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Omnia Training: Rheinmetall Joins Forces with Raytheon UK, Capita, Cervus, and Improbable Defence for the British Army’s CTTP

Thursday, November 24th, 2022

Rheinmetall together with Capita, Cervus, Improbable Defence has joined the Raytheon UK led team Omnia Training. Omnia Training is an industrial team that will be bidding to become the Strategic Training Partner for the British Army’s Collective Training Transformation Programme (CTTP).

The CTTP will deliver the Future Collective Training System (FCTS) – a technology-enabled training system that will serve as a surrogate for warfare. It will provide the British Army with the capability to better replicate the complexity of the modern battlefield in training, giving the army the ability to train globally whenever and wherever it needs to. Utilising technologies from synthetic training environments to state-of-the-art data and connectivity solutions, the CTTP will enable the British Army to better prepare soldiers and commanders for operations to ensure the security of the United Kingdom. The CTTP is expected to start in 2025 and valued at £1.2bn (€1.4 bn) over 15 years.

Omnia Training’s expertise spans complex programme management, enterprise transformation, collective synthetic training, digital platforms and data exploitation. It will work in collaboration with the British Army to transform collective training and prepare soldiers for future challenging operational scenarios by creating realistic multi-domain environments.

The Raytheon UK led team includes world class training transformation companies that will provide unrivalled expertise to deliver the Strategic Training Partner role for CTTP.

Jeff Lewis, chief executive of Raytheon UK said:

“We are bringing together a team that has collaboration and innovation at its heart. Omnia Training embraces modern training technologies and methodologies that enhances the common training experience and is focused on delivering better training outcomes for the soldier and commander.

“At the heart of our collaborative approach will be the exploitation of data and connectivity across multiple training technologies. This combination will enable us to deliver a truly flexible and cutting-edge training environment and will help prepare the Army for a range of scenarios that have traditionally been difficult to create on a training ground.”

The CTTP’s Strategic Training Partner will assume responsibility for the existing Army collective training system and infrastructure to deliver collective training, then work collaboratively with the Army to transform this into a fully integrated, flexible training solution and be responsible for continuously improving new army training capabilities.

Richard Holroyd, managing director of Capita Defence, Fire and Security, said:

“We are incredibly proud of our track record in delivering technology-enabled, transformational training services for our Defence customers, which is already helping the UK’s Armed Forces to get better trained people to the frontline, faster.

“Omnia Training brings together an unparalleled team of expert partners with well-established relationships. We’re excited to be part of this collaboration and stand ready to deliver transformed collective training for the British Army.”

Alan Roan, managing director of Cervus, said:

“It is refreshing that a small, medium enterprise like Cervus has been asked to be part of this exceptional team and we think that this is exactly what the CTTP customer has been asking for. We have watched the potential STP partners for several years, through the market engagement process, and have been gently testing their behaviours.

“Raytheon UK stood out as an organisation that always listened and treated us with a level of professional respect so, when they asked us to join the team, we leapt at this opportunity. A truly collaborative environment has been created within Omnia Training, where each team member can excel on what they do best and, for Cervus, this means providing soldiers with the game-changing exploitation of their training data”.

Joe Robinson, CEO at Improbable Defence, said:

“Improbable Defence is delighted to be Omnia Training’s strategic synthetic integrator and proud to be among team members with deep experience in transforming defence capability and superb reputations for collaboration. With a mindset for innovation, we are renowned for our agile responses to user needs and delivering world-leading synthetics. Our track record is one of embracing new technologies and accelerating their provision into the hands of front line users.

As a member of Omnia Training we will bring our expertise in rapid, flexible, low-risk development of a new class of synthetics, that embraces the best of industry, in order to deliver to the British Army the adaptive and ground-breaking collective training system they need to win on the battlefields of the future.”

Richard Streeter, Managing Director, Rheinmetall Electronics UK Ltd. said:

“The Omnia Training team brings together a group of companies with significant depth of expertise and credibility as the Strategic Training Partner for the UK Army to deliver the CTTP programme successfully. This programme represents a huge shift and modernisation to the approach of training the UK Armed Forces. With Rheinmetall’s global footprint and decades of managing complex synthetics design, integration and training capability delivery, we are delighted to be contributing to this fantastic Transformational Programme and addressing the challenges in the CTTP for the future UK Army”

SIG SAUER Academy and SIG Experience Center Announce 2023 Course Schedule with New Fly-through Video Tour

Friday, November 4th, 2022

NEWINGTON, N.H., (November 4, 2022) – SIG SAUER Academy is proud to present an amazing FPV (First Person View) drone fly-through video of the new SIG SAUER Experience Center as part of the announcement of the 2023 course calendar, seminar schedules and events happening on the campus of SIG SAUER Academy.

This incredible video shot using a FPV drone gives you a one-of-a-kind view of the exciting new SIG Experience Center, a state-of-the-art 40,000 square foot facility featuring the SIG SAUER Flagship Store, the SIG SAUER Academy Shooting Center and Indoor Range, the SIG SAUER Museum, a Conference and Events Center along with the hospitality suite Club 1751.

SIG SAUER Academy offers a comprehensive course schedule that caters to all types of shooters from beginner to expert for handgun, rifle, shotgun, and hunting.  Visit sigsaueracademy.com to review the 2023 course schedule and register for a course at the SIG SAUER Academy in Epping, New Hampshire or one of the many courses offered at a SIG SAUER Academy Outpost location in Central Florida or California.

The Seminar Series is new to the SIG SAUER Academy and the SIG Experience Center.  The Seminar Series offers students education and resources on a wide variety of subjects from Concealed Carry to Wilderness Survival, range from 2 hours to a half-day in length, typically cost $30 to attend, and require no equipment to participate.  For a full schedule and to register of the 2023 SIG SAUER Academy Seminar Series visit sigsaueracademy.com.

To learn more about the available space and event packages at the SIG Experience Center contact [email protected] or call 603-610-3456.  The SIG SAUER Academy Campus and SIG Experience Center is located on the campus of the SIG SAUER Academy at 231 Exeter Road in Epping, New Hampshire and open daily from 8:00am to 7:30pm.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Soldiers Sharpen Special Forces Support Skills in Danger Zone

Monday, October 24th, 2022

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians are sharpening their ability to operate with some of the nation’s most elite warriors in a bunker on Fort Campbell, Kentucky, called the Danger Zone Training Complex.

EOD Soldiers from the 52nd Ordnance Group (EOD) are leveraging the expertise of the training cadre at the specialized facility to prepare for deployments in support of U.S. Army Special Forces units and conventional ground forces.

The Fort Campbell, Kentucky-based 52nd EOD Group commands all Active-Duty U.S. Army EOD units east of the Mississippi River, including two EOD battalions and 14 EOD companies on Army installations in Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and New York.

The 52nd EOD Group is part of the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command, the U.S. military’s premier all hazards command. The 20th CBRNE Command is home to 75 percent of the Active-Duty U.S. Army’s EOD technicians and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) specialists, as well as the 1st Area Medical Laboratory, CBRNE Analytical and Remediation Activity, five Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordination Teams and three Nuclear Disablement Teams.

American Soldiers and U.S. Army civilians from 20th CBRNE Command deploy from 19 bases in 16 states to confront and defeat the world’s most dangerous hazards in support of joint, interagency and allied operations.

Master Sgt. Brandon K. Barenie from the 52nd EOD Group Training Cell said the Danger Zone training cadre includes two senior Army EOD noncommissioned officers and civilian contractors who provide subject matter expertise.

“We operate within and take tasking from the 52nd EOD Group S3 Operations Section yet may work directly with battalions and companies when appropriate,” said Barenie.

According to Barenie, the support team provides training in EOD, chemical, nuclear, maneuver unit integration, Special Forces support operations, exercise design, counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems and sensitive site exploitation, as well as threat guidance research, scheduling and coordinating training evolutions and constructing and fabricating training aids.

As the U.S. Army’s explosive experts, EOD technicians are trained to take on everything from a hand grenade to a nuclear weapon while conducting explosive mitigation missions in support of military operations around the world and domestic authorities across the nation.

U.S. Army EOD units from 20th CBRNE Command deploy to the U.S. Central Command and U.S. Africa Command areas of operations while supporting U.S. Indo-Pacific Command exercises and Defense Support to Civil Authorities missions for U.S. Northern Command.

Army EOD Soldiers respond when military munitions are discovered, both on and off post. In 2021 alone, Army EOD technicians from 20th CBRNE Command EOD units participated in 1,415 explosive mitigation missions on military installations and 276 missions off base.

Today, Army EOD technicians are training and preparing to support ground forces during large-scale combat operations against a near-peer adversary.

U.S. Army EOD Soldiers also routinely support the U.S. Secret Service and Department of State during Very Important Person Protection Support Activity missions by helping to protect the president, first lady, vice president and foreign heads of states.

Previously a critical communications and security facility called The Voice, the Danger Zone provides a unique venue for the EOD techs to hone their lifesaving and mission-enabling skills. The facility also provides advanced marksmanship and combat skills training to keep EOD Soldiers on target.

“These training opportunities enhance our group’s ability to employ technically and tactically proficient Soldiers in support of any combatant commander,” said Barenie.

By Walter T. Ham IV

KitBadger on Training The “Other StrongSide”

Saturday, October 22nd, 2022

My friend Ivan sent this to me and I thought it was worth a share.

The Journey to the Other Strong Side…

About a year ago I decided to invest in training my Other Strong Side. So, being right handed and right eye dominant, I spent a lot of time working my left hand and left eye. Taking a number of pistol and carbine courses over the span of a year. From Urban Rifle down at Thunder Ranch, to a Night Fighter class with Chuck Pressburg, to a Limited Signature Course with Ian at Runenation and some training with Bill Rapier of AMTAC Shooting.

Read the rest here.

2023 DARC Course List

Wednesday, September 28th, 2022

2023 Courses posted on www.DARC-USA.com/courses. More dates to be announced.

Trainshot Live-Fire Robot Creates Custom Interactive Training

Wednesday, September 21st, 2022

Trainshot has designed an interactive live-fire robot to enhance your training. This unique system combines speed and tech to make it the most mission capable robot available. The robot when used in combination with the Trainshot app will allow you to create a truly customizable training experience.

The Trainshot robot utilizes pre-programmed features including; Random Mode, SWARM, or GPS Waypoint Mapping to meet your mission-specific training needs.  Features on the app include free shooting mode so you can work on everything from reflexes, precision, drawing, or reloading skills. The app also features missions for all skill levels. Users can even track their progress in real time eliminating wasted time down range trying to find shots on paper.

The robot is available in two different versions; a self-balancing two-wheel is ideal for indoor use and a rugged four-wheel version for outdoor and off-road capability. Both robots feature flat-proof, foam-filled tires, with a max speed of up to 10 mph for the two-wheel robot and 15 mph for the four-wheel version.

The Trainshot robot utilizes a proprietary lightweight self-healing foam body target which can detect three unique zones. It also features a pop-up mechanism ideal for shoot/no-shoot scenarios. The robot body is protected with a Hardox 500 Frame and an anti-ricochet Ballistic Rubber plate designed to hold up to 7.62×39 or 5.56 mm calibers (capable of being upgraded to 7.62×51 or greater) and a self-healing four-color ultra-bright 36W LED module is used. A rechargeable lithium-ion battery ensures a runtime of 8-12 hours.

Everything on the robot is controlled with the app which, can be used with single or multiple targets. The app provides shooters real-time scores, hit zones, and reaction times. Indoor waypoint mapping of your robot is set up using a special computer vision- 3D navigation, so no GPS is required. The robots are compatible with Trainshot static targets allowing for use of both during the same training session. You can also use multiple robots to drive in formation. A long-range radio allows for a range of up to 1,000 meters/3,300 feet for static targets. The system can easily be broken down for transport, with the two-wheel weighing 110-150 lbs. and the four-wheel weighing 150-200 lbs.

For more information, please visit www.trainshot.com.

Kosovo Security Force Members Make History, Earn U.S. Air Assault Badge

Saturday, September 17th, 2022

JOHNSTON, Iowa– Two Kosovo Security Force members made history by becoming the first KSF soldiers to graduate from a U.S. Air Assault course Sept. 9, 2022, at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa.

Maj. Gen. Ben Corell, the Adjutant General of Iowa National Guard, along with representatives from the Des Moines Consulate of the Republic of Kosovo and senior KSF leadership, were present to congratulate Pvt. Sead Berisha, a psychological operations soldier, and Staff Sgt. Lorik Ramaj, a civilian affairs soldier, on earning their U.S. Air Assault badges. Sead and Ramaj stood at attention alongside U.S. Soldiers and Airmen as their mentors and loved ones pinned them with their “wings” on graduation day.

On the first day of the course, Berisha described feeling strange being in a different uniform from the U.S. service members surrounding him, but said that his fellow students were approachable and encouraging.

“It’s my first time in the U.S. and in Iowa, and I feel really special to be here,” said Berisha.

Berisha and Ramaj represent their countrymen in their admirable achievement but also the flourishing National Guard State Partnership Program that joins Kosovo and Iowa in military-to-military engagements in support of defense security goals and cooperation objectives that also foster cultural exchange.

Over 290 service members converged at the post to earn the coveted Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge or title of Rappel Master throughout August and September.

It was the first time in four years that Mobile Training Teams based out of the Army National Guard Warrior Training Center at Fort Benning, Georgia, traveled to Camp Dodge to teach the courses. The cadre led the Soldiers and Airmen through grueling tasks that were both physically and mentally challenging.

The U.S. Army Air Assault course trains service members across all branches in sling load operations and rappelling, as well as being a true test of grit. It includes phases that test not only their technical aptitude, but their ability to negotiate a tough obstacle course between repetitions of various exercises and — for those who pass all other tests — finishes with a timed 12-mile ruck march.

As for the Pathfinder course, a 2020 Army Times article stated the course would get the axe as projected at the time, but Sgt. 1st Class Josh Ludecke said that’s not the case. Ludecke is the primary Pathfinder instructor assigned to Company B, ARNG WTC.

“We’re still here for the Army National Guard, and our training center has absorbed executive agency of the Pathfinder school,” said Ludecke. “We’re doing things that we can to fit [the course] more toward the force we need.”

1st Lt. Tanner Potter is an Iowa National Guard Soldier currently serving on active duty orders as the executive officer of Company B, ARNG WTC. He explained the difference between the Army’s Pathfinder and Air Assault courses.

“Pathfinders are able to be off on their own establishing drop zones and can go in ahead of a unit,” said Potter. “It’s just extremely in-depth, almost like college-level classes. Air assault is much easier for younger Soldiers to understand, strictly focusing on tower rigging and rappelling, that sort of thing.”

Each course has overall objectives and knowledge that culminates with each skill level. Air Assault is meant to lay the foundation for Pathfinder as well as the Rappel Master course, which is currently being held at Camp Dodge.

Sgt. Briton Ensminger, a cavalry scout with Troop A, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, IANG, said the Pathfinder course involved “very, very rigorous studying.” Yet, the long hours of mental strain paid off when he earned his badge on graduation day alongside his twin brother, Sgt. Bergen Ensminger, and was pinned by the primary Air Assault instructor. The Ensminger brothers are from Mount Pleasant, Iowa.

“The non-commissioned officer-in-charge of Air Assault is an old squad leader of mine [from] when I deployed,” said Ensminger. “He got to pin on my torch for me, so that was pretty cool.”

The Rappel Master course at Camp Dodge, which also offers a valuable and specialized set of skills focusing on aircraft rigging and rappelling, is set to graduate approximately 27 service members Sept. 15. This will close out a significant joint training event that gives service members a chance to both stand out and stand together with others who’ve earned these skills and badges.

Story by SSG Samantha Hircock

Photos by SSG Tawny Kruse

Team One Network Introduces Smith & Wesson Armorer Courses

Thursday, September 15th, 2022

Fredericksburg, VA, September 12, 2022 – Team One Network announced their collaboration with Smith & Wesson to provide Smith & Wesson armorer training on the S&W M&P and M2.0 pistol as well as the M&P 15 rifle to military and law enforcement personnel.

Smith & Wesson armorer courses taught by Team One Network will focus on nomenclature, field stripping and maintenance, safeties and safety checks, detailed disassembly, troubleshooting and minor repairs. All armorer courses will be 1 day/ 8-hour courses. Students will be provided with both the weapon and all required tools to complete the course.

“Smith & Wesson is committed to the after sales support of our professional customer base.” Said S&W’s Matthew Fehmel, Senior Director of Global, Professional & International Sales.

“Our partnership with Team One Network helps us extend our reach and deliver world-class maintenance instruction to meet the needs of all of our customers in a timely manner.”

“We are honored that Smith and Wesson has selected Team One Network to provide armorers training programs for them,” said John T. Meyer Jr., President of Team One Network. “Our team of armorer instructors have more than 100-years of combined armorer experience. Their passion for the firearms is rivaled only by their desire to train.”

Team One Network has the ability to bring Smith & Wesson armorer training to any location for group or department training. They also welcome individuals to attend scheduled events across the country.