Cadet Airmen Basics Stephen Marshall (left) and Daniel Edwards try out the pilot seats in a C-17 at March Air Reserve Base.
An Air Force reservist explains the mission of the C-17 to Skyhawk Composite Squadron 47’s (from left) Cadet Airman Jacob Bayley, Cadet Staff Sgt. Alex Puffenburger, Maj. Tony Diaz, Cadet Airman Marissa Torres, Cadet Airman Adrianna Gonzalez, Cadet Airman Basic Daniel Edwards and Cadet Master Sgt. Spencer French.
Cadet Airman 1st Class Jacob Bailey and Cadet Airman David Marshall get a feel for a fire truck’s cab.
A base firefighter explains the Jaws of Life to Cadet Airmen Basics Ryan MacDonald and Stephen Marshall and Cadet Staff Sgt. Alex Puffenberger.
A military police officer tells (from left) Cadet Airman Basics Daniel Edwards and Stephen Marshall, Cadet Airman Adrianna Gonzalez, Cadet Staff Sgt. Alex Puffenberger, Cadet Airmen David Marshall and Jacob Bayley, Cadet Master Sgt. Spencer French and Cadet Airman Basics Bryen Wood and Ryan MacDonald about the different types of weapons MPs use in their jobs.
Photo by Maj. Audrey DiGiantomasso, California Wing
Maj. Audrey DiGiantomasso
Public Affairs Officer
Skyhawk Composite Squadron 47
CALIFORNIA – A visit to March Air Reserve Base introduced members of Skyhawk Composite Squadron 47 to not only the base’s flight line but also its fire station, its drone facilities and its military police arsenal.
At the flight line the squadron members were treated to a tour of a Boeing C-17. They learned about the large transport plane and the different types of duties carried out by its crew, as well as about various careers in the Air Force that provide the opportunity to fly.
Next came the fire station – a high-tech, state-of-the-art facility staffed by firefighters trained in battling wildfires as well as handling aircraft mishaps. The Civil Air Patrol visitors visited the dispatch station, where calls for help can come in from across the western U.S., and the garage, filled with numerous types of massive fire trucks.
The tour then moved on to the facilities that make March one of the main Predator drone bases in the world. The Squadron 47 contingent watched an extensive slide presentation and videos of Predator and Reaper drones in action across the globe.
After that came lunch, followed by a tour of the armory, where the CAP members were able to meet some military police and learn about the arsenal of weapons they use on the job, including a huge assortment of handguns and other, less lethal weapons like batons and tasers.