JROTC cadets get a taste of Air Force life, experience C-146A Wolfhound mission firsthand

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Choosing a career path can be fun especially when a new recruit gets to experience the Total Force effort.   A group of cadets from Baker High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps got to experience firsthand the Air Force Special Operations Command mission right in their own backyard.

The 524th Special Operations Squadron teamed up with the 859th SOS to host the cadets and their staff for a tour at Duke Field.

“It’s important for the cadets to see what we do here,” said Capt. Kamryn Williams, 524th SOS. “We want to give them a perspective of what’s available to them. As taxpayers, they own part of the aircraft, so it’s important for them to be involved.” 

The JROTC cadets saw aerial views of DeFuniak Springs, Panama City Beach, Destin, and their high school during the 45-minute flight aboard the Wolfhound.

While at Duke Field, the JROTC cadets learned about the 524th SOS mission, received an overview of the Air Force Reserve, and met several pilots and loadmasters who discussed their respective duties and career opportunities with the students. 

“One of our biggest responsibilities is to give as many life experiences to our students as we can,” said Michael Martello, Baker High School principal. “I think it is a tremendous opportunity for us and we are very appreciative to have the kids out here and see our military. We have the utmost respect and want to pass on to our kids an understanding of what families go through with deployments and global mission.”