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DRG supports training in first-of-its-kind E-4B simulator

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 15, 2022) – Delaware Resource Group of Oklahoma LLC on April 1 began manning and operating a 747-200 simulator that was modified to the E-4B configuration in support of the Nightwatch mission at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

The new simulator is the first to fully replicate the cockpit of an E-4B, which is a vital part of our nation’s defense.

In October 2020, the U.S. Air Force awarded CymSTAR a $16 million contract to develop and sustain a high fidelity, full-motion simulator for E-4B pilots and flight engineers. As a subcontractor on the program, DRG provides contract instructor pilots and flight engineers to conduct operational instruction training to the E-4B community as well as simulator technicians to help maintain the E-4B simulator.

“We are excited to be able to take on this new project with our longtime partner CymSTAR,” said DRG President and Chief Operating Officer Brian Busey. “This is a unique opportunity for us to continue to expand our footprint, specifically within the E-4B community, and we look forward to supporting the mission at hand going forward.”

The E-4B serves as the national Airborne Operations Center and is a key component of the National Military Command System for the President, Secretary of Defense, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In case of national emergency or destruction of ground command and control centers, the aircraft commonly referred to as the “Doomsday” plane provides a highly survivable command, control and communications center to direct U.S. forces, executive emergency war orders and coordinate actions by civil authorities.

Founded in 2002 in Oklahoma City, DRG has become a leading global training service contractor specializing in the aerospace defense industry. DRG is owned and operated by the Busey family.

CymSTAR and DRG team members of the E-4B program at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska are pictured from left to right: Jeff Burns, CymSTAR simulator logistician; Dave Gimble, simulator technician; Rob Marks, flight engineer (SkillBridge); Chris Arnold, part-time flight engineer; Billy Nelsen sim tech (SkillBridge); Doug Johnson, pilot (SkillBridge); and Todd Bode, pilot. Marks, Nelsen and Johnson are working with DRG through the Department of Defense SkillBridge program, which provides service members an opportunity to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships or internships during the last 180 days of service.

DRG employees on April 1 began manning and operating the newly modified CymSTAR E4-B simulator in support of the Nightwatch mission at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.


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