The North Carolina Justice Academy located in Salemburg, NC hosted the
Remington Shotgun Armorer Training Field School this year for
selected North Carolina Department of Correction and OSDT staff from
August 30 through September 2, 2010 and consisted of two classes; each being
two days in length. After a three hour drive from The Brown Creek
Correctional Institution in Polkton, NC, I checked into the
Administration Building on the afternoon of August 29 and assigned a room on
the second floor.
I archived pixs taken last year of the facility since
nothing has changed except maybe a few of the older dormitory buildings
appear to have new roofs on them.
There are two beds to each room and the bathroom/shower is connected to
another room, whereas four share the bathroom/shower area. Being use
to a King size bed, I certainly didn't want to do any serious rolling over
in the bed...another grin is in order. Pix below of a partial view of
The accommodations were excellent and certainly do not have any
complaints since I was once housed at Umpstead Correctional Center's old
PERT (Prison Emergency Response Team) barracks building. Those
that attended that Remington Armorer training, I guarantee you
will never forget that place!
All meals were provided on site except Sunday evening and think I spent about
15 dollars out of
pocket....grin on being frugal! Below pix of the cafeteria:
Things haven't changed too much for a few of the buildings since my first
visit to the NCJA in Salemburg, NC in February 1979 for the
Correctional Officer Basic Training Class. Below are a few inside pixs
of the cafeteria with pix of new ALE recruits that were in their basic
folks were apparently just out of college and hard to believe I ever looked
that young...maybe another grin is in order; I know I had to grin!
A friendly greeting from one of the cafeteria staff and after checking
your name on the roster provided for each class member, it didn't take long
to get the tray loaded up. Several meats and plenty of various
vegetables were served during the lunch and diner meals and a good
fresh salad and dessert bar was available also. Pixs below:
For those not desiring what was on the main entree line, there is also a
short order grill type set-up providing grilled hamburgers and hot dogs.
Above pix of ALE students in a military style formation going
through the chow line. Those folks did some early morning runs
before breakfast and marched where ever they went on campus. Takes me
back to around 1964 to Great Lakes, Illinois during my Navy boot camp
training days which lasted a very, very long 12 weeks! There were
several training classes going on with the usual Basic Correctional Officer
Training and several specialty classes; Sniper, Defensive Driving, DMV
License Examiner and others.
A view of the dining area and there were not a lot of training going on
during the short 2 day Remington Shotgun Armorer School except for the
classes mentioned earlier. Current pix taken of the cafeteria
below during this school:
Our classroom was located in the Royal Classroom Building which has been there
seemingly forever and have trained in that building many times over the
years and hard not to think of Jim Holmes (deceased) who was Mr.
Firearms in the late 1970's and 1980's. I attended his Firearms
Instructor training class in 1982 (if my memory is correct) when the
Firearms Instructor Course was only 40 hours long and Jim Holmes practically
wrote all the lesson plans himself for firearms training at that time.
Pix below of the Royal Classroom building:
Our Remington Armorer Instructor for this class was Ken Nickerson based
out of the Madison, NC Remington Complex: Pix below:
Ken Nickerson certainly does know his way around the Remington products
and picked up some new information this time around as well.
Below pixs taken during the two day class and Lt. William Dias who
coordinates the armorer schools/classes is supposed to send me a copy of the
pixs he took during this class to add to this page. Click on
thumbnails for a larger view:
I don't really want to say this is my last Remington Armorer School
because I said the same thing last year at the duration of the Ruger Mini-14
Armorer's school and the department took up all the Ruger Mini-14s state
wide before July 1, 2010 since they will no longer be used in regular
service. However, my retirement goals should be met before the
expiration of this certification which is good for three years and the Lord
willing of course, I should be retired from the North Carolina Department of
This was the best Remington Armorer class I have taken and have attended
them since around 1995 thereafter every three years. Bob Leskivar
(retired from Remington) with a pile of years in service taught one of the
earlier schools I attended and when you can equal or top his performance,
that speaks a lot and I must hand it to Ken Nickerson, he is up there with
the best for sure. Ken's knowledge, drive, motivation and
enthusiasm for Remington was an inspiration for all of us of which this
class was outstanding!
Each armorer received a great looking Remington Law Enforcement cap and
our certificates will be mailed to us.
Bill aka Mickey Porter 09-05-10.