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132d Wing hosts RPA DMO conference

132d Wing

Lt. Col. Brad Opp, 132 Wing Detachment 1 Distributed Training Operations Center (DTOC) (left), talks with Brig. Gen. L. Kip Clark, Chief of Staff of the Indiana Air National Guard (center) and Dave Kanahele, principal account manager at Rockwell Collins during an RPA demo conference at the 132d Wing, March 21, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa. The conference was held to provide RPA stakeholders knowledge of the best and most up to date training programs. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Kelly)

132d Wing

Brig. Gen. L. Kip Clark, Chief of Staff of the the Indiana Air National Guard, tries on a virtual reality headset during the 132d Wing's remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) demo conference March 21, 2018, at the 132d Wing in Des Moines, Iowa. The headset was designed by technology comapany Rockwell Collins to help military personnel simulate different environments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Kelly)

132d Wing

An 132d Wing Airman tries out a virtual reality simulater March 21, 2018, during a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) demo conference at the 132d Wing in Des Moines, Iowa. The conference was held to provide RPA stakeholders knowledge of the best and most up to date training programs. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Kelly)

Des Moines, Iowa --

The 132d Wing hosted a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) demonstration conference here March 20-21, 2018 in Des Moines, Iowa.

 

The goal of the conference was to bring together all of the RPA training stakeholders and provide them with firsthand knowledge of the newly developed distributed training capabilities available to them through the 132 Wing’s Detachment 1 Distributed Training Operations Center (DTOC). Participants were able to view the capabilities of the 124th Attack Squadron, experience new cutting-edge technology and increase networking between RPA units.

 

“I think this event was a huge success,” said Lt. Col. Brad Opp, RPA integration lead with the 132d Operations Group. “We don't think anyone has ever put a group like this together before, with staff officers, program managers, industry experts, researchers and the warfighters all with the goal of advancing our distributed training capabilities.”

 

The conference was attended by Brig. Gen. James R. Cluff, vice commander of the 25th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, and Brig. Gen. L. Kip Clark, Chief of Staff of the Indiana Air National Guard.

 

Additionally, representatives from Rockwell Collins were in attendance and demonstrated the capabilities of their Coalescence mixed reality system. The Coalescence system is designed to help simulate any situation military members could face. It is also the first training system that enables trainees to interact with real items in their environment while immersed in a virtual-reality environment.

       

Opp said the 132d Wing hopes to host more events like this in the future and that while the topics may change based on the progress in training capabilities, the intent will always be to provide warfighters with the most relevant and realistic training available to them.