65th BEB shares science and technology challenges

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Sgt. Candice Jones, a combat engineer assigned to 65th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, talks to a student about the RQ-11 Raven Unmanned Aircraft System during the science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM) night Apr. 9, 2016, at Mililani Middle School in Mililani, Hawaii. Events such as these improve relationships between Soldiers and the community and provides a chance for Soldiers to interact with families and students. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs).

Sgt. Candice Jones, a combat engineer assigned to 65th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, talks to a student about the RQ-11 Raven Unmanned Aircraft System during the science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM) night Apr. 9 at Mililani Middle School.

Story and photo by
Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division
MILILANI — Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are taught to children at a very young age, and those same skills play a vital role in every U.S. Army job field.

Soldiers from the 65th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, spent time with students and families of Mililani Middle School as part of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) night on April 9, providing insight on how the material used in class applies in the workforce.

“Our participation in STEM night was a resounding success. Soldiers got the chance to interact with families, students and demystify the military while explaining the science behind some of our technology at work,” said Lt. Col. Heather Levy, 65th BEB commanding officer. “The long line of students at our booths demonstrated that the 65th brought interesting and intellectually challenging presentations to STEM night.”

Lt. Col. Heather Levy and Command Sgt. Maj. Giovanni Fuentes, the command team for 65th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, takes a photo with Mililani’s Middle School Principal, Elynne E. Chung, military students and their families after formally signing a letter of agreement with the school Apr. 9, 2016, at Mililani Middle School in Mililani, Hawaii. Soldiers from the 65th BEB were invited to the annual science, technology, engineering, and math education (STEM) night and discuss how the subject are utilized in today’s military. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs).

Lt. Col. Heather Levy and Command Sgt. Maj. Giovanni Fuentes, the command team for 65th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, takes a photo with Mililani’s Middle School Principal, Elynne E. Chung, military students and their families after formally signing a letter of agreement with the school Apr. 9)

Science and the Army
The students received briefs on military equipment, such as the RQ-11 Raven Unmanned Aircraft System and AN/PSS-14 Mine Detection System. The engineers also provided firsthand knowledge and practical experience of how science and the military works together.

“It’s really cool for the students to be able and see how science and engineering play a role in the military,” said Sgt. Anthony Wallace, a combat engineer assigned to Company A, 65th BEB. “It provides them with a knowledge base of how the skills they learn today will have a long-lasting effect on the things they do in the future.”

To kick-start the night, Levy and Command Sgt. Maj. Giovanni Fuentes, 65th BEB command team, met with Mililani’s principal, Elynne E. Chung, military students and their families to formally sign a letter of agreement with the school.

Sgt. Anthony Wallace, a combat engineer with Company A, 65th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, talks with a family about the AN/PSS-14 Mine Detection System during science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM) night Apr. 9, 2016, at Mililani Middle School in Mililani, Hawaii. Events such as these improve relationships between Soldiers and the community and provides a chance for Soldiers to interact with families and students. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs).

Sgt. Anthony Wallace, a combat engineer with Company A, 65th BEB, 2nd BCT, 25th ID, talks with a family about the AN/PSS-14 Mine Detection System during science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM) night.

“The 65th BEB is excited to formalize this relationship with Mililani Middle School. It gives our Soldiers the chance to reach out into the local community and engage with young students – future engineers, future Soldiers and future citizens,” said Levy.

“In addition,” Levy said, “we give the school a tremendous extra resource as we partner with them during community events, school clubs, STEM events and other projects. Ultimately, both educators and Soldiers share a common desire, which is to serve others.”

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