Fort Riley, Kansas



Lafayette High School JROTC cadets visit Fort Riley

By Sgt. Derrik Tribbey | 1ST INF. DIV. PUBLIC AFFAIRS | November 03, 2017

    About 75 students and staff members with the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Lafayette High School in St. Joseph, Missouri, visited Fort Riley Oct. 25.

      During their visit they experienced the day in the life of a Soldier and visited the Fort Riley museums.

     The day started with the 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, hosting the students for physical fitness training.

     “I didn’t expect to run that much,” said Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Isiah Downing, a senior with Lafayette High School JROTC. “I’m glad that I pushed through it. It was nice. I think we did about two miles.”

     Following the morning physical fitness session, the students ate breakfast at the Devil’s Den dining facility. Then, the “Diehard” Soldiers showed the students the day in the life of a Soldier in six stations showcasing the engineer’s capabilities.

      “I personally want to be a mechanical engineer,” Downing said. “I’m here to see these big machines. This is right up my alley.”

    The six stations also included displays of weapons, fighting vehicles, logistical support, medics, supplies, human resources, radios and intelligence.

      Sgt. Cameron Reed, human resources non­commissioned officer, 1st Eng. Bn., spoke with the cadets about his role in the unit.

      “Hopefully they get a perspective of what we bring to the table,” Reed said. “No matter where they are, they will know how to utilize us.”

      Reed said that the students should study hard in order to be the best they can be.

      The day concluded with a tour of the Fort Riley museums.

      “I love history,” said Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Arnold, a senior with Lafayette High School JROTC. “Getting to learn about Fort Riley and all the wars is great.

      “The whole thing is a great experience for young cadets.”