PRESS RELEASE – Team ACLC awarded TRADOC Army Virtual Learning Environment (A-VLE) Contract

Contact: Dennis Wikoff, President, Vertex Solutions

Fort Eustis, VA – Vertex Solutions, as part of Team ACLC, has been awarded one of six prime positions on the 5-year, $294 million Army Virtual Learning Environment (A-VLE) Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for the US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). Under A-VLE, Team ACLC will support analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation; training and education (T&E) development and distribution; 3D modeling and simulation; 3D animation; augmented and virtual reality; serious gaming; software implementation; data analytics; T&E product validation and testing; and Section 508 compliance.

“The AVLE contract will be a key avenue for Vertex Solutions teamed with ACLC to bring innovative training solutions that help Soldiers learn faster, remember longer, and apply knowledge better to their jobs. We look forward to leveraging work we have done in virtual reality, gaming and other advanced learning initiatives to help address TRADOC learning requirements.” said Dennis Wikoff, President & Vertex Solutions.

TEAM ACLC

Team ACLC is comprised of the following trusted Army T&E partners:

  • ACLC, LLC
  • AEgis Technologies Group, Inc.
  • Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim)
  • CSRA Inc.
  • Eduworks Corporation
  • Integration Innovations Inc. (i3)
  • Vertex Solutions

 

Our diverse team of seven small, medium, and large companies has developed advanced training solutions for all TRADOC Centers of Excellence.

About Vertex Solutions

Known for exceptional customer service and superior performance, Vertex Solutions is an industry leader in human capital training solutions and consulting services. Vertex has partnered with federal organizations over the past 20 years to solve their most pressing training challenges with end-to-end custom solutions that improve performance.

Vertex Solutions Participates in Military Advisor Training Academy Field Training Exercise at Ft. Benning

Posted by Dennis Wikoff, President

The U.S. Army’s Military Advisor Training Academy (MATA) of the 316th Cavalry Brigade at Fort Benning trains, educates, and develops professional Soldiers for duty with Security Force Assistance Brigades, the Army’s newest formation.  MATA finished the intensive four-week program with a three-day exercise simulating the environment in which the students will operate.  The Vertex Solutions team supported the exercise with role players portraying foreign security forces, villagers, and interpreters acting in scenarios designed to prepare Soldiers to conduct key leader engagements and exercise defense plans with local leadership.  Additionally, Soldiers utilized role players to enhance advising skills learned throughout the course in order to build rapport with foreign military counterparts while assisting the host nation during the exercise, conducted on March 14, 2018.

To read the full article, please visit the Fort Benning website https://www.fortbenningphotos.com/Armor-School/316th-Cavalry-Brigade/Military-Advisor-Training-Academy-MATA/03-14-2018-Military-Advisor-Training-Academy-Field-Training/i-d3jqcMw.

To find out more about Vertex Solutions’ work with federal government agencies, please visit our website https://www.vertexsolutions.com/.

Vertex Solutions Courseware Project for the USASMA is Featured in Army Times Article

Posted by Dennis Wikoff, President, Vertex Solutions

Vertex Solutions’ work on a courseware project for the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA) was featured in a recent article posted to the Army Times website. Myers, M. (2017, November 07). From specialists to sergeants major, the Army is overhauling its education system. Retrieved November 20, 2017, from https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2017/11/07/from-specialists-to-sergeants-major-the-army-is-overhauling-its-education-system/

Vertex’s role in the development of this courseware is to produce 130+ seat-hours of training with varying levels of interactivity and branching. The development provides updates to training content that is more than 40 years old to bring the relevancy and training content up to current standards and capabilities. Training will replace the current 5 levels of Structured Self Development (SSD) with 6 levels of Distributed Leader Courses (DLCs) to support: Advanced Individual Training, Basic Leader, Advanced Leader, Senior Leader, Master Leader and Sergeants Major Courses.

To read the full article please visit the Army Times website https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2017/11/07/from-specialists-to-sergeants-major-the-army-is-overhauling-its-education-system/.

To find out more about Vertex Solutions’ work with federal government agencies, please visit our website https://www.vertexsolutions.com/vertexsolutions/.

 

Amanda Palla of Vertex Solutions Receives Recognition at I/ITSEC 2017 Conference for Paper titled Developing an Immersive Virtual Reality Aircrew Training Capability

Posted by Dennis Wikoff, President, Vertex Solutions

Amanda Palla, Vertex Solutions’ Director of Government Operations, received an Honorable Mention, Best Paper for her paper titled Developing an Immersive Virtual Reality Aircrew Training Capability. Of the 129 accepted papers at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), only 6 received Best Paper and 6 received Honorable Mention, Best Paper.

AMANDA BEST PAPER

This paper details the analysis and design of a virtual reality part task trainer developed for the United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The presentation will focus on the front-end analysis process, the design of the system (including instructional and practice modes, an intelligent tutor, and hardware and software selections), the results of initial user testing, and proposed future enhancements.

The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) is the world’s largest modeling, simulation, and training conference. Held November 27th – December 1st at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, USA, I/ITSEC consisted of peer-reviewed paper presentations, tutorials, special events, professional workshops, a commercial exhibit hall, a serious games competition, and STEM events for teachers and secondary students. I/ITSEC is organized by the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA), which promotes international and interdisciplinary cooperation within the fields of modeling and simulation (M&S), training, education, analysis, and related disciplines at this annual meeting.

To learn more about I/ITSEC 2017 please visit their website www.iitsec.org/about-iitsec.

To learn more about Vertex Solutions and our end-to-end custom solutions in learning strategy, learning solution design and development, and performance technologies, please visit our website https://www.vertexsolutions.com/vertexsolutions/.

Vertex Solutions’ Amanda Palla Speaks at I/ITSEC 2017 Conference

Posted by Dennis Wikoff, President, Vertex Solutions

The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) is the world’s largest modeling, simulation, and training conference. Held November 27th – December 1st at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, USA, I/ITSEC consists of peer-reviewed paper presentations, tutorials, special events, professional workshops, a commercial exhibit hall, a serious games competition, and STEM events for teachers and secondary students. I/ITSEC is organized by the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA), which promotes international and interdisciplinary cooperation within the fields of modeling and simulation (M&S), training, education, analysis, and related disciplines at this annual meeting. The NTSA is an affiliate subsidiary of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). Hence, I/ITSEC also emphasizes themes related to defense and security.

Amanda Palla, Vertex Solutions’ Director of Government Operations, will be presenting a paper titled Developing an Immersive Virtual Reality Aircrew Training Capability on November 30th at 11:30 AM in Room S320E. Ms. Palla will detail the analysis and design of a virtual reality part task trainer developed for the United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The presentation will focus on the front-end analysis process, the design of the system (including instructional and practice modes, an intelligent tutor, and hardware and software selections), the results of initial user testing, and proposed future enhancements.

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Come visit us in Booth #2235 to see demos of our virtual reality part task trainer, 3D model mobile app, and other innovative learning solutions.

To learn more about I/ITSEC 2017 please visit their website http://www.iitsec.org/about-iitsec.

To learn more about Vertex Solutions and our end-to-end custom solutions in learning strategy, learning solution design and development, and performance technologies, please visit our website www.vertexsolutions.com.

 

 

Vertex Solutions’ Chris Carter Quoted in an Article on Training at Ft. Benning, Featured on the U.S. Army Website

Posted by Dennis Wikoff, President

Chris Carter, Vertex Solution’s Operational Lead was recently quoted in an article titled “1st SFAB Soldiers enact advising mission in training environment” that appeared on the U.S. Army Website: https://www.army.mil/article/195865/. (Wiehe, N. (2017, October 25). 1st SFAB Soldiers enact advising mission in training environment. Retrieved November 02, 2017, from https://www.army.mil/article/195865/)

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The article discussed the participation of soldiers with the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) in an event during military operations on urban terrain at Fort Benning, Georgia. The event simulated a situation where a village was attacked by the enemy and the soldiers had to devise the best way for the simulated locals and the Afghan National Army to take back their compound. In the article, Carter noted that the event was developed specifically for the SFAB to train the 1st SFAB Soldiers in support of future missions.

Vertex Solutions manages the planning, preparation and execution of these immersive scenarios in support of the 316th Cavalry Brigade. Vertex ensures that each live simulator is well rehearsed on the required cultural aspects associated with the training event in order to provide the requisite immersive environment that places US Army Leaders in stress filled situations where every action can create positive or negative results. It is a challenging training and learning environment that requires detailed planning and rehearsals in order to draw out the critical thinking aspects required for our SFAB leaders to accomplish their mission once deployed.

To read the full article, please visit the U.S. Army website https://www.army.mil/article/195865/.

To find out more about Vertex Solutions’ work with federal government agencies, please visit our website www.vertexsolutions.com.

 

 

Vertex Solutions Produces a Popular Video Series for DoD’s Office of Financial Readiness

Posted by Dennis Wikoff, President, Vertex Solutions

 On September 16, 2017, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Office of Financial Readiness (OFR) briefed the U.S. House Armed Services Committee on their recent efforts to raise awareness of an upcoming change in available retirement systems. The highlight of the briefing was the screening of several promotional video clips that were produced by Vertex Solutions.

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Vertex’s Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) development team includes a full-service video production capability. In this case, OFR brought funding to the JKO contract and tagged Vertex to conceptualize and develop a series of 16 short videos for social media, part of a three-month campaign. The videos are currently being released regularly on Facebook, Twitter, and DoD’s YouTube site, and have been viewed more than 5 million times!

 At the end of the briefing, the House Committee commended OFR for the creative approach and use of video, and encouraged them to continue to use this approach in other endeavors throughout the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

 The live-action video series is available on the OFR Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/pg/DoDFINRED/videos/

 Additional samples can be viewed here:

https://youtu.be/4Q7T7ufLOtQ

https://youtu.be/XDL-SEZROmw

https://youtu.be/eYpLYsqnOFU

https://youtu.be/RUHS8LT7_uw

 Do you have any video production needs for your project? Contact me at dwikoff@vertexsolutions.com.

Learn more by visiting our website www.vertexsolutions.com.