JROTC group tours Sheppard

Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Stauty, an aircraft armament systems instructor at the 363rd Training Squadron, provides some instruction on bombs to Klein Collins High School Junior ROTC cadets Oct. 26. (U.S. Air Force photo/John Ingle)

Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Stauty, an aircraft armament systems instructor at the 363rd Training Squadron, provides some instruction on bombs to Klein Collins High School Junior ROTC cadets Oct. 26. (U.S. Air Force photo/John Ingle)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- More than 30 Junior ROTC students from Spring, Texas, made a seven-hour drive Oct. 26 for an on-site visit to the largest technical training base in the Air Force. 

The group, led by retired Air Force Col. Dan Crum from Klein Collins High School, visited several training squadrons in the 82nd Training Wing and the simulator facility at the 80th Flying Training Wing during their visit. 

The first stop on the tour of squadrons was the 361st Training Squadron's jet propulsion schoolhouse. Tech. Sgt. Eric Wienert, an instructor at the 361st, provided some insight as to how Airmen train, specifically with a C-130 Hercules' T-56 engine cutaway. 
Sergeant Wienert also shared his experiences in Kosovo and his role in Operation Enduring Freedom. 

Colonel Crum said site visits such as this one bring a little more reality to what he tells the students while at school. 

"I bring them here and the light comes on," he said. "They'll say, 'Oh Colonel. Now I know what you mean.'" 

The group's next visit was at the 363rd TRS where they toured F-15, F-16, B-1 and B-52 aircraft. The cadets and commander took turns climbing in and out of the trainers and taking photos for mementos. 

The final stop of the day was at the 80th FTW flight simulator facility. The state-of-the-art trainers offered some the beginning of a future dream and, for others, the only chance they'll ever get this close to the dynamics of military aircraft.