MOFFETT AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Calif. --
Bodies run into darkness screaming for the chaos to stop as weapons are waived and fingers rest on triggers. Shots go off but only seem to be flashes of lights. The enemy lay incapacitated as the two members of the 129th Security Forces Squadron turn to see their results.
The Multiple Interactive Learning Objectives (MILO) simulator is designed to induce stress and test levels of skill in the world of law enforcement. Situations in the real-world are not dictated by the responders’, but the perpetrators actions. Therefore, first responders must be ready to handle whatever situation is thrown at them upon arrival.
“Though it’s a simulator, the scenarios displayed are very real and can occur at any point in a defenders time on duty,” said Staff Sgt. Ricardo Cuellar of the 129th Security Forces Squadron.
Attained in late 2016, the MILO Range allows defenders to utilize a 300 degree display of screens which can project interactive hostile situations, allowing them to train for the unknown and be prepared for the time when their skills will determine lethal or non-lethal actions.
After going through such an event, trainees review their choices in discussion with the instructors about the specific reasons for every action taken. This helps ensure that the defenders are not only adherent to the rules of engagement, but also confident that they used the appropriate levels of force.
“With it (MILO) having 300 degrees of view, it forced me to always check my surroundings and maintain situational awareness both for myself and my partner, who was making contact with the suspect,” said Cuellar.
Master Sgt. Michael Tjaarda, 129th Security Forces MILO manager, oversees training with the system. He provides assistance in the setup and the training portion of the range.
“This system is a great recourse to have, providing quality, realistic scenarios enhancing the trainees’ experience,” said Tjaarda. “The MILO system provides over 800 different training scenarios; some stress inducing, others are more skill building.”
MILO also provides experts with the chance to record and upload their own scenarios such as non-routine traffic stops, multiple personality suicide situations and more. This can help grow the library of scenarios allowing for more specific training to future personnel.
“This system helps our training department and Combat Arms to train our members any time, quickly and effectively,” said Tjaarda. “Turn it on and you can be at an Air Force Range, natural disaster, traffic stop, active shooter or most any other law enforcement or military operation.”