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Group 4 Hosts Dual Aircrew Schools

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The Mission Scanner class at the Sugar Valley Composite Squadron. Photo Credit: 1st Lt Deborah Leighton, CAP (click image to view full size)
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Ground Schools held for Mission Scanners and Mission Observers

1/3/2018––Group 4 hosted Familiarization and Preparatory Training Ground Schools for both Mission Scanner and Mission Observer on Saturday, 9 Dec 2017. In spite of the inclement weather, there were 17 students from seven different squadrons in attendance. Two attendees came from as far away as the Tar River Composite Squadron (NC-057) outside Rocky Mount.

The classes were a coordinated effort between NC-082 (Winston-Salem Composite Squadron) and NC-052 (Sugar Valley Composite Squadron). The coordination worked seamlessly with the two distinct, separate classes teaching different aircrew specialties at different locations. The instructors for the Mission Scanner class at Sugar Valley were Maj Stephen Leighton and Capt Sandra Smith, both of NC-052. The instructor for the Mission Observer class at NC-082 was Maj John Eller.
Everybody graduated successfully which means that the North Carolina Wing now has 10 new Mission Scanner Trainees and 7 new Mission Observer Trainees to build our aircrew needs. Accordingly, when we are called for the next disaster, or to find a missing aircraft, or whatever our country needs us for, we are ready.
This is the first step in a new training direction for the NC Wing in 2018. The Wing ES staff will be coordinating among all the Groups to get more classes scheduled so that every member in every squadron will have the opportunity to become qualified and ready to help the next time we are needed.