information about the WESS Mini-Course program
We will be
operating under CAP AFAM mission status.
class will be limited to a minimum of 18, and a maximum of 30. If we have too many applicants, timeliness of
the application and recommendation from the applicable Wing DOS will determine
acceptance into the class
utility uniforms are preferred, any PROPER CAP uniform is acceptable. The CAP
Polo, White Corporate or Duty uniforms are included.
· Every participant must complete a WESS
Medical Form to be presented at sign-in.
· A program fee of $15 per mini-course is
requested to cover our incidental costs to be collected at sign-in.
· A laptop or tablet computer is HIGHLY
recommended, as well as writing supplies.
hosts are the Vigilant Warrior training facility is the USAF 2ndTraining Support Squadron. The facility
is very nice, and we stress being good stewards of our provided resources.
We will be part of an ongoing ES Training
· Over 100 CAP members and staff will be
operating all around us and we are training to be leaders and representatives.
It is vital that we, as the leaders set a good example in uniforms,
conversations, and actions.
· This is NOT a "cadet activity.” Everyone
in the program is either training for an ES rating, or instructing others in
such. Some are Cadets, some are Senior Members; BUT ALL are to be treated equally
as Emergency Service Personnel.
We will be in a
remote field environment.
are nice; but equipped with only what you bring. Please bring your own writing devices and a
laptop or tablet as if you were showing up to serve in a mission as staff. A
seat cushion to help keep the blood flowing to the brain is advised.
are nice and are equipped with showers.
of responding to a mission is to be able to provide for your own needs for 72
hours until a support structure is organized. We will practice that. There is no dining facility. Microwaves, coffee,
and hot water will be provided.
is a NO smoking (or vape) facility. The closest smoking point is a walk of
about 200 yards.
barrack building holds 18 bunks, each with springs, and a nice mattress. You
will need to provide sheets, pillows and blankets, or a sleeping bag. Each has
a power outlet within 10 feet. A short extension cord may be handy if you need
power at the bedside.
facility is very flat; but is all gravel. Comfortable shoes for walking on a
gravel road would be advisable.
service is reasonable for most providers.
picture is worth 1000 words:
300: Intermediate Incident Command System 2-4 February 2018
Who should take
Mid-level Management Federal/State/Local/Tribal/Private Sector & Nongovernmental
personnel should take ICS-300.
serving as command staff, section chiefs, strike team leaders, task force
leaders, unit leaders, division/group supervisors, branch directors, and
multi-agency coordination system/emergency operations center staff.
o Pre-requisites required to attend this class are ICS 100 & 200
and IS 700 & 800
Staffing and organization
and working relationships and information flow
Command functions in a multi-jurisdictional or multi-agency incident
mission planning and procurement
Basic Public Affairs Officer 2-4 March 2018
o Public Affairs training is
needed for Public Affairs Officers at all levels. It is also essential training
for the Mission Public Information Officer. This training program is designed to provide the PAO or PIO with the
essential knowledge, skills, and abilities to support proper decision-making by
delivering the right message, to the right people, at the right time.
o Public information is a
vital function in disaster operations that contributes greatly to saving lives
and protecting property. Public information entails the processes and systems
that enable effective communications with various target audiences. This
training program provides PAO/PIOs with the opportunity to learn and practice
the tasks of gathering, verifying, coordinating, and disseminating public
information at all levels of government.
400: Advanced ICS Command 6-8 April 2018
Who should take this class?
level management personnel in Federal/State/Local/Tribal/Private Sector &
who will serve as command or general staff in an ICS organization, select
department heads with multi-agency coordination system responsibilities, area
commanders, emergency managers, and multiagency coordination system/emergency
operations center managers.
required to attend this class are: ICS 100, 200, & 300 IS 700 & 800
o Fundamental review for Command and General Staff
o Major and/or Complex Incident/Event Management
o Organizational relationships between Area Command, Unified
Command, Multi-Agency Coordination Systems, and Emergency Operations Centers
GRADEX: Mini-Course 4-6 May 2018
Opportunity to practice what you learn:
NOT a required part of the mini-courses. It is a great opportunity
for the mini-course participants to practice their skills and contribute to our
main Graduation Practical Exercise?
include successful completion of one of the other WESS mini-courses.
is no additional fee for participating in this event.
WESS Graduation exercise is an opportunity for ALL students from all schools to
merge their skills into ONE massive Search and Rescue Exercise. Last year’s
exercise included almost 200 personnel.
include: Ground Search and Rescue, Mission Management, Mission Aircrew, Mission
Radio Operator, and Staff Support.
Qualifications include: GTM3, GTM2, WAFA, GTL, MRO, MSA, MP, MO, MS, AP and
other directors, supervisors, and leaders to pull these together.
Registration for Mini Courses