WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, NM – On September 22nd, 2021, Applied Training Solutions (ATS) successfully designed and supported a critical training exercise for the U.S. Army Garrison White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico. ATS facilitated the exercise as part of the Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Military Installation Exercise Program.
The exercise encompassed a one-day simulated flood designed to test the Garrison’s response at multiple locations across the installation. ATS simulated a monsoon flood in the region to stress WSMR’s response capability for: personnel injury, structural damage, disruption to critical resources, and degraded installation services.
The scenario triggered WSMR’s activation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), incident command, emergency medical response, search and rescue (SAR) operations, establishment of a primary safe haven, and an emergency family assistance center (EFAC). The complex exercise challenged WSMR’s ability to synthesize information received from a variety of live and simulated sources, while synchronizing emergency management efforts amongst its tenant organizations and their senior leadership.
ATS spent a total of eight-months to plan the exercise, design it, and develop the scenario to align with the WSMR Garrison Commander’s (GC) training objectives. The scenario exercised 15 core capabilities, resulting in the installation’s ability to train five primary training objectives. ATS’ team employed an exercise control cell to shape, affect, and support WSMR’s staff actions and HQ IMCOM’s external assessment. Throughout the exercise, the ATS team worked in-concert with WSMR’s lead exercise planner to ensure event injects appropriately challenged the EOC response and recovery functions, while maintaining optimum operational tempo. Additionally, ATS provided the IMCOM external evaluation team with 141 MSEL inject observations and insights based upon interaction with the exercise participants.
Technology and supporting tools used to deliver the exercise were ATSsim Software, Google Earth, and ATSsim MSEL Tool Software. The effectiveness of the tools to deliver this type of exercise were excellent.
COL Bryan Howell (Garrison Commander) thanked the ATS team for delivering a challenging and insightful training event for White Sands Missile Range.
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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