by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim
52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
9/14/2015 - SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- F-22
Raptor fighter pilots from the 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall Air Force
Base, Florida, visited Spangdahlem Middle School students Sept. 9 and
gave a tour of their aircraft to Bitburg High School Junior ROTC
cadets Sept. 10.
The pilots took time between training missions to inform the students
about their careers to aid in school's program designed to
introduce students to career fields involved with advanced sciences and
technology. The 95th FS's F-22s arrived at Spangdahlem Aug. 28 to
support the European Reassurance Initiative demonstrating the U.S.
commitment to NATO allies and the security of Europe.
"Our kids are faced today with things that we didn't have when we were
kids," said Jacquelyn Koenig, a teacher at the middle school. "We need
to expose them to the many opportunities and job career fields that are
out there. Technology is growing at such a faster rate, we're preparing
kids for a future that we know nothing about, currently. We want our
kids to be the best adults they can be."
Students from the 5th through 8th grades attended the briefing seminar
where the pilots taught the basic aerodynamics of the F-22 aircraft, the
proper gears needed to fly the aircraft and the air-refueling process.
"It was awesome having an experience of pilots coming to talk to us,"
said Tanner Lewis, 7th grader and son of Jenatta and U.S. Air Force
Senior Master Sgt. Aaron Lewis, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron first
sergeant. "It seems like a really cool thing to do, just to be a part of
Bitburg High School JROTC cadets attended the F-22 tour, witnessing
the Raptor up-close in one of Spangdahlem's hardened aircraft shelters.
The pilots, leading the tour, answered any questions they had before
they headed back for their school.
"The students are our future," said U.S. Air Force Capt. Michael Sayers,
a 95th FS fighter pilot. "It is really cool to interact with them, and
it is important to get them out here and see the Air Force's technology