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PEOSTRI: PRESS RELEASE - Blake Hails Fort Lewis’ Driver Trainer
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Blake Hails Fort Lewis's Driver Trainer

Orlando, Fla. (May 2007) - Dr. James T. Blake, program executive officer for the Army's Simulation, Training and Instrumentation agency, welcomed the second delivery of the Common Driver Trainer - Stryker Variant (CDT/SV) to Fort Lewis, Wash., April 16.

"The CDT/SV is the Army's latest training success story, and I am proud to be a part of it," Blake said.

The CDT/SV enables Soldiers to train on the full spectrum of driver-related tasks to include open desert trails, congested urban intersections, icy-downhill road marches and roadside attacks all before deploying into harms way.

"One of the biggest strengths in this simulation is allowing a Soldier to make and learn from his mistakes without risking his crew or equipment," Blake asserted.

Blake Hails Fort Lewis Driver Trainer
U.S. Army Photo
The Common Driver Trainer/Stryker Variant (CDT/SV)
is the baseline of the CDT architecture in which the
reconfigurable common platform allows driver training
for various U.S. Army tactical vehicles including the tank
and humvee.

The Soldiers at Fort Lewis commended PEO STRI for their efforts in developing and fielding the training device.

"They hit the head of the nail with it," said Sgt. John McDowell, 25, who is assigned to the post's newest Stryker brigade, 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

Another Soldier, Spc. Michael Blanchette, 24, praised the authenticity of the device. "It's very realistic the physics, the way it kind of pushes you back and forth."

In addition to its training advancements, the CDT/SV benefits the Army in another way. The system is designed with a common set of hardware and software that can be leveraged among various vehicle types.

"This greatly reduces costs and increases value across the Army," Blake added. "Commonality is clearly the way forward, and we are leading that charge within the simulation and training community."

Fifteen trainers will be fielded worldwide; nine of which will be fielded in the next five months.

"Initiative and innovation are what PEO STRI is all about. It has allowed us to be a leader for change in the past and present; and now we are leaning forward to continue that trend into the future," Blake said in reference to the CDT/SV.


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