Patterson AFJROTC attends aviation expo
By Jevaughn Taylor
Patterson students from Patterson’s Air Force JROTC program, along with students from Poly Technical High School, went on a field trip to Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center in Washington DC on October 4th. The purpose of this event was to understand the importance of aviation (flight) technologies and to explore careers that help us to become a better country. Our students were escorted by military personnel throughout this activity.
Some of the students had the opportunity to go to different types of businesses to learn more and see what careers they are interested in. Other students simply went to learn about military aviation. Students also received free giveaways such as lights, candy and balls. Students also learned about smart ways the armed forces are working to protect the United States from terrorist attacks. A good example is how the military is building a prototype jet that can fly by itself. This way it will be safer for American citizens and soldiers, so they will not be in danger’s way when the clock ticks.
Towards the end of the day our students all marched in an orderly fashion to have lunch, where they met former Patterson High School Principal Mrs. Laura D’Anna. She was happy to meet our students and she posed for a picture with them to remember them. Afterward, our students broke off and watched presentations by other schools, including marching, a silent rifle drill, and presentations on aviation.
This field trip was organized by the leaders of Patterson High School’s AFJROTC MD-932, including student officers Cadet Major Fernando Brown and Vice Corp Commander Cadet Katie Thomas as well as teacher officers Sergeant Smith and Colonel Nichols. With the help and inspiration of these two teachers, American students will know how to become successful people who accomplish something worthwhile in life. This field trip has helped Patterson students to understand that when we are united together, we will be successful as a country.