Civil Air Patrol

Over 50 Wisconsin Wing members train at Volk Field, ANGB

With temperatures dropping below zero at night, Major Dave Vriezen, Madison Composite Squadron commander and safety officer for the weekend, instructs the weekend's students how to protect exposed skin while outside, during the morning safety briefing.

With temperatures dropping below zero at night, Major Dave Vriezen, Madison Composite Squadron commander and safety officer for the weekend, instructed members how to protect exposed skin during the morning’s safety briefing.

Madison, Wis. – Over 50 Wisconsin Civil Air Patrol members gathered at Volk Field at Camp Douglas for a weekend of training in emergency services January 19-20.

Basic and advanced ground team academies were offered for senior and cadet members wishing to work in emergency services. Ensuring training for their membership, Wisconsin Wing trains regularly to ensure their members are ready for community service and leadership roles.

Under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel Chris Trossen, Wisconsin Wing emergency service director, and thirteen staff members, two tracks were offered for those wishing to pursue being a ground team member.

  • The Basic Ground Team Academy saw 23 participants and was designed for members with little to no ground team experience.  By participating in this course, members had the opportunity to complete the majority of tasks needed to be rated as a basic (level 3) ground team member. Courses for the Basic Ground School included night compass course, communications, ground and vehicle searches, sortie briefs and debriefing plus basic ground team knowledge courses.
  • The Advanced Ground Team Academy was offered for those already qualified as a basic ground team member.  Eleven members were able to complete the majority of the tasks required to become ground team one or two rated or a ground team leader. Courses for the advanced class included in briefing, navigation refresher, interoperable communications, U. S. national grid system for searches, practical map work and night compass course.

In addition, six members renewed their ground team qualifications.

Frigid temperatures with wind gusts over 40 mph did not hamper the enthusiasm of the cadet and senior members. The weather helped ensure skills were used in search and rescue emergencies during Wisconsin winters. Members were taught to protect exposed skin, how to know the signs of frostbite and what to do when a compass and equipment fail during extreme cold temperatures.

Due to the training provided, members are better equipped to serve their communities.  The fourteen total staff members assured that members received the best possible education. Plans are already underway for next year’s classes.

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