The U.S. Army is moving a state-of-the-art training program for soldiers to Central Florida Research Park, nationally known as a hub for research and development in simulation and training. The Synthetic Training Environment Cross Functional Team (STE-CFT) will share space in a building owned by the University of Central Florida (UCF). The program is spearheading the Army’s efforts to modernize training using state-of-the-art technology to bring together virtual and real-world environments that will better prepare and protect soldiers. It’s relocating its lab, operations and 35 technical and administrative employees from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The move will allow the STE-CFT to operate alongside the Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO-STRI) as well as researchers from UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training. “The longstanding partnership between UCF and the U.S. military grew stronger today,” said UCF President Dale Whittaker. “Together, this research will contribute to our nation’s welfare and the safety and success of the men and women who defend our country.” The announcement was celebrated in late January at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 28 at the Partnership IV building, part of the John C. Hitt Partnership Complex of four buildings UCF owns in Research Park. Guest speakers included Whittaker, Army Lieutenant General James Richardson, and Chief Operating Officer George Cheros of the National Center for Simulation.