Teachers take flight with the Tennessee National Guard

Tennessee National Guard Press Release | November 29, 2021

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There are many exciting occupations available in the Tennessee National Guard for those interested in joining, but few are as thrilling as being a UH-60 Black Hawk crew member. Recently, students from Cordova High School learned first-hand what helicopter pilots and crew members serving in their own community get to do on a daily basis.

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with Jackson’s 1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion lands at the Cordova High School’s baseball field on Nov. 18. Sgt. Finis L. Dailey, III Photo

On Nov. 18, Soldiers from Jackson’s 1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion flew two Black Hawk helicopters to Cordova, Tennessee, for students and faculty to learn about the aircraft, requirements to become pilots and crew, and learn about aviation. They also had the chance to learn about opportunities available to them in the National Guard.

Landing on the Cordova High School baseball field, guardsmen were greeted by students and staff as they shut down both helicopters. Next, the pilots and crew gave tours of the aircraft and answered questions. Many of the students were interested in how helicopters work and the role aircraft play in

 “It was very reassuring that students still want knowledge about something new,” said Mia Moore, a health sciences teacher at the school. “I was super excited that they were interested and wanted to know more.”

Teachers from Cordova High School pose alongside a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. Sgt. Finis L. Dailey, III Photo

For several of the school’s teachers, the education did not end there. Many of them had the opportunity to take an educational and introductory flight around the city of Cordova.

“Students spend nearly six hours a day, five days a week with their teachers and flights like this provide teachers with a hands-on learning experience as a way to understand what the Guard does,” said Lt. Col. Richard Stackpole, Commander of Tennessee’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion. “They can then take these experiences into the classroom and engage students with a better understanding of the Guard and the various opportunities available to them in the future.”

This press release was prepared and distributed by the Tennessee Army National Guard.

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