It’s not every day that as a student, you get to see your high school principal dress up in an 80-pound bomb suit and try to do pull-ups.
But when the Navy shows up at your school, you do.
Students at the Academy @ Shawnee (Jefferson County) were given the chance to talk to United States Navy pilots, air crewmen and explosives disposal teams when they visited the Navy Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (NJROTC) program at the school for part of Navy Week.
“It’s just a really good opportunity for all the students to get to hear what life is like in the Navy,” said Ronnie Cox, the NJROTC coordinator at the Academy @ Shawnee. “They get to see how they can take the things they’re learning here and see how it will directly affect a career in the military if they choose to take that route.”
As part of the visit, Lt. Kathryn Martinez discussed her experiences as an active flight engineer, while members of the Navy bomb disposal team discussed their job and allowed students to test drive a bomb disposal robot and try on a bomb disposal suit.
“It was pretty cool to be in the suit,” said Gueneverie Dieffenbacher, an 11th-grader at the Academy. “It was heavy. They had us try to pick up a can and that was tough, but it was neat.”
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