Our first State-Wide FTX couldn’t have possibly been more successful with 32 in attendance and absolutely ZERO safety concerns or medical issues raised the entire weekened!
As the FTX kicked off on Friday evening, you wouldn’t have noticed that it was our first time. Things flowed smoothly. Gate Guards radioed Brigade HQ for new arrival admittance. Each new arrival was cleared and then sent back to HQ for processing. And then, as night fell, a guard rotation was established.
The next morning, after a bitter and biting cold night, everyone was up at 0600 and we were training by 0700. First thing everyone was taught the basics of firearm safety as an introduction to the range and those with sidearms began training on the basics and quickly paced to the more advanced learning of rapid reloading which led to a competative shooting competition.
Around noon, we all broke for lunch and summoned DC Hobbs from the gate where he was surprised by a promotion ceremony – his promotion ceremony. DC Hobbs was promoted to the rank of Colonel and to the position of Brigade Executive Officer.
Right after we jumped right back into training with rifle marksmanship. It’s safe to say we all know how that goes but we did split our newer members off from the main group to train with Payne in some more personalized instruction to get these members up to speed and caught up to the rest.
Right after rifle training, we moved into land nav. The course was a little messed up, but everyone walked back to camp knowing how to do a few things:
- Shoot a bearing
- Read a bearing
- Read a Map
- Read terrain (contour lines)
- Declination (Mag & True North)
- 100 meter pace count
I got quite a few comments on how fun and interesting the instruction was as well as several comments on how everyone learned new things that day. I taught the course and made it as interesting as I could with several visual aides demonstrating why magnetic north is different from true north in only some areas!
A Look Around Brigade HQ
A quick tour of our brigade setup and take notice of other tents further out surrounding the headquarters area.
Back at camp we had a newcomer, an Active Duty US Army Infantryman teach squad movement and adaptive firing. Needless to say, almost every civilian was enthralled for about 2 hours with his instruction. Many learned how to properly flank and defend against a flank. Many also learned the art of pencers and shifting fire.
Everyone left on Sunday with a review and knowing that they are one step closer to being capable of defending their family and community from tyranny in any form it rears it’s head!