The National Emergency Services Alumni Association is a not-for-profit corporation composed of graduates of the National Emergency Service Academy. It is a group of graduates that have joined together to continue assiting the Academy in it's endeavor to provide quality training in search and rescue, demonstrate their commitment to serving others, and share in the common fellowship of emergency services personnel.
The Acedemy began as the National Ground Search and Rescue School at the Miller School in VA in 1996. The program was started by John Desmarais who served as the first project officer and then stepped in as the school director from 1997 to 2003. Gary Brockman became the director in 2003. He and Robert Spencer have been charter members of the NESA program and staffed the Academy every year since it's start. Many other fine staff have joined in over the years giving of their time, experience, and effort to make NESA the largest Civil Air Patrol special activity with over 400 members attending each year.
The Academy is held each year currently at Camp Atterbury in Indiana. Information on the Academy may be found at their web site.
The first two years, the school was a two week program. Starting in 1998, the Academy operates for two weeks but presenting one week long schools. From 1997 through the end of the 2003 school, NGSAR was divided into two programs, Basic and Advanced. The first class had 43 students. Within five years, the number of stuadents had grown to 430.
Mission Base Staff School was started in 1997 when NESA moved to Camp Atterbury. It has maintained a friendly competition with MAS to be the smallest school with the highest quality graduates at the Academy.
The Mission Aircrew School was added in the year 2000. The training at MAS is rigorous and students work diligently to amass the skills they need to graduate as either Mission Pilots or Mission Observers. To learn more about NESA history, follow this link:
What are some of our goals...
Scholarship fund. A means to assure that emergency services training is available to cadets that may not have the opportunity to attend without financial assistance.
Library fund. A means to provide education materials and resources to the students.
Building fund. A goal of helping to provide a permanent training facility and headquarters for the Academy
There have been many students that have returned as staff, returned for additional courses, and some have returned year after year.
Many of the participants remained in e-mail contact, visiting at other national activities, and working on other CAP projects together. Days of hot sun, mosquitos, sleepless nights, and physical endurance tends to create bonds. The old addage of the NGSAR staff: Two Weeks of Hell- A Lifetime of Friends
A group of former students and staff felt it would be good to have a alumni association for NESA to try to help assure the Academy would continue as a force in emergency services training.