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Directorate of Simulation

Director, Directorate of Simulation

Col. John M. Ferrell

Director,Directorate of Simulation

Col. John M. Ferrell serves as the Director of Simulation for the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence. He received his commission as an Aviation Officer from the ROTC at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he received a Bachelor of Science... More

Deputy, Directorate of Simulation

Wade Becnel

Deputy, Directorate of Simulation

Wade Becnel is currently the Deputy Director for the Directorate of Simulation at the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Alabama. He has served in variety of leadership positions within Aviation units worldwide to include Company... More

The Directorate of Simulation plans, coordinates, implements and manages live, virtual, constructive, gaming and mission command efforts that support Institutional Initial Military Training, Professional Military Education and select training readiness requirements. Dos conducts simulation-based training for Soldiers, NCOs, Warrant Officers, and Officers participating in 13 separate, frequently recurring course capstone multi-day exercises totaling over 130 exercises a year.

DOS serves as the USAACE executive agent for the management of the Flight School XXI simulation services contract that enables 80,000 simulated flight hours per year.

In accordance with AR 5-11, Management of Army Models and Simulations, DOS serves as the simulator accreditation executive agent for the USAACE commanding general for 414 flight simulators (rotary-wing, air traffic control, and unmanned aerial systems) to ensure they can safely meet aircrew training task standards when fielded, modified, and sustained.

DOS advises the USAACE command group on issues related to Training Aids, Devices, Simulations and Simulators.

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