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Unit 51 Endurance Hike

At dawn, Unit 51 started their 24 Hour Endurance Hike.

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Scouts lead the way to clear the path of obstacles.

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Hiking through the mountains…

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Enjoying a snack in the middle of the night!

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Sunrise was a welcomed sight!

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The unit runs to formation for the final stretch!

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Finally, what could be better than ending such a hike with motivational push-ups?

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Unit 51: Survival training is under way

Shelter building, Primitive Fire Starting, Survival Navigation, Wilderness Stretcher Usage, Food Gathering/Trapping and River Crossing are some of the skills learned during the day. Other skills include fishing and chicken preparation.

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Time for a drill!

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River crossing in the dark…a fun experience.

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The River crossing competition is always a fun challenge. Using Double elimination, the squads battle it out till the last two are standing. The last two squads then compete for the final round! I am not going to spoil their news by announcing the winner, but the final two squads were Alpha and Charlie from Second Platoon!!!

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Unit 51 is Hiking Again!

Forming up and doing motivational push-ups before taking off…

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On their third break the men refill their water and stretch.

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And the hike continues into the 10th hour…

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The final resting spot…but they do not know that yet…

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And the hike is over after covering approximately 30 miles in 12 hours!!

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Unit 51 is off again….

Time for another hike!

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Eating breakfast prior to heading out.

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Heading out…

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Hours later the men are done with their second hike. Time to setup camp and eat lunch!

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Unit 51 R-Night

Unit 51 started on Saturday night. Everyone arrived on time and registration went smoothly. Pictures and updates will be posted as activities occur during the next nine weeks. Keep praying for the men as they start a four day long Bible study on heart conditions to prepare themselves for the lessons God has in store for them.

Caleb Nelson Memorial Race

The Caleb Nelson Memorial Race was held here at the Intl. ALERT Academy this past Saturday. This race is a grueling 12 mile trek that involves a 3 mile run, followed by a ½ mile swim through Lake Loma, continued with an 8 mile run with a 35-45 lb. pack, another short swim, and completed with a 1 mile run back to the starting line. The race is held in honor of Caleb Nelson, an ALERT man from Unit 30 who went on to join the Navy SEALs. He was killed in action over in Afghanistan. The race is run to honor the courage, strength, and humility that Caleb Nelson demonstrated throughout his life as an ALERT man and a Navy SEAL.

The Race began at 6:00 am Saturday morning. Truly, it was very exciting to see the group of approximately 40 men that came to run the race. It was also a blessing to have a large logistics team to assist in getting things set up and running smoothly. All the participants did well. The winner of the race was Sgt. Evan Tuuk, coming in with a time of 2 hrs. 21 min. and 48 sec. Second place was taken by RFC Hudson Stark with a time of 2 hrs. 23 min. and 26 sec. Third place was won by Connor Dahl with a time of 2 hrs. 24 min. and 53 sec.

Tech Rescue goes to Arkansas

Tuesday evening, August 16th, the entire tech rescue unit loaded up into a van and departed their “home-away-from-home” for Mount Magazine State Park in Arkansas.   Everything they had learned about high-angle rescue thus far was to be put to practice on some real cliffs. The next day, the unit hit the cliffs at the breathtaking Cameron Bluffs Overlook and proceeded to learn about setting up anchor systems in a real-world high-angle environment. These anchors were then used for the rest of the morning to rappel down and ascend back up the 120 foot rock face. The rest of the day as well the next were used to run practice scenarios off the bluffs, with each man given an equal opportunity to rotate through each of the roles of a rope rescue team; from the incident commander, to the rescuer who was lowered over the edge, right down to being a victim for the scenario.

While they were all the same generic type of rescue scenario, each one had a different twist thrown into it so as to challenge the team in new ways each time; such as the surprise scenario sprung on the group by Capt. Dankers and both Lt. Winchells later that night. The last day was spent out on the slightly less intimidating 90 foot cliffs learning about and putting to practice a crash course on rock climbing.

All in all, it was an amazing trip, with each day presenting new adventures, challenges, and learning experiences.  From the morning wisdom search that Capt. Dankers used to kick-start each day to the scenario debriefings, there was always a chance to glean something valuable and work on applying it.

-Corporal Daniel Creedon

Spc. Clayton Rothenhauser is lowered down to perform a pick-off rescue.

Spc. Matthew Hartlaub helps RFC Michael Hall in setting up a main line.

Spc. Angelo Savino shows off his rock climbing skills.

Spc. Seth Lyon prepares to rappel off the edge.

Spc. Clayton Rothenhauser and RFC Michael Hall work belay systems.

Capt. Dankers and Lt. Bryan Winchell oversee one of the scenarios.

After a day of scenarios, several of the guys decided to hike to the highest point in Arkansas:
(Clockwise left to right) Spc. Angelo Savino,Spc. Clayton Rothenhauser, Spc. Jonathan Kilpatrick,
RFC Michael Hall, Micah Dankers, and Cpl. Daniel Creedon.

Everyone poses for a group photo at the end of the trip. Clockwise from top left: Capt. Steve Dankers,
Lt. Bryan Winchell, RFC Michael Hall, Spc. Clayton Rothenhauser, Spc. Seth Lyon, Lt. Stephen Winchell,
Cpl. Daniel Creedon, Spc. Travis Ryden, Spc. Matthew Hartlaub,
Spc. Angelo Savino and Spc. Jonathan Kilpatrick.