Wheelhouse Weekly – May 28th, 2019

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Government and military officials, union leaders and representatives of the U.S.-flag shipping companies attended the National Maritime Day commemoration and wreath-laying at the Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C., on May 22.

Speakers included USTRANSCOM Commander Gen. Stephen Lyons and Rear Adm. Mark Buzby, the U.S. Maritime Administrator.

In his remarks, Buzby gave a special shout out to the officers and crew of MV GREEN LAKE.

The GREEN LAKE is operated by MM&P-contracted SEACOR.

Buzby’s speech follows in its entirety.

“We celebrate Maritime Day each May 22 to honor those who served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the U.S. Merchant Marine, to note the critical contributions of the maritime industry to our Nation’s defense and economy, and to focus ourselves on strengthening U.S. maritime to meet the challenges ahead.”

“Nothing better exemplifies the excellence of the American mariner than Captain William Boyce and the crew of the GREEN LAKE, who performed a harrowing at-sea rescue in the mid-Pacific on New Year’s Day.”

“Through gusting winds and heavy swell, Captain Boyce and his crew saved seven mariners who were trapped on the forward deck of the burning vessel SERENITY ACE.”

“Every day, in large ways and small, American mariners like Captain Boyce and his crew contribute to the safety of others at sea and show themselves willing to sacrifice for their fellow mariners.”

“American mariners and U.S-flag ships are also the foundation of our national defense, providing for the military sealift we need in times of international conflict or domestic crisis.”

“Our Nation’s military response would be severely restricted if not for U.S. commercial shipping and American mariners. We owe them a debt of gratitude for always being ready to answer their country’s call.”

“For our economic security, the U.S. maritime industry offers the opportunity to control our own commerce and provides tens of thousands of jobs at sea and in shore-side employment in shipbuilding and repair and related industries. It is an American job engine.”

“As we enter an age likely marked by big-power competition, we must ensure the U.S. maritime industry is prepared for tomorrow’s challenges.”

“We must recapitalize the government’s Ready Reserve Force to ensure emergency sealift capacity, and bolster the number of U.S.-flag vessels in international trade, along with the qualified mariners to crew those ships.”

“We must continue to defend the Jones Act, which is our last line of defense against unfair competition from highly subsidized foreign competitors.”

“We can and must strengthen our maritime industry now if we are to ‘provide for the common defense’ and ‘promote the general welfare.’”

“America’s strength rises and falls with the health of the maritime community. We must ensure that we are ready to meet the challenges ahead.”

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The Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee in the House of Representatives has approved legislation providing full $300 million funding for the Maritime Security Program (MSP) in fiscal year 2020.

The subcommittee is led by Chairman David Price (D-N.C.) and Ranking Member Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.).

This action is the first step in the process to ensure that MSP is funded beginning Oct. 1, 2019, and that the vessels and their crews participating in the maritime security fleet will remain available to provide the commercial strategic sealift readiness capability needed by the Department of Defense.

The full House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider the legislation the week of June 3.

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More than 100 maritime organizations, including the Masters, Mates & Pilots and MIRAID, have joined forces in support of legislation to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the class of World War II merchant mariners.

The bipartisan legislation, HR 550, was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman John Garamendi (D-Calif.).

The companion bill, S 133, was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

U.S. merchant mariners were the unsung heroes of World War II.

It is estimated that more than 250,000 merchant seamen served in the war, delivering seven million servicemen and tens of millions of tons of equipment, ammunition and other supplies to the war zones.

Civilian mariners suffered the highest casualty rate of any service, with one of every 26 mariners lost.

In total, 8,241 merchant mariners perished. More than 1,500 merchant vessels were sunk.

Despite promises that they would be recognized for their bravery and service and would receive benefits comparable to those available under the GI Bill, the promises went unfulfilled and they had to wait until 1988 to receive limited benefits and recognition.

The time is long overdue for our country to say “Thank You” to all the merchant mariners who served during World War II.

Enactment of this legislation would be an important step in this direction.

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One longshore worker is dead and another is in the hospital with serious injuries after a tire on a top-loader container handler exploded at Pier 300 in the Port of Los Angeles.

The two men, members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), were maintenance workers at the Fenix Marine Services Terminal.

The accident took place as the ILWU was preparing to host its annual memorial service honoring the founders of the union and the men and women who have lost their lives on the docks.

“My heart goes out to the families of the victims of this tragic accident and to all the brothers and sisters of the ILWU,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.

“It’s particularly tragic that this accident occurred on the day of the ILWU’s annual ‘First Blood’ event, which honors those who have lost their lives working on the waterfront.”

“Today is a tragic reminder of the danger that thousands of workers face every day working on our docks,” said Los Angeles 15th District City Councilman Joe Buscaino.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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Since legislation cutting corporate taxes passed Congress at the end of 2017 with only Republican votes, communications giant AT&T has eliminated tens of thousands of jobs.

The telecommunications giant was among the corporations that lobbied heavily for the tax cut law, vowing to create thousands of jobs in 2018.

“Every billion dollars AT&T invests is 7,000 hard-hat jobs,” promised AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson.

“These are not entry-level jobs,” he added.

“These are 7,000 jobs of people putting fiber in ground, hard-hat jobs that make $70,000 to $80,000 per year.”

According to the Communications Workers of America (CWA), which represents thousands of AT&T employees, in 2018 the company saved $3 billion because of the corporate tax cuts.

But despite its promise that it would use the money to fund job-producing investments, it has reduced capital spending instead of increasing it and continues to lay people off.

A CWA spokesperson said an analysis of AT&T’s publicly available financial statements shows the company has eliminated 23,328 jobs since the “Tax Cut and Jobs Act” passed in late 2017.

It cut almost 6,000 jobs in the first quarter of 2019 alone.

The most recent layoffs affected 368 CWA members in California, the union said in a statement that was issued last week.

AT&T’s annual report for 2018 also shows the company boosted executive pay, paid no taxes on income and slashed capital investments by $1.4 billion.

“What AT&T is doing to hardworking people across America is disgraceful,” said CWA President Chris Shelton.

“Congress needs to investigate AT&T to find out how it is using its tax windfall since the company’s own publicly available data already raise serious alarm bells,” he added.

“AT&T got its tax cut. Where are the jobs?”

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Scientists who work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are forecasting a “near-normal” hurricane season for the Atlantic and an “above-normal” season—marked by five to eight tropical cyclones–for the central Pacific.

Atlantic storms caused about $50 billion in damages last year. For 2019, NOAA scientists are predicting a 40 percent chance of an average season, with nine to 15 named tropical storms, four to eight of which are forecast to become hurricanes.

Two to four of these hurricanes will be major storms of Category 3 or higher.

NOAA officials predict a 70 percent chance of an above-normal season in the central Pacific, where storms will be driven by warm ocean temperatures.

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President Donald Trump issued the following proclamation.

“On National Maritime Day, we honor the men and women who, throughout our history, have served with professionalism, dedication, and patriotism in the United States Merchant Marine.”

“We recognize these seafaring merchant mariners for helping to fuel our economy, maintain our sea power, and support our national security.”

“Merchant mariners extend goodwill into all parts of the world, serving as a peaceful United States presence on international waterways. Today, American mariners facilitate the import and export of billions of dollars of goods, including fuel, agricultural products, and raw materials through the Marine Transportation System. They are also among the first to respond to help their fellow citizens in the wake of national disasters.”

“During times of war, merchant mariners courageously sail into combat zones to provide sealift for the Department of Defense, carrying weapons and supplies to America’s fighting forces. In every conflict, United States citizen mariners have answered the call to duty and risked their lives. Some have sadly made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.”

“Because the United States Merchant Marine plays a central role in bringing American goods to market and in bolstering our military readiness abroad, we must encourage more people to pursue career opportunities on America’s waterways and the oceans of the world. For this reason, I recently signed an Executive Order to help veterans of the Armed Forces transition seamlessly into civilian careers in the United States Merchant Marine by allowing them to apply relevant military training and experience toward becoming credentialed merchant mariners. This will help support a robust, well-equipped, and safe merchant fleet crewed by well-trained mariners.”

“The Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 20, 1933, has designated May 22 of each year as ‘National Maritime Day’ to commemorate the first transoceanic voyage by a steamship in 1819 by the SS Savannah. By this resolution, the Congress has authorized and requested the President to issue annually a proclamation calling for its appropriate observance.”

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 22, 2019, as National Maritime Day. I call upon the people of the United States to mark this observance and to display the flag of the United States at their homes and in their communities. I also request that all ships sailing under the American flag dress ship on that day.”

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MARAD’s Office of Maritime Security will hold the Seventh Annual Company Security officer (CSO)/National Maritime Interagency Advisory Group (NIAG) Meeting from Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 17-19 at the Maritime Conference Center (MCC) on the campus of the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS).

Topics include: joint Navy-commerical maritime operations, transnational threats, cybersecurity and humanitarian operations.

For more information, email or call 202-366-0223.

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A Greek shipping company and the chief engineer of the oil tanker EVRIDIKI have been charged with falsifying the ship’s oil record book.

The indictment also charges they sought to trick investigators who boarded the ship during a port state control inspection at an unnamed East Coast port.

According to the indictment, on March 11, chief engineer Nikolaos Vastardis lied to inspectors about how the tanker’s pollution prevention equipment operated.

He is accused of manipulating the equipment so that it reported the discharge of oily bilge water at permissible levels.

The manager of the EVRIDIKI, Liquimar Tankers, the shipowner and the engineer are all charged with MARPOL violations, falsification of records, obstruction of justice and making false statements.

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MITAGS-PMI is interested in receiving photo submissions from MM&P members for use on the official MITAGS-PMI social media platform.

The goal is to document members’ voyages and promote the maritime industry. As suggestions, photos can be of events and sights onboard, crewmembers at work or scenic locations.

If you are interested in sharing photos, please send them with caption information to MITAGS-PMI’s marketing manager, Lindsay Moran, at

Be sure to tell us whether you would like to be credited for the photo.

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MITAGS needs your current address! Have you moved recently? Did you remember to send MITAGS your new address for communications regarding courses? Please send your current contact information to or to the fax number below.

New dedicated fax line for Admissions only: 1-443-568-1928. For all other MITAGS business, please continue to use: 410-859-5181.

For class availability or information on MITAGS courses and programs, contact Amanda Meadows, Admissions Coordinator, toll-free at 866-656-5568 or by e-mail:

Why not try our on-line calendar to register for class:

For Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) processing, MMC problem resolution advice, STCW compliance and VA GI-Bill questions, contact MITAGS-PMI Student/Instructional Services Manager Jennifer Pitzen at 206-739-0720 (direct line); (888) 893-7829 (toll free); or by e-mail:

Please include your Mariner Reference Number, date of birth and the last four digits of your social security number in all emails.

\\Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted\\
Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 9/9/19

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): 8/14/19

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/24/19

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 9/30/19

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 8/5/19, 10/28/19

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 7/15/19, 7/29/19, 9/30/19

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 7/17/19, 10/2/19

BRMP-Refresher (Now including Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots) (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

BT – Basic Safety Training: 8/12/19, 10/14/19

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 6/18/19, 7/30/19, 8/26/19, 9/25/19, 10/30/19, 12/17/19

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 7/29/19, 9/25/19, 12/16/19

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/21/19

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 6/10/19, 7/29/19, 9/23/19, 12/16/19

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 6/3/19, 8/5/19, 9/30/19, 12/9/19

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/7/19

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 8/5/19, 12/2/19

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 8/12/19, 12/9/18

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 9/9/19, 12/2/19

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 8/19/19, 12/16/19

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/4/19 (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 10/28/19

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 6/3/19, 6/17/19*, 7/15/19, 8/12/19*, 9/9/19, 9/30/19, 10/14/19, 11/4/19, 12/2/19

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 6/10/19, 6/24/19*, 7/22/19*, 8/19/19, 9/16/19, 10/7/19, 10/21/19, 11/11/19, 12/9/19

**SHS-ADV-I & II are now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 10/21/19

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 9/16/19

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – 6/10/19, 9/23/19

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – 6/14/19, 9/27/19

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 6/12/19, 9/25/19

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – 6/25/19, 11/12/19

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management –7/16/19, 10/15/19

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 11/4/19

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 7/11/19

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 7/12/19

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): 8/19/19

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): 8/22/19

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – 8/5/19

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): Not currently scheduled

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 8/12/19, 11/21/19

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 8/12/19, 12/9/19

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 8/12/19, 10/14/19

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 6/20/19, 8/1/19, 8/28/19, 9/24/19, 10/29/19, 12/19/19

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 7/27/19, 9/28/19, 12/14/19

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 9/17/19

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 8/19/19

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/26/19, 11/18/19

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 7/29/19*, 10/21/19*

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (20-Day): Not currently scheduled

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): 6/3/19

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 9/18/19

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 9/23/19

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 8/5/19, 12/2/19

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 7/8/19*, 9/30/19, 12/2/19

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 6/24/19, 8/19/19, 10/21/19

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/30/19, 11/18/19

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 6/17/19, 7/14/19, 8/29/19, 9/23/19, 10/5/19, 10/28/19, 12/7/19, 12/20/19

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 6/5/19 (evening), 8/7/19, 9/12/19 (evening), 11/1/19 (evening)

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 6/5/19, 8/5/19, 9/12/19, 11/1/19

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 6/2/19, 8/4/19, 11/3/19

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/3/19, 8/10/19, 10/30/19

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 6/9/19*, 7/15/19, 8/11/19, 9/16/19, 11/4/19

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 6/7/19, 8/8/19, 9/14/19, 11/4/19

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 6/8/19*, 7/14/19, 8/9/19, 9/15/19, 11/8/19

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 6/13/19*, 7/19/19, 8/16/19, 9/20/19, 11/9/19

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav – 11/18/19

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 6/24/19*, 6/26/19*, 7/25/19*, 7/29/19*, 8/26/19*, 8/28/19, 11/18/19, 11/20/19, 12/16/19, 12/18/19

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – Not currently scheduled

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 9/23/19

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 6/5/19*, 6/12/19, 6/19/19*, 7/10/19, 7/24/19, 8/1/19*, 8/7/19, 8/21/19, 8/28/19, 9/17/19, 9/18/19, 10/2/19, 10/16/19, 10/30/19, 11/6/19, 11/13/19, 12/4/19, 12/18/19

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 7/29/19

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/2/19

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 8/26/19, 10/28/19

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 6/17/19*, 8/5/19*, 9/23/19, 11/18/19, 12/16/19

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/5/19

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 7/8/19

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 7/8/19

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Contact Admissions

TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 7/8/19, 9/4/19

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 10/7/19

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/16/19

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For registration, contact our admissions department: 206.441.2880 or

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

May 2019
31st Leadership & Teamworking Skills

June 2019
3-5 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
3-21 Celestial Navigation
3-28 License Advancement Preparation (Chief Mate/Master Level)
10-13 Advanced Firefighting
17-21 Basic Firefighting
24-28 Meteorology (Operational Level)
21-25 Basic Training Refresher (no class on weekend)
24-25 Basic Training Revalidation
26th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
28th Medical DOT

July 2019
8-12 Advanced Meteorology
8-26 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
9th Radar Renewal
10-11 Basic Training Revalidation
10-15 Basic Training Refresher (no class on weekend)
12th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
15-19 Basic Shiphandling
15-19 Advanced Stability
16-18 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
22-25 Advanced Firefighting
22-26 Cargo Handling & Stowage
22-26 Advanced Shiphandling I
29-31 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
29-2 Advanced Shiphandling II

August 2019
5-8 Advanced Firefighting
12-13 Basic Training Revalidation
14th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
12-30 License Preparation (Mate Level)

September 2019
4th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
5-6 Basic Training Revalidation
6th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
9th Radar Renewal
9-13 Basic Training
9-13 Marine Propulsion Plants
16-19 Advanced Firefighting
16-20 Ship/Shipboard Management
23-27 Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation
30-1 ECDIS
30-1 Leadership & Managerial Skills

October 2019
2nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
3-4 Basic Training Revalidation
7-11 Engine Resource Management
7-11 Basic Training
7-11 Advanced Shiphandling I
8th Radar Renewal
14-18 Management of Electrical & Electronic Control Equipment (MEECE)
14-18 Advanced Shiphandling II
15-18 Advanced Firefighting
18th Medical DOT
21-25 Advanced Meteorology
21-25 Ship Construction & Basic Stability
28-1 Advanced Stability
28-15 Celestial Navigation

November 2019
4-8 Advanced Cargo Operations
4-15 Basic Training
12th Radar Renewal
13th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
14-15 Basic Training Revalidation
18-19 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
18-20 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
18-22 Radar Observer Unlimited
18-22 Advanced Watchkeeping
25-27 Search & Rescue

December 2019
2-6 Leadership & Managerial Skills
2-20 License Preparation (Mate Level)
3-6 Advanced Firefighting
9-12 ARPA
9-13 Basic Training
13th Radar Renewal
16th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation

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