ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, IL – On July 14th, 2021, Applied Training Solutions (ATS) successfully designed and supported a critical training exercise for the U.S. Army Garrison Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois.  ATS facilitated the Full-Scale Exercise (FSE) as part of the Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Military Installation Exercise Program.

The exercise encompassed a one-day simulated natural disaster designed to test the garrison’s response and recovery mission areas at multiple incident locations across the installation.  ATS simulated an F2 tornado in the region to initiate focused conditions for Rock Island Arsenal’s response capability for personnel injury, structural damage, disruption to critical resources, and degraded installation services.

The scenario triggered the garrison’s activation of the EOC, emergency medical response, search and rescue (SAR) operations, establishment of a primary safe haven, and an emergency family assistance center (EFAC).  USAG Rock Island Arsenal leadership placed strategic emphasis on emergency recovery operations throughout the FSE.

ATS facilitated the nine-month sequence of exercise planning, design, and scenario development to align with the Rock Island Arsenal Garrison Commander’s (GC) training objectives.  The scenario exercised core capabilities, resulting in the installations’ ability to meet their five primary training objectives.  The ATS team employed an exercise control cell to shape, affect and support Rock Island Arsenal’s staff actions and HQ IMCOM’s external assessment.  Throughout the FSE, the ATS team worked in-concert with Rock Island Arsenal’s lead exercise planner to ensure the event appropriately challenged EOC response and recovery functions, while maintaining optimum operational tempo.  Additionally, ATS provided the IMCOM external evaluation team with 94 observations and insights based upon interaction with FSE participants.

COL Todd Allison, Garrison Commander and Mr. Dean Jordan, DPTMS thanked the ATS team for delivering a challenging and insightful training event for Rock Island Arsenal.


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

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