Nebraska Wing Squadrons Invited to Training August 19-21, 2016

***Weather update: Friday, August 19. There is a chance for severe weather this evening.  The facility does have a basement level we will use for shelter if necessary. A plan is in place and we will be monitoring weather conditions. As you know,  safety is #1. Semper vigilans!***

Nebraska Emergency Response Training – Pathfinder will be held on August 19-21, 2016 at the Optimist Cabin, Branched Oak Lake near Raymond, Nebraska. Civil Air Patrol squadrons across Nebraska are invited to attend the training. The course focuses on the basic skills for Civil Air Patrol Search and Rescue and Extended Community Outreach.

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

We are in need of additional instructors. If you are interested in assisting or teaching at this training, please contact Major Leo Larkin at leoklarkin@hotmail.com.

Sign-up deadline for the 2016 NERT Training is August 18

Capt Wilma Gerena providing basic first aid to a missing person during a Unit Training Mission

Capt 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.

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NERT – Meals on the Go!

Prepare and label foods before coming to NERT.

Prepare and label foods before coming to NERT.

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

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A Word about Water: Everyone must bring at least one gallon of drinking water with them to NERT. 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, August 19, you may want to eat supper before arriving. Or bring a sack dinner to eat on site shortly after arrival (arrival time is 6 p.m.). Plan on:

  • Three meals and snacks on Saturday, August 20
  • Two meals and snack on Sunday, August 21 (dismissal by 4 p.m.)

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

Flag Retirement Ceremony

Updated – 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 August 19, 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) in August.

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.

About Nebraska Emergency Response Training – August 19-21, 2016:

Nebraska Emergency Response Training – Pathfinder will be held on August 19-21, 2016 at the Optimist Cabin, Branched Oak Lake near Raymond, Nebraska. Civil Air Patrol squadrons across Nebraska are invited to attend the training. The course focuses on the basic skills for Civil Air Patrol Search and Rescue and Extended Community Outreach.

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PreNERT Activity – June 11, 2016

NERT Training Day

155th Composite Squadron Cadets Jerred and Guilford aren’t just playing with “toys”. They are learning radio skills and carefully following instructions. When they are done, they’ll compare their results to the original being described by cadets transmitting the instructions via remote radio. Pre-N.E.R.T Training Day, Branched Oak Lake.

June 11, 2016… HOT! The heat and humidity didn’t stop members of the 155th Composite Squadron who began preparations for the Nebraska Emergency Response Training (NERT), August 19-21, 2016. Members participated in ICUT and reviewed course curriculum at the June 11, 2016 unit training.

Prior to today’s training, I completed a safety walk-through of the Optimist Lodge grounds to document and hopefully, mitigate any possible hazards. Terrific news! The grounds look amazing! A lot of work has been done to the property which will make it an exceptional location for the NERT training both this weekend and in August. Already scoping out the spot for my tent!

Special thanks to our instructors today: Col Bruce Marxsen, Lt Tom Guilford

Nebraska Civil Air Patrol Squadrons – be sure to start signing up for the NERT Training in August. The sign-up link is available on this site. Your squadron commander has the sign-up password or you can contact me directly at scochran2@unl.edu, let me know what squadron you are with and I’ll send it to you.

Semper vigilans!

Soni Cochran, 1Lt
155th Composite Squadron – Civil Air Patrol

aircraft panel signals

The “X” is a panel signal ground teams can use to tell aircrews “We Need Medical Assistance”. You want the panels to be clearly visible and in the open, but on this hot day, we’re working in the shade. Safety first! This training is taking place on the grounds where NERT will be held August 19-21. Lodge in the background.

 

 

About 2016 Nebraska Emergency Response Training

A message from Major Leo Larkin, Commander
155th Composite Squadron – Nebraska Wing Civil Air Patrol

ComptonLarkinHallThe 2016 Nebraska Emergency Response Team (NERT) training is an extension of the successful Pathfinder program. Sustainable training in Civil Air Patrol to maintain Skills Qualification Training Requirements (SQTR) should be the standard so our members and organization are ready when called to serve our communities, state and nation!

Training is an ongoing requirement in Civil Air Patrol – it doesn’t happen just once a year.

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