University of New Hampshire
A cadet uses a military compass to determine direction on a land navigation course.

Land Navigation Training

A cadet uses a military compass to determine direction on a land navigation course.

CDT Kurt Ferrell

This summer, I was a part of the Cultural Understanding and Language Program (CULP) this summer; partaking in a deployment to Botswana, in the southern region of Africa. We spent time with members of the Botswana Defense Force (BDF) on numerous BDF bases and camps throughout different regions of the country. Myself and the other members of the deployment spent time learning about aircraft, equipment, vehicles, customs and courtesies, and anti-poaching operations of the BDF. While there, we gave presentations to the officers and cadets of the BDF. Time was also spent off base and used to tour the country, including going on several safaris and visiting museums. This experience has broadened my cultural awareness and was a great experience.

CDT Joseph Sameski

My name is Joseph Sameski and I am an MSII at the University of New Hampshire, Wildcat Battalion. This summer I attended Air Assault School at Ft Benning. Air Assault school was a great challenge and learning experience. This was the first time I had ever done training outside of my ROTC Battalion so I was very nervous on Day Zero and through out the rest of the course. The course started with an obstacle course that proved itself to be physically demanding as we lost about 65 students during the completion of it. During Phase One, the first three days, it was a lot of classroom instruction. We spent just about every moment we had studying our notes and taking in as much knowledge as we could. This phase ended with a written test and a hand and arm signals test. During Phase Two we inspected sling loads for deficiencies. At the end of Phase Two we had to inspect four sling loads given two minutes each to identify three out of four deficiencies. This was the most nerve-racking part of the course because I had to pay close attention to detail with limited time. Upon completion of Phase Two, we got to repel from a tower and even from a Black Hawk helicopter. On the last day we had to do a 12-mile ruck march given 3 hours. This was a great physical test but everyone was so motivated that we pushed through physical limitations and finished. I am very grateful I was given the chance to go to Air Assault School this summer and cannot wait for whatever challenges I will face in the future.

CDT Rebecca Hamel

This summer I spent a month in Honolulu, Hawaii working at Tripler Army Medical Center as part of the Nurse Summer Training Program that nursing cadets complete at the end of their junior year. During this program, I completed 120 hours of clinical time job shadowing a 1st Lt. at Tripler, the largest Military Hospital in the pacific. While there, I completed shifts in the Operating room (in which I saw open heart surgery) the Emergency room, Labor and Delivery (I helped in the birth of twins) and the Intensive Care Unit. I spent the majority of my time on the APGYN floor with one nurse and everyday learned something new regarding patient care, army life and family juggling while having a military career. I got to do many things in this program that other nursing students don’t get to do, like start IV’s for instance. We not only worked, but while in Hawaii, we were taken to see Pearl Harbor, climbed some of the famous mountains, went to the North Shore and had time to experience some real Hawaiian culture. Overall, this program was an amazing opportunity, both to advance medically and to see a different part of the world.

CDT Caitlin Pennycuick

This summer I was selected to attend CTLT in Ansbach, Germany with C Company of 5-158, 12th CAB. Throughout my time in Germany I experienced all facets of the aviation world, specifically MEDEVAC. I worked with the crew chiefs and did maintenance with them on the aircraft and learned the constant cycle that equipment and aircraft have to go through to reset them after deployment. I worked beside the captains and warrant officers to watch the planning process for different types of flights and all of the factors that weigh into the route planning and mission preparation. After helping with the flight plan, I flew on some of the training missions with the pilots to teach 10th Group MEDEVAC procedures and then run through simulated 9-Line calls with them. Part of that mission was flying the mission at night using Night Vision Goggles that were mounted to a flight helmet. This showed me the multiple levels of flying, and the skills required by the pilots to complete the mission no matter the situation. I appreciate the MEDEVAC mission so much more now, having been surrounded by it and experiencing it first hand. This was a great training opportunity, to see both the aviation world and MEDEVAC as well as experience Germany.