Aviators amaze, share experiences with young keiki

| April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brandon Krahmer, Chinook instructor pilot, 3-25th Avn., 25th CAB, 25th ID, dons some of his flight gear for preschoolers seated inside a CH-47 Chinook, April 8. Children and staff from the Makiki Christian Church Preschool visited the CAB to see the insides of the CH-47 Chinook and the UH-60M Black Hawk.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brandon Krahmer, Chinook instructor pilot, 3-25th Avn., 25th CAB, 25th ID, dons some of his flight gear for preschoolers seated inside a CH-47 Chinook, April 8. Children and staff from the Makiki Christian Church Preschool visited the CAB to see the insides of the CH-47 Chinook and the UH-60M Black Hawk.

 

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. Matthew Ryan
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — The kids filled every available seat within the Army heavy lift CH- 47 Chinook as they listened and looked in amazement to Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brandon Krahmer, as he donned some of his flight gear.

Recently, more than 60 preschoolers and staff from the Makiki Christian Church School attended a special tour of some aircraft and buildings where they received a rare glimpse into military life, here.

The 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, graciously hosted the tour and let the children and staff visit a hangar that housed various examples of the battalion’s aircraft.

“This was a lot of fun and great to work with kids and the community to let them see some of what the CAB does and the equipment we use,” said Krahmer, a Chinook instructor pilot with 3-25th Avn.

The children walked through one of the hangars where Soldiers conducted maintenance on a CH-47 Chinook, and then outside the children sat inside a Chinook to listen to pilots talk about the aircraft.

“I have been working in the school systems here in Hawaii for over 18 years now, and we have never been able to do this before,” said Sandra Ishiara-Sibata, director of the school. “The children were so amazed by seeing the helicopters, and the staff, as well.”

Preschoolers surround a Black Hawk and listen intently to Spc. Joshua Albee, aviation mechanic, 3-25th Avn., 25th CAB, 25th ID, as he goes over some of the important facts about the aircraft during a tour, April 8.

Preschoolers surround a Black Hawk and listen intently to Spc. Joshua Albee, aviation mechanic, 3-25th Avn., 25th CAB, 25th ID, as he goes over some of the important facts about the aircraft during a tour, April 8.

“It was great. The Soldiers really were awesome for doing this and taking their time to talk and interact with the kids,” said Catherine Olah, assistant teacher at the school.

After the helicopter tour, the children received a quick demonstration of Army medical practices from Maj. Alan Wu, brigade surgeon, 25th CAB.

“We wanted to reach out to the public and show them what kind of services we do. They see the helicopters flying around, but now they got to see them up close,” said Wu. “It was a great success and great opportunity for the Hawaii community to get exposure to the military, where they normally wouldn’t.”

“We are very thankful for the military and for the experience of having us here and letting us see the base,” Ishiara-Sibata said. “It was a great time for the kids and myself.”

 

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