The Joint Multinational Training Command (JMTC) Wraps-up the Six-Month, Joint Task Force-East Exercise in Bulgaria and Romania

Monday December 1, 2008

What is it?

Joint Task Force-East (JTF-E) is a training event between U.S. Soldiers stationed in Germany, members of the National Guard, and Soldiers of the Romanian and Bulgarian armies which concluded in October, at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Romania and Novo Selo Training Area in Bulgaria. To facilitate realistic and challenging training, U.S. Army's largest training facility in Europe, the 7th U.S. Army JMTC deployed some of the Army's newest and most effective training devices.

What has the Army done?

During the exercise, Soldiers participated in the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) Egress Assistance Trainer (HEAT). Since Soldiers trapped in an overturned HMMWV are easy targets for the enemy during combat, more than 570 U.S. and coalition Soldiers were trained using the HEAT. Soldiers practiced a variety of escape techniques at different angles. TheHEAT trainer is designed to change Soldiers' reactions from panic to confidence and increase escape time. Additionally, a trained occupant has a 250 percent greater chance of survival than an untrained occupant.

During the 2008 JTF-E rotation the JMTC trained more than 1,000 Soldiers, using the Army's Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 (EST 2000). The EST, an interactive weapons simulation trainer, allows Soldiers to improve their marksmanship skills in realistic virtual combat scenarios, such as ambush, search and destroy, and rescues. The EST displays a Soldier's trigger squeeze, the angle of fire, and actions of the shooter before and after squeezing the trigger. This helps Soldiers see what they were doing wrong and to correct their mistakes.

Finally, during Missions on Urban Terrain training (MOUT), the JMTC provided Mobile MOUT containers and deployed the "Deployable Instrumentation System Europe," commonly called DISE. Using the technology, a systems operator could track and record all unit maneuvers and engagement scenarios in the MOUT village.

During AAR, Soldiers watched their movements on a video screen in full-color, 3-D computer animation. As a tiny avatar retraced every step and action made by real Soldiers, the unit discussed ways to improve maneuvers and improve strategies for overcoming the enemy.

Why is this important to the Army?

The JMTC has developed the unique capability to train Soldiers smarter, more safely, and more cost effectively by using these and other creative training tools. These tools are available to all Active-Duty, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers. Tools and devices can be exported anywhere, at anytime.

What continued effort does the Army have planned for the future?

The JMTC will support the JTF-E exercise in 2009; however, the JMTC can deploy exportable training tools and devices for most training exercises. Interested units should contact the: JMTC for more information.


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