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I drove all the way to Ashland, VA (800 miles). We can't check in until 0900 hrs. tomorrow. Hopefully tomorrow I'll have some good pictures. image
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Introduction

The family relaxing during the Summer of 2014 the first of our two trips to Cocoa Beach. We had a really great time.

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Sheriff Chris Nocco and me in 2012.

Back in the late 80's and early 90's, when I attended the University of South Florida, I set a goal for myself to have the greatest positive impact that one person could have within the law enforcement field. Some of us call this the "wanting to save the world syndrome" and many of us in law enforcement start out with a very strong desire to do just that. It does not take long to realize that the best thing that one law enforcement officer can do for society is give their best everyday (some days are better than others) and treat people with respect and dignity. During my last year at the University I made a goal of someday reaching the "brass ring" of law enforcement leadership training by attending the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. Fast forward 23 years, Sheriff Chris Nocco has entrusted in me and provided the endorsement that was needed for me to be accepted into the 258th Session of the FBINA. I can not think of a comparison that I can make to convey the feelings and pure thankfulness that I have to be provided this once in a life time opportunity. Less than one percent of all law enforcement officers world wide get to attend the FBINA and our agency (the Pasco Sheriff's Office) has only sent 2 other people since 1998. I first want to thank my family who are the ones making the real sacrifice for 11 weeks from October 6-December 19, 2014. As I am engrossed in learning and engaged in serious physical challenges they will be expected to continue the daily grind without me. Laura, Carter, and Reagan, I love you and will miss you from the second I roll out of the driveway. I want to thank my mother and father, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of the life lessons they have passed on to me. My parents are a perfect fit, with my father (pop) being the life long warrior "Marine"(there is no one alive or dead that I'd rather have standing next to me in any type of battle) and my mother, who from the time she was 19 years old was, and still is, a hard working (never stop) registered nurse. For over 20 years my mother has been in the oncology field and now works at the same hospital that my father has received many treatments and surgeries for bladder cancer. I wanted to give you a run down about the basics of what goes on at the academy, which is on a Marine Base located at Quantico, Virginia. The FBI portion of the campus houses the FBI training facility for new agents, current agents and the National Academy attendees. Many of you have heard of the "Yellow Brick Road" which is the Marine Corps E- Course, the following was taken directly from the FBI website: "The Yellow Brick Road - Anyone who’s attended the National Academy knows all about the “Yellow Brick Road,” the final (but optional) test of the fitness challenge. It consists of a 6.1-mile grueling run through a hilly, wooded trail built by the Marines. Along the way, the participants must climb over walls, run through creeks, jump through simulated windows, scale rock faces with ropes, crawl under barbed wire in muddy water, maneuver across a cargo net, and more. When (and if) the students complete this difficult test, they receive an actual yellow brick to memorialize their achievement. The course came to be known as the “Yellow Brick Road” years ago, after the Marines placed yellow bricks at various spots to show runners the way through the wooded trail. The overall fitness challenge began at the National Academy in 1981 and has evolved over the years; we started awarding yellow bricks in 1988." The following was also taken directly from the FBI website: "The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders that serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide. Its mission is “to support, promote, and enhance the personal and professional development of law enforcement leaders by preparing them for complex, dynamic, and contemporary challenges through innovative techniques, facilitating excellence in education and research, and forging partnerships throughout the world.” I will be taking a total of 5 Master's Degree level courses, 1 Bachelor's Level (physical fitness) course and a non-credit enrichment course while I am at the academy and we are provided many opportunities to experience the many interesting cities around Quantico and even have planned trips (paid by the individual not the agency) to New York City and Philadelphia. I will be trying to keep you up-to-date with some pictures and videos of experiences while I am at the academy.
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An incredible journey is about to begin

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This is my first attempt at blogging. I have been keeping my Facebook friends up-to-date, for the last 6 months or so, regarding my attempt to become more physically fit. I take pride in my overall fitness level, but knew I had to bump it up a notch to complete the FBI National Academy considering around 1/3 of the academy involves physical training. I will be out of town at the academy for most of the time between October 5th and December 19, 2014 (with at least one visit home). If you need to reach me my email address is metswon@gmail.com or text me at 727-three six four-5823.  My next post will give you a little more information regarding the academy.
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