Fort Riley Soldiers To Evaluate Virtual Reality Training Technology For The Army

Members of the U.S. Army’s Synthetic Training Environment Cross Functional Team and industry partners will provide 1st Infantry Division leaders and Soldiers an opportunity to test cutting edge virtual reality training systems and provide feedback during a user assessment at Fort Riley April 22 – 26.

Soldiers will assess a prototype virtual reality system designed to replicate the wide range of ground combat vehicles in the 1st Infantry Division, including the M1 Abrams Tank, M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle and the “Humvee,” as well as dismounted Infantry Squad Operations.

The Synthetic Training Environment Cross Functional Team is part of the Army Futures Command and recently conducted an aviation user assessment at Fort Carson, Colo. Soldiers at Fort Riley will be assessing the Reconfigurable Virtual Collective Trainer-Ground, which – when fielded — would allow units to conduct collective training from squad through the battalion level.

These assessments are intended to get the developing technologies in the hands of Soldier-users to provide feedback early in the process and help developers build the requirements. Soldiers will be assessing prototypes that are early in the development stage.

The STE Cross Functional Team, based in Orlando, Fla., is one of the Army’s eight cross functional teams designed to reduce the delivery time of new capabilities by integrating critical functions up front in the acquisition process.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications.After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations.In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 94 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing. In 2018 he became the Studio Coordinator at the Cumulus Kansas City broadcast center for Kansas City Chiefs Football.