Maritime training

Coast Guard members from Station Portland hosted 14 U.S. Naval Sea Cadets for 10 days of law enforcement training from July 1-10. The course, Maritime Interdiction Operations, or MIO, gives the cadets a view of law enforcement in the marine environment and careers in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Dylan Jimenez, 17, of Central Point, was among the 14 cadets, ages 14-17, who attended the training. The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a nonprofit youth organization that provides a drug-, alcohol- and gang-free environment through cooperation with the U.S. military, with no obligation to join.

During their training, cadets started the day at 5:30 a.m. with morning physical fitness, including jogging through downtown Portland, military-oriented workouts at the gym and pool and grappling training at Team Quest in Portland. After a shower and breakfast, cadets received full days of training, including team-building exercises, self-defense tactics and classroom instruction. Highlights included learning how to take down an aggressive subject, a visit to a force options simulator, Threat Dynamics in Tualatin (where cadets had to make deadly force decisions using simulated handguns against characters on a movie screen), and a trip to an indoor shooting range for firearms safety instruction and shooting 9mm pistols for qualifications. Cadets also spent time in the "shoot house" 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. Cadets also went up against role players 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 Guardsman 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.

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