The 19th ESC conducts HEAT training
March 25, 2012
The machine consists of a replica Humvee cab that is connected to motors to rotate the cab sideways 360 degrees so Soldiers can practice exiting a Humvee that has rolled over.
Soldiers participating in the rollover training wore full protective gear and were secured in a sitting position using seatbelts before the simulation started.
"I was surprised how realistic the training was," said Private 1st Class Nam Hyun-wook. "It was like being in the actual situation."
The trainer simulated a partial rollover, where passengers exited through the top of the cab, and a full rollover, where passengers were completely upside-down before exiting.
"I was a little uneasy to begin with, but it turned out to be interesting and fun," said Staff Sgt. Joshua Fernandez, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Support Operations.
South Korea has a variety of challenging terrains with four distinct seasons that increases the chances of the scenario becoming a reality.
"With the amount of convoys we perform here in the 19th, its very good that we are conducting this training today," said 1st Lt. Eddie Gerlach, HHC Executive Officer, "The weather is so unpredictable here in Korea, so it's good to be prepared for this situation."
The Instructor randomly locked three out of four doors to simulate the possibility of doors being jammed shut during a rollover. Soldiers had to check their doors to find the one that could be opened.
"There was some chaos during one of our scenarios, none of the doors would open at first, but we quickly found one," Fernandez said.
The stressful environment of the simulator presented exceptional challenges that required Soldiers to stay focused and move with purpose.
"In the Humvee, we're getting shaken up, and we're kind of confused." So communication is very important," Nam said.
Between 2003 and 2006, more than 132 Soldiers were injured and 116 died in Humvee rollover accidents during Operation Iraqi Freedom.