The Happy Hooligans use the RADR system, a first on the ND ANG training site > Air National Guard > Article Display

The Happy Hooligans began using the new Rapid Airfield Damage Recovery (RADR) training system for the first time at the North Dakota Air National Guard (NDANG) Regional Training Site (RTS), in this case for US active duty Air Force visiting 90th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES), from FE Warren AFB, Wyoming, the week of September 26-October 2.

The RTS in Fargo is one of four Air National Guard (ANG) civil engineer career field training sites implementing the capability to provide the rapid damage repair (RDR) portion of the RADR training, but it is now the first ANG training site to be fully utilized for training.

Discussions of RADR training at ANG training sites began around 2016, and it took about a year to fully install the system and acquire the necessary equipment to fully use it for training at NDANG.

“For the past three to four years, training has only been available at one of the US Air Force Silver Flag civil engineer training sites at Tyndall AFB, Fla., Anderson AFB, Guam or Ramstein AFB, Germany,” said Senior Master Sgt. . Dan Anderson, NDANG coach at RTS.

The NDANG training site is still waiting for a few small parts, such as a special concrete saw that mounts on forklifts, but is content with stand-alone concrete saws in the meantime.

“We spent the first few days with visiting personnel getting used to the equipment before starting RDR training on the simulated concrete track,” Anderson said.

The RADR system includes a 150-by-750-foot simulated concrete runway, sectioned into 20-by-20-foot squares for practice craters. It is specially designed to punch holes in concrete squares that simulate bomb impact craters that can be repaired with backfill and patching material.

“The idea is that if we’re at a deployment location and our runway is hit, we need to be able to get out and fix it in a quick time frame so we can fight off the enemy,” Captain Casey Parks-Garcia said. . , from the 90th CES.

Debris is cleared from simulated bomb explosions and craters in the concrete are dug out to prepare for filling and patching.

Patching is done with an asphalt or concrete overlay material. The covering material is preferably chosen to match the track, but asphalt or concrete can be used if a material is more easily accessible at the damaged site.

“The RADR training course will be mandatory for all engineers in the near future. Right now, we average about 1,000 students a year at our RTS and will add about 300 more a year as the need arises,” Anderson said.

The 119th CES at NDANG has received approximately 40 pieces of additional heavy equipment and is expecting approximately seven more for their new RADR training center, and it has been up to the RTS trainers to familiarize themselves with all of the equipment before providing training for trainees.

In addition to the RDR portion of the RADR system, additional aspects of RADR will eventually be added. They are called the Rapid Explosion Hazard Mitigation System (REHM) and the Rapid Aerodrome Damage Assessment System (RADAS).

For now, the NDANG RTS is refining the use of training equipment and becoming more efficient in the training process that will be used for 119th CES members and guest students from other units.

“We don’t have any of this equipment at our base and we don’t have time to train with this type of equipment, so it was great to come here and do this kind of training here for our war. .-mission time,” Parks-Garcia said.

“It’s quite a learning curve with the brand new equipment,” said Staff Sergeant Chris Larson, an RTS instructor. Glad to have had the chance to work on it with these guys.”

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