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After the Vietnam War, the Air Force shifted its training capabilities to large, air-to-air exercises, such as Red Flag, however, the future of warfighting is rapidly changing, and the Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation is the center of training innovation.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kenneth Renfrow, 19th Maintenance Group maintenance qualifications training instructor, uses a virtual reality headset at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Dec. 19, 2019. Initially, each VR unit will have a virtual hangar where the trainee can complete one of five tasks. Among the tasks, which are based on necessities and pre-established training opportunities, are propeller, tire, and brake replacement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kenneth Renfrow, 19th Maintenance Group maintenance qualifications training instructor, uses a virtual reality headset at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Dec. 19, 2019. Initially, each VR unit will have a virtual hangar where the trainee can complete one of five tasks. Among the tasks, which are based on necessities and pre-established training opportunities, are propeller, tire, and brake replacement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

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The Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation is the center of training innovation




After the Vietnam War, the Air Force shifted its training capabilities to large, air-to-air exercises such as Red Flag. However, the future of warfighting is rapidly changing, and training needs to keep pace with those changes. The Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation is the center of training innovation.

“Everything we are doing today is creating the realism necessary to fight the future fights and the expandability to incorporate the threats that will be coming versus dealing with yesterday’s fight,” said Col. Robert H. Epstein, AFAMS commander. Augmented and virtual reality gives Airmen the opportunity to train in various environments without physical limitations. Team Orlando, a partnership between military services and civilian organizations, is driving the progression of this simulation-based training.


U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kenneth Renfrow, 19th Maintenance Group maintenance qualifications training instructor, uses a virtual reality headset at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Dec. 19, 2019. Initially, each VR unit will have a virtual hangar where the trainee can complete one of five tasks. Among the tasks, which are based on necessities and pre-established training opportunities, are propeller, tire, and brake replacement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kenneth Renfrow, 19th Maintenance Group maintenance qualifications training instructor, uses a virtual reality headset at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Dec. 19, 2019. Initially, each VR unit will have a virtual hangar where the trainee can complete one of five tasks. Among the tasks, which are based on necessities and pre-established training opportunities, are propeller, tire, and brake replacement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kenneth Renfrow, 19th Maintenance Group maintenance qualifications training instructor, uses a virtual reality headset at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Dec. 19, 2019. Initially, each VR unit will have a virtual hangar where the trainee can complete one of five tasks. Among the tasks, which are based on necessities and pre-established training opportunities, are propeller, tire, and brake replacement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)
VR: Modern solutions for modern training
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kenneth Renfrow, 19th Maintenance Group maintenance qualifications training instructor, uses a virtual reality headset at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Dec. 19, 2019. Initially, each VR unit will have a virtual hangar where the trainee can complete one of five tasks. Among the tasks, which are based on necessities and pre-established training opportunities, are propeller, tire, and brake replacement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)
Photo By: Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin
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The Air Force has challenged itself to harness the power of modern-day technology to maximize operational agility by 2035. To meet this challenge, training is shifting to constructive, operational and tactically relevant synthetic training environments to achieve full-spectrum readiness.




 

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