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Junior ROTC Cadets fire the FATS machine at the N.D. Air National Guard during a base tour designed to teach students about the Air National Guard on June 5th.

Junior ROTC Cadets fire the FATS machine at the N.D. Air National Guard during a base tour designed to teach students about the Air National Guard on June 5th.

Junior ROTC Cadets get their blood pressure take by 119th Wing members of the N.D. Air National Guard during a base tour designed to teach students about the Air National Guard on June 5th.

Junior ROTC Cadets get their blood pressure take by 119th Wing members of the N.D. Air National Guard during a base tour designed to teach students about the Air National Guard on June 5th.

Friday June 6, 2008 --

Fargo, N.D. - The N.D. Air Guard will be hosting an interactive base tour for local high school students who are members of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (JROTC) on Thursday, June 5 at the 119th Wing.

The N.D. Air Guard will showcase sections on base that are not normally available for tours.

"We want to roll out the red carpet for these cadets. Many of these students will be the future leaders of our Air Force, we want to show them what the Air Guard is all about," said Master Sgt. Troy Krabbenhoft, 119th Wing recruiter and volunteer tour guide.

Each student will get the opportunity to work with the fire arms training system (FATS), a computer generated trainer that allows people to shoot with a variety of weapons in combat and urban simulated environments. They will also get to handle various weapons and equipment used by airmen, to include chemical warfare gear.

After a tour of the Fire Hall, students will watch visiting firemen from the 148th Fighter Wing of Duluth, Minn. perform training exercises at the fire pit, which will consist of extinguishing a fire on a simulated airplane.

Students will also interact with a pilot and get a close-up look of the C-21 Leer Jet during the tour.

The medical squadron will perform hearing tests on the students and explain a variety of techniques performed by medical personnel at the 119th Wing.

Approximately 70 students are staying at the Air Guard Training Site from May 29 to June 8 to conduct training activities. The majority of the students are members of the 20061 AF JROTC with Fargo Public Schools. Within the group, twelve members are from Grand Island, Neb. and seven members are from Topeka, Kan.

Students who choose to complete this training receive over 130 hours of curriculum and one credit of summer school.

Media is invited to attend and participate in any part of the tour. Each segment of the tour will be conducted four times in smaller groups from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please note that the fire pit demonstration will be conducted only one time at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Please contact Capt. Penny Ripperger, 119th Wing Public Affairs Officer, to arrange a media escort on base at 701-451-2194 (desk) or 701-238-6944 (cell).

What: N.D. Air National Guard host base tour to JROTC

When: Thursday, June 5, 2008 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., fire pit demonstration at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Where: N.D. Air National Guard, 1400 28th Ave N, Fargo, N.D.

Media Instructions: Please contact Capt. Penny Ripperger to arrange a media escort on to base at 701-451-2194 (desk) or 701-238-6944 (cell).


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