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Sea Cadet from Langley completes special training | KUDOS
Peter Lett of Langley was one of 14 U.S. Naval Sea Cadets to complete a law enforcement training program with Coast Guard members from Station Portland, Ore. in July.
The course, officially entitled “Maritime Interdiction Operations,” gives Sea Cadets a view at law enforcement in the marine environment and careers in the Coast Guard.
Lett, 16, and other cadets were awakened every morning at 5:30 a.m. of their training day for physical fitness. Morning workouts included jogging through downtown Portland, military oriented workouts at the gym and pool and grappling training at Team Quest.
Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Justin Eaton, an instructor with Coast Guard Station Portland, noted that after a shower and breakfast, cadets charged head on into a full day of training.
Training included team building exercises, self-defense tactics and classroom instruction.
Lessons covered a broad range of law enforcement skills, including tips on how to take down an aggressive subject. The students also visited a “force options simulator” — Threat Dynamics in Tualatin, Ore. — where cadets had to make deadly force decisions using simulated handguns against characters on a movie screen.
The cadets also took a trip to an indoor range for firearms safety instruction and qualifying with 9mm pistols.
They also spent time in the “Shoot House” located at Camp Rilea in Warrenton. The shoot house is a mock building with rooms and hallways where they practiced clearing the building of hostile forces.
Finally, cadets went up against role players dressed out in “Red Man Suits” to evaluate their communication and self-defense skills, as well as going onboard a sea scout ship to deal with role players pretending to be pirates, smugglers or stowaways.
During the week, cadets interacted with Coast Guardsmen to ask questions about careers in the Coast Guard. Cadets were given boat rides onboard Station Portland’s 25-foot response boats and picked up lifelike mannequins out of the water.
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office also provided an officer to educate the cadets in illegal drugs and their effects on people.
Cadets also traveled around town, including a visit to the Voodoo Doughnut shop, a movie night at a local theater, seeing Fourth of July fireworks on the waterfront and the graduation dinner at the Spaghetti Factory.