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Allen D. Nease High School NJROTC Annual Mardi Gras Trip

Twenty-five cadets of the Nease High School NJROTC completed their annual Mardi Gras trip to Pensacola, FL, Metairie, LA, and Baton Rouge, LA Feb 11 – 15, 2010.

While in Pensacola, cadets toured NAS Pensacola’s VT-86 facility. Capt John Cimina and Lieutenant _Josh Heisler explained the progression of training the Navy Flight Officers (NFO’s) and Aviators (pilots) undergo. The cadets were able to get up close with the training planes. They also toured Chevalier Hall, the main classroom facility for enlisted aviation training at NAS Pensacola. Here again, they learned of the progression of training sailors and marines undergo to become aviation electricians and specialists in electronics. They learned that students spend 8 hours a day in the classroom, with specialized classes lasting from 10 days to one month, or longer. Cadets were able to ask the sailor and marine students questions about their days of training including boot camp. It was an informative and eye opening experience. The students also spent time exploring the exhibits at the Naval Air Museum.

Saturday was the day to give back to the community through community service. The 25 cadets, along with Captain Robert Young, Senior Naval Science Instructor at Nease and 2 parent chaperones divided into teams and spread out across the Pensacola area helping move an elderly woman’s belonging, stain a wooden picket fence, dig a drainage ditch, rip up carpet and organize a storage room. All this was done in partnership with Marcus Point Baptist Church of Pensacola. Everyone was tired and dirty at the conclusion, and earned an enjoyable evening of relaxed bowling at the Corey Field.

On Sunday, the cadets went over to Metairie, LA for a 5-mile family focused Mardi Gras parade, hosted by The Krewe of Little Rascals . The weather was warm, but overcast with a nice breeze. Nease received a warm welcome and appreciation from the community. Following the parade, they then were welcomed on the LSU campus and received a personalized tour by 4 Navy ROTC midshipmen. The cadets received information on the academic and social activities available at LSU, as well as the scholarship opportunities available through the Navy ROTC Program . The tour culminated at the LSU football stadium. The cadets particularly enjoyed meeting the school mascot, Mike the Tiger, a 460+ pound Bengal tiger, who lives in a 1300 sq. ft enclosure comparable to many fine big cat zoo facilities.

The group returned home on Monday, Feb 21st exhausted but filled with memories.


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