Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Keeping to the Basics

Missile crew training was divided into three parts; weapons system, emergency war orders and Missile Procedure Training simulations.

Weapon system training involved learning all of the hardware, equipment and electrical aspects of the Launch Control Facility (LCF) and to a certain degree the Launch Facility (LF).

Emergency War Orders (EWO) was the "bread and butter" of the entire curriculum. Here is where you learned when and how to launch your missiles. You were also taught how to decode and implement an Emergency Action Message (EAM).

The Missile Procedure Trainer (MPT) tied the above two together by providing a simulation environment based upon computer driven scenarios.

All of this paved the way for the Grand Finale at the end of three months...a 3901st SMES stand board check.

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