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AFTC Joint Simulation Environment becomes reality

  • Published
  • By 2nd Lt. Christine Saunders
  • Air Force Test Center Public Affairs

Air Force Test Center broke ground on the 52,000 sq. ft. Joint Simulation Environment facility at Nellis AFB, Nevada, Nov. 5 during a ceremony hosted by the 412th Electronic Warfare Group.

The $27.5 million dollar state-of-the-art, energy efficient building is the first of two planned JSE modeling and simulation facilities set to house operations, engineering, maintenance and logistics personnel.

The JSE will enable rapid development for future platforms and improve testing of current weapon systems that will enhance multi-domain operations in ways physical testing cannot achieve.

 “Today, we break ground on the first of several facilities that will take JSE from concept to practice—from vision to reality.  Future capability development leaders will look to this event as a leap forward in well-integrated live, virtual, constructive test and advanced training.  I’m very proud of the team for moving this critical capability forward,” said Maj. Gen. Chris Azzano, Air Force Test Center commander.

The JSE at Nellis will support up to 20 high fidelity simulators and associated equipment to enable multi-platform, multi-domain developmental testing, operational testing and high end advanced tactics and training. 

“The Air Force is breaking ground on a new building but also ‘breaking ground’ on a bold initiative for a government-owned and government-operated test and training capability, not only for the Air Force but also for the DoD and for the entire nation,” said Maj. Gen. Jim Sears, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center Commander.

The first JSE systems will be focused on the F-35 and F-22, but the flexible open-architecture design will allow the incorporation of other aircraft and weapons systems in the future.

 “AFOTEC proudly stands with the JSE team to acknowledge this historic event and we pledge to continue working to ensure JSE accurately reflects the reality of the fifth generation fight so that it can reveal performance capabilities, limitations, and vulnerabilities of F-35, F-22 and other platforms.  Well done to the entire JSE team!” congratulated Sears.

JSE builds on AFTC’s 70-plus year history of pushing boundaries and innovation to deliver best value solutions to customers that meet their fiscal and schedule constraints.

“Technology trends drive what Dr. Roper recently called the new digital reality,” said Col. Jay Orson, 412th Electronic Warfare Group commander. “Wherein digital engineering, agile software development, cloud computing and advanced security practices all point to the value of capabilities like the Joint Simulation Environment.”

Recent advances in smart adaptive technology have challenged the test community’s ability to accurately test using open air ranges.

“The JSE will enable high end threat replication that can be denser and more real than anything we can fly in the open air,” said Orson.

The JSE is an example of AFTC’s partnership with the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis AFB and AFOTEC to accelerate change within the United States Air Force at the start of the developmental testing cycle.

Construction of the facility is scheduled to complete in June of 2022 and reach initial operational capability in 2023.

Construction for another $34.4M JSE facility located on Edwards AFB is set to commence in February 2021.

The Edwards facility will focus on developmental test and evaluation.

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AFTC Joint Simulation Environment becomes reality

  • Published
  • By 2nd Lt. Christine Saunders
  • Air Force Test Center Public Affairs

Air Force Test Center broke ground on the 52,000 sq. ft. Joint Simulation Environment facility at Nellis AFB, Nevada, Nov. 5 during a ceremony hosted by the 412th Electronic Warfare Group.

The $27.5 million dollar state-of-the-art, energy efficient building is the first of two planned JSE modeling and simulation facilities set to house operations, engineering, maintenance and logistics personnel.

The JSE will enable rapid development for future platforms and improve testing of current weapon systems that will enhance multi-domain operations in ways physical testing cannot achieve.

 “Today, we break ground on the first of several facilities that will take JSE from concept to practice—from vision to reality.  Future capability development leaders will look to this event as a leap forward in well-integrated live, virtual, constructive test and advanced training.  I’m very proud of the team for moving this critical capability forward,” said Maj. Gen. Chris Azzano, Air Force Test Center commander.

The JSE at Nellis will support up to 20 high fidelity simulators and associated equipment to enable multi-platform, multi-domain developmental testing, operational testing and high end advanced tactics and training. 

“The Air Force is breaking ground on a new building but also ‘breaking ground’ on a bold initiative for a government-owned and government-operated test and training capability, not only for the Air Force but also for the DoD and for the entire nation,” said Maj. Gen. Jim Sears, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center Commander.

The first JSE systems will be focused on the F-35 and F-22, but the flexible open-architecture design will allow the incorporation of other aircraft and weapons systems in the future.

 “AFOTEC proudly stands with the JSE team to acknowledge this historic event and we pledge to continue working to ensure JSE accurately reflects the reality of the fifth generation fight so that it can reveal performance capabilities, limitations, and vulnerabilities of F-35, F-22 and other platforms.  Well done to the entire JSE team!” congratulated Sears.

JSE builds on AFTC’s 70-plus year history of pushing boundaries and innovation to deliver best value solutions to customers that meet their fiscal and schedule constraints.

“Technology trends drive what Dr. Roper recently called the new digital reality,” said Col. Jay Orson, 412th Electronic Warfare Group commander. “Wherein digital engineering, agile software development, cloud computing and advanced security practices all point to the value of capabilities like the Joint Simulation Environment.”

Recent advances in smart adaptive technology have challenged the test community’s ability to accurately test using open air ranges.

“The JSE will enable high end threat replication that can be denser and more real than anything we can fly in the open air,” said Orson.

The JSE is an example of AFTC’s partnership with the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis AFB and AFOTEC to accelerate change within the United States Air Force at the start of the developmental testing cycle.

Construction of the facility is scheduled to complete in June of 2022 and reach initial operational capability in 2023.

Construction for another $34.4M JSE facility located on Edwards AFB is set to commence in February 2021.

The Edwards facility will focus on developmental test and evaluation.

Edwards provides care, opportunities for children aged six weeks through high school graduation

Edwards provides care, opportunities for childrenaged six weeks through high school graduation

The Child and Youth Program at Edwards AFB provides care and opportunities for kids ages six weeks old through high school graduation. A brief summary of those services follows:

  •                    The Child Development Center cares for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, with a DOD-wide curriculum. The curriculum is focused on learning through play activities supporting social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. Installations across DOD follow the curriculum on the same timeline to allow seamless permanent change-of-station transitions for youth enrolled in care.
  •                    The School Age Center provides before and after-school care and summer camp for children ages 5 to 12. During school breaks, full-day camps are offered. SAC promotes cognitive, social, emotional, cultural, language and physical development through programs that encourage self-confidence, curiosity, self-discipline and resiliency.
  •                    The open recreation program at the Main Youth Center provides a safe space for ages 9 to 12 to attend after school. Programs include Power Hour, STEM, Torch Club, social recreation, youth camps, special events and more.
  •                    The youth sports program provides intro and league opportunities for ages 3 to 12, and promotes inclusiveness, self-discipline, commitment, resiliency and social skills. There are four sports offered annually for ages five to 12: baseball/softball, soccer, flag football and basketball. Smart start programs are available to ages 3 to 5. There are many other sports and camps offered throughout the year.
  •                    The Teen Center is available for ages 13 to 18 during the school year. Programs offered include Military Youth of the Year, Keystone Club, social recreation, STEM activities, college trips, leadership camps and more.
  •                    Youth programs (SAC, open rec and teen) are affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and 4-H.
  •                    Family Child Care homes – there are currently three FCC homes on the installation. They can provide care for ages two weeks to 12 years. FCC providers are trained by Child and Youth Program training and curriculum specialists and have the flexibility to determine their hours of operation and the ages of youth within their care. The program’s new dedicated manager, Jennifer Stegmann, may be reached at 661-275-7529.

Although CDC enrollment capacity is 317, not all slots are currently filled because of a shortage of childcare workers. School Age Center enrollment capacity is 156. After-school care enrollment is 130. Before-school care enrollment is 75. Summer Camp 2022 was at its capacity and enrollment for Summer Camp 2023 opens April 3.