U.S. Forces Command CSM Michael Grinston on inadequate training.
Advanced Air Support Combat Simulator
Members of the Oklahoma Air National Guard's 146th Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS), located at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, are training on the first simulator designed specifically for their mission. The Air National Guard Advanced Joint Terminal Attack Controller Training System (AAJTS) is the only simulator to train Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC). The system simulates virtually any environment and most aircraft and weapons system utilized by the JTACs. "Everything is very realistic," said Chris Johnson, Logistical Support for QuantaDyn, the company that created AAJTS and based in Sterling, Va. "If a JTAC operates unsafely and pulls his aircraft in too close, they'll get shot down. It's better to do that in a simulator than in real life."