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ACC Maintenance Training Seminar highlights Integrated Technology Platform

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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ryan Stark, 344th Training Squadron special programs manager, demonstrates the Integrated Technology Platform for U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Christine Mahler, Air Combat Command A4 Program Manager, after the Air Combat Command Maintenance Training Manager Seminar at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, June 6, 2019. ACC invited Air Education and Training Command to show how the ITP can advance maintenance training across the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jordan Garner)

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A computer monitor from the Integrated Technology Platform displays what Airmen can see through their VR headset after the Air Combat Command Maintenance Training Manager Seminar at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, June 6, 2019. The ITP gives Airmen the opportunity to have an in-depth look at aircraft parts to enhance maintenance training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jordan Garner)

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U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Christine Mahler, Air Combat Command A4 Program Manager, views the virtual hangar through the ITP after the Air Combat Command Maintenance Training Manager Seminar at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, June 6, 2019. The augmented reality/virtual reality system will provide more access to training environments for maintenance Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jordan Garner)

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. --

Recently Air Combat Command invited Air Education and Training Command to its annual Maintenance Training Seminar at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia to demonstrate its Integrated Technology Platform.

Virtual reality is an emerging technology that has paved the way for advancements in military training. The ITP, an augmented reality/virtual reality system, will be used to enhance on-the-job training for maintenance Airmen.

“I brought AETC to this particular workshop to look at how we integrate technology into maintenance training to bring the future faster,” said U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Cari Mujica, ACC A4 Maintenance Training Chief. “AETC is working fast and furiously on how to use technology in the training department to do that. So, I wanted to showcase some of the products that are out there at this time so our field can see what’s out there.”

The ITP is in its first of four phases of development, which includes eight fully mapped aircraft. Students can enter a virtual training environment and learn about aircraft or scenarios that would not be available to them all the time.

“The purpose of our visit to ACC was to come out and showcase emerging technologies and a new platform that AETC is trying to establish for the Air Force,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Justin Nissen, AETC Career Enlisted Aviator Program Manager. “We’re just trying to spread the information of a new program that is coming out and educate individuals on how they can access it so we can start to move away from time-based training into competency-based training.”
The ITP project has been in development for approximately two years and is starting to gain traction service-wide. By pushing beyond the boundaries of physical reality with the ITP, Airmen have the potential to become more effective through the increased visual comprehension and retention with a projected decrease in training hours and fuel cost.

NOTE: Some information taken from AETC AFPIMS page article https://www.aetc.af.mil/News/Article/1850849/virtual-reality-project-introduces-new-training-prospects/