ABOARD USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (NNS) -- Naval midshipmen and Air Force Academy cadets visited USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the summer to learn about naval aviation on a carrier platform.
The midshipmen, along with the cadets, participated in a long-standing summer custom where future officers of the Navy and the Air Force visit ships and learn about fleet life.
"The program is expected to produce an opportunity for hands-on experience for all the midshipmen and cadets," said Lt. Cmdr. Laurie Porter, Truman's training officer.
In total, two cadets and seven midshipmen came aboard and were assigned to departments around the ship. The prospective officers observed aircraft launches and recoveries. Three of the potential naval aviators directly integrated into Truman's air department and shadowed pilots.
According to Porter, getting a chance to see flight operations aboard an aircraft carrier will provide the Air Force cadets a chance to see another side of aviation.
Three midshipmen who are studying to be nurses shadowed a corpsman in each ward of the ship's medical department. They rotated through all medical divisions and received hands-on training in areas such as the pharmacy and patient care.
"We are receiving a lot of information and are being shown a lot of techniques that I would never have been shown in the civilian world," said Midshipman 2nd Class Jamie Hartman. "It's really helpful."
Midshipman 1st Class Tyra McMillen shadowed members of the reactor department to get experience working with nuclear propulsion and observe the duties of a division officer.
"I am here to learn as much as possible and get acquainted with Navy life," said McMillen.
After completing four years of school, officer training programs and job-related training, the officer candidates will enter the fleet as officers. The summer training equips them with problem solving experience that can only be learned in the fleet, and they will carry the experience with them forever.
Harry S. Truman is currently conducting carrier qualifications and sustainment operations off the East Coast and is also participating in a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) with USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). JTFEX is a key component in the training cycle of an aircraft carrier and carrier air wing in the U.S. Navy's Fleet Response Plan operational construct.
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