DVIDS – News – Michigan LMOC CRTC Maximizes Training Opportunities; give back to the fighter


ALPENA, Michigan — The Alpena Combat Training Center (CRTC), one of three Michigan Air National Guard bases, focuses on the effectiveness of fighter pilots through the operational capability of live mission (LMOC).

“One of the goals of LMOC is to give the fighter time back, allowing pilots to focus on their tactical training,” said Lt. Col. Nicholas Smith, LMOC and CRTC Range Officer. “LMOC’s overall vision is ‘Train Better, Faster’. We’re looking to accelerate change and make things better for these fighters to get the most out of their training cycle.

“The program is designed by Air Force Materiel Command, but funded by Air Combat Control (ACC), and that is why we are focusing on the needs of fighter pilots,” he said.

The Alpena CRTC is one of four unique readiness facilities located in the United States and is operated entirely by the Michigan National Guard. Military units come from all over the United States to train at the facility, including active duty and reserve elements from the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard. Alpena CRTC, part of the National All Domain Warfighting Center, has 17,000 square miles of special use airspace to meet the needs of military units to ensure combat capabilities. The CRTC also has training areas for ground tactics that can help commanders understand urban warfare through the use of the Military Operations in Urban Training (MOUT) facility.

“LMOC is really gearing up by bringing our range and airspace instrumentation into the 21st century,” said Col. Rossi, Commander, Alpena CRTC. “Today’s fighter must be able to train daily for the highest threats and larger-scale conflicts, whether by real, virtual or constructive means. “

“The LMOC facilitates training between geographically separated units and allows the combatant to spend more time on his tactics compared to the administrative tasks of preparing, executing and debriefing scenarios or mission facilitators,” he said. -he declares.

LMOC itself is mainly computerized and uses updated software, but also ensures that existing systems will be modernized for the future. The program also focuses on integrating legacy systems, which preserves financial investments.

“We can’t forget about legacy systems because millions of dollars have been invested in them,” Smith said. “We need to figure out how to integrate the old systems with the new aircraft and training technologies while bringing the new systems on board. “

LMOC’s emphasis on pilot training can reinforce the principles, techniques and scenarios pilots might face. LMOC improves decision making while enhancing pilot skills. Using LMOC technology, operators can add virtual components as well as real components to scenarios, challenging the fighter to train in more complex scenarios.

“We have the ability to repel additional virtual threats representing enemy aircraft and threats that pilots must respond to,” Smith said. “I can add additional cells and threats to their Link-16 display and correlate the emissions of real-world threats as well as ground substitution threats so they can respond.”

“Plus, I can add blue forces to brighten the aerial image, prepare the battlefield, and create a more cohesive mission scenario for pilots rather than just doing what they always do. It can get them to think about how they fit into a bigger air force and a bigger common image, ”he said.

The LMOC mission also allows pilots to save time during pre-flight planning and debriefings.

“Pilots typically arrive a few hours before takeoff so they can start planning, handling administrative duties, developing scenarios and organizing all training events before they fly,” said Smith. “We can cut down on mission planning time so they don’t have to worry about planning their entire scenario and can focus on real-world training. “

LMOC capabilities also save time after the flight.

Before LMOC, after landing, crews had to upload their output data, resolve computer issues, and the instructor had to quickly review the output to get a feel for focal points while the rest of the crews waited for the debriefing to begin. formal. .

“When they come back for the debriefing, I have their fight on the board ready to review and I’ve already highlighted potential areas for debriefing,” Smith said. “These are the lessons learned that they can now see right away, speeding up the debriefing, giving pilots and their families more time.”

One of the goals of LMOC is to be connected globally through a training environment. This includes fighter jets with different safety classifications.

“We have fighter jets that operate at a very high level of safety and other aircraft with lower levels of safety,” Smith said. “The program takes all of this data at different classification levels and the computer software will determine what information goes to which aircraft or which participant.”

“It will also give crews more time that would otherwise be spent obtaining clearances before releasing information, or holding multiple debriefing sessions at each of the respective classification levels,” he said. .

Another goal of CRTC LMOC is full implementation in a multi-state region involving states east of Michigan.

“Our LMOC covers units in our region as we support New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Vermont, Pennsylvania and Ohio,” Smith said. “Our ultimate goal is to integrate all the live and virtual infrastructure of the Air Force and the Ministry of Defense so that everyone trains together, starting regionally and at some point, by going global. ”

Date taken: 10.13.2021
Date posted: 10.13.2021 14:00
Story ID: 407184
Site: ALPENA, MI, United States

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