by Capt. Sybil Taunton
U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center
7/24/2013 - JOINT BASE MCGRUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- The
U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center's Mobility Operations School
recently fielded the Joint Inspection Instruction Simulator on the USAF
Advanced Distributive Learning Service; the first simulator of its kind
to run completely on ADLS.
The simulator can be used by both Joint Inspection instructors for use
in class as a teaching aid and for JI users across the Air Force and
Department of Defense to enhance training capabilities.
"The Joint Inspection Instructor Course Simulator provides a realistic
scenario of cargo for joint inspections," said Domenic Fazzo, Logistics
Training Division chief for the MOS. "The training simulation
incorporates a robust environment not otherwise available with current
classroom capabilities and provides a realistic experience for
According to Fazzo, the basic setting for the simulator is a cargo
warehouse with interchangeable cargo loads that include vehicles,
trailers, tracked vehicles, hazardous and non-hazardous cargo, pallet
trains and pallets.
"Specifically, 24 different pieces of equipment have been built and are
available to make an aircraft load," said Fazzo. "These pieces of cargo
are equally divided amongst aerospace ground equipment, pallets with
nets and other more complicated pallets, and various cargo from the Air
Force and sister services."
The simulation is rendered using a fully immersive game-based training
technology that allows users to grab, open and inspect items in the
"The simulation provides the inspectors with challenges associated with
unique cargo types, including inappropriate fuel levels, leaks,
hazardous materials, warped pallets, and broken or inaccurately applied
cargo tie-downs," Fazzo said.
The training allows students to freely maneuver an avatar around pieces
of cargo to ensure proper markings, labeling, free of damage and proper
security. Students can also verify scale weights and use a virtual
measuring tape to properly calculate measurements and markings.
"The simulator includes all corresponding regulatory guidance and forms
available, allowing students to properly complete the forms as if they
were accomplishing an actual inspection," said Fazzo. "The sample cargo
contains built in common discrepancies the students may encounter,
requiring them to identify the appropriate forms."
Along with all of the essential cargo equipment and documentation, the
simulator includes additional capabilities to provide students with a
more realistic computer-based training experience.
"Artificial intelligence is provided to create interactions and
dialogues with personnel normally associated with a Joint Inspection.
Noises like radio chatter and people interrupting with lesser priority
information are included to mimic a realistic cargo marshaling
environment," said Fazzo. "A scoring mechanism has also been built into
the simulation to provide students with feedback at the end to highlight
proper resolution of cargo discrepancies and accurate completion of all
This simulator, previously only available while attending in-residence
courses at the Expeditionary Center, is now available 24 hours a day for
Airmen across the globe.
"The vision for the Mobility Operations School has always been to mirror
the mission environment in the classroom, permitting students to gain
real confidence in their ability to effectively operate at their home
units," said Mr. Rudy Becker, MOS director. "This initiative now extends
that vision to online training, particularly powerful given our current