Alabama High School students “Meet Your Army” at Fort Rucker

Students at Enterprise High School visited the home of Army Aviation earlier this month during a Meet Your Army event.

Twenty-six young Army ROTC cadets, mostly seniors, enjoyed a busy day with Army Airmen, trying their hand at flight simulators, an MRE lunch, a scavenger hunt at the Army Air Museum and a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flight.

“It exposes cadets to all employment opportunities and various careers in the aviation field,” including civilian opportunities, said retired Sgt. Maj. Gary Price, Enterprise High School Army JROTC instructor.

Between 15 and 20% of the Enterprise JROTC’s senior cadets join the military, and Senior Amelia Ruhle hopes to be one of them.

“I definitely want to get involved,” said Ruhle, whose father is an Army pilot at Fort Rucker.

“Everyone seems to be enjoying their visit,” Ruhle said. “Being able to come into the base … is a new experience for some students. It can be a turning point, and post-high school plans may change after seeing this.

Capt. Fernando Rincon, an aviation advocate with the Organization and Personnel Development Directorate (OPFD), coordinated the event for the US Army Aviation Center of Excellence.

“We’re introducing them to Army aviation and raising awareness of our industry and what we’re doing for the Army and the nation,” Rincon said. “We do that by introducing them and exposing them to role models, experiences and gear.”

While OPFD hosts annual JROTC events, which are also available for civilian air patrol and Boy Scout programs, other youth civic programs in the area can register through the community engagement section of Fort Rucker’s public affairs website at Request Meet Your Army Event .mil/rucker/index.php/publicaffairs.