Seven Federal Law Enforcement Training Center runners ran away with the First
Place Team Award at the 2005 Enmark Savannah River Bridge Run, billed as “The
South’s Toughest Bridge Run,” a challenging 10K (6.2 miles, or 49.7 furlongs)
across the Talmadge Bridge.
Led by Physical Techniques Division Branch
Chief Skeet Brewer, the seven-member team included Aaron Ford (US Secret
Service), Dan Journey (US Customs and Border Protection), Eric Nelson (FLETC
PTD), Chris Nicholas (US Secret Service Uniform Division), Keith Rile (US Secret
Service), and Patrick Fetter (FLETC PTD). Mr. Journey also garnered 3rd Place
Men’s 50-54 age group. Another FLETC runner, Linda Thomas (US Air Force OSI),
took 2nd place in her age group in the accompanying 5K race.
The team hit the streets of historic downtown Savannah early Saturday morning
on Dec. 3 for a warm-up run in sub-freezing temperatures, before taking their
place near the front of a field of over 5,000 runners. Although they initially
managed to stay together for the first 1.5 miles on the flat terrain of
downtown, the Talmadge Bridge’s 5.5 percent grade, climbing 196 feet above the
Savannah River, soon stretched the pack out considerably.
the bridge twice, the runners faced a gradual climb for nearly a mile before
finishing at the convention center amid an appreciative and cheering
Staggering through the post-race area filled with tables of
bottled water, food, and complimentary tokens, it soon became apparent that the
FLETC team had a chance at placing in the Critz BMW Team Challenge. With a
combined time of 5:15:30 --a team average of 45 minutes, 04 seconds—the FLETC
runners were soon called to the winner’s circle. Each received a lovely, yet
sturdy, pocket-sized multi-function tool on a BMW logo key ring.
Training in the MLETP is delivered by a dedicated staff of experienced
instructors, many of which have more than twenty years of experience in the
field of maritime training. The MTB instructors bring tremendous credibility to
the programs through their wide variety of background experiences and
occupations, which range from the U.S. Coast Guard, State and Local Marine Law
Enforcement agencies, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries
Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Secret Service.
The MLETP has a long history of providing basic and advanced vessel
operations and tactics training to marine law enforcement officers from Federal,
state and local, and numerous foreign law enforcement agencies. The program was
first implemented at the request of the former U.S. Customs Service, in 1984, to
provide vessel operators a basic knowledge of boat operations, handling skills
and tactics. The program has evolved over the years into what many agencies
consider a phase of their basic training program for vessel-operator positions.