Rowlett JROTC visits JBSA-Lackland

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  • By Master Sgt. Kristian Carter
  • 433rd Airlift Wing

Fifty-nine Rowlett High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps cadets attended a basic military training graduation and visited the 433rd Airlift Wing here Nov. 9.

“Part of the curriculum in JROTC is to take curriculum in action trips,” said Retired Lt. Col. Brett Gooden, senior aerospace science instructor at TX 20161, JROTC unit in Garland Independent school district. “That is to enhance their understanding of what we teach in the classroom.”

The group met with military training instructors with the 433rd Training Squadron to get a brief experience of military training. The MTIs directed the cadets in basic drill movements in the same style they use for basic military trainees. The MTIs also held a mentoring session with the cadets before releasing them to attend the graduation ceremony.

“The greatest impact on them as individuals and collectively as a group, was their exposure to the military training instructors,” said Gooden. “We try to teach the three core values and tell them it is a way of life in the Air Force and it needs to be for them as cadets. And that attention to detail is important, but when you have people outside of your normal circle of influence, who come in and shake up your world like the TIs did, it gets them really excited and motivated to be a cadet in Junior ROTC.”

The cadets were here to see former Rowlett JROTC cadet Airman Tiffany Galindo graduate.

“I’m thinking about going into the Air Force,” said Rowlett High School JROTC Cadet Maj. Cynthia Carrillo. “Airman Galindo has inspired me. I feel like I can do it. I want to become a mechanical engineer.”

Following the graduation, the cadets saw the C-5M Super Galaxy on the flightline and visited the 433rd Maintenance Squadron’s structural and metals shops.

Finally, the cadets went to the Base Exchange to experience another aspect of military life.