Fort Bliss, TX (U.S. Army) — “Open the gate!”
“Where are they shooting from!?”
“We need to gather at the next building!”
“Alright folks, the scenario is over.”
Family readiness support assistants (FRSAs) and family readiness liaisons (FRLs) from across Fort Bliss relax and let their weapons drop from their shoulders. They gathered at the Fort Bliss Simulation Center for a team-building event using the Dismounted Soldier Training System.
The Dismounted Soldier Training System is a virtual reality combat simulator which can be customized for any terrain or environment Soldiers may face.
Bonnie Smith, the family readiness program coordinator for the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, wanted to have a fun and informative team building event for the FRSAs and FRLs.
While in the training scenario, the participants wore miniature high-definition screens attached to current Army issue helmets. The screens are attached to a computer carried on their backs which is wirelessly connected to the network running the system. Also connected to the back-mounted computers are sensors which attach around the arms and legs. The simulated weapons used have the same weight and feel of current Army issue weapons. Individuals do not physically walk around while in the scenario. Their walking and running motions are controlled by a thumb stick mounted to the weapon, although, they can kneel or go prone by physically doing so.