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US Army To Test New Tech-based JROTC Program at Select Schools

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Army plans to implement a new cybersecurity and tech education program for high school students enrolled in junior ROTC programs, leaders told lawmakers March 11.

The program, scheduled to be implemented at select schools by fiscal year 2022, will focus on cybersecurity and computer science. Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Casey Wardynski said the program’s curriculum remains under development.

The Army wants to reach a broader, more academically diverse group of students while also expanding its science, technology, engineering and math curriculum in its JROTC programs, said Assistant Deputy for Recruiting and Retention Lin St. Clair.

While the Army’s JROTC programs aren’t inherently a recruiting tool, they could open the doors toward a possible military career, Wardynski said. The cyber pilot program is being developed by the Office of the Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), Army Training and Doctrine Command and U.S. Army Cadet Command.

“Our effort here is designed to capture the imagination of young adults,” Wardynski said during a Senate Committee on Armed Services personnel oversight hearing. The assistant secretary added the service has been working to expand the number of eligible candidates for military service through education.

Through the program, Army leaders hope young men and women will be steered toward a possible Army career earlier in life. While the goal of junior ROTC remains to create better citizens, Wardynski said the program will raise awareness of career opportunities in computer science and cyber security so that the Army will be on recruits’ radars when they decide on their post-high school plans.

In many of the Army’s 22 priority cities for recruiting, young people don’t have much awareness about the Army as a potential career path, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army Jim Bland said recently. CASAs are community leaders who provide advice and counsel to Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy.

“We need to begin educating them much earlier about the opportunities in the military, the benefits of service and the challenges of service,” Wardynski said, “so that as they form their set of life-course alternatives, military service can be in there early enough to shape their behaviors throughout high school. So by the time they graduate, they can avail themselves to those opportunities.”

St. Clair said many of areas with schools that remain underrepresented in junior ROTC programs lie in the Midwest and Northeast. And that diverse student populations are located in or near the Army’s priority cities.

The proposed pilot program is intended to educate students at the Advanced Placement and honors course level  St. Clair said the program would cover the entire four-year junior ROTC program.

The pilot program as envisioned would be “rigorous and arduous enough that it would warrant AP or honors-level equivalency in terms of points or grade structure,” St. Clair said. He added it would be graded the same and it would be viewed the same as an honors or advanced-placement class.

By Joseph Lacdan, Army News Service

SureFire Field Notes Ep 56: Intro to Night Vision Use with Don Edwards

Friday, March 27th, 2020

In this episode, Don Edwards of Greenline Tactical discusses techniques for getting acclimated with Night Vision, for new users.

Don Edwards is a retired 20+ year veteran of US Army Special Operations. He began his career in 3rd Bn 75th Ranger Regiment where he was a participant in Operation Just Cause. Retired from 20th Special Forces Group where he served as a Team Sergeant, a Weapons Sergeant and Intelligence Sergeant during combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has served for five years as the Use of Force training manager and primary instructor at the ATF National Academy in Glynco, GA instructing in tactics and firearms as well. Don has worked as tactical advisor to the Department of Defense since 2008 serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan and is a FLETC certified firearms instructor.

Greenline Tactical was founded, and is run by Don Edwards. Don is the former Director of Training for TNVC and he is considered a leader in Night Vision Operations Training offering real world tactical and defensive training to law abiding civilians, State/Local Law Enforcement officers and SWAT teams as well as Conventional and Special Operations military units around the country.


USAF Basic Military Training Establishes Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course for All Airmen

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) is an All Service Members Course (AMS) that teaches service members lifesaving skills to render basic medical aid to a trauma casualty. The five lifesaving skills learned are: rapid casualty assessment, tourniquet application, wound packing with a hemostatic dressing, application of a pressure bandage, and basic airway maneuvers to open the airway. The Secretary of Defense has directed that all military service members be trained and become proficient in basic lifesaving TCCC AMS skills, replacing the Combat Lifesaver course. (U.S. Air Force video by Sarayuth Pinthong)

Federal Resources Announces Disinfection Unit Leader Course

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

The Disinfection Unit Leader (DUL) course prepares personnel to plan and manage disinfection of PPE, facilities, equipment, and vehicles. Includes application tactics and multiple disinfection solutions.

Course ends with a full scale disinfection of the training facility.

Their mobile training team is still providing on-site training.

E-mail training@federalresources.com for more info.

US Army Rolls Out New Medical-Training Mannequins

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait — The U.S. Army is rolling out a new program for certified medical-personnel to borrow state-of-the-art medical-training equipment from the Training Aids Service Center on post, scheduled to be fully implemented by this summer.

The medical-simulation unit is a mannequin that emulates many aspects of battlefield casualties to help commanders train their soldiers more effectively in Tactical Combat Casualty Care, in compliance with Department of Defense Initiative 1322.24: Medical Readiness Training (MRT).

“The purpose of this device is for the commanders to employ collective training where a casualty is incurred, and the squad is supposed to react,” said Dr. Jerry P. Higman, Deputy Product Manager of Medical Simulation, U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation. “At present we have instruction to field 77 systems across 41 sites.”

The mannequin, named the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Exportable, or TC3X, simulates the three main causes of death on the battlefield: airway obstruction, tension pneumothorax and blood hemorrhage, commonly referred to as the “ABC’s” — airway, breathing, and circulation. The TC3X is fully animatronic and effectively simulates the ABC’s through a heavily-monitored internal system, giving feedback to the soldiers through physical movements and vocalizations.

The movements and vocalizations can be set and controlled by an operator before the training takes place. The controller has a variety of scenarios built in with spaces for custom scenarios. Scenarios range from bullet wounds and shrapnel damage to head trauma and full amputations, requiring soldiers to act accordly in real time.

“You should definitely treat it like you would treat a human,” said Lt. Col. Rickardo Christopher, Product Manager of Medical Simulation, U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation. “If you don’t apply correct pressure to the wound, it’ll keep bleeding just like a real human being.”

The mannequin is built to withstand dust, dirt, mild moisture and variations in temperature, necessary for field-operations training.

“You’re working with a high fidelity mannequin, but it is robust,” said Higman. “Do not be afraid to work with the mannequin, in terms of deploying it or taking it to the field. We do not want the medics to have any inhibitions on checking it out.”

“You have to use what you have to get better,” said Christopher. “This mannequin sets the condition for soldiers to increase their overall medical readiness.”

To check out a TC3X for use in training, see the TASC on post to see if and when they are available.

By PFC Andrew Zook

Sky Soldiers Use BeaverFit’s 20’ Performance Lockers

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Gyms have been closed, but members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade are staying fit thanks to their BeaverFit 20′ Performance Lockers. The locker is a portable, versatile gym that is completely housed within a TRICON.

When using the BeaverFit, a dynamic variety of equipment can be unloaded and set up to create an immersive workout environment.

“I’m a big fan of working out outside,” said 1st Lt. Russ Parsons. “Once it starts to get warmer [and] you can come outside, the BeaverFit is perfect.”

The big focus right now is getting an H2F or Army Performance Locker down to each company across the Army. Units in the 4th, 82nd and 101st Divisions are using H2F or Army Performance Lockers.

BeaverFit can provide assistance with:
1. Human Performance Facilities (H2F)
2. Obstacle Courses and Punishers
3. Performance Lockers
4. ACFT Solutions (storage, fields, human performance SunPro or BeaverDome variant)
5. Rigs and Racks
6. Special Operations Equipment (Towers, Range Lockers, MOUT facilities)

Visit www.beaverfit.com.

Photos of the U.S. Army Europe U.S. European Command (EUCOM) 7th Army Training Command U.S. Army Garrison Italy & U.S. Army 173rd Brigade Support Battalion 2-503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment “The Rock” are by SPC Ryan Lucas.

Ruck March Keeps Airmen Mission Ready

Monday, March 16th, 2020

Airmen assigned to the 820th Base Defense Group perform a ruck march Feb. 21, 2020, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. Members of the 105th Base Defense Squadron from Stewart Air National Guard Base, New York, and 820th BDG participate in a ruck march as part of the Initial Qualification Training for Base Defense Group Airmen to ensure readiness in a deployed environment. Ruck marches allow Airmen to understand the feeling of carrying mission essential items to better pace themselves and stay fit.

(US Air Force photos by A1C Elijah M. Dority)

10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Cold Weather Training

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

Over the course of this winter, “The Originals” of 10th SFG(A) have conducted a wide variety of cold weather and mountaineering training both at their home base of Ft Carson, CO and in at various locations in Europe.