JMTC fields first mobile, multicultural counter-IED trainer
Feb 23, 2011
By Denver Makle, Joint Multinational Training Command
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- In mid-December the U.S. Army in Europe's Training Support Activity Europe received the first Multi-cultural Mobile Counter Improvised Explosive Device (McMCIT) Interactive Trainer, a cognitive training system designed to teach Soldiers to identify visual indicators of an IED; react to a suspected IED, and perform the necessary reporting after an IED incident.
The McMCIT located at Grafenwoehr's Motor park 7 on main post features four trailers. Each trailer has a different theme designed to educate Soldiers on the dangers of the IED.
"The Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) funded the new system for use at Grafenwoehr," said Dan Feazelle, chief of the Regional Training Support Center-Grafenwoehr. "It teaches Soldiers how to think like an insurgent. The premise is that it helps a Soldier understand where an insurgent might put them [IEDs] and why."
Units stationed in the region have already integrated the training into their training schedule, Feazelle said.
The McMCIT provides training in four basic languages, English, Polish, Bulgarian and Romanian.
The additional language capabilities allow multinational Soldiers from those countries to train on the device.
On March 18, 2010, U.S. Secretary Robert M. Gates outlined plans for combatant commanders to support partnered nations with resources that counter IEDs.
Feazelle said this system supports the Secretary's directive.
To schedule usage of the McMCIT, range schedulers should use the Local Training Area (LTA) Range Facility Management Support System (RFMSS) to check for availability. For more information about the McMCIT, see http://www.hqjmtc.army.mil/TSAE.html. Learn more about the Joint Multinational Training Command via the Internet at www.hqjmtc.army.mil.
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