by C/2d Lt Brennan Main

C/2d Lt Brennan Main NBB Official Photo

A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to attend the National Cadet Special Activity (NCSA) National Blue Beret (NBB). I traveled there on 16 July 2018. When I got there we had to sign in, get our bunks, and turn in all required paperwork.  The next few days were the beginning of training. We were mainly trained on Emergency Services (ES). They taught us Flight Line Marshaling, Urban Directional Finding, Radio Communications, and Basic Ground Team Tasks.

C/2d Lt Brennan Main pictured with a General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon


As the week went on we slowly made our way toward operations week, where we began our mission with USAF. I served a lot of time on the flight line that week, and it rained on us often. I completed a few ES sorties which included sitting in towers logging all aircraft that landed, monitoring the radios, and searching for Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT). I was involved in multiple sorties that week, which all benefited the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Airventure, which is the largest air show in the United States. 


National Commander, General Mark Smith and C/2nd Lt Brennan Main

At the end of operations week I went to our graduation. There we enjoyed a burger and hot dog dinner and awards were given out. This year’s graduation was really cool because the National Commander, Gen. Mark Smith, awarded a cadet her Spaatz award.


I had to opportunity to marshal several warbirds including a T-28, P-51’s,  some YAK’s, T-6’s, and some other pretty cool planes. On flight night out we went to Arde and Eds for burgers and root beer, which is a NBB Tradition. After that, we checked out the airshow. I also got to visit several vendors and aviation companies while I was on free time.


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