TNVC recently completed our first Nightfighter 201 class of the year in Alliance, Ohio April 22-25. This class was part of our full complement of classes we run; a Try Before You Buy Event as well as Nightfighter 101. It was great to flood the Alliance area with a good number of TNVC students.
This was a sold out Nightfighter 201 class. The class was made up primarily of civilians—all of them recent NF101 graduates. This is great to see and certainly excites us personally and professionally to see average earth people out there investing their time and resources into training.
It was like old home week retuning to Alliance. We love coming to this range, and we simply cannot say enough about Joe Weyer. He is a great friend and a huge asset to the training community.
The weather for this course was remarkable because it was unremarkable. Normally an Alliance class is a wet endeavor, but this one was an exception. Illumination was ideal, and we saw no effects of weather on our training.
We saw a wide spread of night vision devices and student experience in class. We did not experience any night vision gear related issues in the class.
The NF201 course builds on the skills learned in NF101 and takes it up in both tempo and difficulty. It is really a problem solving course—applying the technologies to help you solve problems in a variety of environments. We used both live fire and UTM force-on-target to expose students to these different locations.
We want this class to be a logical progression of NF101, and I think that most students felt that way with their progression. More freedom is given in “how” to solve the problem, after the students determine the who, what, where, when and why about the problems they face. Just be able to explain your decision—and it worked well for the students.
We had an interesting rifle failure in the class. We were teaching how to perform a function check on the carbine, and a lower continued to fail the check. Ends up the aftermarket trigger group in the gun was not working correctly. A function check used as a diagnostic tool can be done should a malfunction clearance drill fail—just another way in the dark to try to solve a problem before going to white light to help identify and resolve the malfunction.
We will return to Alliance later this year for the full range of our classes—it is a staple in our training venues, and we love the location for both what we can do and who we work with.
Additionally, several companies stepped up to offer students swag and such for their attendance. We really appreciate their generosity and are proud to have them associated with our classes.
Phokus Research Group
Blue Force Gear