Thursday, December 4, 2014

33rd gets simulation award

Academic Training Center simulator
Air Force photo 
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The National Training and Simulation Association selected the F-35 Lightning II Training System for the 2014 Modeling and Simulation Award. The award recognizes the 33rd Fighter Wing, the F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin for delivering an effective, immersive training experience for F-35 pilots and maintainers. The F-35 team is one of six winners, across industry and defense, honored for advancing modeling and simulation technologies. The 33rd at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., was re-designated under the Air Education and Training Command on Oct. 1, 2009, to establish the F-35 training mission. The pilot and maintainer qualifications are accomplished in part through simulations to ensure efficient mission readiness. As the first of its kind in the Department of Defense, the wing is responsible for F-35 pilot and maintainer training for DoD and, in the future, at least eight coalition partners. Recently, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., also established an F-35A training mission. To date, more than 140 pilots and 1,500 maintainers from the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands have graduated from the 33 FW's F-35 Integrated Training Center. (Source: 33rd Wing Public Affairs, 12/03/14)