of the week, squadrons are in the field
applying what they have learned.
For 14-year-old Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Isabella Altieri, a member of
the National Capital Wing, preparation before attending the school is key.
sure you are physically ready
and practice all the skills you can
before you get she said.
learn about leadership, how to make
decisions and how to lead in different
situations, as well as time
The school has enjoyed some exciting moments over the years. In 1980
world champion boxer Muhammad
Ali, whose training camp was nearby,
visited and sparred with the students.
A few years later U.S. Air Force Lt.
Col. Ron Rosepink, a former
CAP member who became an
expert hot-air balloonist and
military test pilot, made a grand
appearance on the parade field
in his balloon. And Terry
Hawes, a CAP Hawk Mountain graduate and U.S. Army
helicopter pilot, dazzled students when he landed a Black
Hawk on the parade field.
Named after Brig. Gen. William
Wallace Atterbury, a World War I military transportation expert, the farmland became home to thousands of
Army soldiers for training during
World War II. It was also used as an
internment camp for Italian and German POWs, and eventually it housed
a hospital that treated more than
The camp was deactivated in
December 1946, but it remain
that way for long. It was reopened to
support training and mobilizations
during the Korean War, Vietnam,
Desert Shield, Desert Storm and
current world conflicts.
While this is enough to keep Camp
Atterbury busy, it also has a lesserknown but equally important training
National Ground Search and Rescue School is the most popular
of the three schools offered at NESA. First Responder Course
participants receive training from public health service officers on
how to properly extricate and package victims for transport.
skill I was finally successful at was fire
building, but the knots are hard to
remember in the field when you really
For cadets interested in medical
training, Hawk Mountain has added a
medic school. Participants begin training in mountain emergency medicine,
but they also take care of team members in the field and work mass casualty scenarios. They receive additional
training in preventive care, patient
transport, triage, field sanitation and
is so much you learn that
you can use in real Davis said.
74 Civil Air Patrol Volunteer
newly christened rangers is perhaps best expressed by school
veterans like retired U.S. Army
Lt. Col. Ed Gibbons, who told the
Civil Air Patrol Volunteer in 2006, on
the occasion of the 50th
anniversary: program greatly
influenced my life. the first time I
realized that what I do affects whether
others live or die. I learned to put my
When people hear the name Edinburgh, they think of Scotland, not
Indiana. Just outside of Edinburgh,
Indiana, however, rests nearly 30,000
acres with an interesting history.
capability. Each year, Civil Air Patrol
senior members and cadets travel there
to train at the National Emergency
NESA consists of three separate
schools Mission Aircrew, Ground
Search and Rescue and Incident Command Staff.
generally pick one school
at the academy to focus on at a
said Lt. Col. Michael Long,
deputy director. may be possible for
students to participate in GSAR one
week and one of the other programs
the second week, but it is a small
minority that manage their schedule
Staying true to slogan of
NESA has been preparing participants