SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- A dozen high school educators from the St. Louis, Missouri, area visited Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) North Island as part of a familiarization tour June 21.
Organized by Navy Recruiting District (NRD) St. Louis, the group of high school educators from four different schools had the opportunity to see helicopter trainers for the MH-60R, MQ-8 Firescout and the H-60.
"We've brought a group of high school educators to San Diego to show them all the Navy has to offer for their students," said Cmdr. Brad Whittington, the NRD St. Louis executive officer. "As they are from the Midwest, this is their very first up-close and personal look at the hardware and superb personnel in our Navy. Most of these teachers and counselors are involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs, and as such their tour of CNATTU gives them a very appropriate and engaging look at the training and educational opportunities that exist for students in the aviation rates."
The visiting educators also observed Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Jairamy Robinson conducting a block of instruction on the main rotor system of the H-60 helicopter to "C" school students.
"We host different groups of students and educators interested in learning more about naval aviation," said Cmdr. Kenneth Sanchez, CNATTU North Island commanding officer. "This group, however, given their proximity to other service's installations in the Midwest, was able to see firsthand the technology students in their high school classrooms could one day be using. CNATTU North Island is constantly looking for engaging ways in which we can express the level of professionalism our staff has, and tours like these are just one way we can contribute to the public perception and fulfill our duty of being the Navy the nation needs."
The visitors also had the opportunity to speak with staff and students during the day-long visit.
"Each one has been thoroughly impressed with the knowledge and professionalism of the students and staff at CNATTU North Island," said Whittington. "This is a significant benefit to the recruitment mission at NRD St. Louis, as these educators are sure to tell our students across the district about the great opportunities in the Navy's technical rates. Equally important is the access this will garner to local schools, as we expect the enthusiasm of these educators will lead administrators to seek out our superb recruiters in order to learn more."
CNATTU North Island is a training unit of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) located at Naval Air Station Pensacola. CNATT develops, delivers and supports aviation technical training at 28 sites located throughout the continental United States and Japan.
CNATT is a technical training agent for the Naval Aviation Enterprise, an organization designed to advance and sustain naval aviation warfighting capabilities at an affordable cost under Naval Education and Training Command.
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