is highly interactive with the various centers of excellence such as Nellis AFB, Eglin AFB, and the Navy/Marine test community at Pax River, as well as the United Kingdom, in shaping F-35 transition.
It provides access to several aviation-training ranges and is centrally located, near the Air Force's Fighter Weapons School at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, Nevada; Luke AFB in Phoenix, Arizona; the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twenty-Nine Palms, California; and MAWTS-1 in Yuma, Arizona.
Excerpt from briefing, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA)-773, MAWTS-1, subject: Lessons Learned, May 2005.
57) Initial training of Army pilots could leverage Marine Corps rotary-wing FAC[A] instructors at MAWTS-1, under a "train the trainer" concept, to stand up an initial cadre of Army FAC[A] instructors who could then continue the training for Army units.
This would include functions similar to what MAWTS-1 performs: advanced-level training such as FAC[A], tactical publication production, doctrine input, and test and evaluation of emerging technology or procedures.
As part of this program, the lab funded the construction of Yodaville, which saw extensive use during the experiments and continues to provide TD&E support to the MAWTS-1 urban aviation initiative.
MAWTS-1 publishes the lessons learned in aviation urban operations from each Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, as well as the Air Combat Element MOUT manual.
The tactical portion of our mission went well: We fought our way in with no blue losses, destroyed MAWTS-1
, and fought through several more bandits on our way out.
From these seeds sprang the Tactical Risk Management (TRM) course at MAWTS-1
Colonel Marty Post, MAWTS-1
CO, said, "One who was memorable was a Special Forces master sergeant controller who was one of the first to go into Afghanistan.
The spectrum of flights range from air-to-air versus F/A-18s to helicopter attack missions versus AH-1 Sea Cobras with MAWTS-1
, the FRS and various fleet units.
Jim Adams, an AH-1W Super Cobra instructor at MAWTS-1
, Camp Pendleton, Calif.