is the latest achievement for ATS in 2018, including:Two notable prime contract awards:Army Enterprise Training Services Contract (ETSC)Mission Training Complex Capabilities Support (MTCCS)Expansion of US Northern Command IDIQ with a significant task order to support Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM)Expansion of the ATS client base to include Navy, FEMA and private sector industry leader PJM InterconnectionImplementation of enhanced administrative process and technology (JAMIS) to support large scale accounting, customer management, finance and human resources.ATS will formally open the Hampton Corporate Office with a grand opening on May 1, 2019.ATS was established in 2009, and has consistently delivered superior service through its constructive simulation technology and service training solutions for federal, state and local agencies. The Hampton Office is another significant moment in the company’s history, and will prepare ATS for the next decade of growth and opportunity to continue superior service to the government and commercial sectors.​​

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Army North Region II CERTEX

Posted on: March 8th 2019

​ATS deployed its Army North (ARNORTH) Team to support the Department of Defense Region II DCO/E Certification Exercise (CERTEX) at the FEMA Region II Headquarters in Caguas, Puerto Rico. The disaster management simulation exercise took place from February 11th – 14th 2019.The Region II Defense Coordinating Officer/Element(DCO/E) provides disaster relief support in Puerto Rico. The DCO/E coordinates the DSCA support, when requested, for significant natural disasters or man-made incidents. The most common CERTEX exercises include earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, or other natural emergencies.The Puerto Rico CERTEX scenario involved a simulated Category V Hurricane that made landfall near San Juan, Puerto Rico. The simulation involved severe weather conditions typical to a hurricane of this magnitude, the results of which impacted access to critical infrastructure, logistics and mobility. To properly replicate this significant level of damage, ATS used its proprietary Emergency and Disaster Management Simulation (EDMSIM) to provide DCO/E situational awareness and the ability to make fact-based disaster management decisions.The exercise team practiced specific missions, all simulated with EDMSIM, such as casualty evacuation, analysis of critical infrastructure requirements, road clearance, transportation of food and supplies, Public Affairs Operations, and mortuary affairs. EDMSIM provided simulated input to the Google Earth/Situational Awareness Geospatial Enterprise (SAGE) Command and Control System, providing realistic DCO/E situational awareness and support for their decision-making process.All DCO/E training objectives were successfully achieved with agreat sense of accomplishment by the entire staff and ARNORTH certified the new DCO. ATS is proud to support its customers through leading edge simulation training solutions and techniques. As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work 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 visit http://www.appliedtrg.com/contact​​​​

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Exercise: Wildland Fire 2019, Dugway Proving Ground, Utah: Full Scale Exercise

Posted on: March 7th 2019

​As part of the Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Military Installation Exercise Program, ATS led the Full-Scale Exercise (FSE) for the Wildfire Fire 2019 at the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. The exercise was conducted on February 26th, 2019. The one-day exercise simulated the crash of a downed Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), and a resulting wildfire. The scenario necessitated the evacuation of a testing facility/area to a safe haven, and eventual relocation from the installation. The installation also responded to an emergency vehicle rollover accident resulting in injuries that required evacuation to a local hospital. The exercise tested five primary training objectives, focusing on 15 core capabilities. Included in the capabilities was an evaluation of the Emergency Operation Center’s ability to manage local, state, and federal emergency response coordination; memorandums of agreement/understanding; safe haven operations; treatment of injured personnel; and internal/external communications throughout the response and recovery aspects of the incident. ATS provided exercise design, planning, control, white cell operations, and evaluation expertise. ATS also facilitated the use of its suite of advanced modelling and simulation tools, including EDMSIM, MSEL Tool and ATS Gateway to support the exercise. ATS is proud to support its clients by delivering leading- edge simulation training solutions, techniques and technology.   As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work 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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ATS Supports Defense Coordinating Officer/Element Certification Exercise for Region VII

Posted on: February 8th 2019

​The ATS USARNORTH Team traveled to Saint Louis, Missouri recently to support FEMA Region VII’s Defense Coordinating Officer/Element (DCO/E) Certification Exercise (CERTEX). ATS provided Modeling & Simulation support for the exercise with its Emergency & Disaster Management Simulation (EDMSIM) software, a popular constructive simulation used in Defense Support to Civilian Authorities (DSCA) exercises to train government response to natural and man-made disasters.  The DCO/E CERTEX is an event designed to ensure the incoming DCO and his team are fully mission capable and ready to support their DSCA mission in the United States and its territories.The DCO/E Region VII CERTEX disaster scenario focused on the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ) which sits along the Mississippi River and thus could significantly impact infrastructure in up to eight States, to include the “Boothill” area of South East Missouri which served as the focus area for Region VII’s CERTEX. Historically, the NMSZ is the site of one of the most powerful series of earthquakes to ever hit North America.  From December 16, 1811 until February 7, 1812, six major earthquakes/aftershocks struck the region with each event registering a magnitude between 7.3-7.9 on the Richter Scale.  For this training scenario, ATS helped replicate a 7.7 magnitude earthquake followed by a 6.5 magnitude aftershock. The ATS ARNORTH Team worked with the exercise Role Players and Subject Matter Experts to create the (STARTEX) disaster scenario. The ATS Team executed the simulation operations with EDMSIM, including the simulated units/aircraft and scenario information necessary for the DCE to establish a digital Common Operating Picture (COP).  The COP provides the DCE their needed situational awareness and supports their decision-making process.  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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Fathers in the Field, Discovery Church, Colorado

Posted on: February 8th 2019

​In January, four “Mentor Fathers” and their assigned “Field Buddy” committed to developing a three-year mentoring relationship at Discovery Church Colorado.  Brent Ruhlen, a Program Manager with ATS, is one of the four “Mentor Fathers” and has committed to mentoring James, a young, fatherless man, through outdoor activities and service projects in the community. Fathers in the Field is a national ministry that caters to fatherless boys and teenagers, ages 7-17, with the mission “to rekindle and establish the spirit of boys who have been abandoned by their fathers; mentoring them one-on-one in life skills through outdoor activities, and by sharing a Christian understanding of our Heavenly Father’s love and sacrifice for His children.” Asked why he took on this commitment, Brent replied, “It is truly shocking, when you look at the statistics of how fatherless homes contribute to the rates of teen suicide, crime, runaways, school dropouts and drug use.  As a society, we can help change these statistics, it takes a man to stand up and say that he will be part of the solution to really make that difference.  I love the outdoors and this is how I’m choosing to make a difference…one kid at a time.” Five additional “Mentor Father”/ “Field Buddy” matches will occur in the next several weeks. ATS is proud of the commitment that Brent has made to influencing the life of his field buddy, James, and to the commitment to support other Mentor Fathers in their mission of mentorship and service to the community. ATS is proud of the engagement of its employees to support their communities in service, mentorship and contribution

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ATS Supports Defense Coordinating Officer/Element Certification Exercise for Region X

Posted on: February 1st 2019

​In October 2018, ATS provided critical program support for Region X to ensure readiness of the Defense Support to Civilian Authorities (DSCA) mission in the United States and its territories.   ATS and the USARNORTH team supported the Defense Coordinating Officer/Element (DCO/E) Certification Exercise (CERTEX) in Washington State.  This CERTEX is typical of events designed to ensure that the DCO and its team are fully mission capable and ready to provide their support in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. The simulated scenario for the Region X CERTEX was a magnitude 8.9 earthquake, triggering a massive tsunami. The ATS ARNORTH Team worked with Role Players and Subject Matter Experts to finalize execution of the scenario over several days in Bothell, Washington. ATS deployed EDMSIM to execute the modeling and simulation support component of the exercise. 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 visit http://www.appliedtrg.com/contact

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ATS Supporting USCG during the Government Shutdown

Posted on: January 30th 2019

​The US Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association (CPOA) has a long history of supporting service members and their families in times of need.  During the recent government shutdown, the Yorktown CPOA mobilized to support those impacted by the shutdown.  The CPOA worked tirelessly collecting donations, setting up distribution centers and providing gas cards, supplies, food and other necessities. Applied Training Solutions (ATS), headquartered in Hampton Virginia, is proud to support the CPOA as they support the US Coast Guard.  Semper Paratus!ATS President Jason Bewley presenting a check to MKC April Reid, President of the Yorktown Chapter Chief Petty Officers Association

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Seasonal Message

Posted on: December 25th 2018

​At this special time of year, we have taken a few moments to celebrate the success of our team and our clients. Over the past several weeks, we took the time to stage a number of Christmas Season gatherings around, in and within the communities that we support. These events allowed us to gather with our teams and to acknowledge the many, many contributions that allow us to do our work for our clients. It is important for ATS to hold these events. It is an important part of our culture. They provide us the pause from our daily routines to really consider the important personal relationships that define our success. We are grateful for the confidence that our teams and our clients have in ATS. We strive to deliver our best, everyday. At this special time of year, we are grateful for the relationships that we have developed and for the opportunity to serve our communities. We wish everyone the very best for the Christmas Season, and an excellent start to the New Year. ​ ​​

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Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall – Full Scale Exercise

Posted on: December 14th 2018

​Applied Training Solutions (ATS) completed its critical support to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s (JBMHH) biennial Full-Scale Exercise (FSE). The FSE emergency response scenario rigorously tested response procedures and preparedness to a series of simulated threats, including receipt of suspicious packages, a biological attack, an attempted vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, a temporary power failure, and network outages. ATS used its Emergency Disaster Management Simulation (EDMSIM) and Master Scenario Events List (MSEL) technology to test JBMHH’s Medical Countermeasure Dispensing plan against the simulated attach scenarios.  The exercise specifically tested Closed Point of Distribution (CPOD) operations at Fort Myer and Fort McNair; the public information and awareness plan integrated local, state, and national resources response preparedness to a Weapon of Mass Destruction event.  The exercise successfully tested the competence of government solutions in all of the areas designed for the training exercise, specifically in accordance with the Installation Management Command’s required core capabilities.  Unless plans are rigorously tested, their ability to work under real conditions is not known. The exercise included a four-month sequence of exercise planning, design, and scenario development to determine how best to test the Garrison Commander’s training objectives.  Throughout the FSE, the ATS Team tailored the exercise’s rigor and complexity through close integration with the JBMHH Emergency Manager and supporting installation staff.  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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ATS Supports Defense Coordinating Officer/Element Certification Exercise for Region VI

Posted on: November 30th 2018

​In November 2018, ATS provided critical program support for FEMA Region VI to ensure readiness of the Defense Support to Civilian Authorities (DSCA) mission in the United States and its territories.   ATS and the USARNORTH team supported the Defense Coordinating Officer/Element (DCO/E) Certification Exercise (CERTEX) in Lafayette and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This CERTEX is typical of events designed to ensure that the DCO and its team are fully mission capable and ready to provide their support in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. The scenario developed for this exercise was unique: it was a late season hurricane, yet simulated the response prior to landfall.  The ATS ARNORTH Team worked with Role Players and Subject Matter Experts to finalize execution of the scenario over two days in Lafayette, LA and one day in Baton Rouge.  ATS deployed EDMSIM to execute the modeling and simulation support component of the exercise. 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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NORTHCOM VIGILANT GUARD Massachusetts (VGMA) Full Scale Exercise (FSE) – November 2018

Posted on: November 16th 2018

​ATS recently delivered exercise design support and after-action activities for US Northern Command’s VIGILANT GUARD Massachusetts (VGMA) Full Scale Exercise (FSE). The exercise took place November 5-8, 2018 at Hanscom Air Force Base, MA.ATS provided the key elements of Modeling & Simulation and Exercise Control support during the execution of the Full-Scale Exercise. This exercise simulated a state-level response to a variety of disaster and emergency incidents, including scenarios of complex coordinated terrorist attacks incorporating direct physical and cyber-attacks and a dam failure in Vermont, leading to downstream flooding in Massachusetts. Exercise participants included federal, regional, state and local government agencies, National Guard forces from several states, and active duty Department of Defense (DoD) forces. ATS created models of the desired incidents in its proprietary Emergency and Disaster Management Simulation (EDMSIM).  Execution of the exercise was delivered with ATS’ Master Scenario Events List (MSEL). The use of these tools allowed a simulation of the incident effects tailored to existing National Guard and DoD capabilities.  Numerous “real time” changes to MSEL injects during the exercise were easily and quickly resolved within the MSEL Tool during exercise execution without any negative impact to the exercise. The unique approach developed and delivered by ATS created a simulation of unit capabilities that would normally respond to these types of incidents without having to involve actual personnel and agencies in the exercise.  The interaction between the simulated units and the Dual-Status Command-led Joint Task Force (JTF) represents significant economies of scale and savings. This approach provides valuable insights into how the National Guard’s operations and response can be improved for future incidents where these agencies’ capabilities are deployed to support civil authorities. 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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Region VII Missouri Homeland Response Force Evaluation Supported by Applied Training Solutions Team

Posted on: November 2nd 2018

​In October 2018, the FEMA Region VII Missouri (MO) Homeland Response Force (HRF) conducted an External Evaluation (EXEVAL) which simulated the response following a nuclear event in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. This exercise included soldiers and airmen in MO HRFs’ Mission Command, CERFPs with their accompanying Search and Extraction, Decontamination, and Medical team, Civil Support Teams (CSTs), a Casualty Assistance and Support Element (CASE), Joint Incident Site Communication Capability (JISCC), and the HRF mission command support staff.ATS supported the event with subject matter expertise in modeling and simulation and exercise design and control. The ATS Team delivered and managed a simulation cell (SIMCELL) created specifically to represent all of the units participating in the evaluation exercise. The ATS led SIMCELL is designed to inject key decision-making points into the master scenario events list and trigger reactions from the HRF. ATS deployed its Emergency Disaster Management Simulation (EDMSIM) technology to simulate six (6) CBRN Enhanced Response Force Packages (CERFPs), six (6) Civil Survey Teams (CSTs), a Joint Task Force, and a logistics element. The use of EDMSIM provided dynamic modeling for troop activities throughout the scenario, and was instrumental to deliver the intended outcomes of the evaluation. 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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Army North Region IX CERTEX

Posted on: October 31st 2018

​ATS deployed its Army North (ARNORTH) Team to support the latest Department of Defense Region IX DCO/E Certification Exercise (CERTEX) at the Wildland Fire Training and Conference Center in Sacramento, California. The disaster management simulation exercise took place from September 21 through September 28, 2018. Department of Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA), Region IX DCO/E, provides disaster relief support in California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii. DOD provides the DSCA support, when requested, for significant natural disasters or man-made incidents. The most common CETEX exercises include earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, and terrorist or active shooter threats/attacks other natural and man-made emergencies.  The Sacramento Region IX CERTEX scenario involved a simulated magnitude 7.0 earthquake centered along California’s Hayward Fault, with the epicenter in the vicinity of San Pablo, California. Affected East Bay area cities ranged from Richmond, CA to as far south as Fremont, CA. The simulation involved violent ground shaking and sudden fault offsets of more than six feet in some areas, with severely degraded mobility from damaged roads and bridges. To properly replicate this significant level of damage, ATS used its proprietary Emergency and Disaster Management Simulation (EDMSIM) to provide DCO/E situational awareness and the ability to make fact-based disaster management decisions.  Over three days the exercise practised specific missions, all simulated with EDMSIM, such as casualty evacuation, road clearance, transportation of food and supplies, Public Affairs Operations, veterinarian services, and mortuary affairs. Throughout the exercise EDMSIM provided simulated input to the Google Earth/Situational Awareness Geospatial Enterprise (SAGE) Command and Control System, providing realistic DCO/E situational awareness and support for their decision-making process. All DCO/E training objectives were successfully achieved amidst a great sense of accomplishment by the entire staff.  As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS proudly continues to be active in its work with local, state and federal agencies to deliver disaster-preparedness exercises solutions that are innovative and deliver the readiness to protect communities.  For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please Contact Us​

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ATS Staff Completes HSEEP Course

Posted on: October 31st 2018

​ATS is pleased to congratulate Ted Gload following his successful completion of the rigorous Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) course in September 2018.HSEEP provides a set of guiding principles for exercise programs, as well as a common approach to exercise program management, design and development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning. Exercises are a key component of national preparedness. They provide stakeholders from the entire community with the opportunity to shape planning, assess and validate capabilities, and address areas for improvement.  Ted’s completion of HSEEP enhances the range of ATS Expertise to create, design, facilitate and manage relevant exercises that increase local, state, federal and commercial preparedness and resilience. ATS is actively engaged with local, state and federal agencies to deliver disaster-preparedness exercise solutions that are innovative and provide the experience to protect communities. With qualified HSEEP-trained staff members, ATS enriches its capabilities as a leader in emergency and disaster preparedness, training and readiness. For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please Contact Us​

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ATS Staff Completes DCSA II Course

Posted on: October 31st 2018

​ATS is pleased to congratulate Michael O’Neill following his successful completion of the Army North Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) II Course in September 2018.DSCA is delivered by the Department of Defense to support and assist civil authorities for domestic emergencies, law enforcement support, and other domestic activities, or from qualifying entities for special events. The DSCA II September Cohort consisted of students from a wide array of backgrounds in different levels of command, responsibilities and roles.   Much of the course time is spent in student-led exercises facilitated by subject matter experts, which enhances the overall learning experience. The Phase II course allows the student to expand and apply the knowledge gained via the online Phase I course. Mike was named an Honor Graduate of DSCA II based on his participation and perfect score in the three tests. His enhanced knowledge and understanding of DSCA enhances ATS Expertise in the design and delivery of robust modeling and simulation support solutions for Homeland Defense exercises, particularly in the development of Vibrant Response 2019. ATS is actively engaged with local, state and federal agencies to deliver disaster-preparedness exercise solutions that are innovative and provide the experience to protect communities. With capable HSEEP-trained staff members, ATS enriches our capabilities as a leader in emergency and disaster preparedness, training and readiness. For additional information on ATS and ATS Solutions, please Contact Us​

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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."