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    New York and New Jersey Educators Get First-hand Glimpse of Navy Life

    New York and New Jersey Educators Get First-hand Glimpse of Navy Life

    Photo By Bruce Howard | SAN DIEGO (Feb. 15, 2018) Navy Recruiting District New York's Education Orientation...... read more read more



    Story by Bruce Howard 

    Navy Recruiting District New York

    Navy Recruiting District New York selected six educators from different schools and paid for them to fly to San Diego to get a first-hand look at how the Navy and its Sailors operate.

    Through the Education Orientation Visit Feb. 13-16, seven Navy commands were visited with the goal of showing the educators the various facets of the Navy and the many career paths available to their students.

    “The EOV program is an important component of Navy recruiting; it provides educators and other key influencers who have minimal knowledge and exposure to Navy service an opportunity to see first-hand what life is like for Sailors in the Fleet,” said Cmdr. Christian Gaskill, the commanding officer of Navy Recruiting District New York. “I think the entire experience gives educators a better understanding and appreciation of the opportunities and benefits Navy service can provide.“

    After a detailed presentation on Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training, the team was given a tour of the training compound and handled some of the weapons SEALs use in combat operations. They then boarded the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) and were briefed on all the different types of jobs Sailors have and how they come together to make the ship operational.

    “The SEAL training and on board the USS Lake Erie gave us a better perspective on what Sailors all go through before deploying overseas in harms way,” said Lorraine Aylmer, from North Rockland High School.

    The group got a personal tour of the San Diego Bay aboard a Maritime Prepositioning Force Utility Boat with Sailors from Assault Craft Unit 1, ate chow in the galley of Naval Amphibious Base Coronado and visited the Navy Medical Center during the trip where they heard from presenters on their backgrounds, career paths and future aspirations.

    ”It’s an opportunity to show off our Navy and give the educators some visual of what we talk to them about at their schools and what they see on TV,” said Chief Quartermaster Foday Sambolah. “They get to experience what we do on a daily basis.”

    “It benefits the Navy because the educators can now understand that we are skillful and very advance when they see the kind of equipment that young high school students are operating and the cost,” said Sambolah.

    “I enjoyed the Damage Control portion of the ship’s tour not realizing that there are so many job specialties that make up a naval vessel,” said Harry Wong, a science teacher at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn.

    One presenter at the medical center said everyone joins the Navy for different reasons, but most stay in past their first enlistment for the same reason, to be part of something bigger than our own self.



    Date Taken: 02.19.2018
    Date Posted: 07.06.2018 13:49
    Story ID: 283422
    Location: SAN DIEGO, CA, US 

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