Branched Oak (UTM 19-14): Nebraska Emergency Response Training September 20-22, 2019

Nebraska Emergency Response Training (Branched Oak UTM 19-14) Camp will be held on September 20-22, 2019 at the Lincoln West Optimist Cabin, Branched Oak State Park near Raymond, Nebraska. Civil Air Patrol squadrons across Nebraska are invited to attend the training. Cadets and senior members will receive hands-on training. Members are encouraged to complete ALL computer based training ICUT modules prior to attending. You must have your Curry Achievement (Cadets) or your Level 1 (Seniors). On Friday night, the General ES 116 and 117 will be covered for those who need it.

You’ll find important information and training resources on this site.

155th Commander, Major Wilma Gerena providing basic first aid to a missing person during a Unit Training Mission

Major Wilma Gerena getting ready to put on gloves (BSI) so she can provide basic first aid. This was a mission person’s search as part of a recent Unit Training Mission.

Updated September 15, 2019 …. Meals on the Go!

Prepare and label foods before coming to NERT.

Prepare and label foods before coming to trainings.

This post features meal suggestions, food safety, storage and recipes…

A Word about Water: Everyone must bring at least one gallon of drinking water with them to the training. There is also water onsite however you’ll want your own too.

Drink Suggestions: Plain Water, Instant Coffee, Instant Energy Drink Packets you can mix with water, hot chocolate, instant tea.

What do I pack for food?

On Friday, September 20, you should eat supper before arriving. Or bring a sack dinner to eat on site shortly after arrival (arrival time is 6 p.m.). Plan on bring enough food for:

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Supper, and snacks on Saturday, Saturday, September 21
  • Breakfast, Sunday, September 22

Meals: When packing your meals for training, remember you have limited space. You don’t want to carry a lot of heavy items with you. Continue reading

Updated September 15, 2019 …. Flag Retirement Ceremony

Post September 15, 2019: During the September 20-22 Nebraska Emergency Response Training (N.E.R.T.), we will again be having an activity with the United States of America Flags. We will not be retiring the flags with a burn ceremony as the flags are synthetic. However, we do have a special activity planned for those flags needing retired and put to good purpose.

Post From September 7, 2016: We retired eleven United States of America Flags during an evening ceremony. The ceremony took well over an hour as each flag was retired. It was a memorable experience to see our cadets and senior members pay respect to the flags and this nation. A video of the ceremony is available on YouTube – please share:

The U.S. Flag code states that, “the flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” Thus, when a flag is torn and tattered beyond repair, it’s time for it to be retired.

On the weekend of June 28-30, 2019, squadrons from the Nebraska Wing Civil Air Patrol will be ceremonially retiring United States Flags at the Nebraska Emergency Response Training. If you have a flag that is tattered, faded, torn and needs retired, please bring it to the Nebraska Emergency Response Training (NERT).

Nebraska Wing Civil Air Patrol cadets and senior members understand this responsibility and will pay proper respect to the flags from collection of the flags to their final retirement.

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