National Blue Beret
A CIVIL AIR PATROL National Cadet Special Activity
NBB is, first and foremost, a National Cadet Special Activity (NCSA).
The “operational period” during National Blue Beret is an actual USAF Mission…
All required qualifications must be complete
prior to the start of NBB in order for members
to participate in the mission.
NBB is one of several mission bases for the EAA
AirVenture Search and Rescue Mission in the
Wisconsin Wing. During the day, NBB flights
sign into the mission for an ES shift.
This document is to provide clear expectations
and to answer any questions that might arise as you pack for National Blue Beret (NBB).
To be successful at NBB, you need to bring EXACTLY what is on the list. Nothing more, nothing less!
Each item on this list has a purpose and is required.
To download a printable packing checklist CLICK HERE
public environments there could possibly be in your
CAP career. Over 500,000 people visit AirVenture every year!
There are over 550 members of the press with microphones,
video cameras, and taking photos.
Questions and Answers
Detailed Packing Information
BRING EXACTLY WHAT IS ON THE LIST!
Q: Why are we so restrictive about what to bring and not to bring?
A: Because it is exactly what is needed to accomplish the mission.
A: Because airlines charge extra money for bringing extra bags.
A: Because there is limited space at NBB in the lockers.
A: Because extra stuff blocks the isles and becomes a fire hazard. The Wisconsin Fire Marshall WILL visit the facility and it’s our responsibility to keep it safe.
A: The 15 passenger vans, with the seats removed, fit exactly one flight of cadets, training officer, and driver with all their gear. There is not more room in these vans for extra gear.
A: You do not need to carry more than you need. Additional weight requires more exertion. This can lead to heat related injuries.
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National Blue Beret is a Civil Air Patrol National Cadet Special Activities (NCSA) held for two weeks in the July-August timeframe located at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in support of the EAA AirVenture fly-In. During the event, Wittman Field is temporarily the busiest civilian airport in the world with over 20,000 aircraft and 500,000 people attending annually.