25th CAB recruits Maui, Baldwin High School cadets

| November 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
Chief Warrant Officer 2 David Kirkpatrick, 25th CAB,  discusses with Henry Perrine Baldwin High School’s JROTC students the capabilities of the CH-47 Chinook and the variety of positions associated with the aircraft, Oct. 29.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 David Kirkpatrick, 25th CAB, discusses with Henry Perrine Baldwin High School’s JROTC students the capabilities of the CH-47 Chinook and the variety of positions associated with the aircraft, Oct. 29.

Story & photo by
Capt. Heba Bullock
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division
WAILUKU, Hawaii — Soldiers of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade visited Henry Perrine Baldwin High School in support of the Maui Army Recruiting Center, Oct. 29.

A 3-25th Aviation Regiment CH-47 chinook crew took off to Maui to display their aircraft and interact with Henry Perrine Baldwin High School’s JROTC students, Oct. 29.

A 3-25th Aviation Regiment CH-47 chinook crew took off to Maui to display their aircraft and interact with Henry Perrine Baldwin High School’s JROTC students, Oct. 29.

A CH-47 Chinook, a HH-60 Black Hawk and the crews were flown in to display their aircraft and equipment for high school students to interact with and explore.
Actually seeing what a helicopter repair specialist of a Chinook or a Black Hawk does expands students’ horizons, which in turn has them asking themselves how am I doing on my Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery scores or my reading and my math, said Allen Patty, senior Army Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps instructor.

Approximately 200 JROTC students spent their free periods visiting the aircraft and asking the crews questions about not only the Army and flying, but also about their possible futures.

151029-A-BULL1-043“Our students are super excited to be able to experience this. It’s not something everybody gets to do,” said Catherine Kilborn, Baldwin High School principal. “Baldwin High School has a really strong JROTC program; I believe that in developing students the best thing to do is provide them with lots of choices and options.”

This visit to Baldwin H.S. is one of many community outreach events that the 25th CAB is involved with across the islands.

Spc. Joseph Pacifici, 25th CAB, interacts with a Baldwin High School JROTC student concerning the equipment he uses aboard an HH-60 Black Hawk.

Spc. Joseph Pacifici, 25th CAB, interacts with a Baldwin High School JROTC student concerning the equipment he uses aboard an HH-60 Black Hawk.

“I think the military provides both an excellent venue for education as well as experience,” said Kilborn. “Similar to college, I think the kids can learn a lot, but even in the post high school setting, this is one of their options.”

“We are increasing the awareness of Army aviation. Instead of being something you can see in the sky, you can now touch it,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 David Kirkpatrick, 3rd Batallion, 25th Aviation Regiment, pilot in command.

“Especially in Hawaii, they see us fly all the time, and now we are bringing something different,” he said.

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