SEP 10, 2012 - Board of education meeting
Bowling Green High School Principal Gary Fields was presented with the “Commanders Award for Public Service” by local Army officers, Major Henson, Sergeant McKinney, and JROTC Cadets.
MAY 10, 2012 - Black Hawk Landing
By LAUREL WILSON, The Daily News bgdailynews.com
Bowling Green High School was not being invaded, though a UH-60 Black Hawk visited the school Thursday.
The National Guard helicopter was one of the military activities arranged by the school’s JROTC instructors. Army recruiters also brought a climbing wall and a Humvee for students to enjoy.
Maj. Roy Henson, senior Army instructor, said the JROTC program tries to offer many activities throughout the year that are meaningful and get the whole school involved.
“The mission of ROTC is to become better citizens,” Henson said. “That’s good for anybody in the school.”
The military offers something for almost everyone, including athletes, scientists and musicians, and it’s important for students to see that there’s a place for them in the service no matter what their skill set, Henson said.
“This is a profession, not just an academic exercise,” he said.
Brandon Meyer, 14, a freshman in JROTC, has seen Army helicopters at Fort Campbell, but Thursday was his first time sitting in one.
“I’ve always wanted to sit in one. It’s been my childhood dream,” Brandon said. “It felt awesome, just out of control. It felt amazing, like you’re all-powerful.”
Brandon has lots of family connections to the military – both of his grandfathers served in the military and he has an aunt and uncle currently serving.
He’s still deciding whether he wants to join the Army, but for now, he’s enjoying his time in JROTC.
“I heard it was a lot of fun, and I enjoy it,” he said of JROTC.
Karnell Marlow, 15, a freshman, became interested in JROTC because her brother is in it.
“I just thought it was a cool class because you learn about the Army and everything they do,” she said.
Karnell said going inside the Black Hawk was great.
“It was awesome. It felt good seeing the controls,” she said.
This is the first time the school has brought in a helicopter and climbing wall, but it worked out so well that Henson said he might expand the activities if he does it again next year.
Sgt. 1st Class Doug McKinney, an Army instructor at the school, said the helicopter was meant to be an motivational attention-getter.
“If you can get them motivated, then generally, they’ll listen to you,” McKinney said. “They see these men, and see that ‘I can do this and be like them and fly like them.’ ”
Helicopter takes off: