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

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U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Vincent Franchino, 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard, runs through his pre-flight checklist during an Operational Readiness Exercise at the New Castle ANG Base, Del. on August 4, 2012. The exercise evaluates a unit’s ability to perform its wartime mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Robin Meredith)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Vincent Franchino, 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard, runs through his pre-flight checklist during an Operational Readiness Exercise at the New Castle ANG Base, Del. on August 4, 2012. The exercise evaluates a unit’s ability to perform its wartime mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Robin Meredith)

Lt. Dinah Lewis reassures Airman 1st Class Justin Vargas, a "burn victim" being airlifted during the Collaborative Multi-Agency Medical Exercise, known as CMAX, that took place in the Washington D.C. area on Dec. 7.  The annual exercise was designed to test the capabilities of the local authorities to handle a major catastrophe. This was the first year that patient transport was included in the exercise.  Lieutenant Lewis is a nurse from the Delaware Air National Guard and Airman Vargas is with the 79th Medical Support Squadron, Bolling Air Force Base, D.C.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cohen Young)

Air Force Lt. Dinah Lewis reassures Airman 1st Class Justin Vargas, a "burn victim" being airlifted during the Collaborative Multi-Agency Medical Exercise, known as CMAX, that took place in the Washington D.C. area on Dec. 7, 2006. The annual exercise was designed to test the capabilities of the local authorities to handle a major catastrophe. This was the first year that patient transport was included in the exercise. Lieutenant Lewis is a nurse from the 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Delaware Air National Guard and Airman Vargas is with the 79th Medical Support Squadron, Bolling Air Force Base, D.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cohen Young)

American, Canadian, and Dutch medical teams triage patients during a mass casualty exercise to provide the best medical care at the field hospital. Personnel from the 152nd Medical Squadron, Nevada Air National Guard; 166th Medical/Dental Squadron, Delaware Air National Guard; and medical personnel from across Canada and the Netherlands joined forces at Volk Field, Wis., to form an internationally staffed field hospital. Patriot 05 is the largest annual exercise held across the United States. This exercise increases the war fighting capabilities of the National Guard, Reserve, and active components of the Air Force and Army. Additionally, Canadian, United Kingdom, and Dutch forces are participating, increasing combined effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Jones) (Released)

American, Canadian, and Dutch medical teams triage patients during a mass casualty exercise to provide the best medical care at the field hospital. Personnel from the 152nd Medical Squadron, Nevada Air National Guard; 166th Medical/Dental Squadron, Delaware Air National Guard; and medical personnel from across Canada and the Netherlands joined forces at Volk Field, Wis., to form an internationally staffed field hospital. Patriot 05 is the largest annual exercise held across the United States. This exercise increases the war fighting capabilities of the National Guard, Reserve, and active components of the Air Force and Army. Additionally, Canadian, United Kingdom, and Dutch forces are participating, increasing combined effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Jones) (Released)

Airmen of the 166th Civil Engineer Squadron, Del. Air National Guard at Canadian Forces Station Alert Aug. 3, 2011 during a two-week training mission. Heavy equipment operators use a Case 621D wheel loader to load rocks into dump truck for road surfacing projects. CFS Alert, on the northeastern tip of Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, is the northernmost permanently inhabited place nearest the North Pole, 817 kilometers (508 miles) away. The 166th CES Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force personnel deploy anywhere in the world. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jessica Griffith)

Airmen of the 166th Civil Engineer Squadron, Del. Air National Guard at Canadian Forces Station Alert Aug. 3, 2011 during a two-week training mission. Heavy equipment operators use a Case 621D wheel loader to load rocks into dump truck for road surfacing projects. CFS Alert, on the northeastern tip of Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, is the northernmost permanently inhabited place nearest the North Pole, 817 kilometers (508 miles) away. The 166th CES Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force personnel deploy anywhere in the world. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jessica Griffith)

Airman 1st Class Steven Hroncich, an electronic warfare technician in the 166th Maintenance Squadron, 166th Airlift Wing, Del. Air National Guard, is inspecting a component from a C130H Hercules on Sept. 20, 2011 in the main hangar at the New Castle ANG Base, Del. Unit members routinely inspect the aircraft to insure serviceability and readiness. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Lionel Castellano)

Airman 1st Class Steven Hroncich, an electronic warfare technician in the 166th Maintenance Squadron, 166th Airlift Wing, Del. Air National Guard, is inspecting a component from a C130H Hercules on Sept. 20, 2011 in the main hangar at the New Castle ANG Base, Del. Unit members routinely inspect the aircraft to insure serviceability and readiness. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Lionel Castellano)

Firefighter Staff Sgt. John Williams from the 166th Civil Engineer Squadron, Delaware Air National Guard rappels down a building as part of training with fellow unit members as they hone their technical rescue skills at the Delaware State Fire School in Dover, Del. on Sept. 27, 2011. This technique is used to transport an injured person from a tall building. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lionel Castellano)

Firefighter Staff Sgt. John Williams from the 166th Civil Engineer Squadron, Delaware Air National Guard rappels down a building as part of training with fellow unit members as they hone their technical rescue skills at the Delaware State Fire School in Dover, Del. on Sept. 27, 2011. This technique is used to transport an injured person from a tall building. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lionel Castellano)

Airmen of the 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard, board a C-130 during an Operational Readiness Exercise in New Castle ANG Base, Del. on August 4, 2012.  The exercise evaluates a unit’s ability to perform its wartime mission.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Robin Meredith)

Airmen of the 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard, board a C-130 during an Operational Readiness Exercise in New Castle ANG Base, Del. on August 4, 2012. The exercise evaluates a unit’s ability to perform its wartime mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Robin Meredith)

Delaware Air National Guard recruiting sign on the New Castle ANG Base along Basin Road in New Castle, Del., June 29, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech Sgt. Benjamin Matwey)

Delaware Air National Guard recruiting sign on the New Castle ANG Base along Basin Road in New Castle, Del., June 29, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech Sgt. Benjamin Matwey)


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: https://www.usarmyjrotc.com/jrotc/dt.

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: http://www.desu.edu/sites/default/files/u132/Summer%20camps-2013-1.pdf

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 www.facebook.com/166thAirliftWing.

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