The Phoenix Chapter of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) sponsored an Investigators boot camp November 2, 2018 through November 4, 2018. This event was designed to educate and put into practice the investigation techniques outlined in the Investigators Manual as well as new forensic site investigation methods.

Special guest speakers and trainers included the MUFON Director of Investigations, Chase Kloetzke from Washington D.C., and MUFON Chief Photo Analyst and Astronomer Marc Dantonio from Connecticut, and Kathleen Marden, MUFON Experiencer Research Team Director dealing with abduction or contactee cases. Many of the forty or so attendees including candidate field investigators, new investigators and some long time investigators hailed from places as far as Canada, Alaska, Michigan, Oklahoma, New York and more.

The boot camp included half day classroom training and half day field investigation training. One evening was capped off with a sky watch led by Marc Dantonio in the mysterious and beautiful Superstition Mountains. This was a real treat that included the sighting of a very unusual light in the sky. However, with Marcs expertise it was identified as a “tumbling satellite”. What a fortuitous opportunity to turn a UFO into an IFO!


Several Phoenix MUFON staff conducted training on topics such as “Interviewing Techniques” led by two Gilbert Arizona Police officers. Dr. Clint Anthony, a PHD Psychiatrist spoke on “Healthy vs Unhealthy Mental States. Several local Phoenix MUFON Investigators shared interesting cases with the group. The Arizona State co-Directors Jim Mann and Stacey Wright, and Chief Investigator Dennis Freyermuth shared case management tips and served as great hosts for the event.

The event started with a meet and greet party and was wrapped up with a dinner and awards presentation.

Everyone had a great time, learned so much and experienced a great sense of comradery, which is a hallmark of the Phoenix MUFON Chapter. All attendees now go back to their respective chapters loaded with good information to share with their own fellow investigators.

Most of all, we will be better equipped to perform our role as MUFON investigators to do our part to engage in the “The scientific study of UFOs for the benefit of mankind.”

About the Author

Shane has spent his career in the fields of Civil Engineering, GIS, and is a Certified Public Manager. He's also field investigator for the Mutual UFO Network. As a member of the space race generation, he has been a lifelong sci-fi geek and a science nerd. He is a musician, amateur astronomer, horse owner, and enjoys a good bourbon now and then.

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