Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Monday, September 12, 2016
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.
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,
Ready to serve,
Basically trained ALERT men.
So help me God.”
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
On May 20th, Unit 55 consisting of 31 men Advanced from Basic Training into the Battalion.
Newly Promoted Responder Mark Unger gives the Unit’s Testimonial Speech.
Commanding Officer of Basic Training Maj. Pendergast gives the Keynote Address to the Men and their Families.
Over Two Hundred Friends and Family were in attendance to see the men promote.
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.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
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.
Monday, May 2, 2016
The Unit Completed their Endurance Hike this past week. The Hike takes place over a 24 hour period covering approximately 50+ Miles.
Commanding Officer Capt. Pendergast does a wisdom search with the men on the Eve of the hike.
Capt. Pendergast addressing the men before the hike begins.
The Unit taking a quick break for food and Water.
MSgt. Hawley addresses the men at the halfway point. Commending them for the work that has already been completed and exhorting them to press on into the night!
The Unit stops for Food and Water late into the Night Portion of the Hike.
Monday, May 2, 2016
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.
The Men prepare to do a Tight Grid Search.
The Men practicing a Loose Grid Search
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
The Unit Completed their next challenge as they took on the Twelve Hour, Thirty Mile Hike last Thursday.
Senior Drill Instructor MSgt. Hawley leads the way through the wooded trails.
Rain or Shine the Unit presses onward.
The Unit Taking a break at the Half way point.
The Unit at the end of the long march!
Ending at a Water Reservoir the Unit is addressed by Commanding Officer Capt. Pendergast on a job well done.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
This week the Unit participated in Knot tying, Lashing, Mechanical advantage using ropes and pulley’s, and more Navigation class.
Alpha 1st Squad plots their course and heads off on a Squad Navigation Hike.
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.
The Unit is called out to participate in their first Night Hike.