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Unit 56 Week One

The men of Unit 56 completed their first week of training. This week included the men’s first PT test, three days of Catalyst training, and the start of their Land Navigation training.

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The Unit’s Senior Drill Sergeant, briefs the men on their first Physical Fitness test. This test includes 2 minutes of Push-ups, 2 minutes of Sit-ups, and a 2 mile run. Each man must complete and pass this test by the end of Basic Training with a minimum score of 42 Push-ups, 52 Sit-ups, and a 15:54 2 mile run time.

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Unit 56 R-Night

On Friday night, 50 young men embarked on a journey not soon to be forgotten. The lessons learned during the next 9 weeks have the potential to change their hearts forever and the friendships forged will likely last a lifetime. Please pray for the men of Unit 56.

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This is the oath Basic Training Cadre made before taking leadership of Unit 56…

“I solemnly swear,
Before God and these witnesses,
That I will faithfully carry out my duties
In a manner worthy of a Christian.
I will be a faithful example.
I will love my men
And honor them as fellow heirs and brothers in Christ.
With God’s help,
I will train these men
To be spiritually sound,
Physically fit,
Ready to serve,
Basically trained ALERT men.
So help me God.”

 

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Unit 55 Advancement Day

On May 20th, Unit 55 consisting of 31 men Advanced from Basic Training into the Battalion.

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Newly Promoted Responder Mark Unger gives the Unit’s Testimonial Speech.

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Commanding Officer of Basic Training Maj. Pendergast gives the Keynote Address to the Men and their Families.

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Over Two Hundred Friends and Family were in attendance to see the men promote.

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The Basic Training Guidon will be retired and replaced with a New Battalion Guidon signifying the Unit’s transitions from Basic Training into the Battalion.

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Unit 55 Week Seven

This past week Unit 55 entered into what is known as Navigation/Medical week. During this week the men are put to the test on all of the hands on skills they have learned up to this point in Basic Training. Night and Day the men participated in skills testing from lashing, navigation, first aid, ropes and pulleys, and search and rescue.

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Unit 55 Week Six

The Unit participated in Land Search and Rescue Training this past week with both classroom and field application.  The men practiced working as teams to cover a designated area in search of different objects. This training will be applied later on in Basic Training as well as in future ALERT Training.

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The Men prepare to do a Tight Grid Search.

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The Men practicing a Loose Grid Search

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Once a quick passing Search has been completed the men go back through to comb the area more thoroughly looking for evidence  (i.e anything that does not belong in the environment in which they are searching)  In this case they are looking for bullet casings.

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The Men had more classwork on Land Navigation. They learned and practiced how to use the process of Triangulation on the map to find their approximate location.

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The men find to different points on their maps that they can recognize. They shoot an azimuth to those points, take the back azimuth of those points and drawing lines from those locations one can  determine one’s general location.

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Unit 55 Twelve Hour Hike

The Unit Completed their next challenge as they took on the Twelve Hour, Thirty Mile Hike last Thursday.

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Senior Drill Instructor MSgt. Hawley leads the way through the wooded trails.

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Rain or Shine the Unit presses onward.

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The Unit Taking a break at the Half way point.

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The Unit at the end of the long march!

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Ending at a Water Reservoir the Unit is addressed by Commanding Officer Capt. Pendergast on a job well done.

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Unit 55 Week Four

 

This week the Unit participated in Knot tying, Lashing, Mechanical advantage using ropes and pulley’s, and more Navigation class.

 

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Alpha 1st Squad plots their course and heads off on a Squad Navigation Hike.

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Senior Drill Sgt. MSgt. Hawley instructs 2nd Platoon in the use of ropes and pulleys to construct a system to move heavy objects such as a car up an embankment.

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The Unit is called out to participate in their first Night Hike.

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Unit 55 Week Three

The Unit participated this week in River Crossing, Rappelling, and Rock-climbing Classes.

Senior Drill Instructor MSgt. Hawley teaches the men how to tie a seat harness using just webbing.

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The men must be able to tie this seat harness in under two minuets.

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Senior Drill Instructor MSgt. Hawley teaches Bravo 1st Squad how to construct a river crossing system using ropes, carabiners, and prusik cords.

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ALERT’s 50ft Training Tower off of which the men will do a portion of their ropes training.

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The Unit learning how to Rock-climb.

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Recruit Sebastian Prins of Foxtrot 2nd Squad prepares to climb the wall.

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Recruit Andrew Betz of Foxtrot 2nd after finishing his climb up the wall.

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Alpah 1st Squad Practices on a ground Rappel before going off the tower.

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Delta 2nd Squad Rappelling off the tower.

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Recruit Craig Poulson of Delta 2nd Squad Practices locking off on the Rappelling Wall.

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Unit 55 at Morning PT Formation.

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2nd Platoon about to traverse the ALERT Obstacle Course

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Foxtrot Squad competing in Relay Races.

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The Unit was Issued the Basic Training Guidon. This Guidon represents the Unit as a whole as well as bears the streamers of the 54 previous units who have gone before these men.

 

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Recruit Blessing Stewart of Foxtrot Squad 2nd Platoon was chosen to be the Units first guidon bearer. As such he must set an example to the rest of the Unit in conduct and output. He is instructed with the daily bearing and care of the Guidon and must take it with him wherever he goes.

 

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Every Saturday the Unit undergoes Saturday Inspection. This is a rigorous, thorough, and high standard inspection. Perfection is the goal. The Unit must Pass at least of of these infamous inspections before the end of Basic Training.

 

Charlie 1st Squad waits to be inspected by their Drill Instructor.

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Drill Instructor Sgt. Weiss inspects Echo 2nd Squad during inspection.

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Drill Instructor Sgt. Weiss inspects Foxtrot 2nd Squad during inspection.

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