VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Over 260 students from NAS Oceana Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit participated in a variety of interactive challenges to engage students in support of the Navy's Chief of Chaplains #Character Matters campaign focusing on the importance of enacting and sustaining individual and unit integrity.
The one hour training led by, Chaplain Lt. Cary Shinn, Command Chaplain Training Support Center Hampton Roads (TSCHR) and Religious Program Specialist 3rd Class Cameron George supported various learning objectives.
Students were divided into five groups and challenged to exercise individual integrity via their actions. They were asked to choose a partner among their group and work back to back, move from sitting on the floor and rise to a standing position. Once the students exercised their individual efforts they were asked about the individual challenges, communication efforts and techniques that they used.
Next they were asked to work within their five distinct groups and challenged to do the same, only as a large group in a line... taking lessons learned and asked to move forward. This allowed the students to discover and discuss the challenges of moving from striving to individual efforts to group efforts and how that worked differently.
"The group exercise taught us we had to work together," said Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Adrienne Prince. "We linked arms to support each other and used the pressure of the person behind us to lift one another up, but miscommunication brought us down because we didn't stand up at the same time."
Shinn compared the students' lessons learned to the value of unit integrity that will be encountered on navigating ships and planes, and to imagine the value of water tight integrity on a ship at sea and/or systems integrity within the F-18 air frames they are learning on. This taught the students how critically important unit integrity is for the crew, the captain and the pilots.
"You have to have a chart of integrity to base off of. I use my faith, so that I don't compromise people," said Shinn.
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