[EDITOR’S NOTE: Site visit occurred March 2020, before current COVID-19 restrictions and protocols]
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – The Logistics Officer Association and the 367th Training Support Squadron celebrated a partnership agreement Friday, March 13, 2020 during a LOA National Staff visit to Utah.
LOA Chief Information Officer Ryan VanArtsdalen and 367th TRSS Commander Lt. Col. Nicholas Carter gathered with leadership from both organizations to mark the official start of what looks to be a prosperous relationship for both parties.
“I am excited for LOA’s partnership with the 367 TRSS because it will merge our objectives by providing cutting-edge professional development that is relevant, real, and solution-oriented,” said VanArtsdalen.
The 367th TRSS is a unique group of aircraft and missile maintenance professionals who specialize in building digital and interactive training for maintainers at the tactical level.
“We have a wide range of tools from posters to interactive digital schematics that can help alleviate almost any training deficiency,” said Carter.
The unit is made up of nearly 90 active duty military and civilian personnel who work diligently to create multimedia products that streamline the training process.
While some of the unit’s members are video and animation specialists, the majority of the team is made up of career maintainers.
“What impressed me most was seeing real maintainers pulled from the field to develop these incredible technologies for training modernization,” VanArtsdalen said. “I had never seen anything like it.”
The 367 TRSS’s capabilities are at the forefront of today’s Air Force training technology. The squadron leverages augmented and virtual reality to provide the most realistic training possible to maintainers in the field.
“As maintainers we often approach less than optimal situations with a ‘suck it up and get it done’ mentality,” Carter said. “We want to break that mentality by providing training products that are timely, responsive, and flexible in order to make great maintainers even greater.”
[Editor’s update] Those planning to attend the virtual 2021 LOA Symposium can learn more about the 367th TRSS by visiting their e-booth in the virtual exhibit hall.