SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – From the streets of Bagdad to a local interstate, its imperative that all transportation Airmen understand how to operate every vehicle they’re assigned to, and the 375th Logistics Readiness Squadron has added another tool for them to do just that.
That tool is a new driving simulator, which is an interactive training program designed to give Airmen the opportunity to learn the process of driving a vehicle under realistic conditions.
The simulator features a realistic air ride seat, a multiple-speed shifter, a force feedback system, three 55-inch monitors and other features to give drivers the most realistic experience possible.
“The wide variety of capabilities offered by the simulator gives our Airmen the opportunity to always be learning, increasing confidence, readiness, and reliability,” said Teddy Manning, 375th LRS distribution section chief.
“Having access to our own simulator will give LRS leadership the newfound ability to train our personnel in other flights on safe operation of government assets and have more qualified personnel than ever before.”
Both a bus and truck commercial driver’s license can be accomplished on the system. The simulator also gives drivers an opportunity to train on various buses, trucks, trailers and emergency vehicles.
The inclusion of emergency vehicles on the simulator gives 375th Civil Engineer Squadron fire fighters the capability to train or refresh all personnel on aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles. This will prepare personnel in hazard mitigation, evacuation and rescue of passengers and crew during an airfield ground emergency.
Airman 1st Class Victoria Arbeleaz, a 375th LRS vehicle operator, said, “The sim allows me to build more knowledge on driving larger vehicles and be more confident on operating the real thing.”
The driving system includes more than 80 driving scenarios that Airmen could face on a daily basis, and because of the system, the Airmen said they are more “battle ready” than ever to accomplish the mission.