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Highlights from the first 2 weeks of Unit 53

Morning Sunrise from the PT stand

Morning Sunrise from the PT stand.

Raising the Flag in the early morning hours

Raising the Flag in the early morning hours.

Second Platoon waits for their daily uniform inspection. The men have just been issued their blue chambrey uniform.

Second Platoon waits for their daily uniform inspection. The men have just been issued their blue chambray uniform.

Recruit Barth waits in the food line with his fellow recruits

Recruit Barth stands in the food line with his fellow recruits.

The unit waits to be recovered from the deck in recruit dining hall

The unit waits to be recovered from the deck in recruit dining hall.

Unit 53 quotes 1st Peter to their Senior Drill Sergeant in the rain

Unit 53 quotes 1st Peter to their Senior Drill Sergeant in the rain.

Senior Drill Sergeant Greenlee teaches the men about response alarms

Senior Drill Sergeant Greenlee teaches the men about response alarms.

The Unit is addressed by Captain Pendergast while camping after the Micro hike

The Unit is addressed by Captain Pendergast while camping after the Micro hike.

Recruit Graves and Recruit Salinas prepare food for their squad

Recruit Graves and Recruit Salinas prepare food for their squad.

Unit 53 after being called out to do the 3hr hike

Unit 53 after being called out to do the 3hr hike.

Recruits from 1st Platoon rest during a break on the 3hr hike

Recruits from 1st Platoon rest during a break on the 3hr hike.

The recruits rest during a break on the 3hr hike

The recruits rest during a break on the 3hr hike.

3rd Platoon waits to be inspected during Saturday inspection

3rd Platoon waits to be inspected during Saturday inspection.

Drill Instructor Archabald inspects Recruit Olson during Saturday Inspection

Drill Instructor Archabald inspects Recruit Olson during Saturday Inspection.

Recruits from Bravo 2nd stand at the Position of Attention while their room and gear in inspected

Recruits from Bravo 2nd stand at the Position of Attention while their room and gear in inspected.

Drill Instructor Kilpatrick looks over his men's journals during Saturday Inspection

Drill Instructor Kilpatrick looks over his men’s journals during Saturday Inspection.

Recruit Jones works on his land navigation skills

Recruit Jones works on his land navigation skills.

Recruit Figueroa follows his compass during a land navigation exercise

Recruit Figueroa follows his compass during a land navigation exercise.

Posted by J. Youngblood International ALERT Academy

R-Night Unit 53

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The men of Unit 53

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Alpha 1st squad with their squad leader Cpl. Horn

 

Alpha Second Squad reads their regulations manual while waiting to be fitted for uniforms.

Alpha Second Squad reads their regulations manual while waiting to be fitted for uniforms.

 

 

The Unit is addressed by the Senior Drill Sergeant.

 

Unit 53 prepares to hike to the barracks.

 

Photo Credit: Sergeant Benjamin Cahill (Click to enlarge)

Highlights from the first 3 weeks of Unit 52

Photo Credit: Colonel John Tanner (Click to enlarge)

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.

UNIT 44 ERT DIVE TRIP

We have spent the past four weeks in Miami, Florida training Unit 44 ERT in Underwater Search and Recovery. ERT was spit into two groups of about twenty new divers, and each group spent two weeks in Miami. The first of the two weeks was spent training them in Open Water and Advanced Open Water Diving. After successfully completing Advanced Open Water, they met the certification requirements of the National Academy of Police Diving (NAPD) for Special Response Diving (SRD). The second week was spent diving in canals as part of the SRD course.  By the end of the two weeks they all were certified in Open Water, Advanced Open Water, and Special Response Diving.

First Group

The first week started out rough with about half of the group having colds. Despite this setback they all did well and were ready for SRD by week two.  During the first week they got to enjoy the pristine waters of Crystal Lake and Winston Park Lake.

Week two – SRD. Most of them were pretty nervous about searching in the alligator infested canals with minimal visibility, but after several days of searching in the canal they were ready to go look for cars. On the last day they found two cars.

Second Group

This group got off to a better start because unlike the first group they were healthy when they arrived. Other than the healthier start everything went about the same for the second group. They did Open Water and Advanced Open Water the first week and Special Response Diving the second week. At the end of the second week we went back to where the first group had found the two cars and searched again. This time we found a Corvette that had been dumped there during the two weeks since the first group had been there.

Isaac Lemelin (left) Cody Price (right)