Lt Col Tom Schick and Lt Col Jeff Focke attended National Staff College (NSC) at Maxwell AFB, AL. NSC is needed for the Gill Rob Wilson Award (CAP’s highest professional development award given to Senior members). NSC is the capsone course in CAP professional development and is designed for members who are, or will be assuming positions of regional or national importance within CAP. With 85 other members from across the country, these Mavericks had the opportunity to train and work with some of the top leaders in CAP.
Lt Col Jeff Focke and Capt Gene Merklein participated with NC Wing Operations to conduct a focused Incident Command Post (ICP) training at Wing HQ. CAP members from across the state gathered to focus on a particular area of ICP and work through a table top exercise to hone their skills. Training proved to be both challenging and valuable opportunity to hone and develop IC skills for potential real-world missions.
Spearheaded by Maj Brett Benson with the Charlotte Senior Squadron (NC-121), the Charlotte-area squadrons again descended on Concord Airport for a day of both ground training for Mission Scanner (MS) qualification along with MS training flights throughout the day. This training is the vital first step for aircrews to begin ES training in the aviation part of CAP ES missions.
Spearheaded by Maj Brett Benson with the Charlotte Senior Squadron (NC-121), the mavericks participate with both instructors, new UDF trainees, and re-qualifications as part of the NC Wing initiative to have all aircrews to also be UDF qualified. The training in the classroom followed by real-world training missions at Concord Airport provided excellent training opportunity for all participating members.
NC Wing conducted search and rescue exercises (SAREX) on 15-16 Jan 2015. Members were participating across the state from their local areas and NC Mavericks turned out in force in the Charlotte-area! We had members participating in Concord at the mission base, UDF team, and aircrews in support of the exercises. The scenario dealt with a wide-area power outage from weather followed by a number of other tasking elements spun off from the condition. The training exercise proved to be a very successful event with personnel taking home a sense of accomplishment and confidence for when CAP is called on for real life emergencies.
Maj Jeff Focke and Capt Gene Merklein participated in ICS-300 and ICS-400 training at the Kannapolis Fire Station during November instructed by Tracy Winecoff. This class trained and equipped people for intermediate and advanced ICS roles for expanding incidents. This training will allow them to continue on with their training for participating in the CAP mission base staff roles and responsibilities.
This weekend the Mavericks spearheaded a booth at the Monroe Airshow to display the C-182T G1000 aircraft and tell the public about what we do in CAP. Stop back soon for pictures of the event.
The NC-137 Mavericks participated in the NC Wing search and rescue exercises (SAREX) on April 18th. Members participated in both the mission base staff as well as aircrews flying missions to support the exercise. This was a statewide training exercise allowing the members to apply training conducted year round within the local squadrons. The training exercise proved to be a very successful event with personnel taking home a sense of accomplishment and confidence when CAP is called on for real life emergencies.
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