‘Strykehorse’ Soldiers visit students

| February 17, 2012 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Zachary Kumler, cavalry scout, Charlie Troop, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment instructs students from James Campbell High School in the proper maintenance of a Stryker Wheeled Vehicle during their field trip to Schofield Barracks, Feb. 7.

Sgt. Zachary Kumler, cavalry scout, Charlie Troop, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment instructs students from James Campbell High School in the proper maintenance of a Stryker Wheeled Vehicle during their field trip to Schofield Barracks, Feb. 7.

Story and Photo by
Sgt. Daniel K. Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers of the 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, spent the day teaching students from James Campbell High School in Ewa Beach, Feb. 7.

“Strykehorse” Soldiers demonstrated Army technology and systems used by their squadron, including the Stryker Wheeled Vehicle, during a school field trip, here.

The students are participants in Campbell’s Arts, Communications, Industrial Engineering and Technology, or ACIT program, and the Soldier field trip falls under the Partnership of Ohana community relations program, which partners Army units with community groups and schools.

ACIT is part of a statewide initiative that allows students to begin learning advanced topics in their chosen career field through elective courses in high school. Programs like the ACIT help prepare students for advanced studies before they graduate.

“ACIT gives students the opportunity to study and learn with peers that share similar career interests,” said Troy Sueoka, ACIT facilitator at Campbell H.S.

The visit to Schofield Barracks began at the 2nd BCT motor pool where the students got up close and personal with the Stryker Wheeled Vehicle.

“Opportunities like this allow the students to get hands-on experience with advanced military equipment they might not otherwise be able to see,” said Sueoka.

Part of the tour included a class on the maintenance of the Stryker. Students saw how the vehicle is inspected for problems that could affect its operation and ability to perform.

Being able to see what the Soldiers do on a daily basis is very impressive, said Jeremy Mateo, a digital media student at JCHS.

“It’s good for the students to be able to see what Soldiers do every day,” said Sgt. Zachary Kumler, cavalry scout, C Troop, 2-14th Cav. Regt. “It’s not always as glamorous as ‘Call of Duty’ would lead you to believe.”

Soldiers and students enjoyed the opportunity to interact with one another and share experiences.

“I love doing events like this,” said Kumler. “It’s priceless when you get to work with the people you actually work for.”

It is really cool to see people in uniform act as one unit to help young adults and inspire them, Mateo added.

“Events like this open excellent two-way communication between the military and the public,” said 1st Lt. Shaun Ray, officer in charge of the event.

Students have the opportunity to see that Soldiers are real people and not just the fighting force seen on the news, said Ray. However, ensuring students have a good time while learning is the real goal.

Some students indicated they will pursue a career with the military. The school partnership field trip allowed them a sneak-peak into the military world.

“Showing the students that they have opportunities within the military is important,” Ray said. “The possibilities are truly endless.”

“After college, I’ll be joining the military,” Mateo said.

Following the day’s events, students moved to the Warrior Inn Dining Facility where they enjoyed lunch with Soldiers.

“The food was awesome,” said Mateo. “I really like the way it is set up, as well.”

JCHS is always looking for opportunities, such as this one, to help the students experience real-world applications of career fields they have chosen to study.

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