SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. - Members of Team Shaw and the Sumter community took time out of their busy day to talk to students at Wilder Elementary in Sumter, S.C. during career day, April 27.
“It’s a good opportunity to talk to kids and represent the United States military,” said Airman Nicole Sikorski, a photojournalist with 20th Fighter Wing.
Participants were invited to the event to talk to students about some of the opportunities students may have after graduation and what they need to do to get there.
“What kind of grades do you get?” Lt. Col. Dana Williams, Third Army/ARCENT chief of assistance and investigations, asked a group of students.
Williams asked the students what they want to do when they grow-up and stressed the importance of good grades.
“If you come in the military good grades count, they help you get the job that you want,” Williams said, pointing out that he attended college before joining the military and that Sikorski was required to have high test scores to qualify for her position in Air Force public affairs.
Career day was one of a growing number of opportunities for Third Army/ARCENT and the Air Force to represent Team Shaw together and support the Sumter community.
“I like talking to kids,” Williams said, “showing them there is a future and education is the key.”
Williams has been a part of Third Army/ARCENT for three years and relocated from Fort McPherson, Ga., to Shaw Air Force Base last year.
Maj. Vasco McRae, Third Army/ARCENT chief of contracting and fiscal law, is new to Third Army/ARCENT and Team Shaw and career day was his first opportunity, outside of church, to interact with the community.
“Anytime I have the opportunity to work with children I do,” said McRae. “I think it is very important that we have role models for kids.”
As Third Army/ARCENT nears its one year anniversary at Shaw AFB its soldiers continue to strive to be an active part of Team Shaw and the surrounding communities.
“We all work as a team,” Williams told one student who asked if he worked for the Air Force.
Students continued to visit the Team Shaw booth, looking at photos of Soldiers jumping out of Air Force planes as McRae told them it is just one of many ways the Army and Air Force work together every day.
“I see nothing but professionalism and a positive relationship,” McRae said about Team Shaw and the cooperative effort to serve the community.
Career day has ended at Wilder Elementary School, but opportunities for Team Shaw to support the community continue with events like the Shaw Air Expo May 5-6. This year’s Expo will be the first since Third Army/ARCENT’s arrival at Shaw AFB and is the largest event in which Third Army/ARCENT has partnered with 20th FW. The Expo is held every two years and is hosted by 20th FW.