INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM
The Incident Management Team is a nine day activity intended for anyone who is interested in Mission Base Operations. You will learn about the different sections a Mission Base needs to be successful, as well as participate in those sections. This course is responsible for all logistical services and support the Academy will need. While participating in this course it will be both mentally challenging as well as physically demanding. Teamwork will be the key to success in this course. If you work with your team and help your team members out, then everyone will succeed. During this week, you will earn your Mission Radio Operator qualification (MRO), your Mission Staff Assistant qualification (MSA), and your Flight Line Marshaller qualification (FLM) as well as potentially your Urban Direction Finding qualification (UDF). While completing those qualifications, some of the tasks you will be assisting in are as follows: Base Communications, Logistics Control, Water Drop details, setting and retrieving ELT’s and much more.
COST AND FOOD OPTIONS
Option A $65.00
What is included in the cost: For those who graduate, you will also receive a t- shirt, SAR Academy patch, SAR Academy decal, and a map tool.
The student will be responsible for ALL meals and snacks.
Option B $125.00
What is included in the cost: 12 MRE meals. For those who graduate, you will also receive a t-shirt, SAR Academy patch, SAR Academy decal, and a map tool.
The student will be responsible for 11 meals and snacks.
Option C $185.00
What is included in the cost: 24 MRE meals. For those who graduate, you will also receive a t-shirt, SAR Academy patch, SAR Academy decal, and a map tool.
The student will ONLY be responsible for snacks.
Frequently Asked Questions about the SAR Academy Mission Base Course
Who can participate in a CAP Mission Base?
Any CAP member, cadet or senior member, in good standing who is safety current and qualified in GES.
What does a CAP Mission Base do?
Mission Base members use radios, build radio antennas, assist officers at Mission Base, plot coordinates on a map, navigate via map, inspect vehicles, set up targets, complete mission paperwork, process mission reimbursements, drop off water jugs in the field, and any other logistical tasks as needed.
When is a CAP Mission Base used?
Mission Base is typically needed for larger missions that span several days, including natural disaster relief missions. Mission Base is also common for planned events, like airshows.
Where are CAP Mission Bases located?
Mission Bases are located close to where the mission is taking place, but they could be located elsewhere in the state depending on where ground teams and aircrews are located. Some areas are specially equipped to serve as Mission Bases, such as Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs), while other areas have to be made into Mission Base-capable areas.
Why is a CAP Mission Base important?
Mission Base oversees the flow of personnel, materials, and information throughout the entire mission. Having key personnel located in one central area can allow for easier communication and planning for the mission.
How will I become a member of a CAP Mission Base?
When you arrive at SAR Academy, you will begin training to do these tasks. Later in the week, you will be evaluated on how well you perform these tasks in a mission setting. At the end of the week, you will be evaluated on your application of these concepts with a written exam. Upon successful completion of a review board, you will leave with the qualifications of MRO and MSA.
What do I need to attend the course?
You need to be a CAP cadet, aged 14 or older. You must be at least a C/SSgt, and you must have completed General Emergency Services (GES) and Introductory Communications User Training (ICUT). You must be safety current at the time of the academy. You must bring with you to the academy the following: Signed CAPF 31, CAPF 160, CAPF 161, CAPF 163, complete 24-hour gear, and additional items as stated in the course packing list.
What if I don’t have what I need to attend this course?
If you don’t meet age and grade requirements, you can apply for a waiver. Contact 1st Lt Graham for more information. If you don’t have the necessary gear to attend, contact members of your local squadron for help in obtaining these items – many squadrons have gear that can be issued to you. If this doesn’t suffice, contact C/MSgt Aldea for assistance in obtaining necessary course gear.
I have a Physical Fitness waiver. Can I still attend this course?
In order to graduate, you must fully participate in every physical training session during the course. You can still attend, but you may not graduate the course if your waiver prohibits you from completing all physical training sessions.
What should I not bring to SAR Academy?
Do NOT bring items prohibited per CAPR XXX, such as tobacco, alcohol, or weapons. Leisurely reading materials or academic materials are not permitted (religious texts are okay). Electronic devices, including cell phones, laptops, or tablets are not permitted. Unhealthy food or snacks, such as candy, chips, cookies, Poptarts, or any beverages other than water are not permitted. If these items are found in MREs, you will not be permitted to consume them during the academy. If any of the items listed above are found in your gear, they will be confiscated. If items prohibited per CAPR XXX are found, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken, which may include immediate dismissal from the academy.
What if I don’t pass every part of the course?
Mission Base course will be mentally and physically demanding. If you give every effort but pass a portion of the course, you may be given an opportunity to re-test in the failed area. If at the end of the course you still do not pass every requirement for graduation, you will leave with whatever qualifications earned during the course (such as MRO and MSA), but you will not earn the rights of SAR Academy graduates (such as wear of the SAR Academy patch).
Should I prepare beforehand for Mission Base Course?
Yes! Complete necessary requirements before showing up for the academy, such as GES and ICUT. It may help to look over tasks required for MRO and MSA, so you can familiarize yourself with the material you will be learning. Ideally, complete these at least seven (7) days in advance; this will give you time to sort out any issues or questions you have at your squadron’s weekly meeting. If these are not completed when you sign-in at the academy, you will be sent home. The academy requires rigorous physical activity, thus practicing daily exercise will help your transition to the academy. About six (6) weeks in advance, you should workout daily in preparation for the academy. You should be able to easily pass a Cadet Physical Fitness Test (CPFT). Examples of daily workouts include mile-long runs, push-ups, sit-ups, and core/ab workouts. Make sure you always warm-up and stretch before your workout, and cool-down and stretch after your workout to prevent injuries. The academy takes place during the summer, so it will be hot. Much time will be spent performing rigorous tasks in BDUs, so you are expected to drink at least one (1) quart of water per hour. Hydrate yourself well before the academy by ensuring you drink at least eight (8) glasses (or 64 ounces) of water per day for two (2) weeks prior to the start of the academy.