by Airman 1st Class Amber Powell
177th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
6/10/2015 - EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Local
first responders and military personnel visited Alder Avenue Middle
School in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey to celebrate the school's Not
All Heroes Wear Capes event on June 9, 2015.
Airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing and
first responders brought equipment and set up display tables to teach
the students about the services they provide to the local community.
"The goal of this project from an educational standpoint was to have the
students learn, think about, and honor the roles our first responders
and military play in keeping our great nation safe," said Kelli Wenzel,
teacher and coordinator of the event. "Additionally, the students were
exposed to a variety of professions that may be future job opportunities
Explosive ordnance disposal technicians from the 177th FW brought an Air
Force Medium-Sized Robot and protective gear to show students.
Firefighters from the Wing unrolled fire hoses from their truck and
allowed students to spray water. Also, a High Mobility Multipurpose
Wheeled Vehicle, commonly known as the Humvee, from the Wing's 227th Air
Support Operations Squadron, was on display along with a tactical vest
and ballistic helmet that students could try on.
"This is the coolest thing I've ever seen," said a student referring to the Humvee. "It's like the toys but bigger!"
Students from sixth and seventh grade participated along with second graders from Slaybaugh Elementary.
"We have been holding this event for 10 years, but the event has grown
to include over 200 students since receiving a mini grant from the Egg
Harbor Township Education Foundation," said Wenzel. "We wanted the
students to be able to learn about the jobs of our first responders and
military and to gain an understanding of the sacrifices that our heroes