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Schweiker Represents NJ Wing Well at Lonestar Emergency Services Academy

posted Jul 7, 2011, 3:06 PM by Lt Col CAP NJWG/GRA KING, ZACHARY Z   [ updated Jul 7, 2011, 4:03 PM ]

Seven members of Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron spent 8 hot days in Big Sandy TX last week to attend the nationally accredited Lonestar Emergency Services Academy (LESA).  Nearly 150 CAP members from NHQ, and 10 Wings representing 4 Regions attended this intense training course.  NJ Wing and our 7 members were the second largest wing represented, following only Texas Wing members.

The Schweiker attendees were:

  • C/SSgt Abraham Dera, Advanced GSARSS (GTM2, GTM1, Senior GT Badge)
  • C/TSgt Dylan DeRosa, Advanced GSARSS (GTM3)
  • C/Maj Nicholas Jennings, LESA Cadet Commander (ICS-300)
  • Capt Paul Jennings, Mission Aircrew School (MO, FLM renewal, Basic Observer Wings)
  • Lt Col Robert Jennings, LESA Chief of Staff
  • 1st Lt Zachary King, Mission Aircrew School (MO, Basic Observer Wings)
  • Lt Col J. Israel Thompson, Mission Aircrew School (MO, Basic Observer Wings)

NJ Wing didn't just make our mark with the numbers, we left a lasting impression with the honors we took:

  • C/SSgt Dera completed the difficult and demanding National Association of Search & Rescue (NASAR) SARTech II rating
  • 1st Lt King was the Mission Observer Honor Graduate and, along with his pilot, earned "Top Crew" honors

LESA offers more than 10 courses across ground, air and mission management operations.  Weather conditions each day typically broke 100F with moderate humidity, so it truly was a challenge for everyone who attended.  Texas Wing Commander, Col Brooks Cima, thanked us all for our participation and challenged us to bring down even more NJ Wing members next year!  I have no doubt with all of the buzz we'll have surrounding the outstanding experience this year, we'll have NJ Wing members anxious to attend this outstanding ES training opportunity.

Congratulations to all of the Schweiker members on your accomplishment!


Lt Col Bob Jennings, CAP

Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron