CASCOM hosts Israeli soldiers, provides training insight
January 16, 2013
FORT LEE, Va. (Jan. 16, 2013) -- The Combined Arms Support Command hosted Maj. Gen. Jacob Barak, Israeli Defense Force Technology and Logistics Branch head, and members of the Israeli Defense Force, or IDF, for a tour of its schools, Jan. 14.
The visit provided insight into the curriculum, technology and techniques used to train logistics Soldiers.
During their visit, the group toured the U.S. Army Ordnance School, where they viewed Soldiers training in the Stryker Maintenance Course. Instructors demonstrated the interactive classroom training where students virtually troubleshoot problems with the vehicle. They also toured the Allied Trades Course, which instructs Soldiers in welding and machining.
The next stop took the group to the U.S. Army Logistics University. There they learned about the comprehensive leadership courses taught to logistics officers and senior noncommissioned officers. The university consists of three colleges and an academy that trains more than 34,000 students a year.
Finishing up the tour, the group stopped at the U.S. Army Quartermaster School's Aerial Delivery & Field Services Department. Subject matter experts shared knowledge about how the department trains parachute riggers and shower, laundry and clothing repair specialists. Barak and Lt. Col. Shiri Lavi-Amichay, IDF Division logistics officer, were given the opportunity to try the department's new parachute simulator.
The device combines 3D virtual reality with parachute dynamics and realistic control to allow jumpers to hone their skills in a controlled training environment before boarding a real airplane.
The information shared during the visit will help the IDF during the process of creating a logistics school in Israel.