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    JROTC cadets spend a day in the life of Active Duty Soldiers

    JROTC cadets spend a day in the life of Active Duty Soldiers

    Photo By Sgt. 1st Class Robert Duran | A Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet from Denver West High School pulls his...... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. Robert Duran 

    10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

    FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Thirty students from Denver West High School visited with members of the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Carson, Colorado March 22, 2018.

    Members of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets spent the day touring 10th Group facilities, talking to service members, and gaining a better understanding of the daily life of men and women in the Army.

    For Command Sgt. Maj. (Retired) Darrin Kinder, JROTC instructor at Denver West, getting out of the big city and showing his class how the military operates was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.

    “I want my students to see the pride the men and women in uniform have in themselves and their work,” said Kinder. “Some of these kids have never been out of the city, and this trip gives them the chance to experience something new.”

    Part of the tour included hands-on instruction with some of the various weapon systems 10th Group trains with, to include the M-134 “minigun”, Mk 19 grenade launcher, and the Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle. Students also received basic parachutist and High Altitude Low Open (HALO) demonstrations, and were able to train on the MC-6 parachute trainer.

    “A lot of the Army, heck a lot of America, doesn’t know what Special Forces does, “ said Maj. Matt Swim, the executive officer of 10th SFG’s Group Support Battalion. “So, the fact we were able to spend a day with these kids and educate them on just a fraction of what we do was amazing.”

    Not only do potential recruits get to see what the military is really like, but it also gives the service members a chance to demonstrate their high levels of knowledge, readiness, and dedication to military service.

    Swim said the day’s events went really well. He is already looking forward to meeting with more cadets in the future and hopefully making this an annual event.



    Date Taken: 04.03.2018
    Date Posted: 04.03.2018 14:04
    Story ID: 271644
    Location: FORT CARSON, CO, US 

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