The military spouses of Fort Bragg’s senior leaders gathered Monday at Simmons Army Airfield to experience aviation flight simulation and conduct a post wide site visit to key locations.
Hosted by the community relations section of the Fort Bragg Public Affairs Office, spouses toured various on post facilities and were briefed on organizations that provide resources to Soldiers and their Families, and training venues that impact the readiness of the installation. The spouses visited the Soldier Support Center, Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities and agencies that support Families in garrison and deployed operations.
Amy Mingus, wife of 82nd Airborne Division Commanding General Maj. Gen. James J. Mingus, provided fellow military spouses a gateway into knowledge and leadership. She focused on readiness, Families and a connection with the military community in her outreach effort with the Fort Bragg Garrison Command.
“We are the spouses of battalion command teams and above, all with the 82nd Airborne Division. I wanted an avenue for us and future Families to get to know Fort Bragg, become educated on key agencies that we normally have Families reach out to and build a relationship with the military community,” Mingus said.
Mingus mentioned that awareness translates to readiness, when spouses and Families are cognizant of on post events, offerings, faces and services. Garrison reciprocated promptly to the request and enabled the spouses to own the educational event. It has transcended expectations and has been a real success.
The thrill of the tour for the senior leaders spouses was their interaction at the Simmons AAF aviation flight simulator. Spouses were introduced to aviation simulation training, fully equipped with multimedia capabilities and a front row seat into the pilot and co-pilot’s vision on an aircraft. Simulators visited were the Longbow Crew Trainer (LCT AH-64D), Transportable Flight Proficiency Simulator (TFPS CH-47F), Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (AVCATT), Transportable Black Hawk Operational System (TBOS) and Non-Rated Crewmember Trainer (NCM3).
According to the aviation flight simulation mission, the organization provides rotary wing contingency operations training for day and night and all meteorological conditions and altitudes to Fort Bragg trained units. Aviation simulation is as much a combat multiplier for aviation as range firing is for other combat arms. It provides a realistic training environment that helps Soldiers develop proficiencies and replicates what pilots and air crews would see in a real-world environment. Aviation flight simulation emulates weather conditions, combat operations and air mission requests (AMR) spanning troop transport to cargo lift, providing a cost benefit and reduction in risk to their respective organization.
“This tour has been so great, very fun, eye opening and educational,” Mingus said. “My Family and I have been with Fort Bragg since August. Before that it has been about 14 years since we have been here. So much has changed. We appreciate being in the know, seeing innovation and comprehending the locations and their accessibility to Families and service members.”