Mini Courses

General information about the WESS Mini-Course program


We will be operating under CAP AFAM mission status.


·    Each 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

·    Though 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.

·    Our 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 program.

·    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.


·    Classrooms 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.

·    Restrooms are nice and are equipped with showers.

·    Part 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.

·    It is a NO smoking (or vape) facility. The closest smoking point is a walk of about 200 yards.

·    Each 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.

·    The facility is very flat; but is all gravel. Comfortable shoes for walking on a gravel road would be advisable.

·    Cell service is reasonable for most providers.



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ICS 300: Intermediate Incident Command System 2-4 February 2018

Who should take this class?

o    All Mid-level Management Federal/State/Local/Tribal/Private Sector & Nongovernmental personnel should take ICS-300.

o    Persons 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


Course topics include:

o    ICS Staffing and organization

o    Reporting and working relationships and information flow

o    Transfer of Command

o    Unified Command functions in a multi-jurisdictional or multi-agency incident

o    ICS forms

o    Resource Management

o    Interagency mission planning and procurement


ICS 300: Intermediate Incident Command System 2-4 February 2018

Who should take this class?

o    Public Information is a vital function in disaster operations that contributes greatly to saving lives and protecting property. Public Affairs training is needed for Public Affairs Officers at all levels. Is it also essential for the Mission Public Information Officer. 


Course topics include:

o    Public Information includes the processes and systems that enable effective communications with various target audiences. This training program is designed to provide the PAO or PIO with essential knowledge, skills, and abilities to support proper decision-making by delivering the right message, to the right people, at the right time by giving PAOs/PIOs the opportunity to learn and practice the tasks of gathering, verifying, coordinating, and disseminating public information at all levels of government. 



ICS 400: Advanced ICS Command 6-8 April 2018



 Who should take this class?

o  Executive level management personnel in Federal/State/Local/Tribal/Private Sector & Nongovernmental organizations.

o    Persons 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.

o    Pre-requisites required to attend this class are:  ICS 100, 200, & 300 IS 700 & 800


Course topics include:


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 (EOCs)



GRADEX:  Mini-Course 4-6 May 2018

An Opportunity to practice what you learn:


This is 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?


o    Prerequisites include successful completion of one of the other WESS mini-courses.

o    There is no additional fee for participating in this event.

o    The 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.

o    Schools include: Ground Search and Rescue, Mission Management, Mission Aircrew, Mission Radio Operator, and Staff Support.

o    Participant 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