Nearly 90 high school age youth to visit Delaware Air Guard on June 19

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Two groups of high school age youth will visit the Delaware Air National Guard on June 19 to gain first-hand exposure to the various shops of the Delaware Air Guard and the people who perform the core missions of the unit.

The students will see displays of crew and equipment from the airlift squadron (including a tour of a C-130 transport aircraft), the aeromedical evacuation squadron, plus life support, explosive ordnance disposal, maintenance, fire house and air terminal units, and be treated to a lunch served outdoors.

The two visiting groups are comprised of about 30 youth from the Aviation Career Education (ACE) program at Delaware State University, and about 60 youth from the U.S. Army Junior ROTC programs located at five Delaware high schools.

The youth will arrive on base at 9:30 a.m. and will stay until early afternoon. News media are invited to cover the activities and interview youth visitors and Airmen. Media representatives must call ahead to confirm attendance to wing public affairs, (302) 593-2126. Address: 2600 Spruance Drive, New Castle, Del., 19720.

166th Airlift Wing Commander Col. Mike Feeley said, "This event is a big start of our summer interaction with area youth. The students gain a first-hand look inside their local Delaware Air Guard base, and hear from the Airmen who launch and repair our aircraft and perform many other jobs on base, where over 1,000 Airmen train to fulfill our state and national mission."

The Army Junior ROTC has programs in five Delaware high schools: Appoquinimink H.S. in Middletown, Cape Henlopen H.S. in Lewes, Mount Pleasant H.S. in Wilmington, and Sussex Central Senior H.S. and Sussex Technical H.S. in Georgetown, Del. Website:

The Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy (ages 13-18) at Delaware State University is a program designed to offer an introduction to the aviation industry and aviation careers to middle and high school students. The goal is to provide an opportunity that will provide insight and hands-on experience for students to learn the history of aviation, fundamentals of aerodynamics, the role of government in aviation, pioneers in aviation, and the many careers available in the aviation industry. Website:

The Delaware ANG has 1,100 members, and continually deploys personnel and subordinate units around the globe. To find out more about the unit, visit

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