by Senior Airman Chasity Lollis
147th Reconnaissance Wing
11/8/2015 - HOUSTON -- North
Shore Senior High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
cadets toured the 147th Reconnaissance Wing at Ellington Field, here,
The cadets visited the Air Support Operations Squadron as well as the wing's hangar to see the MQ-1 Predator aircraft.
"This is our first time doing this trip," said retired Master Sgt. David
Clark, an AFJROTC instructor at the school. "The kids were very
interested and very excited. In fact, we almost had to put a limit on
how many we can bring just to make sure we could fit them all on the
The cadets' first stop was at the ASOS to speak with Tactical Air
Control Party members and Joint Terminal Attack Controllers about their
"One of our instructors, Master Sergeant Clark, he worked as a TACP,"
said AFJROTC cadet Col. Christopher Rodriguez. "So I got some insight on
The cadets looked through a pair of night vision goggles, wore a helmet
and Kevlar vest and handled an array of tactical equipment.
They also got a behind the scenes look at the squadron's newest
addition-a state of the art Air National Guard Advanced Joint Terminal
Attack Controller Training System. The Virtual Reality Scene Generator
was a big hit with the students, who flew a virtual airplane and trekked
through a mock deployment zone.
The last stop of the tour was at the wing's hangar to learn more about the MQ-1 Predator and how it aids in the wartime mission.
"It was a really fun, really exciting trip," said Rodriguez. "We got to learn quite a bit, a lot of interesting stuff."
"It was a success, a big success," said Clark. "The kids loved it so we'll definitely be back."