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CAB Soldiers give cadets ‘day in their life’

By Sgt. Keven Parry | CAB | September 05, 2013

Students from St. John's Military School visited Fort Riley Aug. 22, as part of the partnership between the school and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.

More than 45 students, along with cadre from the school, visited the CAB as part of their tour of Fort Riley. During their visit, the students had a chance to observe regular Soldier life.

"We're here to visit Fort Riley," said Luke Whitting, student, St. John's Military School and a Glen Head, N.Y. native. "(We're here to) learn about different aircraft, see how Soldiers live in the real Army and to just see the atmosphere of an Army (post)."

The students visited the 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, CAB hangar, where they learned about the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior scout helicopter from pilots and crew chiefs.

The students then visited the 601st Aviation Support Battalion, CAB motor pool to learn about the various vehicles and support machinery used by the "Demon" Brigade.

Following their time at the airfield, the students saw the CAB barracks, ate lunch at the Demon Diner Dining Facility, toured the Fort Riley museums and visited the Main Post Exchange. Each of the locations was chosen to help the students see what Soldiers have access to on a military installation.

"The best part of visiting would be checking out aircraft and experiencing what it's like on a military (post)," said Levi Harmon, student, St. John's Military School and a Flagstaff, Ariz., native.

First Sgt. Kevin Kramer, CAB rear detachment sergeant major, said the visit is an example of the partnership the CAB has with St. John's Military School.

"This is a way to foster that partnership," he said. "I saw a lot of questions, and I saw a lot of curiosity."

Kramer said the visit will spark motivation in the students, and many of the students will eventually grow up to join the military.

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