XCTC – Day Seven (Weds)

Good day today because our laser calibration team, aligning the SAT laser to the weapon, is getting really proficient and working well together.

I believe on Friday we go out into the field.

I’m getting ahead of myself, but I downloaded Springer’s Tactical Nav app for iPhone. Goal is to work with an app that is configured for MGRS mapping, waypoints, etc.

I paid $8.99 for the app, but am having difficulties, after entering a MGRS location, to actually navigate to it. I sent an email to the owner – Jonathon.

I’m also using MGRS&UTM on iPhone, but ads pop-up, and I’m also underwhelmed with lack of manual/instructions.

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XCTC – Day Six (Tues)

Getting pretty good at calibrating the SAT laser on weapons (eg M4) for National Guard soldiers for XCTC.

Was also mounting the MILES harnesses as a TESS Tech on soldiers, which including strapping stuff down and using zip-ties, etc. Best strategy is to be forthright and not concerned about tugging on them or asking them to accommodate locations of stuff – they are all very professional and great to work with.

In a couple days we transition to being outdoor support for the troops. There is an iPhone app that assists with such projects — MGRS&UTM. I’m also looking at TacticalNav,which may be a little bit of money (totaling $16) to get the app and also the offline mode (without need for cell service) for 1 month – probably will do that, as it was designed by an Army guy.

Took a look at the visual system they have, which is done in RedHat Enterprise. Looks pretty cool, and a good source of intel.

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XCTC – Day Five (Mon)

Today’s focus was assisting soldiers calibrate their laser to sights on their weapons. Great opportunity to engage, be procedural, and specifically accurate in my work.

One thing I noticed — and it’s not really scientific, but…

The female soldiers all had one thing in common – uncanny ability to maintain a point on target with their weapons. My other team-mates also reported the same phenomena. I even briefly spoke with a male soldier, who immediately affirmed that it’s true – female soldiers are really good at marksmanship. He even added some nuance that male soldiers often manhandle the weapons, and female soldiers have more thought and finesse. I’m not saying either gender is technically better, but it was an interesting observation.

Shifting my focus for a moment to women in aviation. I’ve been researching the 7% plateau of women in the commercial cockpit that has been happening for years. If it’s apparently true that females have an enhanced engagement at precision equipment, then there is definitely a call to have more females in an airliner cockpit.

Interesting how work within a somewhat routine military XCTC program is highlighting an awareness that supports my primary focus right now — improving the stats of women in the airline cockpit.

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XCTC – Day Four

Yesterday, Day 3 and today Day 4 were good. First time engaging with National Guard Soldiers. Today was fun, calibrating the laser that is affixed to their working rifle. Some of these guns are huge!!

Was impressed how professional and courteous they all are.

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