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Florida Delegation Visits Team Orlando
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By Dolly Rairigh Glass
Rep. Joe Saunders (D-49, Orlando) led a Florida delegation in a tour and briefing of Team Orlando on Oct. 30, in an effort to help bring awareness about the innovative Modeling and Simulation work and collaboration in central Florida. Joining Saunders’ group were Sen. Geraldine Thompson (D-12, Orlando), as well as five other representatives and four staff members, representing their respective elected officials from the region.
Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation Commander Col. Franz Plescha responds to a question from visiting Florida delegation.
The group began their visit with an overview of Team Orlando’s mission by the Commander of the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD), Capt. Steve Nakagawa. He then facilitated a discussion with the group, including questions regarding the range of missions Team Orlando’s training supports, the sources of funding, and what might be the expectations for the future.
Following the briefing, the delegation had the opportunity to learn about NAWCTSD’s Multi-Purpose Reconfigurable Training System (MRTS) and the Weapons Launch Console Team Trainer (WLCTT 3D) through a short demonstration and presentation given by Dave Williams, Deputy Director, and Bill Zeller, MRTS Assistant Engineer.
Once the briefing was complete, delegates had the opportunity to ask questions before seeing demonstrations by representatives from NAWCTSD’s Undersea Directorate and the Army Research Laboratory Simulation and Training Technology Center.
Matthew Hackett, Science and Technology Manager for Medical Simulation Research Branch at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory Simulation and Training Technology Center (STTC), featured a presentation on STTC’s latest work on holograms for topographic and medical applications.
Only a few Team Orlando members were able to provide demonstrations for the visitors due to time constraints, but there were several principle members in attendance. Once the briefings and demonstrations were completed, Dr. Dan Holsenbeck, Vice President for University Relations and Director of Governmental Relations at the University of Central Florida, escorted the delegation to additional meetings hosted by the university.
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