by Senior Airman Cody Martin
188th Wing Public Affairs
7/7/2015 - Ebbing Air National Guard Base, Arkansas-- -- Students
from the Alma School District attending Camp Airedale visited Ebbing
Air National Guard Base, Fort Smith, Arkansas for tours of the base and
an inside look of the 188th Wing's conversion to the remotely piloted
aircraft and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions
June 10 through 24, 2015.
Visiting the base provides campers the opportunity to view the 188th
Wing history and to learn about how their local Air National Guard uses
their current mission to protect them from threats outside the United
Camp Airedale is a new summer learning program for the Alma School
District students that are in grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade. It
has a curriculum centered on experienced-based activities and uses more
out-of-classroom and off-campus activities than are available during the
typical school year.
"Visiting the base can have a significant impact on them," said 2nd Lt.
Jake Tidwell, 188th Wing assistant executive officer. "It demonstrates
just how technical our jobs can be and that in order to succeed; you're
going to need a good education."
After arriving on base, the campers were taken to see display aircraft
from the 188th's previous missions. The kids were then given a briefing
from Senior Master Sgt. Carl Schneider, 188th Intelligence Support
Squadron cyber systems superintendent.
After the first briefing, the campers sat in on another with the 188th
Operations Group, where they also were able to use the RPA flight
simulator. To end the day campers visited with Airmen at Ebbing Lake,
casting a few lines, catching a few fish.
"This was a wonderful experience for all of our kids, several of them
have never been fishing or visited a facility like this," expressed Jan
Miller, 5th grade teacher at Alma School District. "They got to learn
about the planes and everything going on at the base. They were thrilled
to be here."