422nd SFS utilizes new MILO Range Combat Simulator

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  • By Senior Airman Chase Sousa
  • 501st Combat Support Wing Public Affairs

Airmen from the 422nd Security Forces Squadron conducted Milo simulation training at RAF Croughton, April 9.

The Milo system is the squadron’s newest training addition improving response, readiness and awareness.

The MILO system, along with a dynamic inflatable shoothouse, was purchased using Commander’s Readiness Funds, which are allocated to each wing to aid in meeting the Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s priorities of increasing readiness and lethality. Before the MILO and shoothouse were purchased, the squadron used more than 3,600 hours in travel time and logistics to keep Defenders adequately trained. In addition to eliminating this burden, the systems has allowed the 422nd SFS to provide safe and realistic training with their United Kingdom Ministry of Defense counterparts; marking the first implementation of this kind of training in the Department of Defense and in MOD Personnel forces across the U.K.

The system includes over 500 interactive branching scenarios with most scenarios being based off real life experiences. Scenarios cover situations including traffic stops, active shooters, burglaries, domestic disturbances, corrections and patrols.

“It gives us a huge repertoire of virtual training scenarios that can be outside our mission scope, allowing us to prepare Airmen not only for threats here but also their next duty station,” said Senior Airman Thomas Tucker, 422nd SFS unit training instructor.

Trainers operating the system have the ability to change each scenario to induce a peaceful resolution or to introduce a belligerent, violent perpetrator.

Each member of the 422nd SFS had to properly react and pass three unique scenarios.

The 422nd Security Forces Squadron defends all personnel and resources of the 422nd Air Base Group to enable intelligence, communications and Global Strike Operations in support of U.S., NATO and mission partner objectives worldwide. The group spans three geographically separated units, RAF Fairford, RAF Welford and RAF Croughton.