L-3 Link Opens C-17 Training System Operation at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Contact: Rick Oyler | Manager, Communications | L-3 Link Simulation & Training | 817-619-3536
ARLINGTON, Texas, July 16, 2013 – L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today that it has opened and is supporting a new C-17 Training System (TS) site at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Ohio. At the new training facility, L-3 Link, prime contractor for the U.S. Air Force’s C-17 TS program, will provide annual refresher and currency training to support over 120 U.S. Air Force Reserve C-17 crewmembers assigned to the 445th Airlift Wing, 89th Airlift Squadron at WPAFB.
“By standing up this new C-17 Training System facility, aircrews based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will no longer need to travel to other installations to gain instruction or complete simulator currency events,” said Lenny Genna, president of L-3 Link. “This on-base training capability allows the U.S. Air Force to experience considerable travel cost savings and provides local crewmembers and commanders ready access to the sophisticated training devices L-3 Link will maintain and operate at this new location.”
Pilots and loadmasters from the 445th Airlift Wing will receive refresher and currency training with L-3 Link instructors in classroom and computer-based training settings. L-3 Link instructors will also support hands-on operations training in both a C-17 Weapon Systems Trainer and C-17 Loadmaster Station Trainer. In addition, L-3 Link will provide contractor logistics support and maintenance of the training devices.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to train our aircrews locally,” said Col. Stephen D. Goeman, 445th Airlift Wing commander. “Having a simulator at Wright-Patterson will result in a significant savings in travel cost, as well as provide more training for our aircrews.”
The C-17 Training System is the largest aircrew training system within the U.S. Air Force’s Air Mobility Command, spanning both aircrew and maintenance training conducted at 11 installations in the U.S. and one at Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, Australia. In the fourth quarter of 2013, L-3 Link will also stand up a new C-17 Training System facility at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y. Additional C-17 Training System sites are planned for Memphis Air National Guard Base in Memphis, Tenn., and Martinsburg Air National Guard Base in Martinsburg, W.V.
L-3 Link Simulation & Training is a world leader in providing total training solutions for operators and maintainers across a wide range of military and civil aircraft platforms. L-3 Link’s innovative solutions provide a full spectrum of state-of-the-art training technologies, including high-fidelity immersive simulations, as well as distributed academic and interactive courseware. The company has delivered military and civil training systems to customer locations throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim. L-3 Link is headquartered in Arlington, Texas, with key bases of operation in Binghamton, N.Y.; Orlando, Fla.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Broken Arrow, Okla.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Crawley, U.K. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.link.com.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 51,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems, platform and logistics solutions, and national security solutions. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2012 sales of $13.1 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com.
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