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Scott showcases mission, Air Force lifestyle for JROTC cadets

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Three Junior ROTC cadets compete in a drill competition during the Junior ROTC day at Scott AFB, Ill., Nov. 2, 2018. Scott welcomed cadets from four high school Junior ROTC programs from Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana who got to tour Scott and learn more about the Air Force and its mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

A high school Junior ROTC cadet uses virtual reality goggles provided by local recruiters at the Junior ROTC day at Scott AFB, Ill., Nov. 2, 2018. Recruiters use virtual reality to give potential recruits a glimpse of what Air Force special operations is like. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Members of the Air Force Delayed Entry Program take the Oath of Enlistment during the Junior ROTC day at Scott AFB, Ill., Nov. 2, 2018. The Oath of Enlistment is the first step in becoming part of the Air Force and signifies a commitment to serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Junior ROTC cadets attend a panel featuring Airmen from different career fields during the Junior ROTC day at Scott AFB, Ill., Nov. 2, 2018. The cadets were given an opportunity to ask questions about the Air Force, it’s mission, and military life in general. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Three Junior ROTC cadets compete in a drill competition during the Junior ROTC day at Scott AFB, Ill., Nov. 2, 2018. Scott welcomed cadets from four high school Junior ROTC programs from Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana who got to tour Scott and learn more about the Air Force and its mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Three Junior ROTC cadets compete in a drill competition during the Junior ROTC day at Scott AFB, Ill., Nov. 2, 2018. Scott welcomed cadets from four high school Junior ROTC programs from Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana who got to tour Scott and learn more about the Air Force and its mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. --

The 375th Air Mobility Wing hosted 197 High school students Nov. 2 from Illinois, Missouri and Indiana for the Junior ROTC Day as a chance to learn more about the Air Force mission and lifestyle.

“What we want to do is bring them into our fold and introduce them to the Air Force,” said 375th AMW Command Chief Leon Calloway. “We have many members from different [career fields] and they get the opportunity to see how they can impact the Air Force with their missions.”

Participating were members from the wing honor guard, 126th Air Refueling Wing, 375th Civil Engineering Squadron, 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, 375th Security Forces Squadron, recruiters and more.

In addition, students witnessed a mass “delayed enlistment” swear in.

Tech. Sgt. David Gibson, 618th Air Operations Center, said, “It’s important to give the future generations of military members a sense of belonging and to offer them clarity during events like this. By witnessing an Oath of Enlistment, they get to witness an official military ceremony, which should have more impact than solely the drills that they participate in at their high school.”

Cadets viewed exhibits and spoke with senior enlisted personnel about various careers the Air Force has to offer. The students listened to a panel of Airmen who spoke about the military lifestyle from officer and enlisted member viewpoints.

“The panel was a great opportunity for these cadets to receive an unbiased opinion from officer and enlisted alike to answer any questions they have and to help paint a clear picture of what the military has to offer,” said Gibson.

Calloway added, “There’s one thing I love most about the Air Force, and that’s the people who come from different backgrounds, different nationalities, and different parts of the world. We come together to get the mission done!” 

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