High school students get to be Soldiers for a day, tour 25th CAB facilities

| March 25, 2011 | 0 Comments
Culinary arts team members from the 25th CAB, 25th ID, display their handiwork for Pearl City and Aiea high school students.

Culinary arts team members from the 25th CAB, 25th ID, display their handiwork for Pearl City and Aiea high school students.

Story and Photos by
Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

 

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — More than 80 students from Pearl City and Aiea high schools learned about Army aviation and other Army career fields during their visit, here, recently.

The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, hosted the recruiting event where local recruiters were on hand to answer questions about the Army.

“The purpose of this event was to expose high school students to the different careers that the U.S. Army has,” said Staff Sgt. Talanco Thompson, recruiter, U.S. Army Recruiting Company in Honolulu. “It’s one thing to talk about it, but showing them is invaluable.

Soldiers with the 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th CAB, 25th ID, assist Pearl City and Aiea high school students as they try on Soldiers’ personal protective equipment during a static display of weapons and protective gear at Wheeler Army Airfield, recently.

Soldiers with the 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th CAB, 25th ID, assist Pearl City and Aiea high school students as they try on Soldiers’ personal protective equipment during a static display of weapons and protective gear at Wheeler Army Airfield, recently.

“These two high schools are not exposed to the U.S. Army like other schools that are closer to Schofield Barracks,” Thompson added. “It was an opportunity to show them what the Army does in both combat arms and combat service support.”

“I think it was good for (students) to be able to see different military career options,” said Sgt. 1st Class Nathaniel Barthell, dining facility manager, 25th CAB “Wings of Lightning” DFAC. “We have jobs like food service, mechanics, pilots and a lot of other opportunities. I think this allows them to see the military in a different way.”

The students saw Black Hawks, Chinooks and Kiowa Warrior helicopters, and what the flight gear pilots and crew members wear. Students also tried on personal protective gear of air crews and ground-based Soldiers to understand the physical nature of their jobs and to learn about safety measures.

The groups watched a demonstration from the 25th CAB’s culinary arts team, which competed in the U.S. Army’s Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Eustis, Va., March 3-9.

 

“(We) spoke with a culinary teacher at Aiea High School, and she mentioned that, in the past, students had gone on field trips to Schofield Barracks,” Thompson said. “We saw this as an opportunity to advertise what the Army has to offer.”

“It was really great to see some of the students … as they came through to get a look at the food as we prepared (it),” Barthell said. “This is what we do every day.”

The recruiting team praised 25th CAB for its flexibility and willingness to embrace the partnership with the schools.

“Our recruiting company greatly appreciated the support and professionalism of the involved units,” Thompson said. “They bent over backwards for us, considering their operational tempo.”

All enjoyed the event, and many look forward to continuing this partnership in the future.

“I think it’s something we should do once a year, especially with high school seniors,” Barthell said. “I think it was important, and I appreciate us having the opportunity to be the DFAC showing the kids the culinary and food services part. I’m glad we had the privilege to do that for the 25th CAB.”

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