First Lt. Matt Hooper of the Wisconsin Wing’s Eau Claire Composite Squadron shares some tips with cadets using a direction finder.
Second Lt. Kristan Davis of the Southeast Minnesota Composite Squadron and his cadet team use a “cheesebox” direction finder.
(From left) Cadet Tech. Sgt. Caleb David of the Southeast Minnesota Composite Squadron, Cadet 2nd Lt. Jesse Roberts of the Anoka Composite Squadron and Capt. Tim Bjur of the Hutchinson Composite Squadron examine a map.
Cadet Tech. Sgt. Grace Johnson of the Red Wing squadron marks the edge of a search line.
Cadet 1st Lt. Noah Hall of the Red Wing Composite Squadron and Cadet 2nd Lt. Jesse Roberts of the Anoka unit get ready for an overnight stay in the shelter they constructed.
Photos by Maj. Richard J. Sprouse, Minnesota Wing
Maj. Richard J. Sprouse
Public Information Officer
2012 Ground Team Academy
MINNESOTA -- Nearly 65 officers and cadets from the Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin wings turned out Aug. 23-26 for the Minnesota Wing’s annual Ground Team Academy at Camp Ripley.
Training covered a variety of topics required to qualify for ground team levels 1, 2 and 3. Breakout sessions included a compass course, in-depth map training, performing a litter carry, conducting search lines and working with search dogs.
Members spent a night in the field in self-constructed shelters before being evaluated by academy instructors.
The Ground Team Academy was established in 2007 to standardize ground team training across the wing.