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03/13/06

Middle Schoolers Tour 165th

This morning, some Chatham County middle school students took a break from the classroom and a trip to the 165th Airlift Wing to see firsthand what military life is like.

The 165th is always a busy place, but this day was even busier. Hundreds of students got a chance to tour the place.

"This is a great experience for them to see another alternative for a career," said Capt. Leonard Jones.

The middle schoolers toured hangers and of course the aircraft. They had a chance to touch and feel the planes, but also talk about aviation.

"It's cool to be able to get to be close up, to touch it and see how big it is," said seventh-grader Haley Powell.

Not only did the students get to tour the aircraft, but they also got to learn why math and science are so important to a military career.

"When you're in command, it's just you and your copilot," said Capt. Joey Martin. "You have to be able to get from point A to point B, and being off on your calculation can have a significant impact as to whether you arrive to your destination."

Not only did the students learn how the planes work, they also learned how they could one day work with the planes. "I think they're very excited and are aware that someone in their shoes can get to that point," said Capt. Martin.

And that's exactly what this event was for, to give students an opportunity to see their dreams are never too far from their reach.

Tomorrow, students from several high schools will take the same tour.

Reported by: Christy Hutchings

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