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Raven’s Challenge: Not Your Average Competition

Raven’s Challenge: A joint DOD/Federal and international Bomb Squad/EOD training competition where teams participate in hyper-realistic bomb scenarios.

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Raven’s Challenge competitors get ready for the competition.

Specifically, the North West Region Raven’s Challenge is a five day event held in Elma, Washington attended by bomb squads and military EOD personnel from several states, agencies and Canada. The 8th annual challenge, sponsored by ATF, is designed to exercise and build realistic regional inter-agency capability to respond with explosive threats and evaluate military cohesive team work and law enforcement.

According to ATF, scenarios include the detonation of a bomb on a bus with a secondary device, a Vehicle Bourne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) near a transportation node, a booby trap device in a sealed container, IED’s on critical infrastructure targets, and many more. ATF also states that the challenge runs at the same times as three other events in Huntsville, Washington DC, and Phoenix. All of the live events from the multiple challenges are sent directly to DC so that the FBI command center  can analyze the data and create the “big picture” for post-challenge investigation of a national terrorist assault.

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Bomb Disposal equipment from the Royal Canadian Navy

RF System Lab is honored and excited to have received an invitation to participate in this challenge. The VJ-Advance articulating video borescope is being used for challenges by the Seattle Bomb Squad to assist in their efforts investigating and defeating IED threats. Joel Riling, RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs, is currently observing the action at the event.

Interested in learning more about how the VJ-Advance video borescope can assist with Military EOD scenarios? Check out the RF System Lab website or call 888-787-6526 for additional information.

Many industry memberships are a great value for those who choose to join. RF System Lab is part of a number of memberships, which allow us to stay connected to the various industries we serve as well as stay up to date on news, and upcoming annual meetings or conferences offered to members.

Therefore, we’d like to feature memberships that we are a part of on the RF System Lab Inside Scope blog. Today’s featured membership is the National Business Aviation Association, better known as NBAA.

NBAA is the leading organization in Washington, DC advocating the business aviation community. The organization goes before congress, the courts, international forums, and government agencies to act as representation for policy change that effects business aviation. In addition, they have regional representation all over the country to articulate concerns regarding airport policies, safety and security proposals, taxation, and other issues.

In addition, they offer many opportunities to network with fellow aviation aficionados. NBAA’s Annual Meeting & Convention is the largest civil aviation tradeshow in the world. It is ranked in Tradeshow Week 200 magazine’s top ten for United States tradeshows. As if that isn’t already impressive enough, the tradeshow is a must-see; it annually brings together a large group of leaders and manufacturers in the aviation industry as well as government officials – over 1,000 exhibitors and 30,000 attendees to be exact.

Other networking opportunities include an industry news circuit called “Air-Mail,” regional forums that allow members to network with local peers and attend informative briefings, NBAA Standing Committees made up of volunteers who work to promote business aviation access, safety, professional development and security, and a member directory that is printed and distributed annually to NBAA’s over 8,000 members.

Other networking opportunities include:

  • An industry news circuit called “Air-Mail”
  • Regional forums that allow members to network with local peers and attend informative briefings
  • NBAA Standing Committees made up of volunteers who work to promote business aviation access, safety, and professional development and security
  • A printed member directory distributed annually to NBAA’s 8,000+ members

Another benefit worth mentioning is the NBAA’s Operations Service Group. The Operations Service Group is a help desk available during normal business hours that provides members with the latest information on rules and regulations, training and certification requirements, and any other resources needed for business aircraft operations.

RF System Lab is proud to be a member of NBAA. To read more about the membership benefits or to sign up for a membership yourself, you can visit the NBAA Membership benefits webpage.

For more information about RF System Lab, visit the RF System Lab website or call 888.747.6526.

On April 30th and May 1st, you will find RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs, Joel Riling, at the NDIA Global EOD Conference and Exhibition in Fort Walton Beach, FL. The conference is taking place at the Emerald Coast Convention Center, and this year’s theme is “Preserving Hard-won Gains; Building Capability and Sustaining Capacity”.

The event website states that the Global EOD conference strives to “facilitate contact and cooperation between industry and the EOD community with the goal of ensuring EOD forces have access to the ideas and technologies that originate in our nation’s industrial and academic base.” With keynote speakers Colonel Dean Meinert, USA and Mr. Thomas Dee, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy in addition to a conference full of events geared towards industry and EOD professionals, that goal seems very attainable.

NDIA Global EOD Conference

The logo for NDIA, who is putting on the Global EOD Conference.

Joel Riling and colleague Leland Browning, both retired military officers, will be exhibiting on behalf of RF System Lab at the Global EOD Conference. Riling will be onsite to provide demos of the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope as well as videoscope information to attendees. Having attended this conference in years past, Riling is looking forward to returning and notes that the Global EOD conference is a great fit for the VJ-ADV. “The ultra-lightweight and portable remote visual inspection system offers technicians world class imagery and intuitive operation.  A fast growing favorite at conferences I’ve attended, the VJ-ADV exceeds expectations at an affordable cost,” comments Riling.

Joel Riling is excited about networking with EOD and industry professionals and showing them how they can benefit from the VJ-ADV. Visit him and demo the ground-breaking VJ-ADV at booth #307 starting at 9:00am on Wednesday, April 30th at the Global EOD Conference.

You can view the Global EOD Conference website here.

See the VJ-Advance in the Emerald Coast Convention Center during these dates and times:

Opening Time: Exhibits open 9:00am on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014.
Conference Dates: April 30th-May 1st, 2014
Venue: Emerald Coast Convention Center

Booth: #307

We look forward to seeing you there! If you are unable to attend the conference don’t forget, you can still checkout the VJ-ADV articulating video borescopes on the RF System Lab website! For more information, call us toll free at (888) 747-6526.