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Sustainment Center of Excellence Simulation Training Center

The idea for the Simulation Training Center (STC) at Fort Lee, Virginia, stemmed from the congressionally mandated 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission report and the need to develop a technology-based facility to provide individual and collective training, simulations, and exercises to sustainment formations around the world. Completing the STC required combining multiple organizations into a single structure and using technology to synchronize the STC with the Sustainment Center of Excellence (SCoE) doctrine, training, and education environment and with other organizations outside of Fort Lee. The resulting STC increases the Army Combined Arms Support Command’s (CASCOM’s) ability to rapidly respond to and support the Army’s warfighting needs.

STC’s Missions

The STC helps sustainment Soldiers and trainers to capitalize on state-of-the-art training and simulation technologies. The STC is the SCoE’s focal point for assessing doctrine on the deployment, employment, and sustainment of forces; validating the horizontal and vertical interoperability of logistics systems; and developing simulation-driven training for digital systems within the training and operational environments.

The STC provides synchronous and asynchronous computer-based delivery of digitized training and distributed simulation and gaming packages. This training supports approximately 500,000 sustainment Soldiers worldwide. (Sustainment Soldiers make up 51 percent of the total Active and Reserve component force.)

The STC sets the conditions for training and simulation developers to ensure that joint and Army logisticians and warfighters have access to more and enhanced real-time information and training with faster, seamless operation of collaboration, video, messaging, and data networking.

The STC employs a “digital hub” approach for the efficient and effective design, development, and deployment of joint and Army maneuver sustainment training. The STC uses online, interactive wargaming simulations for individuals and groups through a globally accessible center of excellence that supports live, virtual, and constructive exercises as well as actual military operations.

Supporting Organizations

The following organizations and their missions, functions, and capabilities enable the STC’s operations.

Command Post Exercise Sustainment Division and Deployment Process Modernization Office. The Command Post Exercise Sustainment Division and the Deployment Process Modernization Office conduct sustainment-focused collective training exercises for battalion- to theater-level sustainment headquarters units preparing to deploy. The training exercises are conducted at Fort Eustis, Virginia, and Fort Lee and will be consolidated into the STC in the summer of 2010.

Fort Lee Battle Lab Collaborative Simulation Environment. The Fort Lee Battle Lab Collaborative Simulation Environment (BLCSE) is an Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) initiative that was developed in September 2003 to support concept development and experimentation for the TRADOC battle labs throughout the sustainment community of practice, including the CASCOM Sustainment Battle Lab. The BLCSE uses a closed, distributed, simulation-rich environment and allows combat and materiel developers to collaborate and validate innovative warfighting concepts and technologies. The BLCSE operates in a secure mode for data, voice, and video collaboration.

Logistics Exercise and Simulation Directorate. As a subordinate organization of the National Simulation Center, the Logistics Exercise and Simulation Directorate serves as a combat developer and provider of worldwide logistics battle command training exercises. It provides exercise support to the institutional and operational Army to assist commanders in preparing Soldiers for successful execution of their sustainment missions.

Deployment and Distribution Training and Simulation Center. The Deployment and Distribution Training and Simulation Center conducts deployment, movement control, and distribution training exercises in support of the Army Transportation School’s officer, mobility warrant officer, and noncommissioned officer programs of instruction.

Distribution Management Exercise Office. The Distribution Management Exercise Office provides training and conducts exercises in support of the operational-level sustainment cycle. The training is modeled after the contemporary operational environment and focuses on applying critical planning and analysis processes to improve the students’ ability to successfully plan and execute sustainment distribution operations.

Distributed Learning Support and Integration Division. The Distributed Learning Support and Integration Division provides quartermaster, transportation, and ordnance training developers in the SCoE the ability to deploy cutting-edge, instructionally sound distributed learning and educational programs to sustainment Soldiers worldwide.

Knowledge Management Office. The mission of the Knowledge Management Office is to develop, adopt, and implement Department of Defense, Army, and TRADOC knowledge management practices, techniques, and technologies within the SCoE staff, faculty, and schools and to stimulate knowledge creation, sharing, and utilization throughout the Army global sustainment community.

The virtual and distributed planning, operations, rehearsal training, and simulation that the STC provides significantly increase the agility of maneuver sustainment processes and dramatically improve the responsiveness of support to Soldiers and leaders deployed in joint and multinational environments. Economies of scale are realized through the operational efficiencies that come from support provided to unit, institutional, and individual training domains.

Lieutenant Colonel Mary Hall is the chief of operations and programs of the Logistics Exercise Simulation Directorate, National Simulation Center. She holds a B.S. degree in business administration and is currently pursuing a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix. She is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College.

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