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Setting our Cadets up for success

It’s been a busy fall semester for our 2016 Biometric and Forensics ROTC Cadets. During the summer, the 11 Cadets trained at our Largo headquarters to learn about forensic biology and chemistry, latent prints, evidence collection, and biometric and digital evidence technology.

But we wanted to know: how much of an impact can two weeks have on these Cadets? Last week, we caught up with three of them who told us the time at NFSTC was time well spent.

Cadet Kaitlyn Velsvaag
University of Dubuque
Cadet Velsvaag in the chemistry lab
I have been using some of the skills acquired during the internship at another internship. I am working at the correctional facility in my town, which entails working with 150 inmates who are transition from prison or before going to prison. We use a lot of indicator tests for drugs and alcohol for these are forbidden. Overall this summer was a great crash course to help my career!

Cadet Travis Reed
Kansas State University
Cadet Reed in the chemistry lab
I was able to use a large majority of our training this fall when I gave a lecture presentation on biochemistry and how it relates to forensics. I was able to use the ALS that was given to us in my presentation, which everyone found very interesting. Unfortunately after NFSTC, I can rarely watch a TV crime drama without spotting a technical error or a case of “fauxrensics.”

Cadet Edgar Perez
Northern AZ University
Cadet Perez photographs developed fingerprint
Most recently, I have completed an internship with Arizona’s Department of Public Safety crime lab in Phoenix where I impressed many of the forensic scientists with my base knowledge of forensics. I impressed the latent print examiners with my ability to powder and lift prints. I have also received orders to report to Engineer BOLC in February.

We are proud of all our Cadets and their accomplishments. Stay tuned to see how you can directly impact our 2017 class.

Did you go through NFSTC’s ROTC internship? We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or send us at update at info@nfstc.org.

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Answer the roll call!

2015 ROTC Cadets This summer, 12 ROTC Cadets from across the country will attend a rigorous, two-week, one-of-a-kind Biometrics and Forensic Internship at our Largo headquarters. NFSTC has been committed to this program as it truly complements our work and because of this, we have provided this amazing opportunity at no charge to ROTC cadets or the Command since 2009.

This year, more than 80 Cadets applied for the coveted chance to learn skills, tools and techniques that will make them stronger leaders in our nation’s armed forces.

Alternate Light Source TrainingOnce again, we have launched a campaign to ask companies and individuals to support this program through sponsorship and donations. Your support shows your commitment to educating future Army leaders through a unique internship experience they do not receive in college and or basic ROTC training.

Learn more about giving opportunities at nfstc.causevox.com, or download information here:

  Support the 2017 NFSTC Cadet Internship

Custom corporate giving opportunities are also available.

NFSTC is proud to support our ROTC Cadets and science and STEM education, and we appreciate our sponsors. We are looking forward to meeting this year’s Cadets!

Follow along with the cadet class in July via NFSTC’s Facebook page.

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Support the 2015 NFSTC ROTC Internship

Shooting a fingerprint on a phoneEach year since 2009, NFSTC has offered a rigorous, two-week, one-of-a-kind Biometrics and Forensic Internship for 12 ROTC Cadets from around the country. NFSTC has been committed to this program as it truly complements our work and because of this, NFSTC has provided this amazing opportunity at no charge to ROTC cadets or the Command. Since we started, more than 70 Cadets have been to NFSTC and learned skills, tools and techniques that will make them stronger leaders in our nation’s security forces.

This year we have launched a campaign to allow companies and individuals to support this program through sponsorship and donations. Your support will show your commitment to educating future Army leaders through a unique internship experience they do not receive in college and or basic ROTC training.

IMG_2665Learn more about giving opportunities at nfstc.causevox.com, or download more information here:

  Support the 2015 NFSTC Cadet Internship

Custom corporate giving opportunities are also available.

NFSTC is proud to support our ROTC Cadets and science and STEM education, and we appreciate our sponsors. We are looking forward to meeting this year’s Cadets!

Follow along with the cadet class in July via NFSTC’s Facebook page.

 

Digital download for all modules now available

ForensicScienceSimplified.org now includes e-reader and PDF files for download to your computer or mobile device. Download the entire series or just the topics you need. With downloadable files, the content can be accessed from anywhere, anytime – even offline.

To use e-books, you will need an e-reader program, such as Adobe Digital Editions, installed on your computer. Smart phone users will need an e-reader app such as iBooks (Apple), Adobe Reader (Apple and Android), Google Books (Android) or other available reader to view the files.

To view PDF files, use Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free download for desktops and mobile devices.

Haven’t visited the site yet? Check it out at www.forensicsciencesimplified.org.

Army ROTC cadets finish two-week forensic internship with a bang

Army ROTC cadets participating in NFSTC’s Forensics and Biometrics Internship wrapped up their stay on Friday with intensive, hands-on site exploitation exercises featuring scenarios derived from real battlefield experiences. The exercises provided the cadets with a unique opportunity to learn valuable skills in advance of their military careers. The skills include determining primary and secondary mission objectives, making decisions and prioritizing actions under pressure, understanding the probative value of evidence, managing detainees during a forensic search, and tactics for thoroughly documenting and searching a target site.

Cadets worked in teams to complete the site exploitation exercises, requiring them to demonstrate leadership abilities, personal responsibility, and adherence to overall mission objectives. Under the direction of coordinator Garry Ashton, each team reviewed the evidence they collected to determine what items were most valuable in achieving their objectives and, overall, how successfully they executed their mission.

Earlier in the week, the cadets received a visit from Colonel Peggy Combs, Deputy Commanding General of the United States Army Cadet Command. The colonel came to observe the cadets in action and get a feel for the value of the training to the overall ROTC program. Her visit corresponded with the course on improvised explosive device detection and investigation techniques, a highly relevant topic for current and future soldiers.

After spending some time with the cadets in the firing range, NFSTC CEO Kevin Lothridge said, “We’re fortunate to be able to offer this program; it’s unique and it’s visionary. This is an opportunity to engage future leaders at the beginning of their careers. These folks, if they choose intelligence, chemical or military police roles, will already have a foundation in forensics; skills that will prove invaluable in the field.”

Visit the ROTC Forensics and Biometrics Internship photo gallery on NFSTC’s Facebook page for more photos of the cadets as they progressed through the program.

Col. Peggy Combs (far left) pauses for a picture with the 2012 NFSTC forensic internship cadet class