CRW Airmen train on ATAK app

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell Jr
  • 621st Contingency Response Wing

The 621st Mobility Support Operations Squadron received training on the Android Tactical Assault Kit app they recently purchased for all of their Air Mobility Liaison Officers here Oct. 8-9.

The app will provide Devil Raiders with the capability to rapidly problem solve and perform in the field more efficiently.

“This training is to prepare AMLOs to conduct landing and drop zone operations quicker and more efficiently, and getting folks excited about leading-edge technology being leveraged by our joint partners, special operations and Air Combat Command,” said Lt. Col. Curt Haase, 621st MSOS commander. “The Expeditionary Center and Air Mobility Command are trying to find innovative solutions right now to organize, train and equip our squadron.”

ATAK is a smartphone geospatial infrastructure and military situational awareness app created in 2010 by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. The app provides users with multiple capabilities such as creating Drop Zone and Landing Zone surveys and parking plans. 

The app utilizes updated satellite imagery and distance measurement tools and provides the user with the ability to create and send products in real time.

The training was provided by Tough Stump Technologies, a disabled veteran owned and operated company.

“All of the guys come from special mission units, and have more than 20 years of service,” said Nathan Donham, Tough Stump Technologies instructor. “It’s good we are able to share our knowledge and operational experiences to help make these guys better war fighters.”