Leaders Celebrate Virtual Training Facility Completion at Nellis

As the American Anthem concluded, two Navy F-35 flew over the crowd, marking the beginning of the Digital Test and Training Range ribbon-cutting ceremony May 16 at Nellis Air Force Base.

Leaders with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District joined Air Force commanders and Navy representatives to celebrate the completion of the facility, which will benefit joint operations.

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“The completion of this facility is a testament to our commitment to delivering the highest standards in aerospace testing and evaluation,” said Maj. Gen. Evan Dertien, commander of the 445th Test Squadron. “The Digital Test and Training Range, or DTTR, is specifically designed to meet the unique and complex needs of the Joint Simulation Environment.”

Civilian leaders from several military commands cuts the ribbon, signaling the official completion of the Digital Test and Training Range, or DTTR, during a May 16 ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas. USACE PHOTO BY ROBERT DEDEAUX

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been involved with the Joint Simulation Environment program from the planning stages of the project, which began in 2018. The contract for the project was awarded in 2020.

“The DTTR project will serve as a model virtual training facility for other military installations,”
said Justin Gay, Los Angeles District deputy engineer. “The Los Angeles District is a leader in national engineering and construction initiatives for military constructions projects.”

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District leaders pose for a photo following the Digital Test and Training Range ribbon-cutting ceremony May 16 at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas. From left to right, are Shaun Frost, chief of the LA District’s Construction Division; Justin Gay, LA District deputy engineer; and John Oshima, chief of the LA District’s Military Construction Division. USACE PHOTO BY ROBERT DEDEAUX

The DTTR is a more than 50,000-square-foot facility that has state-of-the-art simulators in a multi-level security environment to support developmental test and evaluations for multiple aircraft platforms. The facility is unique in that it provides a government-owned simulation environment and is readily reconfigurable for Air Force, Navy and Army aircraft.

“The Los Angeles District constructed the Digital Test and Training Range to military training specifications,” Gay said.

Maj. Gen. Evan C. Dertien, 445th Test Squadron commander, listens to other speakers following his opening remarks for the Digital Test and Training Range ribbon-cutting ceremony May 16 at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas. The LA District supports the Air Force through construction and engineering projects that support mission readiness.
Maj. Gen. Evan C. Dertien, 445th Test Squadron commander, listens to other speakers following his opening remarks for the Digital Test and Training Range ribbon-cutting ceremony May 16 at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas. The LA District supports the Air Force through construction and engineering projects that support mission readiness. USACE PHOTO BY ROBERT DEDEAUX

The $29-million project is the second Air Force DTTR facility constructed by the architecture development of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Naval Air Systems Command, at Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, and through the continued partnership with the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“I feel like this was a very good project,” said Teryl Stacey, resident engineer for the LA District’s Las Vegas Field Office at Nellis. “Our office supports the warfighter. The projects we are building, and, not just this one, are used to keep our warfighters current.”

More than 40 subcontractors contributed to the success of the project, from design through construction.

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“We continue to demonstrate our firm commitment to delivering projects without sacrificing safety,” Stacey said. “There were no construction mishaps over the 125,000 hours of work. The job was well staffed.”

“The successful completion of this project is a testament to the diligence and perseverance of everyone involved,” Dertien said. “From the engineers and architects, who envisioned and designed this amazing facility, to engineers architecting the networks to our construction teams, who spent countless hours bringing it to life, everyone involved in this project has worked tirelessly to ensure that this building is an outstanding addition to the 445th Test Squadron and the U.S. Air Force.”