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VMGR-152 Welcomes KC-130 Simulator, Completes Relocation to Iwakuni
2 Aug 2016
Advisory number: 16-008
Date: August 2, 2016
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni welcomed a KC-130 simulator transported from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma Tuesday.
The simulator brings new capabilities to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 by allowing pilots to train in a completely simulated environment. The simulator will supplement actual flight training in the aircraft and increase overall flight proficiency.
While the simulator cannot totally replicate, nor is it a 1:1 replacement for, actual flight training, pilots routinely use flight simulators to help them maintain optimal training and certification. This equipment will also allow pilots to conduct emergency procedures training that could not be safely accomplished in an actual aircraft.
Moreover, the simulator will enable VMGR pilots to conduct many of the more challenging tactical missions, such as night helicopter air-to-air refueling and aerial delivery, locally and without the inherent risk. The transfer of the KC-130 simulator completes the VMGR-152 transfer to MCAS Iwakuni.

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1st Lt. Joseph Butterfield

III Marine Expeditionary Force

Consolidated Public Affairs Office, USMC, Okinawa, Unit 35002, FPO AP 96373-5002

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