Academy Blog Series; Battalion 50
Welcome to the return of the Academy Blog Series. This semester the blog will follow the academy lives of Battalion 50, a group of forty-two cadets coming from a variety of backgrounds and levels of experience. Readings will post every few days with topics surrounding the Battalion’s story a day at a time. Each article written will be from an assigned cadet’s point of view. Every cadet has a writing assignment for a specific day. Entire companies have also been assigned a group written effort specific to a given week.
This semester is a historical one as it marks our 50th Firefighter 1 academy. The battalion has appropriately chosen their motto, ”Honor the Legacy”. Their elected President is Cadet Rocha, Treasurer, Cadet Blaker and Event Coordinator, Cadet Hanna.
August leadership appointments consisted of Cadet Johns, 50, as their Battalion Officer, Cadet Henngeler, 150, will be serving as his deputy. Henngeler played double duty and was also appointed as Alpha Company Officer, Alpha 1. Bravo 1 was Cadet Galindo, Charlie 1, Cadet Mahoney and Delta 1, Cadet Fricke. These cadets were appointed as first round officers because of leadership and previous training strengths. Three of the four officers successfully graduated from last summer’s Wildland Fire Academy, finishing with high marks. September began with newly appointed officers. August leaders will now serve in company mentorship roles as they guide incoming peers.
We hope you enjoy following Battalion 50’s semester story. Whether you read as a family member, friend or interested person, I’m convinced you’ll be anxiously awaiting each article.