139th News

Security forces Airmen sharpen weapon skills on new simulator

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  • By Senior Airman Audrey Chappell
  • 139th Airlift Wing

The 139th Security Forces Squadron trained on a new
weapons simulator to improve marksmanship skills at Rosecrans Air
National Guard Base, Missouri, Nov. 2, 2019.

The weapons simulator, called PRISim Portable Military Trainer, allows
Airmen to get hands-on training while saving resources. Tech. Sgt.
Cody Root, 139th Security Forces Squadron training manager, says this
simulator is a more cost effective way to train.

“All we’re spending is CO2 cartridges, as opposed to going out to a
range, put all the safety gear on, go through all the precautions and
checks and spending rounds,” Root said. “It’s costing us only pennies
to operate this.”

The simulator uses real weapon systems to provide weight and modified
with CO2 cartridges which mimics recoil for a realistic training
experience. The trainer projects different target practice games with
customizable scenarios. Root says this system may be used to train
Airmen from across the base, not just those in security forces.

“If someone is struggling on the range…we can set [the simulator] up
like our range and work on their fundamentals of shooting,” Root said.

The trainer can turn virtually any room into an effective training
environment, which allows for consistent training and learning
objectives for each Airman. The system also allows units to integrate
video footage of their base to simulate real-world scenarios security
forces may experience.

Every security forces unit in the Air National Guard will receive the
simulator system, said Root.