The Directorate of Simulation plans, coordinates, implements and manages live, virtual, constructive, gaming and mission command efforts that support institutional initial military training, professional military education and select training readiness requirements. DOS conducts simulation-based training for Soldiers, NCOs, warrant officers and officers participating in 13 separate, frequently-recurring course capstone multi-day exercises totaling over 130 exercises a year.

DOS serves as the USAACE executive agent for the management of the Flight School XXI simulation services contract that enables 80,000 simulated flight hours per year.

In accordance with AR 5-11, Management of Army Models and Simulations, DOS serves as the simulator accreditation executive agent for the USAACE commanding general for 414 flight simulators (rotary-wing, air traffic control, and unmanned aerial systems) to ensure they can safely meet aircrew training task standards when fielded, modified, and sustained.

DOS advises the USAACE command group on issues related to training aids, devices, simulations and simulators.

Director, Directorate of Simulation

Director, Directorate of Simulations

Col. John M. Ferrell

Col. John M. Ferrell serves as the Director of Simulation for the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence. He received his commission as an Aviation Officer from the ROTC at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Business Administration. In his most recent assignment, he served as the Deputy Director of the NATO Modelling and Simulation Centre of Excellence in Rome, Italy. Previous assignments include service as an Attack Platoon Leader in 1-2 Aviation (Attack), 2nd... READ MORE

Deputy, Directorate of Simulation

Deputy, Directorate of Simulation

Wade Becnel

Wade Becnel is currently the Deputy Director for the Directorate of Simulation at the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Alabama. He has served in variety of leadership positions within Aviation units worldwide to include Company Commander, Battalion and Brigade S-3, 10th Mountain Division (Light); 2nd Squadron 4th U.S. Cavalry Executive Officer and Aviation Brigade S-3, 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized), and Commander, 1-145th Aviation Regiment, Fort Rucker. READ MORE